Nikon D7200 Review – The new D7200 offers small upgrades over its predecessor, but Callum McInerney-Riley asks, is this enough to improve upon the D7100?

Product Overview

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Nikon D7200

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Pros:

  • - Has lots of control buttons making it quick to change settings
  • - Quick AF system with a total of 51 points
  • - Built-in NFC connectivity for sharing with a smartphone or tablet

Cons:

  • - No touchscreen/articulation like others in the Nikon range
  • - No change in body design over the Nikon D7100

Product:

Nikon D7200 Review

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Price as reviewed:

£939.00 (Body only)

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Nikon D7200 Review – Focusing

Using the same Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 II AF module as the top-end D810, the AF system features an impressive 51 points, of which 15 are the cross-type. These can focus on both vertical and horizontal detailing, as opposed to just vertical detail. The AF array covers a large portion of the frame – if shooting in 1.3x crop, the points cover the entirety of the frame.

The middle focus point is sensitive to -3EV, which is an improvement over the -2EV of the D7100. This should allow photographers to autofocus by moonlight – albeit slowly. The centre AF point is sensitive to f/8, which means the camera will autofocus lenses with this maximum aperture, such as an f/4 lens used with a 2x teleconverter.

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When I first took the D7200 out shooting I was instantly impressed with the speed and intelligence of the autofocusing. When shooting with all the AF points active, the selection of points locked on to exactly what I wanted to shoot, even in challenging situations.

When shooting moving subjects, I mostly relied upon continuous AF with all 51 points active, but when I wanted to target a single subject across the frame, I found it best to switch over to 3D tracking mode. This allowed me to first lock the subject with a single focus point then track it across the scene.

In challenging low-light conditions, AF is slower but it still finds focus very quickly, plus there’s a AF assist beam that helps to obtain focus a bit faster.

When in live view mode, AF is noticeably slower and it takes a while to hunt back and forth to acquire focus. When focusing from close-up to far away, or vice versa, it typically takes around 1sec to achieve focus, but it is accurate and also very quiet in operation.

  1. 1. Nikon D7200 Review - At a glance
  2. 2. Nikon D7200 Review - Build and Handling
  3. 3. Nikon D7200 Review - LCD / viewfinder
  4. 4. Nikon D7200 Review - Focusing
  5. 5. Nikon D7200 Review - Metering, White Balance and Colour
  6. 6. Nikon D7200 Review - Image Quality
  7. 7. Nikon D7200 Review - Our Verdict
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