Camera Base / Tripod Mount

The bottom of the D200 is a simple enough affair with the metal tripod mount located in line with the center of the lens and the imaging focal plane. I'm also a big fan of the large rubber foot which covers two thirds of the base. Unlike the D2 series cameras the new WT-3 wireless transmitter connects into the cameras battery compartment and the EN-EL3e battery fits into the WT-3.

Pop-Up Flash

The D200's pop-up flash is released by pressing a small button on the left side just below the flash. The long arm raises the flash unit a respectable 53 mm (2.1 in) above the top of the lens (useful for lens hoods and reducing red-eye). Just below the release button is another button which changes flash mode and flash exposure compensation control button. Hold the button and turn the main command dial (rear) to change flash mode, sub-command dial to change flash exposure compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 EV).

Flash Hot-shoe

The D200 has a standard (ISO 518) accessory shoe which is compatible with third party flash systems for flash sync and more advanced i-TTL with the SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200. Non-TTL Auto available with the 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s.

Lens Mount / Sensor

Below on the left you can see the D200's lens mount with the mirror down, on the right with mirror up and shutter open (exposing the sensor). Lenses are inserted twisted clockwise and lock in place with an anticlockwise turn. This is a standard Nikon F lens mount and can use almost the complete range of Nikkor F lenses (although some features are only available with newer type G or type D lenses). As noted in our introduction the D200 also supports the aperture ring found on old AI lenses.

Shutter Release Sound

In some of our digital SLR reviews we now provide a sound recording of a continuous burst of shots. Below you can see waveforms of a recording made of the Nikon D200 and Canon EOS 5D shooting continuously for 30 seconds in JPEG and RAW at full resolution. The CF card used was a SanDisk Extreme III 1 GB (Type I).

JPEG continuous, 30 seconds

Nikon D200 JPEG - 78 frames (5.2 fps initial burst of 39 frames)
Canon EOS 5D JPEG - 87 frames (3.0 fps initial burst of 84 frames)

Nikon D200 JPEG -> Canon EOS 5D JPEG; MP3 971 KB

RAW continuous, 30 seconds

Nikon D200 RAW - 44 frames (5.2 fps initial burst of 23 frames)
Canon EOS 5D RAW - 34 frames (3.0 fps initial burst of 18 frames)

Nikon D200 RAW -> Canon EOS 5D RAW; MP3 867 KB

Supplied In the Box

Box contents may vary by region:

  • Nikon D200 digital SLR body & body cap
  • BM-6 protective LCD cover
  • Shoulder strap
  • Eyepiece Cap DK-5
  • Rubber Eyecup DK-21
  • EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion battery
  • MH-18a Quick Charger & AC power cable
  • USB cable
  • A/V cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Manuals