D200 Digital SLR
First Look Preview
Nikon D200 Digital SLR above with MB-D200 Vertical Grip
AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II IF-ED Zoom Lens
1st , 2005
Nikon has today officially introduced the 10.2 megapixel Nikon
D200 digital SLR. The Nikon D200 is a successor to the popular
Nikon D100 (2002) and is positioned as an upgrade to the Nikon
that will appeal to a wide range of advanced hobby photographers,
semi-professionals and those who are looking for a durable back
up to their Nikon D2X, Nikon D2Hs or other Nikon digital SLR.
a newly developed 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD
image sensor combined with high-speed 4-channel data output
and features a new Optical Low Pass Filter, which according
to Nikon will allow D200 photographers to benefit from a significant
reduction in the possible occurance of moiré as well
as color fringing and shifting. The 4-channel output allows
the Nikon D200 to adopt the advanced image-processing engine
of the Nikon D2X that combines color-independent preconditioning
prior to A/D conversion with advanced digital image processing
algorithms to deliver fine color gradations with satisfyingly
smooth, consistent transitions.
D200 incorporates similar image processing engine to Nikon
Having had only
a few days so far to familiarize ourselves with an actual pre-production
Nikon D200 digital SLR combined with the new AF-S
DX 18-200mm VR IF-ED Nikkor zoom lens, we must
say that the handling and response of the Nikon D200 is quite
The Nikon D200 features Nikon's 1,005-pixel 3D Color Matrix
Metering II for highly accurate exposure metering. The D200's
1,005-pixel RGB-enabled sensor captures scene elements including
brightness, contrast and color content, while improved algorithms
based on Nikon D2X technology provide
for better evaluation of large area highlight and shadow detail.
The camera also utilizes an onboard database of over 30,000
images to evaluate rather than simply measure the true light
content of each scene.
With a fast
0.15 second power-up, a shutter time lag of only 50 milliseconds
and a shortened viewfinder blackout time of 105 milliseconds,
combined with a high-speed continuous shooting capability of
up to 5fps, with continuous bursts of up to 37 JPEG images or
up to 22 shots in NEF (RAW) format, the Nikon D200 is designed
to capture those sudden unexpected moments.
D200 features a new 11-area AF system in addition to 7-wide
area AF - both of which are based on Nikon's new Multi-CAM 1000
AF Sensor Module delivering fast and precise auto focus.
D200 also stands out in terms of its general look and feel.
Menus, dials and buttons are all logically laid out and the
magnesium alloy body construction provides for a rugged design
with a solid balance and a comfortable grip. For those users
that seek an even greater "pro" look and feel there
is an optional MB-D200 vertical release battery grip available
for the Nikon D200, which provides additional depth and heft
to the camera as well as some practical features.
D200 digital SLR is due to be released in mid December, and
will retail in Canada for an expected manufacturer's recommended
retail price (MSRP) of $2200 Canadian. The new AF-S DX 18-200mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED Nikkor zoom lens is expected to retail for
an MSRP of $950 Canadian. The expected street price of the Nikon
D200 in the US is $1699. To learn more about the Nikon D200
read through our First Look review below.
developed 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image
sensor with the power to capture exceptional sharpness and
faithful color at 3,872 x 2,592 pixels size. Incorporates
high-speed 4-channel data output that contributes to 5fps
continuous shooting performance and employs a newly developed
Optical Low Pass Filter that helps prevent moiré,
color fringing and shifting while improving resolving power.
the advanced imaging processing engine of the D2x, which
allows color-independent pre-conditioning prior to A/D conversion
to work in conjunction with digital image processing algorithms
to achieve fine color gradations with smooth, consistent
developed 11-area AF system packs the same number of focus
areas available for the professional D2 series into a space-efficient
system, with the photographer able to select individual
focus areas from 11-area wide and 7 wide-area AF for Single
Area AF, Dynamic AF that delivers precise Continuous servo
AF mode operation for moving subjects, Closest Subject Priority
Dynamic AF and also Group Dynamic AF. All the AF options
in the Nikon D200 are supported by refined lens-controlling
algorithms that realize improved focus precision, better
subject acquisition capability, keener subject tracking
ability and overall improved system response.
11-area AF points as seen in the D200 viewfinder, with the
brackets covering the 7-wide area AF points
Color Matrix Metering II (AE) - as used in the D2x - delivers
optimized exposure that is able to more precisely determine
the position and size of shadow or highlight areas through
new technology developed for the Nikon 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure
/ Color Matrix Metering Sensor. Also offers variable size
center-weighted metering which concentrates 75% of sensitivity
within the center-weighted circle, as well as spot metering
supporting each individual sensor of both the 7 wide-area
AF and 11-area AF groups.
magnesium alloy body construction gives the D200 lightweight
resilience, while an enhanced sealing system helps protect
all exterior seams from potentially damaging dust and moisture.
image optimization modes enable photographers to produce
results more closely matching the intended results, with
a range of choice comprising optimization of sharpening,
tone (contrast), color, saturation, and hue, with choices
from Normal, Softer, Vivid, More vivid, Portrait, Custom
and Black-and-white optimization.
instant power-up of 0.15 seconds lets photographers respond
to sudden opportunities.
50-millisecond shutter time lag on the Nikon D200 promotes
fast handling, while a 105-millisecond viewfinder blackout
provides a response that is especially useful during continuous
A large 2.5-inch
LCD monitor with a 170° viewing angle from every direction
assists accurate assessment of sharpness by enabling image preview
with up to 400% magnification. The Nikon D200's LCD monitor also
offers RGB information as a single display or separate histograms
for each color channel to enable better exposure-related decision-making.
continuous shooting performance at 5 frames per second
enables the shooting of up to 37 JPEG (Fine-Large) images*
or up to 22 NEF (RAW) images*, with shutter speeds ranging
from 1/8,000 of a second to 30 seconds.
D200 highlight area display
D200 colour channel histograms
The Nikon D200 features a built-in pop-up flash that supports
i-TTL flash control. Wireless control over remote speedlights
is possible with the built-in "Commander" mode similar
to that found on the Nikon D70s. The enhanced commander feature
on the D200 allows you to easily control up to 2 groups of remote
speedlights wirelessly, with the built-in flash acting as the
master. (Only with SB-800,
and SB-R200 Nikon Speedlights). 1/250 sec flash sync. FP High
Speed Sync is available with the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight.
Up feature can be enabled in the custom settings menu. Especially
useful for close up work.
A new color-coded
menu display features a color scheme that promotes easy viewing
as well as the use of intuitive keywords that assist speedy navigation.
There's also a Recent Settings list that displays the last 14
settings selected from shooting and Custom menus.
include single frame, 4- or 9-image thumbnail display, zoom with
scroll, histogram indication and highlight point display.
sensitivity settings from ISO 100 - 1600, and HI-0.3 (2000
ISO), HI-0.7 (2500 ISO), HI-1 (3200 ISO) which can be
set in 1/3 stop increments.
"ISO Auto" feature is available that allows
the camera to automatically adjust sensitivity to achieve
optimal exposure. The "ISO Auto" feature also
controls sensitivity when the built-in flash or
when the Nikon Speedlight SB-800 or SB-600 is used.
Nikon D200 is equipped with a 10-pin remote terminal for
various Nikon remote accessories (including
the new Nikon Remote Cord MC-36)
and a PC flash sync terminal for connecting studio strobes.
D200 features a double-bladed shutter unit tested to well
over 100,000 cycles ensuring highly reliable, highly durable
performance. The shutter unit also employs a refined mirror
balance mechanism that allows the mirror to complete its
motion cycle and reach a complete stop with virtually no
mirror bounce, providing the extended viewfinder visibility
essential for fast, accurate focus tracking and continuous
The large top
LCD panel makes it easy to read data at a glance, such as shooting
mode, battery condition, card information, gridline display, shutter
speed, F stop and number of remaining shots.
D200 Top View
newly developed high-energy EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion
battery delivers enough power to support the shooting
of up to 1,800 images on a single charge, can be recharged
at any time and features a handy real-time fuel gauge
system display that shows remaining charge by percentage,
number of shots since last charge and overall battery
exposure mode on the Nikon D200 enables up to 10 separate
images to be used to create a single composite to produce
imaginative and even surreal results.
Nikon D200 image overlay function (first introduced in
the Nikon D2X) creates a composite image in-camera from
two selected NEF (RAW) images. The original files remain
unaltered, opacity can be precisely controlled and the
resultant image can be saved in either RAW, JPEG or TIFF
to a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit via an optionally
available GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 enables the recording
of data including latitude, longitude, elevation and UTC
(Coordinated Universal Time) along with conventional shooting
data for each image.
optionally available MB-D200 battery pack adds extended
shooting capability with an ergonomic design. Able to run
on either six AA-size batteries or two EN-EL3e batteries*,
it also features an additional command dial and alternative
buttons for shutter release and AF start that make for more
comfortable vertical shooting.
* Compatible AA-size batteries comprise alkaline, NiMH,
lithium and nickel-manganese batteries.
optional Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-3* adds all the convenience
of IEEE802.11b/g capability, enabling cable-free image transfer
to a compatible computer while also supporting wide-ranging
network and security protocols for added assurance. * Available
only in countries that approve the use of thirteen frequency
Nikon D200 is compatible with Nikon's digital-exclusive DX Nikkor
lenses as well as Nikon's 35mm/digital compatible AF Nikkor
D200 with the new AF-S DX 18-200mm VR IF-ED Nikkor zoom lens
Nikon Creative Lighting System allows the D200 digital SLR
to work seamlessly with the Nikon SB-800, SB-600 and SB-R200
Speedlights to deliver the benefits of i-TTL flash control's
advanced monitor pre-flash, accurate measurement for bounce
and versatile wireless operation. SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights
also offer a Wide-Area AF-assist Illuminator specially tailored
to the D200's 11-area Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module.
Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4, not included) unlocks the extensive
potential of NEF (Nikon Electronic Format). Not only does
it make smoother fidelity for tonal and other color corrections
possible, but it also empowers photographers to reprocess
images at any time and save the results to the original
NEF file as a new Instruction Set, or as a TIFF or JPEG
file, while retaining the integrity of the original data
at all times.
Page: Nikon D200 Features and Construction
Ver. 1.6 (complimentary with camera) empowers the photographer
with tools that help expand the enjoyment of photography.
include tools for Organizing the images to promote effective
viewing, Automatic and manual options for image editing,
Design selections that help make multi-image album and
presentation pages, and tools to help photographers
share images with others through CD/DVD burning, slide
shows, muvee presentations, fast and effective e-mailing
and access to Nikon's PictureProject In-touch. In addition
to helping anyone enjoy their pictures, PictureProject
also provides the means to make sure that the computer's
hard drive won't turn into an "electronic shoe
box" full of pictures - instead they can be kept
as neatly ordered as the user like.
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