Nikon D7200

24MP APS-C CMOS Sensor | 51-point phase detect AF | Built-in Wi-Fi

What we like:

  • Stellar APS-C image quality
  • Impressive AF subject tracking through the viewfinder
  • Deep buffer for burst shooting
  • Small and light... for a DSLR at this level

What we don't:

  • No control of aperture in live view or video modes
  • Movie / live view autofocus unimpressive

The Nikon D7200 is a solid, very capable DSLR that offers best-yet APS-C photo quality from its 24.2 megapixel sensor, and an excellent autofocus system. It's relatively compact for a twin-dial, midrange DSLR but is distinctly larger than some mirrorless competitors.

As is standard for DSLR operation, power-on is instant and menu navigation, image review and shot-to-shot times are all snappy. Autofocus performance is top notch, thanks to a 51-point AF system that is sensitive to down to -3EV. The D7200 tracks subjects with aplomb, but the high megapixel count of the sensor and lack of an AA filter mean that any slight autofocus errors are more apparent than with previous generation cameras. A reasonably deep buffer allows for extended Raw burst shooting.

“The D7200 offers best-yet APS-C photo quality from its 24.2 megapixel sensor"

Thanks to its redesigned sensor the D7200 shows excellent dynamic range at low ISOs and well-controlled noise at higher sensitivity settings. Detail is outstanding and the Raw files are highly flexible. The JPEG output is reliable, too, with the company's Active D-Lighting system making it easy to get usable results in high-contrast conditions.

Video features aren't as well implemented, as the lack of focus peaking or control over aperture during live view limit appeal for videographers. The inclusion of 1080/60p is welcome, but footage shot at this quality setting is captured in a 1.3x crop mode. That said, video quality is decent overall and about average for this class. And while the D7200 can employ AF during video capture, it is often too fast and too jumpy to be useful (the Canon 70D offers substantially better video AF).

If you're in the market for a DSLR, the D7200 is hard to fault. As Nikon's flagship APS-C camera, the D7200 offers plenty of controls, customization and performance that should satisfy the most demanding of stills shooters. Sadly its video capabilities don't live up to the same high standards. Still, it's an excellent camera and one that can make use of a vast range of Nikon and third-party lenses going back decades.

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