Nikon D7200 DSLR Review

Nikon D7200 review
A solid build quality and a fast image processor highlight the D7200. Nikon

The Bottom Line

The Nikon D7100 was a strong camera when released in 2013, offering tremendous image quality and a nice set of features. But it was starting to show its age a bit, lacking some of the "extra" features that are popular today, even in DSLR cameras. So, as shown in this Nikon D7200 DSLR review, the manufacturer chose to try to create a model that could match the D7100's strengths, while also providing the needed upgrades to make the D7200 a desirable model.

Photographers who wanted a high-speed performer will be the biggest beneficiaries of the upgrade to the D7200. Nikon gave this model its newest image processor, the Expeed 4, which provides strong performance improvements over older Nikon cameras. And with a larger buffer area, the D7200 is a tremendous DSLR camera for use in continuous shot mode and for sports photographers.​

Although the Nikon D7200 DSLR is a great camera in a lot of areas, its APS-C sized image sensor is a bit of a disappointment. When you're looking at a camera well into the four-figure price range, you might expect a full frame image sensor. Nikon initially offered the D7200 for around $1,700 with a kit lens, but the price tag has taken a significant drop in the past several months, making it much easier to accept the APS-C sized image sensor.

Specifications

  • Resolution: 24.2 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: NA, uses interchangeable lenses
  • LCD: 3.2-inch, 1,228,800 pixels
  • Maximum image size: 6000 x 4000 pixels
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.2 x 3.0 inches
  • Weight: 23.9 ounces (camera body only)
  • Image sensor: APS-C (23.5x15.6 mm)
  • Movie mode: HD 1080p

Pros

  • Great image quality
  • Fast performance with a new image processor
  • Inclusion of Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity
  • Solid build quality
  • Large and sharp LCD screen

Cons

  • LCD has no tilt or touch capability
  • Wi-Fi setup is tricky
  • Video recording mode is limited to 30 fps without a crop factor applied
  • Heavy camera
  • Might expect a larger image sensor than the D7200's APS-C sized sensor in this price range

Image Quality

Although the Nikon D7200's APS-C sized image sensor is of a high quality, some photographers will expect a full-frame image sensor in a model with a price tag of more than $1,000. After all, the best entry-level DSLRs such as the D3300 and D5300 from Nikon both also offer APS-C sized image sensors at half the price. 

With 24.2 megapixels of resolution in the image sensor, the D7200's images are of a tremendous quality, no matter the shooting conditions. Colors are vibrant and accurate, and the images are very sharp the vast majority of the time.

When shooting in low light, you can use the popup flash unit, add an external flash to the hot shoe, or increase the ISO setting to shoot without a flash. All three options work very well. Although the D7200 has an extended ISO range of 102,400, you probably shouldn't expect pristine results once the ISO surpasses 3200. You still can shoot relatively good photos with the ISO at the top of its native range of 25,600, as the noise reduction features built into the camera work pretty well.

 

Video recording is limited to full 1080p HD. There's no 4K video recording option with the D7200. And you are limited to 30 frames per second at full HD video recording unless you are willing to accept a cropped video resolution, at which time you can shoot at 60 fps.

Performance

Performance speeds are terrific with the Nikon D7200, thanks in large part to the upgrade to the Expeed 4 image processor. The ability of the D7200 to shoot in burst mode for far longer stretches than the D7100 is impressive. You can record at about 6 frames per second in JPEG, and you can shoot at that speed for at least 15 seconds.

 

The D7200 has a 51-point autofocus system, which works fast. It might be nice to have a few more autofocus points for a DSLR in this price range, though.

Nikon added Wi-Fi connectivity to the D7200 versus the older model, but it is difficult to set up, which is a disappointment. Still, having the ability to share photos on social networks immediately after you shoot them is a nice feature to have in an intermediate-level DSLR model.

Design

The D7200 looks and feels a lot like almost every other Nikon camera out there, such as the previously mentioned entry-level D3300 and D5300 ... until you lift the D7200, that is. This Nikon model is a very sturdy camera with a solid build quality, and you'll feel it the first time you pick up the D7200. It weighs 1.5 pounds without a lens attached or the battery installed. It can be difficult to hand hold the D7200 in low light conditions without suffering from camera shake, just because of its heft.

The other area where the D7200 differs quite a bit from its less expensive counterparts is in the number of dials and buttons on the top of the camera body. You have quite a few different means of changing the camera's settings, which is a great feature for advanced photographers who like to have plenty of manual control options. These control features really set the D7200 apart from entry-level DSLRs.

Nikon included a larger than average 3.2-inch LCD screen with an extremely high pixel count for those who like to shoot in Live View mode, but the LCD cannot tilt or swivel away from the camera.

There's also a high-quality viewfinder option for framing photos.

The D7200's body is sealed against weather and dust, but it is not a waterproof model.

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