Nikon D7200 Review

Last Updated on December 8, 2023 by Sharon Advik

  • The best APS-C image quality to date: excellent JPEGs and a wide Raw dynamic range.
  • Best-in-class low-light performance
  • Exceptional AF is tracking through the viewfinder.
  • All AF spots are still working toward -3EV.
  • Large AF region with 51-point coverage that is dense
  • AF point-linked spot-metering
  • Flat Picture Control for an additional video that can be graded
  • Time-lapse and interval shooting options with exposure smoothing
  • Implementing Wi-Fi quickly and efficiently is
  • Excellent interface and ergonomic design.
  • Long-lasting batteries
  • Raw processing is performed in-camera.
  • Reasonably compact and light for a DSLR of this kind.
  • The aperture cannot be adjusted in live view or movie modes.
  • Absence of peripheral cross-type AF points
  • Only 12-bit 6fps Raw is available, which reduces the dynamic range.
  • There is no live-view exposure representation.
  • The movie autofocus is erratic and too quick.
  • Live view autofocus is difficult and sluggish in many situations.
  • The Wi-Fi app is quite basic (and behavior-inconsistent)
  • On-sensor focus technologies are more accurate than secondary sensor AF.
  • In comparison to mirrorless competitors, the camera is large.

Nikon D7200 Review:


The Nikon D7200 is a flexible DX-format DSLR designed to meet the needs of both still photography and video users.

It is ready to perform in even the most difficult circumstances.

The D7200 has a 100-frame buffer for extended high-speed shooting, a 24.2MP CMOS sensor without an optical low-pass filter, and an EXPEED 4 image processor.

It can record up to 6 frames per second at full resolution or 7 frames per second at a 1.3x crop.

This sensor and CPU combination also has a peak native sensitivity of ISO 25600, which can be further increased to ISO 51200 and ISO 102400 sensitivity specifically for black and white photography.

Up to 60 frames per second in Full HD 1080p video recording is supported, and up to 9,999 consecutive frames of in-camera time-lapse photography with automated exposure smoothing are possible.

The D7200 includes a massive 3.2″ 1,229k-dot LCD monitor, twin SD card ports, and built-in snapbridge Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC for easy pairing your mobile device and the apparent imaging advantages.

The D7200 is an all-purpose camera that combines sophisticated image technologies with refined handling and design to deliver performance in still and video environments.

The D7200’s feature set is completed with a functional 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type points for rapid and precise focusing under various settings.

In addition to offering precise exposure metering capabilities, the 3D Color Matrix Metering II technology, which uses a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, also helps with the focusing capabilities.

Some Picture Control profiles can improve imagery’s color and tonal handling, creating a complete imaging solution.

The wide-angle to telephoto zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is included with the D7200 body and has VR image stabilization to reduce camera shake to accommodate operating in low light and with longer focal lengths.

The lens incorporates one aspherical element and one extra-low dispersion element to reduce aberrations and enhance image clarity.

At the same time, an SWM autofocus mechanism is employed to acquire focus rapidly, softly, and precisely.

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My Experience with the Nikon D7200:

My personality was never fully realized until I found the perfect pair of shoes for my clothing.

In the product photograph, you can see me interacting with it somehow.

I experimented with positioning the product in a variety of ways, taking into consideration the surrounding environment.

I traveled to China last week to photograph shoes for a well-known manufacturer.

With the importance of the color background in the design of the shoe laces and buckles, I was able to produce a large number of different stances.

I did a lot of research before settling on the Nikon D7200 as the ideal camera for any product photography.


24MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 Image processor:

The 24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor allows for the clearest, lowest noise, and most seamless color gradations when shooting full HD 1080p video and high-resolution still images.

The usual optical low-pass filter, which improves image sharpness and resolution, is not included in the sensor’s design.

The sensor also works with the cutting-edge EXPEED 4 image processor to offer native sensitivity up to ISO 25600 and increased Hi BW1 ISO 51200 and Hi BW2 ISO 102400 sensitivity for monochromatic shooting at even lower light levels.

A maximum continuous shooting rate of 6 fps at full resolution or 7 fps when the DX sensor area is cropped by 1.3 times is also made possible by the sensor and processor combination.

Due to enhanced buffer capacity, you can record up to 100 sequential JPEGs (Fine/Large), 27 12-bit NEF files, or 18 14-bit NEF files.

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Capturing Full HD Video:

The EXPEED 4’s processing power goes beyond still image quality to benefit full HD 1080p video recording at various frame rates up to 60 fps.

It also can record 60/50p using just a 1.3x crop of the DX format for increased reach while maintaining the full 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Shutter speed and ISO settings can be entirely manually adjusted while recording, and auto ISO adjustment in manual mode is available with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25600.

Other tools that can help control overexposure while recording include Zebra stripe highlighting, in-camera Picture Control profiles, customized tone curves, and a flat profile for color grading applications.

Uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit output through the HDMI connector can be obtained by recording to an optional external recorder.

When doing so, it is also possible to use the camera’s LCD monitor for concurrent live view monitoring.

A stereo in-camera microphone can be used for audio recording, or input can be used to connect an optional external stereo microphone.

Before and during recording, sound levels can be changed throughout 20 levels, and audio can also be monitored via the headphone output.

Additionally, the optional ME-W1 Wireless Microphone works with the D7200 to enable crystal-clear mono sound recording of your subject up to 164 feet away.

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Brilliant Multi-CAM 3500 II DX AF Sensor:

An efficient autofocus system, with choices to use 9, 21, or all 51 points according to the situation and AF detection sensitivity down to -3 EV, supports the imaging capabilities of the D7200.

This array has 15 cross-type points to give more precision to centrally positioned subjects.

The center-most point is also sensitive to an aperture value of f/8, making telephoto lenses and teleconverters advantageous.

When shooting at high continuous shooting speeds, 3D Tracking, a feature of the clever Scene Recognition System, also helps to maintain focus on moving things for improved accuracy.

Additionally, there are options for single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (with a choice of 9, 21, or 51 points), 3D-tracking (using all 51 points), and auto-area AF.

Additionally, you can choose your focus point and AF area settings separately when operating in horizontal or vertical shooting positions to fit the frame best.

A contrast-based AF system is used in live view for either still or movie shooting to acquire focus precisely and can operate in a continuous, full-time servo mode to better suit working with moving subjects.

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System for Scene Recognition and Exposure Metering:

The intelligent Scene Recognition System uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor with 3D Color Matrix Metering II to evaluate and analyze every aspect of a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and scene colors, to quickly determine the best exposure and white balance setting for the scene at hand.

The information gathered is compared to onboard reference photographs to ensure consistency from image to image concerning exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.

Camera Layout: 

The D7200 has a sizable 3.2″ 1,229k-dot LCD monitor with RGBW alignment for better sight in bright lighting settings.

With a bright pentaprism optical viewfinder that covers the entire frame and features an organic EL display system, you can easily modify the camera’s settings while keeping your eye on the viewfinder, thanks to the shooting information it provides.

The optical glass also has improved coatings that boost brightness, contrast, and color neutrality for a more realistic viewing experience.

A built-in pop-up flash can be used as a flash commander to interact wirelessly with other Nikon CLS-compatible Speedlights and add more light to scenes.

A hot shoe is additionally offered for utilizing optional external flashes.

Dual SD card slots are offered to increase file storage capacity by enabling in-camera file duplication or overflow recording.

It is possible to capture uncompressed video and time-lapse sequences using different recorders that link through HDMI.

The supplied EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack can last up to 1110 shots or 80 minutes of recording on a single charge (based on CIPA standards).

Connectivity to Wi-Fi on Snapbridge:

The D7200 includes built-in snapbridge Wi-Fi connectivity to provide seamless image transfer and remote shooting capabilities, supporting a wide range of sharing and tagging possibilities.

After downloading and installing the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app on an Android or iOS mobile device, you may use that device to examine the memory card’s contents, choose pictures, and quickly transfer files between devices for rapid online sharing.

The mobile device can also show a live view image from the camera and remotely trigger the shutter to enable operating from a distance. NFC (Near Field Communication) also supports a quick and easy tap-to-connect technique for connecting your mobile devices with the camera.

The optional WT-5A Wireless Transmitter and UT-1 Communication Unit, which can send image files through FTP, are also compatible with the D7200 for quicker wireless performance.

Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX:

The highly adaptable AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, a wide-angle to a telephoto zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27–210mm, is included with the D7200 body.

The optical design incorporates one aspherical element and one extra-low dispersion element to reduce chromatic aberrations and enhance overall image sharpness and clarity.

VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization is also built into the design to better work with wider lens lengths and in low-light situations.

It can reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps.

A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) also guarantees silent, smooth, and accurate autofocus performance suitable for quickly moving subjects and video applications.

Other camera features:

In-camera time-lapse shooting is possible using the built-in intervalometer to record up to 9,999 consecutive exposures at variable intervals, combining video and still imaging capabilities.

Exposure smoothing can also be applied to collections of sequentially recorded images to create a time-lapse that appears to have been captured directly from the camera.

According to your medium, dedicated photo and movie shoot menus simplify access to controls.

RAW (NEF) files can be saved as lossless, 12- or 14-bit-depth compressed files.

With a step size of 1/3 or 1/2 EV between each frame, automated exposure bracketing is possible for up to 9 frames.

When working in situations with lots of contrast, like when the lighting is backlit, Active D-Lighting aids in maintaining both highlight and shadow details.

The processing power of the EXPEED 4 will be used to create a more controlled image with brightness values that are more similar to those seen in the real world.

Use this mode for working with moving subjects.

Built-in HDR uses multiple exposures recorded sequentially and blended to increase a single image’s tonal and exposure range.

This results in improved shadow highlights detail and a wider range of mid-tones.

Working with stationary subjects is best suited for this mode of operation.

With automatic ISO sensitivity control, you can choose the lowest shutter speed at which the camera shake can be managed before the ISO value is automatically adjusted to best capture the scene.

A maximum sensitivity level can also be set to maintain overall noise levels.

For live view shooting, the spot white balance control makes adjusting the white balance as simple as pointing to the portion of the frame that needs to be white.

Remote shutter releases and other optional accessories can be connected to the MC-DC2 port.

Picture Control modes, which include Landscape, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, Flat, and user-customizable settings, let you apply predefined looks to imagery in-camera.

Each of these profiles has a clarity control setting that can be used to adjust the level of definition, and you can fine-tune the control by 0.25-step steps to suit your preferences.

You can use the Night Vision, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key, and Low Key Special Effects modes to enhance images while being captured artistically.


The D7200 results from subtle evolution; it continues an established system’s operations and control logic that has been improved over many years, if not decades.

As a result, shooting with this camera is quick, simple, and pleasurable, regardless of how engaged you want to be.

Additionally, it produces a camera that existing Nikon customers of all skill levels can pick up and operate.

The menu system, introduced in 2003’s D2H and features a section for color-coded custom settings, is starting to creak under the weight of the D7200’s wide variety of features.

As always, there is a conflict between providing a suitable customization and increasing complexity.

The D7200 could initially look a little difficult for a mid-range camera, but we didn’t find it overpowering.

It’s still important to know what settings are available to you, though.

The good news is that the D7200 doesn’t require any configuration for most shooters.

Additionally, the Recent Settings tab makes it simple to access the settings you modify the most frequently.

If you’d like, you can then incorporate these settings into a customized version of “My Menu.”

Video handling is less practical. Nikon has begun to include helpful features, like “zebra” highlight warnings.

The most annoying aspect is the absence of a powered aperture, which necessitates exiting movie/live view mode and entering it again whenever you wish to adjust the camera’s aperture.

As a result, the camera is harder to recommend if you intend to record video because it is more challenging to operate than needed.

Image quality:

Excellent JPG and raw image quality may be found with the D7200.

The Nikon’s raw performance is remarkable, even compared to the Samsung NX1’s technologically superior BSI-CMOS design, with the sensor providing remarkably minimal read noise.

It’s safe to claim that this represents the most acceptable APS-C camera performance.

This is one of the first cameras in this class to consider if still photography is your primary interest.

No competition can match the performance of high ISO noise and low ISO dynamic range.


In most ways, autofocus is outstanding, with subject tracking incredibly dependable and simple.

It is only rivaled in its class by mirrorless cameras that benefit from continuous scene data from the image sensor.

Nikon can acquire scene data through a 2016-pixel RGB color metering sensor that continually “sees” the scene while shooting through a viewfinder.

The dedicated phase-detect module ensures that the camera is good at focusing on that tracked subject, even during continuous shooting, despite the relatively low resolution of this sensor in the D7200’s APS-C DSLR.

This sensor will better stick to your subject in various situations than any competitor’s APS-C DSLR.

Given the enhanced low-light performance (down to -3EV), you can still focus on and follow moving targets in extremely low light.

However, the DSLR’s separate AF module and architecture cannot always match the focus precision of mirrorless cameras, which focus directly on the sensor.

You can largely overcome this using AF Fine Tune, although your results will differ from lens to lens.

Contrarily, live view focus uses the image sensor, which results in greater accuracy.

Still, it is also substantially less handy in determining where to focus and the speed at which it does so.

Very good by DSLR standards, but with all the limitations that imply.


 The D7200’s video quality is slightly less spectacular as it cannot capture the same levels of detail as cameras like Panasonic’s GH4 or the NX1.

If you want to incorporate slow-motion sequences into your productions, the 60p option is a benefit.

However, the 1.3x crop in which the mode is available looks to collect poorer quality than the full sensor modes so that a keen viewer may notice the discrepancy between the footage.

If it weren’t for the physical restrictions the camera places on video recording, these worries would be unimportant.

Additionally, video AF falls short of what several rivals already offer with on-sensor phase detection.

At the same time, Nikon’s contrast-detect AF ensures hunting, and cameras like the Sony a5100/6000/77 II, Canon’s 70D, and Samsung’s NX1 offer quick and fluid video AF.

The time-lapse tool, which can produce pretty good, straight-out-of-camera movie files combined with an exposure smoothing option, has recently been added to Nikon DSLRs.

The built-in intervalometer feature is still preferable if you want to be safe because there isn’t a way to store specific stills along with the time-lapse (which also offers exposure smoothing).

Is the Nikon D7200 an entry-level?

Yes, it is noted that Nikon D7200 is the best entry-level camera. The all-black D7200 compares nearly every Nikon DSLR, and, in the duration of size and significance, it slots between compact entry-level and full-frame models. I like to offer this to my newbies, which means students who love to learn different aspects of photography from me in my studio that I extended years ago in California. I always got good responses from all my students, with remarks that this camera has helped boost their sales and confidence in clicking all types of photography.

Is the Nikon D7200 a good camera for wildlife photography?

Yes, I would personally suggest the D7200 camera to you all. This camera’s five fps in 14-bit lossless RAW (full resolution with full-color depth = best image quality) burst rate is on par with the D7200’s, making it suitable for use as a wildlife camera. For a DX sensor, the high-ISO performance is darn impressive. The D7200 still beats the D7000 despite having more significant pixel sites. The samples below demonstrate how well Nikon has managed the noise on this sensor. The D7200 is more weather-sealed than the D7000, but because I typically photograph outdoors in highly dusty environments and my D7000 has survived 200K+ photos, build quality wasn’t a concern. Due to its varied attributes, I used this to photograph wildlife creators at the National Park. I got pictures of lion cubs playing in the mud for my blog’s cover page, which attracts people.

What is the shutter life of the Nikon D7200?

150,000 cycles are the shutter life of the Nikon D7200. Most shutters have a minimum rating of 300,000 or 150,000 (for entry-level and midrange DSLRs) (professional DSLRs). Most shutters persist far longer than expected (no Camera Jungle DSLR has yet worn out). The maintenance, upkeep, and climatic conditions of a camera, as well as other aspects, all affect its longevity. I think it will be helpful to all of you to learn how things work in a way. If you take care of your camera, it will last long and accompany you in times of need.

The last word:

The market is arguably too competitive for any model to be the standout camera that the D7200’s predecessor was.

The D7200 is an obvious choice if you’re looking for a DSLR primarily for still photography.

Its controls, class-leading image quality, and outstanding AF tracking make it easy to use, while unique features like its low-light AF capability, Active D-Lighting, and Wi-Fi merely clinch the deal.

However, the D7200’s feature set and usability fall short if you’re interested in shooting video or stills in live view.

Smaller, lighter, and more competent mirrorless competitors may appeal just as much to the photographers Nikon targets.

The Nikon D7200’s appeal is not as broad as it once was, even though it improves on a superb camera.

But the D7200 is powerful if its advantages match your requirements.

Overall conclusion:

The Nikon D7200 is only a modest improvement over the D7100.

Due to the absence of banding, it delivers somewhat more flexible Raw files, a marginally better action shooter, a considerably better video camera, and better overall autofocus in low light. 

But as is frequently the case, the competition has intensified since then.

While the D7200 excels as a conventional DSLR, its competitors have picked up other tricks: Canon’s EOS 70D has stronger video AF, but the more expensive Samsung NX1 performs marginally better in several different areas (video spec, video AF, shooting rate, and maybe even focus tracking).

While the Sony a6000 does many of the mentioned tasks for a far lower price, the Pentax K-3 II boasts a more robust body and built-in stabilization. It’s challenging to distinguish between these two firms.

Why is the Nikon D7200 the best?

This camera has excellent ergonomics, is tough, easy to use, and offers a sharp, quick focus.

Without an optical low-pass channel, it provides a fast processing rate and 24.2 megapixels of flawless image quality.

Let’s say you’re considering buying it because of its remarkable ability to record high-quality still images in dim light and efficiently handle high contrast settings due to its faultless features.

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