D200 SLR Nikon Review
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Tuesday 1st November 2005
Written by Dennis Hissink
Nikon D200 Body
Handling the new Nikon D200 is like handling a professional digital SLR camera. It is a fact that the look and feel are a perfect balance, and from a D100 point of view more than just a Megapixel upgrade. The D200 opens a new class of camera. At this moment there is no competitor capable of providing you with a D-SLR with such an impressive list of specifications for such a price! The camera is built very solid, the grip is there. It gives you the feeling you really have got a camera in your hands. No plastic, insubstantial unbalanced or cheap feeling, but solid, balanced and robust. The body has an advanced sealing system that protects the camera from moisture and dust, making it suitable for various shooting conditions. The integrated double-shutter is tested for 100,000 cycles! The features of the Nikon D200 are a perfect solution for the dedicated amateur, but also for the semi-pro and pro who are looking for a second camera besides their D2x and D2Hs taking advantage of the Nikon DX system.
Nikon D200 2.5-inch display and D2x ergonomics
Nikon D200 Action photography Nikon D200 10.2 Megapixels
Nikon D200 D-SLR Action photography Nikon D200 D-SLR 10.2 Megapixels
Nikon D200 D-SLR Action photography Nikon D200 D-SLR 10.2 Megapixels
Although the Nikon D200 is not developed to become the ultimate action D-SLR camera it performs well beyond expectations. What about shooting 37 JPEG high quality pictures continuously with an ultra fast speed of five frames per second or for the RAW fans an impressive 22 RAW format files with five fps? During my moments with the D200 I enjoyed the power of the new Nikon D-SLR. It is fast, accurate and the newly developed MultiCAM 1000 auto focus offers great flexibility in the field. The 11-area AF system is inherited directly from the D2x camera as well as the 7-wide area AF. The ultra fast power-up of only 0.15 seconds and a speedy shutter lag time of just 50 milliseconds combined with a viewfinder blackout time of 105 milliseconds give the Nikon D200 a status of ultra-fast all-rounder. To be able enjoying the action; make sure to use a high-speed card like the SanDisk Extreme series.
Besides being packed in a magnesium alloy body that contains various D2x features, so far we haven't mentioned one fundamental feature; the image sensor. Although many of us expected Nikon to go for the CMOS, following in the footsteps of their biggest rival, Nikon chose to go ahead with the CCD instead. The newly developed 10.2 effective Megapixel Nikon DX format CCD image sensor provides a resolution of 3872x2592 pixels and has a high ISO sensitivity range of 100 - 1600 and a HI-setting of 3200 ISO. Due to the incorporation of a newly developed Optical Low Pass filter moiré, color fringing and shifting is minimized improving the overall image quality. Thanks to the DX format the Nikkor lenses are able to deliver their best quality using only the center of the lens, which offers the highest resolution. This is something that full frame sensor D-SLR cameras have difficulties with; to combine full frame and a lens to get the best out of the sensor.
Single-servo AF Continuous-servo AF Manual focus
Nikon D200 SLR Continuous-servo AF
Nikon D200 SLR Single-servo AF Nikon D200 SLR Continuous-servo AF Nikon D200 SLR Manual focus
On the front of the D200 D-SLR you will find a focus mode selector. Rotating the selector until it clicks into the place you desire (C, S or M) lets you select the focus mode. Rotate the selector to S for Single-servo autofocus. The Nikon D200 will focus automatically when you push the shutter-release button halfway. As soon as the camera is in focus a picture can be taken.
Sometimes it is necessary to let the camera focus continuously while you press the shutter-release button halfway. Especially when the subject is moving it makes it a lot easier when the focus is continuously adjusted and compensated. The default setting of the D200 enables capturing photographs whether or not the camera is in focus.
Choosing manual focus means deactivating the auto focus. You have to manually adjust the focus using the lens focusing ring. The viewfinder focus indicator will help you confirm the focus, but then you need a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster, otherwise the indicator may not be able to detect any focus at all. This mode allows you to take photographs any time, focused or not.
Dennis Hissink
Image quality White balance
Nikon D200 SLR Image quality Nikon D200 SLR White balance
Editor's comment:
"The D-SLR market is exploding and manufacturers are facing tough competition. At this moment consumers are able to choose from several D-SLR solutions, some entry-level, others professional. Although it seems that there is a lot to choose from, the market is missing a real semi-pro priced digital SLR with the latest technology. Today Nikon delivers such a D-SLR camera by introducing the Nikon D200. After having been introduced to the D200 I was informed about the price that I found truly amazing. To be honest I expected EUR 2,200 at least, but the price Nikon is aiming for will make the market for D-SLR shake. Expect the first initial shipment of Nikon D200 D-SLR cameras around December..."
Nikon D200 SLR Image quality Nikon D200 SLR White balance
The camera supports various image quality options. NEF (RAW) format saves RAW 12-bit data from the image sensor directly to the memory card. JPEG (Fine, Normal or Basic) is compressed at a ratio of 1:4, 1:8 or 1:16. You can also select NEF+JPEG (F, N or B) in order to ensure having the RAW data as an original file from each picture.
Sometimes it is necessary to adjust the white balance of the D200 camera. The color of light reflected from the object you capture may vary from the color of the light source. Normally the automatic white balance is recommended. For the occasions that this is insufficient you may choose from incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, color temperature or pre set (manual).
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