The D7200 inspires confidence and you will be reassured by the presence of a magnesium alloy chassis that makes the DSLR structurally sound while maintaining a certain lightness. A relative lightness, because the D7200 displays 750 g card and battery in place. The exterior coating is quality and the grip is nice. A good impression reinforced by the handle perfectly designed with a “hollow” for the fingertips well adapted since it leaves enough space between the handle and the lens to make accessible two keys in front. Like most DSLRs at this level, the D7200 has gaskets to protect it from dust and splash.
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A small tour of the owner is essential. On the front and side of the handle, you will find two customizable controls Fn and Pv. For both buttons, you can combine many features such as preview, RAW, different light metering, or access to the custom menu.
You can also associate a feature and the ability to edit it using the wheel as the dimensions of the image, the HDR. Both commands can be customized for specific use in live view.
On the other side you will find the autofocus module control center. Indeed, the lever associated with a central button allows you to choose the autofocus mode (AF or Manual), but also the AF program by keeping the button pressed: the rear wheel to switch from AF-S to AF mode. C and AF-A, the front wheel then serving to choose the number of active collimators. Above, a BKT key activates the bracketing mode and above, you will find the command for the flash pop-up.
As for the other enclosures of the D7xxx range, the newcomer has, on the left shoulder, a barrel for choosing the exposure mode (PSAM, scene modes, U1, U2, effects, auto …) equipped with a lock (central button). Below, a ring allows you to select the engine: Single, burst fast / slow, silent, self-timer and mirror up).
Above the viewfinder you will find the accessory shoe and two mic inputs for stereo sound recording. On the right shoulder, you will discover a large monochrome LCD reminder. On the handle, a control for the exposure metering, a key for the video recording, the shutter (with the crown for the power-up), the exposure compensation and finally an adjustment wheel are housed.
Qualities of the images
As usual with the Nikon D7000, we are dealing here with a sensor APS-C, DX in the Nikon nomenclature. Unlike the predecessor, the definition is no longer 24.1 Mpx but 24.2 Mpx. A small difference that probably reveals a change of supplier: finished the Toshiba experience, back to Sony? Judging the general rendering of the images generated by the D7200, this hypothesis seems rather believable. Unless it is the work of the Expeed 4 processor.
The sensitivity range has changed slightly. The minimum remains at 100 ISO but the 12800 ISO and 25600 ISO are now included in the standard range whereas it was, before, extensions Hi 1.0 and Hi 2.0. These last two positions can now reach 51200 ISO and ISO 102400 respectively, but beware, for this, it will be necessary in the sub-menu “Picture Control” opt for monochrome. If we could dream of tri-chromatic assemblies, our hopes are quickly cooled as the smoothing and the geometric artifacts make the images unusable. Fortunately, the D7200 is now irreproachable between 100 ISO and 3200 ISO, gaining a diaphragm compared to its predecessor, and may even remain fully usable up to ISO 10,000. There, the smoothing will be visible but, during our tests during the game of roller derby, the images realized while climbing at these sensitivities remain quite exploitable. Note for fans of rendering and dynamic neutrality that the D7200 now has the “Picture Control> Flat” setting.
In manual mode (M), the Nikon D7200 is capable of operating in ISO Auto. To do this, simultaneously press the ISO button on the left of the screen and turn the front wheel to activate or deactivate the automatic sensitivity. By doing the same, but turning the rear dial, you manually set the sensitivity. Always in M mode, it is possible to adjust the speed but not the opening. The arrival of the zebras makes it possible to manage the exposure as well as possible. The “Picture Control Flat” rendering is also available in video. The autofocus is rather effective, but audible, on the other hand, the pumping effect is quite inelegant in video. You would be tempted to switch to manual focus but, as in the photo, you will run against the lack of focus peaking.
There is no 4K but good old Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) in 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p. We advise you to stay in 30p, 25p or 24p to get the best picture quality. Indeed, to use the 60p and 50p, the Nikon D7200 requires not only to switch to croppy mode “DX x1,3” but, in addition, it generates videos that jerk: the world upside down! On the sound side, it is not very famous, the micro saturates quickly and a light breath remains perceptible, even activating the reduction of wind noise – and even indoors.
You can order it now here:
NIKON D7200 AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Kit