Nikon D200 review

Nikon D200 great camera, which was released back in 2005, but can still please you with a wonderful picture. The camera has a nice clone: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, which differs from the Nikon D200 only in software and better matrix.

It is very funny that now on the official website of Nikon there are only two sections for modern SLR cameras - this is a professional section and amateur. So, on the same site, the camera is positioned as semi-professional. Just after dividing only into two classes, D200 was not transferred to the “professional” section. Why am I? And to the fact that Nikon D200 is really a professional camera with which it’s not a shame to shoot any type of picture. Can here see the evolution of all Nikon cameras.

Nikon D200, view of the camera Nikon D200

Nikon D200, view of the camera Nikon D200

In general, I am delighted with the Nikon D200, and after a day of working with it, I don’t feel like shooting anything else. The camera is quite weighty, sits perfectly in my hand, behaves perfectly with heavy lenses.

Sample photo on Nikon D200 without processing

Sample photo on Nikon D200 without processing

When working with a Nikon D200 camera, I highly recommend paying attention to such important parameters as:

  1. Great ergonomics. This is expressed in everything from a rubberized handle and discs to a shooting mode lock. Using well-thought-out ergonomics, the camera is very convenient to control; all the most necessary settings are always available and always at hand. By the way, even the bottom of the camera (where the tripod socket is) is also rubberized.
  2. Optional monochrome display. Just an indispensable thing for a professional. The display shows all the most important settings - ISO, aperture values, excerptsamendments exposure, the amount of free space on the card, white balance, picture quality, flash mode, battery charge, focus point and all that is possible. When the camera is turned off, the number of frames that can be taken to the remaining space on the memory card remains on the display. The monochrome display is larger than in younger models Nikon D90, D80, D70(s) D50, D7000.

    An example of a photograph on a Nikon D200 without processing. Poplar fluff

    An example of a photograph on a Nikon D200 without processing. Poplar fluff

  3. Dust and moisture protection. Of course, it is worth mentioning that the protection will be complete only if there are dust and moisture protective lenses, but in nature I have not seen such, because I will say that the camera perfectly tolerates light rain, dust, dirt and slight frosts.
  4. Using a CF Card. A large CF card can achieve huge read / write speeds, which is very important for continuous shooting, and indeed, for copying files to a computer. Although, my CF 32GB 400x at work showed itself only 5mb / s better than SD 32 GB class 10. As you understand, the Nikon D200 normally digests even 32 GB.
  5. Huge continuous shooting buffer. Buffer can store 21 RAW files. Given that the maximum shooting speed 5 frames per second, the camera can click as long as 4 seconds in quick mode. 4 seconds is already a normal indicator. For example, my Nikon D90 starts to slow down after three seconds of filming at a speed of 4.5 frames per second. Also, keep in mind that when shooting in JPEG, the buffer becomes almost dimensionless.
  6. Whole 10.2 megapixels. Chasing megapixels is not worth it at all, but still 10.2 MP is enough for shooting in almost any genre. Of course, more is better, but I do not see any difference between the 10.2 megapixels of my Nikon D200, D80 and 12.3 megapixels of mine Nikon D90. Anyway, baby Nikon D40 with its 6.1 MP it can sometimes do with sharpness Nikon D90 with the same lens - look at the section Battle of Megapixels.

    An example of a photograph on a Nikon D200 without processing. High ISO 1600

    An example of a photograph on a Nikon D200 without processing. High ISO 1600

  7. The matrix on ISO 100 allows you to get just a very good picture, everything above ISO 400 is already a very bad result. About it a little lower. Having experience working with processing images from different cameras, I can say that at low ISOs, at some points, a CCD image is simpler and easier to “bring to mind”. The matrix of the Nikon D200, although in some respects similar to the sensors used in the models Nikon D80, D40x, D60, D3000but still different. Details here.
  8. The camera has focus motor, this will allow you to use any optics that can focus on Nikon, for example, the camera works great with non-motorized lenses Nikon 50mm F1.8D, Nikon 70-210 F4, etc. The motor buzzes when focusing, but nothing can be done, in order to save money on non-motorized lenses, you can be patient.

    An example of a photograph on a Nikon D200 without processing. High ISO 1600

    An example of a photograph on a Nikon D200 without processing. High ISO 1600

  9. The camera can measure exposure with any lens (and without a lens at all). This means that it will be possible to work in semi-automatic aperture priority mode with any manual lens. Even if you wear instead of a lens tin can, the camera will still measure exposure meter correctly. Also, for older lenses, a menu for setting the focal length and maximum aperture is provided. It is very, very convenient. Personally, I put on the programmable button the choice of focal length and aperture for manual optics. When I use my Helios-81N Ai-s type, the Nikon D200 camera correctly displays 50mm focal length and maximum aperture F / 2.0, and if I twist the aperture ring on the lens, the camera also understands this and shows the following values ​​F / 2.8, F / 4.0, etc. Important set manual lens parametersfor matrix metering to work, otherwise only spot and center-weighted will work.
  10. At the camera 11 focus points and just one cross-shaped sensor. Now 11 focus points put on the simplest Nikon D3000You won’t be surprised. But the camera has 4 focus modes and a special switch for them.

    Sample photo on Nikon D200 without processing

    Sample photo on Nikon D200 without processing

  11. Nikon D200 has a minimum 1/8000 short shutter speed, sometimes a very useful thing, especially when you need to shoot at aperture of 1.4 (or higher) on a sunny day. And still, Nikon D200 can fulfill non-standard excerpts type 1 \ 750, 1 \ 3000, 1 \ 90s, etc., which cannot be selected in priority mode excerpts or in manual mode. Intermediate values shutter speed allow adjust exposure more precisely. For example, with such shutter speeds, younger cameras, like Nikon D80, D90.
  12. The camera can control flashes in command mode. That is, if you have a Nikon D200 and any flash like Nikon S, S, S, S, S or third-party manufacturers, you can put it in a radius of 10 meters and shoot using Nikon's creative lighting system NIKON CLS.

    Sample photo on Nikon D200

    Sample photo on Nikon D200

  13. And of course, fast flash sync. You can shoot with an external flash that supports FP mode, with any shutter speedup to 1/8000. Very important and necessary parameter.
  14. A bunch of all sorts of connectors that you rarely use, it's just too lazy to write about them, who cares, download the instructions and read for yourself.

    Example photo on Nikon D200

    Example photo on Nikon D200

  15. Limit ISO-100 1600 (100-3200). At the moment, this is not the best indicator, but I would say very low.
  16. The camera has  1.005-pixel RGB matrix metering sensor exposureinherited from the flagship camera D2X. Measurement works very accurately.

    Example photo on Nikon D200. Portert

    Example photo on Nikon D200. Portert

  17. Those who have read up to this seventeenth paragraph have probably already grown tired. There are many more important points that should be written about, but this is already necessary for a very narrow circle of people, therefore we will limit ourselves to this list of important aspects of the camera.
Nikon D200 and Nikon D40 Camera Size Comparison

Nikon D200 and Nikon D40 Camera Size Comparison

Disadvantages. Since I took the camera to a professional type, you can demand a lot from it. because I consider serious shortcomings:

  1. The delay when you turn on the menu or view pictures. Delay does not always occur, depending on whether you watched or took a picture on the camera. Usually, after turning on the camera and pressing the menu button or viewing the image, the camera “thinks” for 3-5 seconds, which is a disastrously long period of time. The card activity indicator is on. Actually the “communication" of the camera with the card takes this time. On my two cards, 2GB and 32GB 400x, the delay time is the same. This is not a very important point, but sometimes waiting for 3-5 seconds is still not a hunt. But the camera turns on instantly.

    Example photo on Nikon D200. The light meter easily copes with non-standard tasks

    Example photo on Nikon D200. The light meter easily copes with non-standard tasks

  2. The battery runs out very quickly. Really I have enough battery for 400 shots. You can still take a small photo shoot on one charge. But, for example, at a wedding without 2-3 batteries just can not do (checked more than once). This disease is treated by buying a special booster. The booster adds convenience when shooting, but it takes extra space in the case and adds extra weight.

    Example photo on Nikon D200

    Example photo on Nikon D200

  3. The viewfinder does not give 100% frame coverage, but only the usual 95%. This is really annoying when after the picture you find in the photo an extra piece that fits in these 5%, which were not visible behind the scenes.

    Example photo on Nikon D200.

    Example photo on Nikon D200.

  4. 2.5 inch display. Yes after Nikon D90, D300 look at 230.000 points after 900.000 points at D90 not that anymore. Of course, offending the old D200 is bad, but the display is not the same as before. Many say that the D200 gives a bad picture, from personal experience I will say that professionals will not distinguish a picture from Nikon D200 and Nikon D7000 with the same lens and the same settings at low ISO when printing and / or on a computer monitor (I personally conducted an experiment that confirmed this). But almost everyone will say that the picture looks much worse on the Nikon D200 display than anywhere else. Why is not known.

    Example photo on Nikon D200. Landscape

    Example photo on Nikon D200. Landscape

  5. The standard lack of gum in all Nikon cameras is that they swell and fall off. Let me explain - the rubber, which is so nice to the touch, swells over time and comes off.

    Example photo on Nikon D200.

    Example photo on Nikon D200.

  6. Very poor results at high ISO. Given the age of the camera, you can come to terms with this.

    Example photo on Nikon D200. Portrait. Color rendition.

    Example photo on Nikon D200. Portrait. Color rendition.

  7. It’s bad that when switching the compression level, the RAW buffer still shows 21 frames. For example: compressed RAW weighs about 10 MB, and not compressed about 16 MB, it would not be bad if the camera placed more frames in the buffer with the compressed format.

    Example photo on Nikon D200.

    Example photo on Nikon D200.

  8. No focus adjustment. Honestly, when I bought a Nikon D200, I was just saddened by this, since for some of my lenses adjustment would not hurt.

    Example photo on Nikon D200.

    Example photo on Nikon D200.

  9. Nikon D200 is one of the few cameras that does not have a menu for post-processing photos. In general, no processing of the filmed material with the camera is provided. I was very surprised when I discovered this. You can't even convert from RAW to JPEG.
An example of a photograph on a Nikon D200 without processing. Poplar fluff

An example of a photograph on a Nikon D200 without processing. Poplar fluff

A couple more moments:

Nikon D200 bribes with its ability to enlarge the image is actually 1 to 1 with one button. This is real, very much accelerates the choice of a sharp picture. Moreover, the camera enlarges the picture at the focus point. The camera is not such a familiar (for all users of the line below) the method of zooming the picture. To enlarge the picture you need to press as many as two buttons and the main control dial. But the multi selector has 8 directions. Impressions are positive.

Sample photo on Nikon D200 without processing

Sample photo on Nikon D200 without processing

Choose and don’t know what to take?

It is unlikely that someone will say with certainty whether the camera is suitable for you or not. At the moment Nikon D200 is outdatedher descendant Nikon D300 Has matrix cleaning, Live View and less noise at high ISO. Nikon D300s in addition, it also shoots video and clicks the shutter much faster, and even on 2 cards. Well and Nikon D7000 in general can still better. Well, if it’s at all hot to take a camera of a similar level, you can look at Nikon D80, which has similar image quality with the Nikon D200 and the only significant difference is not the ability to work with manual optics. More photos in gallery of autumn photos.


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Conclusion:

Nikon D200 - professional digital SLR camera, which is now not available and which can be taken at a ridiculous price. Able to do almost everything you need. Not suitable for beginners in photography - there is not a single automatic shooting mode, for everything you need to think for yourself. It is also hardly suitable for the pros, since it quickly eats up the battery and has strong noises at high ISO. But in fact, the only drawback of the camera is that now there are much more advanced Nikon D300(s) D7000that make things even better. So who will suit Nikon D200 - I can’t say for sure, but in skillful hands you can squeeze a lot from her.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 483, on the topic: Review of Nikon D200

  • BB

    Ochepyatka: 'amatro':
    "Nikon's official website has only two sections for modern SLR cameras - a professional section and an amatro one."

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

  • BB

    Beginning of the review: “The sensor of the Nikon D200 is similar in some of its parameters to the sensors used in the Nikon D80, D40x, D60, D3000 models, but it is still different. Details here. ”

    End of the review: “you can look at the Nikon D80, which has exactly the same sensor from the Nikon D200”

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

  • Alexander

    Hello everyone, help me choose an excellent universal lens for this old camera and its number of megapixels? I take pictures of landscapes, animals and sometimes my wife) the price is not entirely important

  • Ssirman

    Are there any picture differences between the D200 and D3000?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes there is

  • Ruslan Bond

    This is the only such camera with such a sensitive thing that is responsible for the white balance in auto mode) And something that is only in some special optics will help to correct the winding of the blue channel! :)
    Here is the solution to the warm-yellow-green color during the day, which many people encounter .. Partial solution))

    • B. R. P.

      You are not Bond, you are Sherlock Holmes!

    • Charles

      My girl has one little thing and ... what to talk about! (from)

  • Necrophil

    Hello dear community.
    Please tell me in which direction to develop)
    I use D200 for outdoor portrait photography (80%) and dynamic scenes with (child 9 years old) Lens - 50mm 1,8D
    Not satisfied with the soapiness of pictures from a short distance with an open aperture. Well, I would also like to try other focal ones.
    I am considering Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4. The price is captivating, it is embarrassing that it is rather dark.
    Nikon 35-70 2,8D - an excellent portrait lens according to reviews, I even looked at a couple, one with a fungus, the second without screws. I do not quite understand if it is needed, if there is 50mm., And the price is not much lower than 85mm 1,8 G ...
    Well, actually 85mm 1,8 G.

    Or from the wrong side, I get down to business, and go to Ktitorchuk's courses, or somewhere else?
    Prompt

    • BB

      35-70 on a crop, no matter how that or that: as a station wagon - 35 is too much for a crop, I would take at least 20mm, the portrait starts at least from 70mm. That is, if you do not strive for a wide angle, then either 85mm, or something of the 70-200 / 210/300 class. f / 4 for such phased arrays is already quite good (if the model is sufficiently distant from the background, the background blurs well)

    • Trueash

      Slightly exaggerating: you can shoot anything you want. Here is a 16mm portrait: https://thevaluablefriends.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Sony-A6400-Sigma-16mm-1.4-Low-light-test-The-perfect-combo-1280×640.jpg
      And James Popsys shoots landscapes on telephoto. Yes, the 1.8D is slightly lathering on fully open - well, cover up to 2,2 or 2,5 - my copy comes to life on this.
      If you want to zoom, then there are not so many inexpensive lenses with a constant 2.8. I would recommend the Tamron 2,8 / 28-75, but I didn't like its bokeh (“onion rings”). But it focuses quickly, which is important for dynamic scenes.
      In general, any lens, even the most prestigious, is always a compromise. We need to learn how to bypass problematic moments and use strengths.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      70-210 is not the sharpest, more creative
      35-70 2.8d finding normal is difficult
      50 1.8d on the open, also not ice
      To develop towards improving skills, from 50 1.8d you can do wonders, especially if you slightly modify the photo in the editors, which is much more important than finding new lenses

  • Necrophil

    Thank you very much Arkady, thank you Trueash, thank you Vv.
    Indeed, everything is bad with me with photo processing) Chukchi is not a writer))) I like to shoot more. This means training, plus revision in the editor.

    James Popsys looked up. Cool)

    Trueash - the portrait of the girl is cool of course) Especially the model
    When I need a wide angle - I shoot on my phone (Samsung), it's a normal one, with Kenon colors)

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