ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,199 (body), $1,699 (with 18-140mm kit zoom)
Nikon’s successor to the D7100 addresses the main shortcoming of that fine camera and adds a number of useful improvements. The biggie is a larger buffer: The D7200 can shoot up to 27 12-bit lossless-compressed NEF (RAW) images, 18 14-bit lossless-compressed NEF or 100 Large/Fine JPEGs in a burst (vs. 7, 6 and 33 with the D7100). Maximum advance rate remains 6 fps (7 in 1.3X crop mode).
EXPEED 4 processing (vs. EXPEED 3 in the D7100) provides improved image quality, better battery life, and a normal ISO range of 100-25,600 (vs. 100-6,400 for the D7100). There are also BW1 and BW2 modes, which let you shoot monochrome images at ISO 51,200 and 102,400. Both cameras feature 24-megapixel DX (APS-C) CMOS image sensors without an anti-aliasing filter, but the D7200’s has 24.2 effective megapixels vs. 24.1 for the D7100.
A new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II DX AF sensor module retains the D7100’s 51-point AF capabilities, but can now function down to EV -3 (the center point can autofocus at ƒ/8—handy when using a teleconverter). Other improvements over the D7100 include 1080 video at 60p (in 1.3X crop mode), time-lapse up to 9999 frames, auto ISO in manual mode, zebra stripes in live view, improved viewfinder coatings and built-in WiFi with NFC for easy connection to compatible smart devices.
The D7200 can use a wide range of AF Nikkor lenses, not just the ones with built-in AF motors (AF-S and AF-I). Currently, Nikon offers AF-S lenses from 10-24mm superwide zoom to 800mm supertelephoto, plus 1.4X, 1.7X and 2.0X AF teleconverters; with the DX sensor’s 1.5X focal-length factor, this provides focal lengths equivalent to 15mm through 1200mm (2400mm with 2.0X converter) on a full-frame DSLR. Dimensions are 5.4×4.2×3.0 inches and weight is 23.9 ounces. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.