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Nikon D200 Digital SLR
First Look Preview - Pg 2

Nikon D200 Features and Construction

Nikon D200 with vertical battery grip and lens

Nikon D200 above with MB-D200 vertical release battery grip and the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G VR IF-ED telephoto zoom lens

Nikon D200 Intro, D200 Features and Construction, D200 Specifications,
Nikon D200 Press Release Info, Nikon D200 and Accessory Pricing





Nikon D200 Auto Focus System
The Nikon D200 digital SLR is equipped with a newly developed advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module offering 11-area AF that ensures consistently fast and precise focus lock under varying shooting conditions. Not only is the D200 system able to use each of its 11 focus areas individually, aiding in pinpoint focus on still subjects, but it can also operate as a 7-wide area AF system, offering broad coverage that improves the camera’s ability to acquire moving subjects and delivers greater compositional freedom.

11 Area AF
1 cross-type sensor
8 vertical sensors
2 horizontal sensors
7 Area AF
1 cross-type sensor
4 vertical sensors
2 horizontal sensors

Lens focus action is controlled on the Nikon D200 by the latest programming algorithms, which further improve system response, focus precision, as well as subject acquisition and tracking abilities. Autofocus detection with the Nikon D200 extends from -1 to 19 EV.

The Nikon D200 digital SLR AF area modes include:

Single Area AF is great for picking a single subject out of a scene with multiple elements. Use any one of the 11-area AF or 7 wide-area AF spot sensors individually to achieve sharp results, even when your intended subject is located off center and surrounded by other objects. Assisting operation with easy confirmation, the selected area is indicated within the viewfinder and on the Top Control Panel if desired.

Dynamic AF used with Continuous servo-AF mode operation helps maintain precise focus with the D200 should the subject move from its original position – instantly and automatically shifting the selected focus area to correspond to the subject’s new location.

Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF can be ideal for portraiture in characteristic settings that include action or complex elements. It automatically identifies the subject closest to the camera using the 11 sensors, and enables composition that captures the entire scene while keeping the focus emphasis on the closest subject.

Group Dynamic AF recognizes patterns of action in the scene and allocates a group of AF sensors accordingly. Both Dynamic AF and Closest Subject options are also available, enabling the capture of specific moving subjects in a frame that may also contain peripheral activity. Such broad ranging focus capability is well suited to composition situations, such as sports, where the action can be expected to take place in a particular part of the frame but at a speed too fast for focus on a single spot.

Nikon 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II

3D-Colour Matrix Metering II in the Nikon D200 achieves optimum 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.

Evaluating brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, the system references all such data against an expanded onboard database that has been created using data from more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes and then calculates the final value instantly to deliver dependable exposure.

Nikon D200 Metering System
Under or over exposure less likely to occur

The Nikon D200 also offers Center-weighted and Spot metering selections corresponding with the 11-area AF system. In Center-weighted, a weight of 75% can be assigned to a 6, 8, 10 or 13mm diameter circle in the center of the frame. In Spot metering, the camera meters from a 3mm diameter circle centered on the active focus area.

Versatile White Balance Control

The Nikon D200 offers a number of flexible options for matching white balance to the light source. Auto white balance, capably handles most situations, a choice of manual settings, including direct selection of Kelvin color temperature and selections for specific lighting situations with fine-tuning (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, and Shade), as well as a preset option for using a gray or white object as a white balance reference are provided.

White balance (WB) bracketing creates multiple images (up to nine) each time the shutter is released, "bracketing" the current white balance setting. White balance bracketing is recommended when shooting under mixed lighting or experimenting with different white balance settings. WB bracketing is not available at image quality settings of "NEF (Raw)", "NEF (Raw)+JPEG Fine", "NEF (Raw)+Normal", or "NEF (Raw)+Basic".

Built-in Pop-Up Speedlight
The Nikon D200's built-in speedlight supports Nikon's Advanced Wireless Lighting System and can serve as the Master controller in "Commander Mode". As the
master, the built-in flash can control up to 2 (A, B) remote Speedlight groups wirelessly from the camera. A choice of 4 frequency channels are available to minimize the risk of interference with Speedlights from other photographers.

5 flash sync modes are available to suit a variety of shooting conditions.

  • Front-curtain sync. Recommended for most situations. In programmed auto "P" and aperture-priority auto "A" modes, optimum shutter speed is automatically set to a value between 1/60 and 1/250 s.

  • Slow sync. Flash is combined with a shutter speed reduced to as slow as 30 s to capture both the subject and the background at night or under dim light.

  • Rear-curtain sync. Flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating an effect of a stream of light behind moving objects.

  • Red-eye reduction. Red-eye reduction pre-flash lights for approximately 1 second before the main flash fires, reducing the "red-eye" effect in hyman eyes sometimes caused by the flash.

  • Red-eye reduction with slow sync. Combines red-eye reduction with slow sync.

Other features of the built-in flash on the Nikon D200 include: Repeating flash function. Modeling Flash (When functioning as the Master controller, remote Speedlights can emit a Modeling Flash burst), i-TTL flash control, FV (Flash Value) Lock

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Nikon D200 Body
Design and Construction

The Nikon D200 features an ergonomic comfortable grip that just feels right in the hand, while the settings related to digital-photography functions, playback, etc. are controlled from the logically arranged buttons and multi selector on the back of the camera. The general operation of the Nikon D200 is consistent with other Nikon digital SLR's, like the Nikon D70s, D2Hs and the Nikon D2X. The actual handling and feel is a bit reminiscent of the Nikon F100 35mm SLR.

Nikon D200 Buttons and Controls

Nikon D200 Buttons and Controls

The body of the Nikon D200 is made of a light and rugged magnesium alloy, which combined with a durable shutter unit rated to 100,000 shots for professional demands, makes the D200 more able to withstand the rigours of frequent use. With an enhanced sealing system protecting each and every seam, the Nikon D200 offers improved resistance to moisture and dust compared to a digital SLR like the Nikon D70s.

Nikon D200 Body Construction

Nikon D200 Battery System
The Nikon D200 uses a newly developed high-energy EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery that 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 status. The EN-EL3e battery is backwards compatible with the Nikon D70, D70s, D50 and the Nikon D100. The Nikon D200 can not be used with the original Nikon EN-EL3 battery supplied with the above models.

The Nikon D200 comes supplied with one EN-EL3e Li-Ion rechargeable battery and the Nikon MH-18a dual voltage quick charger.

Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
New Nikon EN-EL3e Li-Ion battery

Nikon D200 battery info menu

Nikon D200
Battery Pack MB-D200
The optional vertical release battery pack MB-D200 for the Nikon D200 offers the following main features:

  • Equipped with a shutter-release button for vertical shooting
  • Equipped with a main-command dial, sub-command dial, and AF-ON button for vertical shooting
  • Supports one or two EN-EL3e batteries
  • Supports 6 AA batteries with supplied AA battery holder
  • Battery level display (with EN-EL3e: 6 levels; with AA batteries: 3 levels)
  • When AA batteries are used, battery type can be specified for more accurate display of battery level
  • Provides for added camera balance and holding comfort especially when using longer lenses

Nikon D200 battery grip MB-D200

Nikon MB-D200 Battery Grip


The MB-D200 can use one or two EN-EL3e batteries and
comes supplied with the AA battery holder (6 x AA)

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CompactFlash Type I and II Memory Card Compatibility

In addition to CompactFlash (Type I/Type II) memory cards, the Nikon D200 supports high-capacity 6-GB Microdrives. The Nikon D200 is also compatible with Lexar Media's Write Acceleration (WA) compactflash memory card technology. The CF memory card slot is found on the side of the camera behind a protected hinged door. The release for the memory card door is located on the back of the D200, right under the focus mode selector switch.

Nikon D200 Memory Card Slot

Nikon D200 Camera Connections

The Video out, AC adapter and USB 2.0 cable connections are found on the left side of the camera. Each of the connections is protected with a sealed rubber door. The Nikon D200 is compatible with the Nikon EH-6 AC adapter. The video out signal can be set to NTSC or PAL depending upon the TV system in use. The Nikon D200 offers a fast USB 2.0 High Speed connection when downloading to a computer via the supplied cable.

Located right above the Video output socket, the Nikon D200 also features a standard PC sync connector for use with studio lighting systems. (Protected by a threaded cap).

Nikon D200 Side View

Main camera connections on the side of the Nikon D200

The Nikon D200 also features a 10-pin accessory terminal on the front
of the camera which allows for the use of a number of optional dedicated accessories, including the new Nikon MC-36 remote release cord and the GPS connecting cable MC-35.

Nikon MC-36 remote release cord

Nikon D200 Included Accessories

The Nikon D200 comes complete with the following accessories and a two year in Canada Warranty:

  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
  • Quick Charger MH-18a
  • USB Cable UC-E4
  • Video Cable EG-D100
  • Strap AN-D200
  • LCD monitor cover BM-6
  • Body cap
  • Rubber Eyecup DK-21
  • Eyepiece cap DK-5
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Reference manual
  • PictureProject Installer CD
  • PictureProject Reference Manual CD

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Nikon D200 Digital SLR

Nikon D200 Digital SLR
Image Sensor RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 10.92 million
Effective pixels 10.2 million
Image size (pixels) 3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]
Sensitivity 100 to 1600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings up to 1 EV over 1600
Storage Media CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I and II) and Microdrive™
Storage System Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression,
JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File System Exif 2,21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
White Balance
Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting, preset white balance, white balance bracketing possible (2 to 9 frames in increments of 1, 2 or 3)
LCD Monitor 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Function 1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; RGB Histogram indication; Shooting Data; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation
Delete Function Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete
Video Output NTSC or PAL
Interface USB 2.0(Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); mass storage and PTP connectable; FTP file transfer and PTP/IP camera control/file transfer is also available with optional WT-3 (IEEE 802.11b/g); CF card slot Type II: supports firmware updates via CF cards
Text Input Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi selector; stored in Exif header
Compatible Lenses Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Picture Angle Equivalent in 35 mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
Eyepoint 19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and on-demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 95% (vertical & horizontal)
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; –1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Information Focus indications, Metering system, AE/FV lock indicator, Flash sync indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, ISO sensitivity, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures
Autofocus TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 20C/68F)
Lens Servo Instant single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Focus Area Normal: 11 areas; single area or group can be selected; Wide: focus area can be selected from 7 areas
AF Area Mode 1) Single Area AF 2) Dynamic Area AF 3) Group Dynamic AF 4) Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering System Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame
3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
Exposure Metering Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20C/68F) 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling Combined CPU and AI
Exposure Mode Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Auto Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2, or 3
Shooting Modes 1) Single frame shooting mode
2) Continuous low speed (CL) shooting mode: 1-4 frames per second
3) Continuous high-speed shooting mode: 5 frames per second
4) Self-timer shooting mode
5) Mirror-up mode
Shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
Flash Control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M]) SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR
2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s
4) Range-priority manual; available with SB-800 4) Distance-priority manual available with SB-800
Flash Sync Mode 1) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-Eye Reduction,
3) Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-Curtain Sync
Built-in Speedlight Manual pop-up with button release Guide number (ISO 100 at m/ft and 20C/68F): approx. 12/39 (manual 13/42)
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2EV
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Sync Terminal ISO 519 standard terminal
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2 to 20 seconds
Depth of Field Preview When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)
Remote Control Via 10-pin Remote Cord MC-30/36 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control WT-3 (optional)
GPS NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 (optional)
Power Source One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, MB-D200 battery pack (optional) with one or two rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline (LR6), NiMH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or ZR6 nickel-manganese AA batteries, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Tripod Socket 1/4 In. (ISO1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 147 x 113 x 74mm (5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 in.)
Weight Approx. 830g (1 lb 13 oz) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
Supplied Accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, LCD monitor cover BM-6, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional Accessories Multi-Power Battery pack MB-D200, Wireless Transmitter WT-3, Semi-soft case D200, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M, Remote cord MC-36/30, GPS Adapter Cord MC-35, AC Adapter EH-6, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600/SB-R200, Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4)

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