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Nikon D200 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
Contrary to the D100, the Nikon D200 is not a converted analogue camera. Its design however does fit perfectly in the present generation of Nikon's dSLRs. The Nikon D200 digital reflex has been built and intended from scratch as a digital camera, something that is in fact more than apparent; everything has been impeccably integrated. Besides the semi-professional and serious hobby photographer, Nikon are clearly also aiming for the professional photographer with the introduction of the D200. The camera is made of a sturdy metal and has been aptly sealed to help make it resistant to water and dust.
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Nikon D200 d-SLR camera - Design
From the front side the Nikon D200 eyes as a true Nikon indeed, a compliment in my opinion. The handgrip is covered with rubber; which ensures the camera is easy to hold. At the top you find the second command dial, which, among other things, can be used to change the aperture. Under this dial we find the distinctive red border. The assistance illuminator for the auto focus is located between the handgrip and the viewfinder. It emits a very bright light indeed, one that could in fact almost be used as a flashlight. A little more down you find the depth of field control button. As you are able to hear the aperture close, it almost sounds as if you were shooting an image. Under this button you find the programmable FUNC button. Naturally, the mount is made of metal. The mirror is small, but does however manage to project a wonderfully large image in the viewfinder. Right of the mount both the lens unlock and the switch for the auto focus, which is a typical Nikon feature, are located. At the top with the viewfinder housing, you can find the flash correction and the button that enables you to fold up the built-in flash. The height to which this flash can be folded up however, is lacking just a tad, which can cause an uneven flash coverage with some lenses when using the lens hood. Under the D200 logo you will find the connection for the optional remote control. Unfortunately the Nikon D200 is short of the handy compartment meant for storing the cap, a feature that we did find on the D2X. A little extra caution is therefore advisable, so that you won't lose the cap.

Nikon D200 SLR camera - Studio flash
On the left topside we find the connection for a studio flash next to the eyelet for the camera strap. This connection too is protected by a small cap which can be easily lost. Under it you will find two rubber lids for the connection for the video, the A/C power and a fast Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface. Both lids are of good quality and well made, ensuring they will sufficiently protect the connections from moisture and dust.

Nikon D200 digital SLR - 2.5 inch LCD monitor
Naturally, the most striking feature on the back of the Nikon D200 is the large monitor with a diameter of 2.5 inch. The monitor is protected by a plastic cap, as is standard with Nikon. The D200 dSLR is however the first to also come equipped with a protective cap that isn't quickly lost, very handy indeed! Above the monitor we find the lens. It is positioned a little close to the camera; as a result your nose or cheek can easily bump into the monitor. Through the lens you have a view on a strikingly beautiful viewfinder image. A fantastically large one first and foremost! The buttons for the bracketing and the recycle bin to discard failed photos can be found left of the lens. In combination with the exposure mode button, the latter also functions as a quick button to format the memory card. This is yet another feature we commonly see on Nikon's D-SLRs.

Nikon D200 digital reflex camera - Buttons
Left of the monitor we find a row of buttons with a light brown colour. A colour that is in fact just a tad too dark, making it hard to see just what function the button stands for when you are working in low-light conditions. The uppermost one let's us look back at the images, under it we find the indispensable menu button. In the middle we find the button that enables the user to show the thumbnails and, in combination with the main command dial, zoom in within the image. Just below there is a button that enables you to secure an image or to access help when you are working in the menu. Lastly, we find an Enter button to confirm actions and zoom in.
Nikon D200 SLR camera - Multi selector
On the right side above the lens the dioptre setting has been located, enabling the user to look through the viewfinder without glasses. Right of this we find the exposure and auto focus lock with around it the mode dial for one of the three light metering methods. When moving rightwards we find the AF-ON button so that the auto focus can be activated separately from the shutter release button. On the far right the main command dial is located. Directly right of the monitor we find the multi selector which enables the user to scroll through the menu and select one of the eleven focus areas. The ring positioned around the multi selector also gives you the option to deactivate the switch entirely. A small lamp on the lower right side of the multi selector signals when action is taking place on the memory card. Under it we find the switch with which you can combine the focus areas, whilst the lever below gives access to the memory card. This can be done effortlessly with the thumb, ensuring the user is quickly able to take the memory card out of the camera by using the index finger. It is clear that Nikon have put a considerable amount of thought into this process. It is in fact yet another solution that stems from intense effort that Nikon have invested into listening and learning from the practice experiences of their photographers.

Nikon D200 d-SLR camera - Information LCD display
The Nikon D200 shows a remarkable amount of similarities to the F100 when looked at from above. The most prominent exception however, is the large format information LCD display, which is an utterly unique feature in contemporary digital reflex cameras. On the far left we find the buttons to alter the quality, sensitivity and white balance. This means there is no longer a need to exit your exposure program in order to change the sensitivity. Around these three buttons a ring, which needs to be unlocked by using a small pal, has been located. This ring serves to set the record rate and enables the user to fold up the mirror in advance. On top of the prism we find the hot shoe; the Nikon D200 makes full use of the excellent iTTL system. Naturally, a built-in flash is also present. On the right we find the status display, with in it, among other things, a very clear indication of the battery load. If the camera is switched off, the image counter remains visible. The buttons for the exposure modes and the exposure correction are located on top of the handgrip. Naturally, this is also where we find the shutter release button, this time without a wire connection for a self timer, surrounded by the main switch.

Nikon D200 - Battery & Memory card compartment
Lastly, the door that gives access to the compartment for the memory card is located on the right side of the Nikon D200 digital reflex camera. It has been fitted with a small rubber ridge, just as is the case with the door to the battery, which can be found on the bottom side of the camera. A metal tripod mount is also present. The overall design of the Nikon D200 is guaranteed to meet virtually all one's wishes and requirements. It truly is an extraordinarily equipped digital reflex camera, whose arrival has been more than eagerly anticipated by Nikon fans.
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