Nikon D7200 £850/$1000
A powerful and sophisticated DX camera
Until the D500 burst onto the scene, the D7000 and its successors were the highest ranking DX-format cameras sold in Nikon’s line-up. Build quality is noticeably better in this line than it is in the D3000 and D5000 series of cameras, with a body chassis based on magnesium alloy rather than carbon composite.
A sporty number, the Nikon D7200 boasts a fast 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed and a fairly rapid 6fps continuous drive rate. This rises to 7fps in 1.3x crop mode, which further extends its telephoto reach. It also has a sizeable memory buffer, enabling you to keep firing at top speed for up to 35 shots in RAW quality mode. Autofocus is also upgraded, to a second-generation, Multi-CAM 3500 module with 51 AF points – 15 of which are cross-type. The central AF point can also function at f/8, enabling autofocus when combining an f/4 lens with a 2x converter.
One of the biggest ‘upgrades’ over the D3400 and D5500 comes in terms of handling. With extra dials and buttons, you can change wide-ranging shooting parameters on the fly, without needing to resort to menus. This makes the whole process of creative shooting more natural, and massively reduces the risk of missing a shot because you’ve become bogged down in menu options. The addition of a secondary LCD screen on the top panel is also in keeping with Nikon’s higher-end cameras, and makes it easier to keep track of the camera’s status and settings.
We suffered a few hit-and-miss moments with the D7000, especially in terms of autofocus accuracy. The D7100 was an improvement, but the D7200 delivers better, more consistent performance across autofocus, metering and white balance.
Unless you need the allaction speed of the D500, it’s the best DX-format upgrade, and great value at the price.
A sporty number, the Nikon D7200 boasts a fast 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed and a fairly rapid 6fps continuous drive rate