D7200

Nikon D7200
  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 3.5 stars
$900 to $1200
  • 70%

  • Nikon D7200
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  • Last modified: October 18, 2017
  • Usability
    Editor: 65%
  • Image Quality
    Editor: 78%
  • Speed
    Editor: 80%
  • Accessories
    Editor: 75%

The D7200 is a very minor upgrade over the D7100, but it does offer one important improvement: a larger buffer. While the D7100’s buffer filled up after about six shots (of 14-bit uncompressed raw photos), the D7200 can take 17 shots. That means you can hold the shutter down longer during sports and wildlife shooting, and you might be able to use raw instead of just JPG when shooting action. The D7200 is the best Nikon camera for action photography where you can’t fill the frame using a full-frame camera. In other words, if you plan to use a 70-200 lens but you can’t get close enough to the action and you need to crop anyway, you’ll get sharper results with the D7200 than you will with any other camera in the Nikon lineup, including the D810. However, as a sports camera, the D7200 pales in comparison to the Canon 7D Mark II. The Canon takes ten pictures in a second, whereas the Nikon captures only six. That difference is huge to a sports or wildlife photographer—it increases the odds that you’ll capture a shot the exact moment the athlete kicks the ball, or that you’ll have perfect timing as a flying bird’s wings hit their apex. The Nikon does have slightly better image quality than the D7200, but owning both, I always choose the 7D Mark II for sports and wildlife. For information about the D7200 specifications, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWj3hf-H4Ew Here’s a free one-hour hands-on training video for existing owners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kw3P1yRwLs  

Pros

  • Great image quality for an APS-C camera
  • Sturdy body with great controls
  • A bigger buffer than the D7100

Cons

  • More expensive than full-frame cameras like the Sony a7, which offer more than twice the image quality
  • Not nearly as fast for sports and wildlife as the Canon 7D Mark II
  • Lacks the usability features of the less expensive D5500
  • 1080p 60 fps video requires a 1.3x crop