Nikon D200

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Nikon D200 with MB-D200 Battery Grip

The Nikon D200 was announced on 1st November 2005, some three and a half years since Nikon revealed their first prosumer digital SLR, the D100. It's fair to say however that the D200 is a completely different beast altogether, it shares far more with its 'bigger brother' the the D2X than its earlier namesake. The D200 has the robust build quality of the D2X, a 10.2 million pixel CCD sensor and a compact design more like the D100. Just as the D100 the D200 has a CCD sensor, unlike the D2X which utilized a CMOS sensor. It's clear that this camera is aimed at the same kind of market as the recently announced Canon EOS 5D. From a features, control and performance point of view the D200 is closer to the D2X than any other model.

The D200 is a mid-range camera, aimed at advanced amateur or semi-professional users. It re-acts faster than the D50/D70s; packing more pixel power and greater control, but is not quite as fast as the D2x series (although it's not far away).

The magnesium body has an enhanced sealing system to protect it from casual moisture and dust. Seals are evident on all openings, which is reassuring.


  • 10.2 megapixel CCD
  • ISO100 to 1600 sensitivity in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings up to 1 EV over 1600
  • CompactFlash Type I/II and Microdrive storage
  • Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
  • 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)
  • 2.5in , 230,000dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
  • Full frame, thumbnail, zoom and slideshow playback with RGB histogram indication, Shooting data, Highlight point display and Auto image rotation
  • NTSC and PAL Video Output
  • Compatible Lenses: Nikkor AF and DX Lenses
  • Picture angle is approx 1.5 times lens focal length (equivalent in 35mm format)
  • Fixed eye-level pentaprism type viewfinder with built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
  • Type-B BriteView Clear Matte focusing screenwith superimposed focus brackets and On Demand grid lines
  • Viewfinder coverage approx. 95% (vertical and horizontal)
  • Autofocus 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 temperature: 20°C/68°F)
  • Single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking focusing
  • 11 area focus with single and wide focus options
  • Through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering with 3D colour matrix metering II, center-weighted and spot options
  • Exposure Metering Range EV 0 to 20
  • Programmed, shutter-priority, aperture-priority and manual metering
  • ±5 EV exposure compensation in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Auto exposure lock and auto exposure bracketing with 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2, or 3
  • Single frame, continuous low speed and continuous high-speed shooting mode (5 frames per second)
  • Mirror-up mode
  • Shutter speed 30 to 1/8000sec in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
  • Flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
  • TTL flash control with front-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync and rear-curtain Sync
  • Built-in Speedlight guide number 12 (ISO 100/m)
  • Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
  • Standard ISO hot-shoe contact and sync terminal
  • Electronically controlled self-timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration
  • Depth-of-field preview
  • GPS NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
  • Power source is 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)
  • Dimensions Approx. 147 x 113 x 74mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight Approx. 830g without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
  • Box contents: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, LCD monitor cover BM-6, PictureProject CD-ROM
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