Perfect for Passionate, Dedicated Amateur Photographers
The Nikon D200 is a professional
digital SLR camera which is also aimed at the serious amateur
digital photographer. It is essentially the upgrade unit from the D100/D70s, and it incorporates solid improvements over those excellent cameras.
The most obvious upgrade highlight of the D200 is the
10.2 megapixel images that it
generates. The advantage of more megapixels is: if you wish to print images
larger than about 8 x 10, more megapixels again equates to additional detail.
Also, Many digital photographers "crop" their images in post-processing. For example, a
photograph of a flying bird such that occupies only a quarter of the
image, you may want to crop the image
so that you eliminate half of the image, leaving the bird dominant. More megapixels means more detail will survive the cropping, which is
fundamentally a form of magnification.
The powerful, feature-packed D200 digital SLR camera delivers a high-precision, high-performance package and creates a new class of camera between entry-level and professional digital SLRs.
The Nikon D200 combines the solid look and feel and advanced camera operation of Nikon's D2 professional series with the approved user-friendliness and stunning image quality that are the hallmarks of all Nikon digital SLRs.
The D200 has been crafted to connect a range of newly developed Nikon technologies with advanced features inherited from the Nikon D2x, ensuring an ultimate shooting experience with exceptional and versatile imaging performance, high speed, and an instant response. The result is a blend of superb features, high-quality components, and fantastic results.
This combination makes the D200 perfect for passionate, dedicated amateur
photographers, business users in fields such as the police, dentistry and museums, and professionals or semi-professionals looking for a second camera to complement their Nikon D2x or D2Hs.
A lightweight, durable, and robust magnesium-alloy chassis is the foundation for the D200.
Solid look and feel
The D200 boasts a lightweight, durable, and robust magnesium-alloy body and an advanced sealing system that protects the camera from moisture and dust, making it suitable for a range of rigorous and challenging assignments. The integrated double-bladed shutter, which incorporates a refined mirror balance system, has been tested to well in excess of 100,000 cycles.
The D200's camera operation is inherited from the Nikon D2x, and boasts more than 40 well organized custom settings, so it is ideally suited to the user's needs and preferences. The large, bright viewfinder offers .94x magnification and 95% frame coverage both horizontally and vertically to guarantee exceptionally detailed viewing control.
The D200 sports an impressive 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD.
A 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD screen provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle from all directions. Images on the D200 can be magnified by up to 400% so users can check for fine detail.
The top LCD panel is the largest in the industry, containing a wealth of data such as shooting mode, battery condition, card information, gridline display, shutter speed, f-stop, and shots remaining. A new color-coded menu display facilitates easy viewing, supported by intuitive keywords to assist speedy navigation.
The newly-developed high-energy EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers enough power to the D200 to support the shooting of up to 1,800 images on a single charge, which takes no longer than 2.5 hours. Battery status can be checked through a real-time fuel-gauge system, found in the menu. An optional MB-D200 battery pack extends shooting capability, using AA-size batteries (six are needed) or two NE-EL3e's.
Ultimate shooting experience
The D200 is ideal for capturing unexpected or fleeting moments, thanks to the 0.15 second power-up, a speedy shutter lag time of just 50 milliseconds, and a shortened viewfinder blackout time of 105 milliseconds.
The D200 is also capable of ultra high-speed continuous shooting of five frames per second, capturing up to 37 pictures in JPEG or 22 in RAW format (when using a SanDisk SDCFH Ultra II or SDCFX Extreme III 1 GB CF card). A newly developed and highly flexible Multi-CAM1000 Autofocus features a pinpoint 11-area AF system inherited from Nikon D2 series as well as a 7-area wide AF to focus on larger moving objects easily.
Continuous shooting mode captures five frames per second for up to 37 pictures in JPEG or 22 in RAW format.
Another feature inherited from the D2x is the 3D-color Matrix Metering II, which delivers optimised exposure using new technology developed for the Nikon 1,005 pixel RGB exposure/color Matrix Metering sensor. This system evaluates seven parameters in every shot--including brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area, and camera-to-subject distance--and references this data against an on-board database of over 30,000 actual photographic scenes to instantly and accurately calculate the final value.
The Nikon DX Format CCD delivers excellent sharpness, color, and resolution.
A fundamental feature of the D200 is a newly developed 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor that captures high level sharpness and color at 3,872 x 2,592-pixel size, delivering the right resolution to support significant image enlargements and enable greater freedom for creative cropping. The highly sensitive new sensor covers an ISO range from 100 to 1600, rising to 3200 in Hi-1.
High speed image processing is inherited from the Nikon D2x, guaranteeing fine color gradations and smooth transitions. A new Optical Low Pass Filter helps prevent moire, color fringing, and shifting to get even greater colors.
For added control, saturation and highlights of a shot can be controlled easily using the D200's RBG histograms on the LCD monitor.
In addition, new image optimization modes enable D200 users to produce results that more closely match their intended results, with the ability to optimize sharpening, tone and contrast, color, saturation, and hue in choices including Softer, Normal, More vivid, Portrait, and Black and White in camera.
Like all Nikon digital SLR cameras, the D200 is compatible with Nikon's Total Imaging System, which means it can be teamed with over 50 high-quality AF Nikkor lenses, including renowned DX Nikkors as well as non-CPU lenses. It also opens up the creative possibilities that can achieved with Nikon's Creative Lighting System thanks to a built-in i-TTL Speedlight which can serve as master in Advanced Wireless Lighting systems.
The D200 incorporates an x-Sync terminal to connect to studio lighting and features GPS support to record geographical data of the shot, as well as wireless functionality for image capture and transfer.
Employing a newly developed 10.2 effective megapixel
Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor, the D200 captures images with remarkable resolution and clarity. Its sophisticated 1005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II system ensures ideal exposures while an advanced Nikon image processing engine renders images with superb clarity and smooth color gradations.
The D200 reacts with lightning speed, powering-up in a mere 0.15 seconds, and firing in an imperceptible 50 millisecond shutter release lag time. It can shoot five frames per second with a drastically shortened viewfinder blackout time of just 105 milliseconds between shots. Its large, bright viewfinder offers 0.94x magnification for comfortable and precise composition while a new 2.5 inch LCD screen provides ultra-wide 170 degrees viewing angle from all directions.
With an all new 11-area autofocus system, robust control of Nikon's i-TTL Creative Lighting System and advanced Wi-Fi image-transmission options, the D200 is a perfect fit for discriminating photographers and a natural choice for
wedding, event and
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e,
Quick Charger MH-18a,
USB Cable UC-E4,
Eyepiece Cap DK-5,
Rubber Eyecup DK-21,
LCD monitor cover BM-6,
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Type of Camera
RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total
pixels: 10.92 million
Image size (pixels)
3,872 x 2,592 [L],
2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]
100 to 1600 in
steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings up to 1 EV over 1600
Card (Type I and II) and Microdrive™
Auto (TTL white
balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning,
color temperature setting, preset white balance, white balance
bracketing possible (2 to 9 frames in increments of 1, 2 or 3)
230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness
1 frame: Thumbnail
(4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; RGB Histogram
indication; Shooting Data; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation
Card format, All frames
delete, Selected frames delete
NTSC or PAL
(mini-B connector); mass storage and PTP connectable; FTP file transfer
and PTP/IP camera control/file transfer is also available with optional
WT-3 (IEEE 802.11b/g); CF card slot Type II: supports firmware updates
via CF cards
Up to 36
characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and
multi selector; stored in Exif header
Nikon F mount
(with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Equivalent in 35
mm  format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Fixed eye-level pentaprism;
built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Type B BriteView Clear Matte
screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and on-demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 95% (vertical &
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens
at infinity; –1.0 m-1
TTL phase detection by Nikon
Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m
to 3.0m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal
Instant single-servo AF (S);
continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking
automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo
Normal: 11 areas; single area
or group can be selected; Wide: focus area can be selected from 7 areas
1) Single Area AF 2) Dynamic
Area AF 3) Group Dynamic AF 4) Dynamic area AF with closest subject
Focus can be locked by
pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing
Exposure Metering System
(TTL) exposure metering
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix
metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with
non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by
1,005-segment RGB sensor
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle
in center of frame
3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on active
focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
Exposure Metering Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix
or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Combined CPU and AI
Programmed Auto [P] with
flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A];
±5 EV in increments of 1/3,
1/2 or 1 EV
Luminosity locked at detected
value with AE-L/AF-L button
2 to 9 exposures in increments
of 1, 2, or 3
1) Single frame shooting mode
2) Continuous low speed (CL) shooting mode: 1-4 frames per second
3) Continuous high-speed shooting mode: 5 frames per second
4) Self-timer shooting mode
5) Mirror-up mode
vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3,
1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
X-contact only; flash
synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
1) TTL: TTL flash control by
1,005-pixel RGB sensor Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or
standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M]) SB-800,
SB-600 or SB-R200: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and
standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR
2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX,
28, 27, and 22s
4) Range-priority manual; available with SB-800 4) Distance-priority
manual available with SB-800
When CPU lens is attached,
lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M
modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)
Via 10-pin Remote Cord
MC-30/36 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control WT-3 (optional)
NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01)
interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS
Adapter Cord MC-35 (optional)
One Rechargeable Li-ion
Battery EN-EL3e, MB-D200 battery pack (optional) with one or two
rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline (LR6),
NiMH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or ZR6 nickel-manganese AA
batteries, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
1/4 In. (ISO1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 147 x 113 x 74mm (5.8
x 4.4 x 2.9 in.)
Approx. 830g (1 lb 13 oz)
without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
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