Nikon D200 camera- new review

Nikon D200 Camera - Digital SLRSteves Digicams writes about the Nikon D200 digital camera : “The Nikon D200 is a high performance digital SLR camera designed to satisfy the requirements of demanding photographers. It combines brand new technologies with advanced features inherited from the D2X professional digital SLR camera. The D200 employs a newly developed 10.2-megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor, a sophisticated 1005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II system and an advanced Nikon image processing engine to render images with superb clarity and smooth color gradations. With an all new 11-area Autofocus system, robust control of Nikon’s i-TTL Creative Lighting System and advanced Wi-Fi image transmission options it’s a natural choice for wedding, event and action photographers.”

Nikon D200 Features:

10.2-Megapixel effective DX format CCD imager
High performance: 0.15 sec. power up and 50ms shutter release time
Continuous capture @ 5fps up to 37 JPEG/22 NEF
Accepts Nikon F-mount lenses (with 1.5x/2x FOV multiplier)
Compressed RAW, JPEG and TIFF file formats
Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority and Manual exposure modes
Creative in-camera effects, Image Overlay and Multiple Exposure
Advanced 3D-Color Matrix Metering II prevents highlight blowouts and loss of detail in shadow areas
Shutter speeds from 1/8,000 to 30 seconds, flash sync up to 1/250
11 area AF with 7 area Wide AF with dynamic tracking, single or continuous servo modes
Adobe sRGB and 2 sRGB color spaces with support for sYCC color range
2.5-inch color LCD with 170-degree viewing angle
Onscreen menu for Playback, Shooting, Custom functions and Setup
ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Noise Reduction for long exposures, High ISO Noise Reduction for ISO 400 and above
i-TTL with the SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights for Nikon’s Creative Lighting System compatibility
CompactFlash Type I or II storage, Microdrive and FAT-32 compatible
Faster CF read/write speeds than any previous Nikon dSLR
Secure interface with memory card via Lexar LockTight CF cards
Selectable video output with NTSC or PAL format
USB 2.0 hi-speed data and control interface
High-capacity Li-ion battery for up to 1800 shots per charge
Support for the new Wireless Transmitter WT-3

The conclusion of this Nikon D200 review is very clear:

With the release of the D200, Nikon have climbed to the top of the enthusiast dSLR market. With a host of features typically reserved for professional cameras, 10.2-megapixels of resolution and excellent image quality, Nikon has not only surpassed Canon in the enthusiast market, they have blurred the distinction with their own professional D2X. If the D200 were an entry-level dSLR, I’d complain about the softness of its JPEG images. But this is an enthusiast dSLR, and the need to apply a bit of USM in post processing is preferable to having an over-sharpened JPEG out of the camera. High ISO image noise can be an issue, but it is most pronounced when images are under exposed; proper exposures complemented by Nikons in-camera High ISO NR feature or post-processing noise reduction result in quite useable images at the highest sensitivity settings. It has been a long time coming, but patient Nikon loyalists have been rewarded with a new benchmark enthusiast dSLR; their patience may be tested more while waiting for their orders to be filled as Nikon struggles to keep up with the demand for this very fine camera. At an MSRP of $1700 it’s not inexpensive, but the D200’s features and image quality justify its price early in the product cycle.