Nikon D200 Review Round-Up

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Imaging Resource

The D200 really goes far beyond what would normally be considered as a prosumer model. In virtually every detail, the Nikon D200 creates a new category, that of a compact professional SLR. The Nikon D200 consistently impressed us with its ruggedness (including full environmental seals, a first on a camera selling for less than $4,000), excellent user interface, exceptional feature set, and sure-footed performance. One of the D200’s weak points is clearly that it uses so much antialiasing and so little in-camera sharpening. …Another weak point is high-ISO image noise. … Its few shortcomings aside, the Nikon D200 truly does establish a new level of performance, functionality, and ruggedness at a competitive price point. … Bottom line… highly recommended. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Nikon D200 Reviews

Camera Labs

There’s very little to fault about the Nikon D200. It’s very robust, has great ergonomics and a wide array of features, while handling superbly and delivering excellent image quality. In use it performed very well and we struggled to find any downsides to list at the end of the verdict. …Ultimately until the market responds, Nikon has delivered the best mid-range digital SLR yet, boasting professional quality at a highly affordable price point. It’ll appeal equally to those wanting a step-up from a budget model as it will to Pros wanting a backup body. Indeed we wouldn’t be at all surprised to find many Professionals using D200 as their primary body, and that’s high recommendation for a camera at this price. READ FULL REVIEW

Digital Photography Review

From a design, build, features and performance point of view this camera really creates its own niche, it would be a pity to label it as ‘semi-pro’ because in use you soon realize that it’s a professional camera….Unfortunately the D200 has one or two issues. Firstly noise… The second issue is…the vertical banding problems experienced by some owners. …I really enjoyed the D200. It’s one of those cameras which you look forward to picking up, I really got on with its design and ergonomics, it’s small enough not to break your back, yet sturdy enough to feel absolutely purposeful, solid and reliable. … Nikon knows about good design and it shows, the D200 is a great camera to get along with. READ FULL REVIEW

Steve’s Digicams

With the release of the D200, Nikon has climbed to the top of the enthusiast dSLR market. With a host of features typically reserved for professional cameras, 10.2-megapixels of resolution and excellent image quality, Nikon has not only surpassed Canon in the enthusiast market, they have blurred the distinction with their own professional D2X. If the D200 were an entry-level dSLR, I’d complain about the softness of its JPEG images. But this is an enthusiast dSLR. … High ISO image noise can be an issue, but it is most pronounced when images are under-exposed. … It’s not inexpensive, but the D200’s features and image quality justify its price early in the product cycle. READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review

Professional picture quality, high-resolution, extensive accessory options and a competitive price tag make this camera a great choice for serious photographers. With a top resolution of 10.2 megapixels, Nikon’s latest DSLR, the D200, sits between the popular 6-megapixel D70/D70s model and the 12-megapixel D2X. Similar in size but slightly heavier than the D70s, the D200 is lighter and much less bulky than the D2X and much more comfortable to use. The new model has plenty to offer to professional photographers but its pricing will please serious enthusiasts with a suite of legacy Nikkor lenses. READ FULL REVIEW


The Nikon D200, a long-awaited successor to the company’s D100, offers serious amateur photographers and value-minded professionals a compact, sub-$2,000 digital SLR with many of the specifications, features, and build characteristics of Nikon’s high-end pro cameras. Although not quite the junior version of the top-of-the-line D2X that some had hoped for, the D200 offers a significant step up from Nikon’s low-end models, with 10.2-megapixel resolution, a rugged moisture- and dust-sealed magnesium-alloy body, a large viewfinder, a 5fps drive mode, and bountiful fine-tuning and customization options. Overall, the Nikon D200 raises the bar a notch in the midrange digital SLR class, providing extra features and a more robust body. …READ FULL REVIEW

The Nikon D200 is a digital single lens reflex camera for serious amateurs as well as for professionals who want a backup body for their D2Xs. The metal body, rubber-clad where needed, feels very solid and suggests a very reliable camera. The only part that does not appear as solid and that I would worry about if the camera gets knocked around, is the built-in flash. After several months and several thousand pictures, my Nikon D200 shows no sign of wear. The Nikon D200 is a very good camera and anybody making the switch from a (high-end) film camera to digital should consider it. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

The D200 is Nikon’s latest DSLR. It’s a semi-pro camera positioned between the hugely popular D70s and the full-time professional D2X. … The D200 is similar in size to the D70s and a little heavier. It’s very similar in size and weight to the F100 and similar in feel and features to the D2X and adds a built-in flash. My D200 is the best digital camera I’ve ever owned. … For my uses the D200 is ideal: I want the best quality without regard to price in the smallest and most convenient package with built-in flash. The D2X is way too big and has no flash at all. For most normal people (not full-time professional photographers) the D70, D70s and D50 are still my top suggestions, since most people won’t use the few extra features I find important. READ FULL REVIEW

Thom Hogan

Was the wait for the D200 worth it? Absolutely yes. D100 owners especially should be very happy with their upgrade. Better-than-35mm resolution? Check. Better color? Check. Better metering, AF, and white balance? Check. Improved handling? Check. More pro features? Check. Anything broken in the process? No. As I said about the D2x: the D200 is more camera than some casual users will be able to handle. Suffice it to say that the D200 packs plenty of pixels, the camera acquires and produces them well, and unless noise levels are high enough to be visible, you’ll have more than enough detail to work with in your D200 images as long as your shot and work discipline is high. READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review

With a top resolution of 10.2 megapixels, Nikon’s latest DSLR, the D200, sits between the popular 6-megapixel D70/D70s model and the 12-megapixel D2X. Similar in size but slightly heavier than the D70s, the D200 is lighter and much less bulky than the D2X and much more comfortable to use. The D200 is both well built and elegantly designed. Its rubberised magnesium alloy body has been sealed to exclude moisture and dust, and whereas the D2X lacks a built-in flash, one is provided on the D200. In short, the new camera combines the best features of the pro camera with much of the handling convenience of the consumer model, and includes some neat new additions for all photographers. READ FULL REVIEW

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