david vella: ' The latter feature (electromagnetic diaphragm) gives the lens more reliable control over exposure during high speed shooting'.
Is that a clue that a 7D2 rival is just around the corner, or is a D7200 Nikon's idea of 'fast enough' ?
Nikon teasing again?
D400 or D500 here we come. Here is hoping!Thom Hogan site has a Nikon Survey mentioning these names, but who knows what it will be called, D9000 maybe?
Cool video. Did not think something that inexpensive could capture that. Good work Nikon.
Lil g: How can the earth rotate when its flat?
Sorry, we have seen thousands of images taken from orbital photos around the earth, from shuttles, or satellites shown in glorious detail in 3D max or National Geographic, too fantastic to be anything else but real. Where have you been for the last few decades. Earth is a sphere, not flat.
Beautiful photo! It is nice to know it is more about the photographer choices and composition and photo knowledge, than having an expensive camera body these days. Even a D5300 (or a Rebel) can deliver prize winning photos, when you look through entries in competitions along with the creativity of the photographer. Bravo! Even the hat matches the flowers, for a child who looks like a little artist.
pacnwhobbyist: Something I've been wondering: Where are Nikon and Olympus with their competing larger sensor compacts and bridges? I'd be interested to see what they come up with if they ever released a camera in this segment.
Yes. Where is Olympus version of the Panasonic LX100 with fast (unremovable) zoom lens with any of the zoom ranges you have mentioned would be ideal. Olympus's usual bundled plastic body kit lens is not much to speak of in build quality and not as sharp as their other lenses. I never used mine much on my PEN, and preferred other lenses. Wonder what the new street camera will be later this year.
Since I own a (FF) D700 and a D300s, the D7200 actually seems small and not at all bulky (as commented in article). However compared to m43 like Olympus and Panny and Sony a6000, this D7200 DSLR would look bulky. DSLRs just work incredibly well for all kinds of use including low light and fast action, so why they continue to be popular. Some of the higher end mirrorless are catching up in specs., but DSLR which still sells far more units over mirrorless and will be around for quite a while, especially as they continue to perform well, and are still priced well against mirrorless models such as high end Sony FF, XT1, and other top of class m43.
Take the DSLR mid level models - D7200/7100 and D5500/5300, Canon 70D, 7D2 (and lots of Rebels), and these continue to be popular choices and could be for years coming. Love the OVF, but also love liveview LCD in mirrorless. Love what Olympus, Sony, Fuji and Panasonic are doing though!I think everyone should own both - best of both worlds.
If Olympus made a fixed lens non-removable em10 type m43 sensor, with 12-120mm equivalent to 24-240mm (5x) that would be all I would ever need for street shooting or family outings, however lens may be too large if it is fast enough (f2.8 on wide end 12mm). Howabout 12mm to 100mm equivalent to 24-200mm? And please add better video closer to Panasonic codecs including mp4 or avchd. Wishing! Price around $899. or $999. to start for total package.
Nikon 1 uses 1 sensor with compact ILC, in J and V models. Just not a superzoom with a fixed zoom lens non-removable and starting at F2.8, if that is what you are looking for. Nikon 1 does have a long zoom though, not constant F2.8 like Sonys RX10 II. However, give them time, if their competitors sell well, Nikon could start making more serious 1 sensor bridge long zoom fixed lens someday before long to compete. They competed in the advanced compact market and bridge zoom cameras of yesteryear. Advanced compact and bridge superzoom cameras have now moved to larger sensors where the new market is for serious enthusiasts and better margins to companies selling.
lumigraphics: A Sony a5100 and pancake lens is reasonably close to the same size and a lot more flexible (I own an a5100, a6000, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 6.)
Yes its easier to carry the iPhone and a camera module than another gadget, but just saying.
So what is the advantage of bringing along this device, save carrying half the size of a good point and shoot. I would prefer carrying a Sony a5100 or a6000 for better IQ. However this thing could fit into a shirt pocket I guess and iphone in another pocket. Not for me.
Of the 3 cameras shown, the Panasonic FZ1000 offers a balance of superior features with sufficient 400mm zoom, to Canon G3X, for less money.
The Sony RX10-II probably offers the best image and video quality as it has the brand new 1" stacked CMOS sensor, and continuous F2.8 lens 24-200mm and high frame rate video full HD, up to 100mbps, and 4K and could be considered semi pro/pro, as some pros could use Sony as a B camera (or A camera for small budget) and in moderate light should have very impressive video compared to larger camera sensors. Hence it's $1300 price is justified. Read Kirk Tuck's blog, who likes its specifications.
Canon has longest zoom in smallest body with 5 axis stabilized (optical and digital stabilized).
Other than compact size for general consumer for Canon, the other 2 cameras sound superior in features over Canon unless small size is your preference.
maxnoy: Spec-wise, seems like a serviceable travel zoom if that's what you are after. Though I can't see the sense in getting it over RX10 or FZ1000 with their faster lenses in the most useful range, built-in evfs, and beautiful 4k video. Oh Canon, we had some good times..
Taking photos at the extreme 600mm might require a small tripod, or else a very steady hold on the camera. I agree an EVF would help a lot if handheld for that long a range.
Cannot see why anyone would want a 600mm equivalent zoom. The other 2 cameras offer 200mm and 400mm long zoom which should be sufficient for lots of people. My Nikon apsc camera with 55-300mm zoom lens gets me everything I would normally need. Of course the 300mm on aps-c is equivalent to 450mm zoom in FF.Canon needed something to standout so I guess up to 600mm zoom is it, and a very compact travel body with 1 sensor and 5 axis stabilization for long 24-600mm certainly helps. For consumers who like long range images on travel, or consumer sports and wildlife users maybe who travel very light.
Umutsezerkoc: Which one should I buy, this one or 70D for both videos and photos?Or maybe another cameras;Nikon d610Sony a7/a7ii
70d has better AF performance for video than D7200. However for just still photography, the D7200 has great AF performance. D7200 uses contrast detect in video, while 70d uses phase detect on sensor for smooth autofocus in video with continuous liveview tracking.
If I was looking for a camera for best balance of photo and video, from your list the Sony a7ii (FF) comes to mind. In APSC, 70D or Sony A77ii are good with video and stills. For exceptional stills D7200 in apsc is considered best apsc by many. Continuous AF Focusing for video is just better with some of the other models mentioned.
Lin Evans: I'm having difficulty recconsiling this statement: " Despite the relatively low resolution of this sensor in the D7200, it will still stick to your subject in a wide variety of scenarios better than any competitor's APS-C DSLR, and the dedicated phase-detect module means the camera is also good at actually focusing on that tracked subject, even in continuous shooting. The improved low-light performance (down to -3EV) means you can continue to focus, and track, subjects in very dim light." and this statement: "If you're specifically after a DSLR and you mainly want to shoot stills, then the D7200 is an obvious choice:" Why would a camera which has the best AF tracking available in an APS C dSLR be considered one which is an obvious choice if " you mainly want to shoot stills???" Perhaps I"m misunderstanding what you mean by "stills." To me stills are non action - I assume you mean this to be non-video?
Comment from article...." Despite the relatively low resolution of this sensor in the D7200..."24 MP is now considered relatively low resolution? Since when? only a few models have 36MP or 28MP in other cameras (Sony A7r, Nikon D810, SamsungNX1). 24 MP is actually sufficient for most needs, and between 16mp (most of m43 and current Fuji) and 24mp (most of Nikon) these are the new normal in many cameras. Though, there are some exceptions and more MPs to come in future cameras.
Marb67: Why oh why can we never have a camera that shoots great quality video and stills ? Some of us shoot pro images and video. Surely in 2015 it isn't hard to nail.
GH4 writes 4K to high speed SD cards. How reliable it is, you would have to ask a GH4 user. 4K is a compressed format, so it depends on how high the data rate chosen is, if a card like Extreme Pro SD can handle it for long day use for event users. Serious Pro users use external recorders.
Edgar_in_Indy: Why the heck is 1080p mentioned prominently as a "feature" a couple times early in the review? At this point, when even cell phones are starting to record 4K, 1080p is no longer a "feature" in a high-end camera. It's a liability.
And for a lot of people, that 1080p "feature" will remove a camera like this from their consideration.
Actually 4K can be written to fast high end Extreme Pro SD (or top Lexar Pro SD) cards on GH4 without issue up to a certain data rate. However the highest data rate 4K may not work that well reliably on SD (or at all). So your point is taken. I myself would prefer fast CF card for video if camera has a slot, or else external recorder.
The fabled Nikon D400, if it offered 4K could be a great seller and Nikon could ask more for body. Here is hoping, however, I doubt anything short of FF would have 4K in Nikon.
Sony however is different in their systems. They offer more than Nikon or Canon in many cameras to compete with more specs.
Although 4K would be attractive in any $1200 DSLR, I find 60P progressive at 1080P sufficient for most needs. Especially doing video of action or slow panning, 60P (better than previous 60i interlaced or 30p) with fast processor help keep the video very smooth to watch as would image stabilization in lens or body. I doubt Nikon or Canon want to give 4K in apsc when they prefer to upsell to FF bodies if they can, so FF likely to have 4K first in future models if it is offered. The bitrate of video capture and format can significantly affect how detailed or clean the video looked even with 1080p. GH3 has surprising amount of video detail in high bit rate without 4K of GH4. GH3 up sizes nicely on large screens. I imagine the Sony A77ii (apsc) with new XAVC codec at 50mbps (up from 28mbps) in 1080 60p should have impressive detail as data rate matters a lot to detail and clean quality. I admit 4K could look better with high data rate.