Nikon D200 Conclusion
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Nikon D200 D-SLR Review Conclusion
D200 SLR- Page 8/20
Tuesday 1st November 2005
Written by Dennis Hissink
Nikon D200 LCD monitor
The back of the Nikon D200 features a beautiful large 2.5-inch format LCD display with a 170° viewing angle from every direction that assists accurate assessment of sharpness by enabling image preview with magnification up to 400%. From the product shots you're able to see the difference between the Nikon D100 and D200 D-SLRs. The back of the Nikon D100 features an LCD of only 1.8-inches; compared to the D200's monitor I have noticed a remarkable difference between contrast, colour and indeed the viewing angle.
Nikon D200 back (left) versus Nikon D100 back (right)
Nikon D200 back (left) versus Nikon D100 back (right)
Normally if you look from +45° above the display turns very pale or light and from -45° below the monitor turns almost complete dark. But the Nikon D200 handles it all very well; the monitor provides a clean, bright picture at all viewing angles. The new color-coded menu display features a color scheme that promotes easy viewing as well as the use of intuitive keywords that assist speedy navigation. Very handy is the Recent Settings list that displays the last 14 settings selected from shooting and custom menus and playback options.
Nikon D200 MB-D200 Battery pack
Nikon D200 Built-in Flash
Nikon D200 SLR MB-D200 Battery pack Nikon D200 SLR Built-in Flash
To gain more power, and grip, Nikon designed the new MB-D200 Battery-pack. It is attached under the D200 camera. The Nikon MB-D200 takes one or two rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline, NiMH, lithium, nickel manganese batteries. It is equipped with a shutter-release button and main- and sub-command dials for improved operation when taking photographs in vertical orientation. When the MB-D200 is attached it gives the camera more weight and more grip. When you use other batteries than the EN-EL3e you have to select the type of battery in the menu of the camera to ensure accurate display of battery level.
Very convenient is the built-in flash of the Nikon D200. It just gives you some extra light in situations where it is needed or when you forgot to bring your Speedlight with you. The built-in flash also supports Advanced Wireless Lighting. With Matrix or center-weighted metering the i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash is activated. Standard i-TTL Flash for Digital SLR is activated automatically when spot metering is selected. Other flash settings are: Front curtain sync, Rear curtain sync, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction and Red-eye reduction + Slow sync. The Nikon D200 is equipped with a Guide Number 12/39 flash (ISO 100, m/ft). i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash for Digital SLR: Speedlight emits series of nearly invisible pre-flashes (monitor pre-flashes) immediately before main flash. Pre-flashes reflected from objects in all areas of frame are picked up by the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor and are analyzed in combination with information from the matrix metering system to adjust flash output for natural balance between the main subject and ambient background lighting.
Nikon i-TTL flash Center-weighted area MB-D200 AF-on button
Nikon D200 i-TTL flash Nikon D200 Center-weighted area Nikon D200 MB-D200 AF-on button
Nikon D200 i-TTL flash Nikon D200 Center-weighted area Nikon D200 MB-D200 AF-on button
With standard i-TTL Flash for digital SLR, flash output is adjusted to bring lighting in the frame to standard level; brightness of background is not taken into account. Recommended for shots in which main subject is emphasized at expense of background details, or when exposure compensation is used. Standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR is activated automatically when spot metering is selected. If the built-in flash is used in continuous shooting mode, only one photograph will be taken each time the shutter-release button is pressed. Vibration reduction (available with VR lenses) does not take effect if the shutter-release button is pressed halfway while the built-in flash is recharging. After the built-in flash is used for several consecutive shots, it may turn off briefly to protect the flash. The built-in flash can be used again after a short pause. The flash angle of the built-in flash can cover the field of view of an 18mm lens. It may not be able to light the entire subject with some lenses or apertures. Some compositions ask for an accurate center-weighted metering under certain light conditions. When calculating exposure, center-weighted metering assigns the greatest weight to a circle in the center of the frame. The diameter of this circle can be selected from 6, 8, 10, and 13 mm (the default option is 8 mm; note that the diameter is fixed at 8 mm when a non-CPU lens is used, regardless of the setting selected for Non-CPU Lens Data in the shooting menu).
When you attach the MB-D200 battery pack to the D200 D-SLR camera you can assign specific functions to the AF-ON button. The default setting is AF-on + Focus Area where the AF-on button on the MB-D200 battery pack has the same function as the camera AF-on button. The focus area can be selected by turning the Command dial. Other functions are: AE/AF-L+ Focus Area where it performs the same function as camera AE-L/AF-L button, AE/AF-L where the AF-ON button on battery pack performs the same function as camera AE-L/AF-L button, Focus Area where Focus area can be selected by pressing AF-ON button on MB-D200 and rotating sub-command dial, and same as FUNC button where it can be assigned to camera FUNC button using Custom Setting f4.
Accessory shoe PictBridge USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Nikon D200 Accessory shoe Nikon D200 PictBridge Nikon D200 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Nikon D200 Accessory shoe Nikon D200 PictBridge Nikon D200 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
The Nikon D200 D-SLR camera is equipped with an accessory shoe that allows Nikon SB-series Speedlights, including the Nikon SB-800, 600, 80DX, 50DX, 28DX, 28, 27, 23, 22S, and 29S. These Speedlights can be mounted directly on the D200 without a sync cable. To prevent accidentally falling from the accessory shoe it is equipped with a safety lock for Nikon Speedlight with a locking pin, as are the Nikon SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights. When an optional Speedlight is not attached to the shoe the internal flash of the D200 supports advanced wireless Lighting which means it can be used as a commander unit for remote SB-800, SB-600, and SBR200 Speedlights.
Almost always present, but mostly forgotten: the PictBridge compatibility. This helpful standard enables printing images directly from the camera on a PictBridge supporting printer. The USB option in the Set-up menu has to be set to PTP. Turn the D200 off and connect the USB cable to the camera and to the PictBridge printer. Turn the camera on and you will immediately see a welcome PictBridge screen. Now you are able to select the image, number of images, etc directly from the camera and print them via the printer without the need for a PC.
The Nikon D200 is equipped with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. Not long ago digital cameras were only equipped with USB 1.1 or even serial interfaces. Today most digital cameras incorporate USB 2 interfaces. USB 2.0 has three different signalling rates: Low Speed (1.5Mbps), Full Speed (12Mbps), and Hi-Speed (480Mbps). The Nikon D200 D-SLR offers Hi-Speed transmission. Especially when working with Nikon Capture software and shooting in a studio environment the high speed transmission from camera to computer during the shooting is really convenient.
Playback zoom Image overlay Auto exposure lock
Nikon D200 Image overlay
Nikon D200 Playback zoom Nikon D200 Image overlay Nikon D200 Auto exposure lock
When you playback your captured shots the D200 lets you zoom in on the image. Pressing the Playback zoom button makes a frame appear showing the area you currently zoomed in. You can use the multi-selector on the back of the camera to move the frame and via the main command dial you can control the size of the frame. Select the area, select the frame size and you are able to zoom in very accurately on your captured pictures. Holding down the multi-selector lets you scroll through the image.
A nice and creative feature of the D200 D-SLR is the image overlay function. Two existing RAW images are combined to form a single picture and then saved separately from the originals. Via the menu you can activate the Image Overlay feature. You will get a preview of the first RAW image which is highlighted. Then you are able to select the gain of the image and move over to the second RAW image. After this procedure you can activate the overlay and a new two-RAW combined image will be saved.
It might occur that the subject is not in the metered area when the picture is taken. Resulting in an exposure that will be based on lighting conditions in the back ground, and the main subject may be under- or over-exposed. When center-weighted metering is used, an area in the center of the frame is assigned the greatest weight when determining exposure. Similarly, when spot metering is used, exposure is based upon lighting conditions in the selected focus area. The Auto exposure lock button ensures the subject to be placed in the metered area, exposure will be locked and the composition can be made.
Dennis Hissink
Nikon D200
Nikon D200 all-round digital reflex camera
Editor's conclusion:
"I have had the Nikon D200 only for a short period of time, but within no-time I was very enthusiastic about the new D-SLR. For the Nikon D100 user it is the ideal camera to upgrade to a higher platform, a new class of digital SLR. For the semi-pro or pro photographer the D200 D-SLR could be the perfect solution and they can have it functioning as a second camera, an all-round backup. The built-in features and technique, inherited from the professional D2x, are just great. The technique is high-level and for its price you will get just about everything you could wish for. I have used the D200 for testing in a studio environment, and after shooting some product shots, examining the RAW data and editing the file to my personal desired end-result; I am convinced. This is the camera I was waiting for. For all those Nikon fans out there, you have had to wait a long time, too long maybe. But today you will be pleased to learn that there is a new D-SLR available. Expect the first shipment around December 2005 with plenty of D200's in the first months of 2006! 'Bridging the gap' is just what the Nikon D200 did, impressive!.."
Nikon D200 all-round digital reflex camera
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