|Mastering the Nikon D7200
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|Nikon D7200 For Dummies
by Julie Adair King
Introducing the Nikon D7200, the star of Nikon's DX-format line-up. Bring your creative vision to life with photos and videos that shine with sharpness and clarity. Shoot in nearly any light—from dawn until after dusk—and capture everything from sports and action to wildlife and everyday moments. Then share your beautiful images easier than ever with a compatible smart device. Whether you're a passionate photographer or videographer looking for a tool to ignite your creativity, a pro in need of a nimble second camera or someone looking for an ideal blend of versatility and convenience, the D7200 is ready for your challenge.FEATURES: Your vision in stunning definition - Free of an optical low-pass filter, the D7200 produces remarkably pure, sharp photos and videos. Its 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS image sensor works together with EXPEED 4 image processing and NIKKOR lenses to enhance detail and tonality. This outstanding image quality is maintained all the way up to ISO 25,600 (two full stops higher than the D7200's predecessor) for amazing low-light images. You can also now expand the ISO range up to BW1 (51,200) and BW2 (102,400) to shoot monochromatic photos in even more challenging lighting situations. Whether shooting stills or video, selecting the 1.3x crop mode extends the reach of NIKKOR DX and FX-format lenses, getting you closer to sports, action, wildlife and more.Nikon's first DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi & NFC - Share your outstanding D7200 photos with no hassle, even when on the go. Just touch your compatible* smartphone or tablet with NFC to the D7200 to establish a Wi-Fi connection. Once connected, you can use your smart device to browse photos on the D7200 and then share your favorites by text message, email or posting online. You can also use your smart device as a remote for the D7200—see what the camera sees and take pictures! High-speed frame rate and increased buffer - With its 6 fps shooting capacity, the D7200 is an
From the Manufacturer
Share your creative vision in stunning definition with Nikon's first DSLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC; NFC feature for Android v 4.0 or later smart devices only). A 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor with no optical low-pass filter captures remarkably pure, sharp photos and videos all the way up to ISO 25,600, while EXPEED 4 image processing and Nikon's 51-point autofocus system helps deliver the speed to capture up to 6 fps. Add versatile video features, in-camera time-lapse and creative effects plus outstanding compatibility with the Nikon imaging system, and it's easy to see why the D7200 is the new star of Nikon's DX-format line-up.
For the first time, the exhilarating image quality, low-light capabilities and speed of a Nikon DSLR are available with the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC). Introducing the D7200, the new star of Nikon's DX-format line-up. Bring your creative vision to life with photos and videos that shine with sharpness and clarity. Shoot in nearly any light, from dawn until after dusk, and capture everything from sports and action to wildlife and everyday moments. Then share your beautiful images easier than ever with a compatible smart device. Whether you're a passionate photographer or videographer looking for a tool to ignite your creativity, a pro in need of a nimble second camera or someone looking for an ideal blend of versatility and convenience, the D7200 is ready for your challenge.
Free of an optical low-pass filter, the D7200 produces remarkably pure, sharp photos and videos. Its 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS image sensor works together with EXPEED 4 image processing and NIKKOR lenses to enhance detail and tonality. This outstanding image quality is maintained all the way up to ISO 25,600 (two full stops higher than the D7200's predecessor) for amazing low-light images. You can also now expand the ISO range up to BW1 (51,200) and BW2 (102,400) to shoot monochromatic photos in even more challenging lighting situations. Whether shooting stills or video, selecting the 1.3x crop mode extends the reach of NIKKOR DX and FX-format lenses, getting you closer to sports, action, wildlife and more.
Share your outstanding D7200 photos with no hassle, even when on the go. Just touch your compatible* smartphone or tablet with NFC to the D7200 to establish a Wi-Fi connection. Once connected, you can use your smart device to browse photos on the D7200 and then share your favorites by text message, email or posting online. You can also use your smart device as a remote for the D7200; see what the camera sees and take pictures!
With its 6 fps* shooting capacity, the D7200 is an outstanding choice for sports, wildlife and other fast action. It has a large buffer capacity that can handle up to approx. 100 shots of continuous shooting when in JPEG/fine/large; up to approx. 27 shots in 12-bit lossless compressed RAW or up to approx. 18 shots when using 14-bit lossless compressed RAW and DX-format image size. Switch to 1.3x image size and capture approx. 7 fps* in continuous high-speed mode.
*When using live view, the maximum frame rate will be approx. 3.7 fps.
Record daily life in stunning quality or experiment with new forms of creative expression. Create beautifully rendered time-lapse movies with smooth exposure variations entirely in-camera - a first for Nikon DX-format cameras. Make smooth exposure transitions with Auto ISO while monitoring with Highlight Display (Zebra Stripes). Apply Flat Picture Control for easier color grading in post. Transfer uncompressed footage onto an external recorder with the optional HC-E1 HDMI Cable while recording simultaneously to the internal SD memory card. Use the optional ME-W1 Wireless Microphone and record clear monaural audio from subjects as far as 164ft/50m away, or attach the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone to the ME-W1 Wireless Microphone's remote unit for stereo recording.
Whether you're capturing images in daylight or after dusk, the D7200's superb AF system will keep up. Its Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module achieves outstanding focus detection, even at a very dim -3 EV (ISO 100, 20C/68F). Its high-density 51 focus points cover a wide area of the frame in DX format and most of the frame in 1.3x Crop Mode, while 15 cross-type sensors in the center provide higher detection strength. One center AF point even works all the way to f/8, for greater focusing performance when using teleconverters.
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330 of 338 people found the following review helpful.
This Work Horse Easily Competes with Full-Frame Cameras!
[[VIDEOID:24a541ab1b00ac0bb18ee91792e70af2]] When looking to purchase a camera, my main concerns were low light capabilities, battery life, time-lapse capabilities, and cost. This camera exceeded all my expectations.
- It handles higher ISO very well. I'm very big on night photography. I usually will set the camera on 3200 - 6400 ISO and this has done an amazing job at keeping noise levels down and preserving detail.
- There is a built in intervalometer for time-lapse. Some limitations are that you can have a max of 30 second exposures. However, that should cover 99% of your scenarios.
- Battery life is phenomenal! When taking normal everyday photos, I have gotten 2000+ images on one charge. When doing long exposures, battery life is cut down to 1/3 as it takes battery to hold the shutter open. You can expect to get 5-6 hours of a 30 second exposure time lapse.
- Image quality is fantastic, and the burst of 6 photos a second is more than I need.
-Not having the deep pockets for a full frame camera, this was a great alternative. It easily competes with full-frame!
-Have taken more than 30,000 images in the short time I have owned the camera and not a single problem. Work Horse.
As an image can say much more than words, I will leave you with these samples.
256 of 280 people found the following review helpful.
I'm pleased with the D7200 so far.
By P. Swims (a lot)
NIKON D7200 REVIEW
I have always appreciated it when others, especially early adopters/buyers, take the time to write a thoughtful review of their own experiences with cameras and other equipment that I am interested in, here on Amazon.
Thus, my motivation for this review is to- pay it back.
My photo interests are photographing wildlife, birds (especially hummingbirds), people & groups- pretty general stuff. While I do not make my living at photography, I have been studying and working at improving my photography for many years.
Presently, I have and use the Nikon D300 & D600. Generally, I keep a long lens on the D300 (a DX-crop-sensor body) for immediate use if/when wildlife wanders by, as we live in a rural setting. The D600, (a FX or full-frame body) is my workhorse camera that I carry with me just about all the time. I had a D7000 (DX body), but gave it as a gift to my wife when upgrading to the D600. I really enjoyed using the D7000, but no getting a gift back once given!
(If interested, you can view examples of my photography at: www dot flickr dot com/photos/pms_swim/ -- You will need to replace dot with a period (.) Amazon still strips out web addresses in reviews, I think).
Anyway, I decided to get a newer DX body, as I have been using the D600 (FX) exclusively & would like to experience just a tad more reach a DX body provides with birds in flight with the lenses I use.
Initially I purchased a refurbished D7100 (DX) -it seems like a nice camera, but the copy I got had a very dirty sensor & I returned it.
Thus, I decided to buy a new body, but could not find a great deal to warrant the expenditure, at that point. This was before I heard about the D7200.
So,that is how I came to pre-order a D7200, after reading about features, and so forth.
I was attracted to the fast shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec (my D600 only goes to 1/4000 sec),
the faster frame rate & relatively larger buffer, the upgrade with auto-focus (AF).
I am not into video yet, but note that the D7200 seems capable.
Likewise, I am not sure I will use the wireless feature, but hope to explore it, soon.
One obstacle I had to accept when ordering the D7200 is the lack of software support.
In preparation for arrival of new camera, I updated my Nikon software on one computer:
switching from View NX to the just released View NX-I, and from Capture NX2 to the new Capture NX-D
so I would have software on hand to read the D7200 NEF (RAW) photo files.
You probably have noticed that there always seems to be lag time in getting upgrades to photo software (e.g. Adobe) that accommodates the photo files produced by new cameras.
I also purchased an inexpensive OP/TECH USA SUPER CLASSIC uni-loop camera strap (here on Amazon) to replace the gaudy NIKON camera straps. In addition to appearing more low-key when out & about with the camera, it allows for easy switching to / from a wrist strap, and for the temporary removal of the neck strap when placing camera on a tripod, if desired.
Another plus/factor in buying this camera is that it uses the same Nikon battery as the D600, so I have spares already on hand.
Likewise, the SD/SDHC memory card slot(s) use the same memory cards I have a supply of.
AND THE CAMERA ARRIVED TODAY! I was a tad concerned to see that Amazon only packed the camera box inside another box without any additional packaging (air space) materials, otherwise the out of the box experience was pretty great. I slipped a charged battery in place & 2 SDHC cards & formatted them, placed the 24-120mm, F/4 Nikon AF-S lens on.
Then, I walked around the pond on a rare (of late) sunny day here in southwest Arkansas. (see photos).
I was adjusting menus as I went. The AUTO setting produced nice photos in the shade, but was trying to POP UP the flash with bright backgrounds, so I switched to aperture priority & set the ISO about 500.
Also, I am used to setting the AE-L/AF-L button on back as my AF on button, and use the shutter only for metering & shutter release. I had some initial confusion in doing this as the AUTOFOCUS menu scrolls up into MOVIE settings & I kept missing that detail. I eventually remembered how to set the AE-L/AF-L button & shutter release button correctly.
Fortunately, one of the cats accompanied me on the stroll around the pond & proved to be a great model for trying AF with & without 3d tracking AF on. Using 3d tracking AF, II was able to fire away & capture most of the shots in sharp focus, as the cat rushed toward me. Without 3d tracing AF, II would only get the initial photo in focus. The autofocus is very quick. I also took photos of bees in front of their hive, birds in flight, fish on the surface of the pond and several flowers. The exposure and colors on the back of the camera (saving both NEF to card 1, JPG to card 2) look great. Now, over exposed several photos on this very bright day, but that was more camera operator error. I will want to try the AF later near dusk to see how camera operates in lowlight.
I will try to post these examples (cat, fish on pond, daffodils, birds in flight, honey bees, peach blossoms) for your viewing. Note,I still need to open & review the camera manual. Nor have I loaded the photos into the computer to see what ViewNX-I or Capture NX-D do with the NEF (RAW) files.
I will try to update if there is any interest. I will also try to answer any questions.
UPDATE: for past couple of days, I have tried to strip the non-characters" from this review, but they keep showing back up, so i nuked review & tried to redo. We will see. sorry. best intentions gone astray.
Using the 300mm, f/4 AF-S Nikor prime lens gives me hope that the autofocus will perform admirably. I took some photos of birds about bird feeder & will try to post them here, also. (NOTE: photos that I am attaching are from NEF files, converted via VIEW NX-I at about 60% balance quality/compression to jpgs. trade off size of file vs. helping you view details. I will also post to my FLICKR site at 100% (see address above in review). Also, I am having to learn how to use new Nikon Capture NX-D & View NX-I.
173 of 186 people found the following review helpful.
A worthy successor to the D300
I ordered my D7200 directly from Nikon, and it arrived earlier this week. My prior camera is the Nikon D300, and the D7200 is the first DX successor to the D300 that I felt was worthwhile, so I pulled the trigger and ordered it with the 18-140mm kit lens (which is surprisingly good). I'd previously played with the D7000 (not enough of an upgrade), D750 (passed on it due to the 1/4000 max shutter speed) and D810 (couldn't justify $3000 for what is a hobby for me).
I have primarily taken action photography with the D300 - bicycle racing of various forms - and would use 6fps, 12-bit RAW at times, or JPEG at other times when I was feeling lazy. One of the things I didn't like about the D300 was its high noise levels at anything above ISO 800, so good high ISO performance is important to me. The D7200's high ISO performance is light years ahead of it - see the attached picture that was taken at 1/20 sec, ISO 12800, handheld with the kit lens at 116mm. There's just no way I could do that with a D300. The 2nd picture is taken at ISO 1600. Again, far, far better than the D300.
My impressions are still preliminary - I'm still getting used to the very different modes on the D7200 when compared to the D300 (scene, full auto, effects, different AF modes that the D300 didn't have, and so on), but thus far I'm really impressed with the upgrade. The auto mode produces reliably good photographs in a point-and-shoot style, the scene modes are actually useful, and AF performance is significantly better in every aspect when compared to the D300. Low light focus is, subjectively, better - I haven't done a direct comparison, but it feels better.
Regarding buffer depth - yes, it's better than the D300, and while I haven't yet shot action with it, I'm pretty sure it will work just fine. If you use a fast SD card, you can achieve somewhere around 14 shots at 5fps (no, that's not a typo) before it slows down when you are shooting 14-bit RAW. Using 12-bit RAW you can get somewhere around 20-25 shots at 6fps.
To the person that said that it's a tinker toy: there's no way you've actually held it; the build quality is as good, if not better than, the D300. Both have magnesium bodies. The grip is virtually the same size as the D300 - the single biggest thing I noticed is the relative difference in location of the shutter release, and that took all of 5 minutes to adjust to.