|Nikon D7200 Body|
In the most fitting way possible, we begin the this review of the apparently not-so-changed D7200 by recycling the opening to the D7100 review from 2013:
"It must have been something of a sinking feeling for those waiting for a successor to the Nikon D300s to see the arrival of the very well spec’d D7100. Though some may argue against, I hold that the D7000 was indeed the commercial successor to the D300s whether or not Nikon admitted to it and that the D7100 is now the second camera to carry the line forward."
Wash, rinse and repeat. Along this line of reasoning, the D7200 is now the third "successor" to the D300s. There may be yet a full-metal body pro-spec serious DX camera yet that can assume the mantle of the D300, but if it ever comes it will be so late as to be likely called the D500, especially given how often the number "5" is creeping into the Nikon's current model names. Until then, Nikon was iterated the D7100 in the most literal way possible; by recycling the core concept and apparently much of the packaging. The specs are:
- 24MP APS-C sensor
- Larger expanded ISO range (to ISO 102,400)
- 6 fps burst, larger buffer
- 51-point MultiCAM 3500DX2 autofocus system
- Improved low light focusing to -3EV, one stop better than D7100
- 2,016 pixel RGB sensor exposure sensor (like D610, unlike D750)
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
- Upgraded video (like D810 and D750), including Flat Picture Control
- 1080p video at 60fps, but it 1.3x crop mode only
- Battery life up from 950 to 1110 shots per charge
- Body only price: $1,199.95 USD (Unchanged from D7100)
The problem with modern discourse... of any kind... is that subtlety is a dying art. In the way that things are perceived, they are either superlative or they are lacking. That is to say, in the vernacular of the internet, things either rock or they suck. (Cue George Orwell: Double plus good, comrade!) This is unfortunate, as reality always falls in between these two extremes. This is very much the case with the Nikon D7200. It's not full frame, it's not smaller and lighter and to be quite honest, it's barely a change over its predecessor. And yet, it's a good camera. A very good camera. Expectations shape perceptions of course. If you perceive the D7200 as being a letdown, then it's because you have a certain set of expectations. If you approach the D7200 with no expectations, then it's a great performance bargain, just as the serious Nikon DX cameras before it.
Update, August 2017: Interested in how the D7500 stacks up? Click here.