Conclusion: The Nikon D200 is a very good camera and anybody making the switch from a (high-end) film camera to digital should consider it. Take a look at the image quality, decide if it makes sense financially (don't forget extra lenses, memory etc.) and take into account that the low operating cost of digital encourages to capture more, experiment more.
Excerpt: The design of this dSLR, like most of the semi-professional cameras, consists of rubberized magnesium weather-sealed body, with a good hand grip, plenty of space for an accurate viewfinder and a pop-up powerful flash and lots of buttons at the back. The colors, contrast and sharpness taken by Nikon D200 are great if you have some more advanced photography knowledge to manually adjust white balance, exposure, aperture and shutter speed.
Summary: As expected the D200's image quality is superb with the advanced metering and AF system combining well (albeit with an odd slight underexposure on some shots). We didn't get many bad shots with this baby. Colour balance and detail are crisply rendered, and tht's despite the Nikkor 18-70 F3.5-F4.5 DX kit lens being more a budget option. This means that more serious optics will start to pull even more from the camera’s high-resolution sensor.
Pros: Excellent image quality, excellent ergonomics, design and control layout, great menu system, good combination of customisable controls and custom shooting options.
Cons: Default sharpening level is low, intrusive image noise over ISO 1600.
Excerpt: In our January issue we looked at a pre-production version of Nikon's new 10.2MP D200 ($1,700, body only), and we were left with some unanswered questions. First, what kind of performance would we get from an actual production model? Second, how would the final features and images from the D200 stack up against its newest competitor-the $1,400 (body only) 8.3MP Canon EOS 30D?
Excerpt: Click here for a gallery of images of the Nikon D200 We love to watch the king-of-the-mountain game that Canon and Nikon play with every DSLR they introduce. Usually, Canon starts a round with a model that offers unrivaled image quality and performance for its price. A few months later, a feature-packed Nikon tries to steal the spotlight.
Excerpt: This morning, Nikon announced its latest DSLR, called the D200. For an estimated street price of $1,699, it offers a 10.2 (effective) megapixel, APS-sized CCD sensor housed in a weather-sealed, magnesium-alloy chassis, which sports a 2.5-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD on back. The camera can capture up to 37 JPEG, or 22 NEF RAW, images at a rate of up to 5 frames per second.
Conclusion: When it was announced in November last year the D200 caused quite stir (and not just in the Nikon camp). It was clear from the start that about the only thing this camera shared with its official predecessor (the D100) was the Nikon badge and it's '00 name. 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.
Pros: Excellent resolution, although not a huge 'step up' from eight megapixels, Compact body design which has a true pro feel, build and feature set, Instant power on, very responsive, very short black-out time, very fast media write, Excellent five frames per second continuous shooting, fast 'smart buffering', Eleven point AF system, fast and accurate, Good dynamic range, conservative metering, smart auto tone selection, More conservative, film-like appearance to images (...
Cons: Higher noise at ISO 1600 and 3200 than we would like, mostly in shadows, High ISO noise reduction works but at the expense of detail, Default sharpness is too mild, first impression to a new user may be negative, Insufficient number of image parameter adjustments with little latitude, Disappointing automatic white balance performance under artificial light, Some cameras affected by vertical banding issues, No RAW adjustment with supplied Picture Project, only simple c...
Conclusion: Nikon D200 SLR camera Nikon likes to get the job done to its fullest extend, a fact that once again becomes more than apparent with the Nikon D200. The Nikon D200 is a top D-SLR, one that will without doubt cause relentless unease in the minds of the competition. The Nikon D200 offers a tremendous amount of options, settings and features for its price and it is therefore more than likely that a large amount of professional photographers will purchase the D200 as a second...
Excerpt: You’ve probably been asking yourself recently, “How can I tell if the Nikon D200 digital camera is the one for me?” This technology review attempts to provide you with enough information to make an intelligent purchase decision, by learning in detail about the camera and its systems. Is the 6+ megapixels of the Nikon D50, Nikon D70, and D100 D-SLR insufficient for my needs? Can I afford the $800 to $1200 USD over the cost of those above cameras?