Nikon D7200 Review
Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance aimed at achieving neutral grays, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests (except Raw, which is manually corrected during conversion). We also offer three different viewing sizes: 'Full', 'Print', and 'Web', with the latter two offering 'normalized' comparisons to more fairly compare cameras of differing resolutions by ensuring equivalent viewing sizes.
Like a lot of 24MP APS-C cameras, the D7200 has no anti-aliasing filter. This attempts to provide a little more detail from the sensor with the risk of aliasing patterns (stair-stepping and false color), while also eliminating a relatively expensive component. Our understanding is that 24MP on an APS-C sensor is challenging enough for lenses that most of the very high frequency patterns that might be incorrectly rendered (aliased) will be effectively filtered-out by most lenses.
With the sharp, prime lens we use for our studio testing, you can see aliasing in the D7200 and many of its AA filter-less rivals(which offers a clever AA filter simulation mode if you do encounter aliasing). There's a very good level of detail capture at low ISO settings.
The D7200's performance is very impressive. At moderate settings, there aren't huge differences between the Nikon's APS-C peers. Compared at a common output size, the D7200 is perhaps a touch better than shot noise), make much difference.and on about the same level as the and . This is basically because these images aren't made from the lower Raw values where the differences in electronic noise (rather than
Move to a higher ISO (and the more challenging low-light mode, both of which mean we're looking at data from deeper down the Raw files) and the D7200 continues to do very well. It appears to make progress over its predecessor,, and even performs well against the best of its peers, such as , and one-time high-ISO champion, . This leaves the D7200 as the best-performing APS-C camera we've seen in this regard.
The D7200 features the latest generation of Nikon's JPEG engine, which includes a 'Clarity' setting. This appears to be emphasizing slightly more fine detail than the, though this comes at the cost of some at high-contrast edges. The processing seems more naturalistic in this case. Meanwhile the seems rather softer (moreso than if you ), while the Nikon's output generally looks .
At higher ISOs its default noise reduction strikes a good balance between detail retention and noise suppression: shot noise that needs to be hidden to make the image useable.. Some low-contrast texture is sacrificed , but it's done in a way that doesn't looks too aggressive or unnatural. is essentially eliminated. Even in , the output avoids looking too artificial, though the is pronounced. This is inevitable, since the short exposure we've used means there's lots of
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