The committee members issued the following statement in support of bestowing the Camera Grand Prix 2006 honor on the Nikon D200 digital SLR.
"The Nikon D200 contributes to the widespread dissemination of photographic culture as a digital SLR offering superior operability at an affordable price for both entry-level digital SLR camera users as well as professional and high-end amateur photographers. This high-quality camera received superior evaluations for many of its facets, including performance, price, design, operability and durability.Furthermore, the Nikon D200 offers the first 10.2-megapixel CCD image sensor in APS-C Format. Delivering immediate performance, including instant and world-leading*1 power-up of only 0.15 seconds, a remarkable shutter release time lag of only 50 milliseconds, and up to 54 consecutive shots*2 at 5 fps, this camera challenges or surpasses higher-priced products.
For enhanced reliability, the Nikon D200 digital SLR features a magnesium body with a superb sealing system that protects against dust and moisture and the shutter unit has been tested through more than 100,000 cycles. The approximately 95% viewfinder frame coverage and approx. 0.94x high-magnification viewfinder with glass pentaprism also contribute to the D200s high overall performance as a digital SLR camera."
*1 As of November
10, 2005, among digital SLR cameras with interchangeable lenses.
In April 2006, the Nikon D200 also received the Best D-SLR Expert in Europe 2006, from TIPA (Technical Image Press Association), which represents the European photo and imaging publishing industry. These honors - from Japan and Europe - have singled out the Nikon D200 for the highest levels of international recognition.
Established in 1984, the Camera Grand Prix has been awarded to Nikon cameras on five occasions. Previous wins occurred in 1984 (the 1st Grand Prix) for the Nikon FA; 1989 (the 6th Grand Prix) for the Nikon F4; 1997 (the 14th Grand Prix) for the Nikon F5; and 2004 (the 21st Grand Prix) for the Nikon D70. Learn more about the Nikon D200 in our first look review.