Nikon D7200 £850/$1000

A pow­er­ful and so­phis­ti­cated DX cam­era

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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.

Per­for­mance

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

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