Nikon D7200

For our money, it’s sim­ply the best DX-for­mat cam­era ever, with sat­is­fy­ingly high-end fea­tures, han­dling and per­for­mance

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Re­mem­ber the D300 and D300s? Those ‘pro­fes­sional’-grade DX­for­mat cam­eras set such a high stan­dard that the ‘con­sumer­class’ D7000 and D7100 strug­gled to fill their boots. In some re­spects, the D7200 is only an in­cre­men­tal up­grade, but most of its key fea­tures have been re­vamped.

In terms of han­dling, the D7200 is re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to cur­rent full-frame favourites like the D610 and D750. There’s not much dif­fer­ence in size or weight ei­ther, although the new D750’s main body sec­tion is a lit­tle less chunky.

As a DX body, the D7200 is a good choice for ac­tion sports and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy, where the 1.6x crop fac­tor of the sen­sor stretches the tele­photo reach of lenses. It also has a swift sixframes-per-sec­ond max­i­mum burst rate, in­creas­ing to seven frames per sec­ond in 1.3x crop mode, which fur­ther ex­tends the fo­cal length mag­ni­fi­ca­tion ef­fect. Bet­ter still, whereas the pre­vi­ous D7100 had a rel­a­tively small mem­ory buf­fer that could be filled with as few as six RAW files, the D7200 has a more ca­pa­cious buf­fer for up to 18 to 35 RAW files, depend­ing on bit­depth and com­pres­sion set­tings.

Per­for­mance

Aut­o­fo­cus, me­ter­ing and auto white bal­ance give ac­cu­rate re­sults. Colour ren­di­tion and con­trast are sim­i­lar to that of the D750, although re­ten­tion of fine de­tail is rel­a­tively poor at very high ISOs. Apart from that, over­all per­for­mance is ex­cel­lent.

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We say… Edges ahead of the D5500 in terms of per­for­mance and qual­ity.

Aut­o­fo­cus, me­ter­ing and white bal­ance are very ac­cu­rate and highly con­sis­tent

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