Nikon D7200 shoots for longer, boasts deeper buffer, better low-light autofocus and built-in Wi-Fi
posted Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:02 AM EDT
Since early 2013, the Nikon D7100 has been the crown jewel of the company's APS-C camera lineup. Now, it follows up with the Nikon D7200, a camera that looks very similar to its predecessor on the outside, but sports several significant improvements beneath the skin.
Perhaps most importantly, the Nikon D7200 brings significantly increased buffer depths, answering one of the main complaints about its predecessor. It also switches to an EXPEED 4-class processor that's tailored to this individual camera model, and which pays dividends in power consumption: CIPA-compliant battery life figures have improved by around 17% since the D7100.
Another handy change in the Nikon D7200 is a newer Multi-CAM 3500II DX phase-detection autofocus module that now focuses even better in low light. And the D7200 is also the company's first DSLR with both Wi-Fi wireless networking and Near-Field Communications support, removing the need to rely on clumsy external solutions or Wi-Fi capable SD cards.
And that's not all. The Nikon D7200 also includes quite a number of firmware tweaks, improving the camera's still imaging and movie-shooting capabilities in some important ways. Want to learn more about these changes? You'll find the full story in our hands-on Nikon D7200 preview!
Alongside the D7200, Nikon has also launched a replacement for its earlier View NX software package, now called View NX-i, and available free of charge. With support for .NEF raw, JPEG and TIFF images as well as .MOV movies, it lets Nikon D7200 owners manage their artworks, share them on social networks, and even perform basic movie-editing tasks. There's also a new Bluetooth-based wireless lav mic, the ME-W1, that's compatible with the D7200 and allows you to record mono or stereo audio at a distance of 164 feet from the camera body.
Available from early April 2015, the Nikon D7200 will be sold body-only or in a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, which was also available in D7100 kits. (Unlike the earlier model, though, there are no 18-105mm or 18-140mm + 55-300mm lens kits for the D7200.) Pricing is set at US$1,200 or thereabouts body-only, while the 18-140mm lens kit will cost US$1,700.
Find out more in our hands-on Nikon D7200 preview!
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