Nikon D7200: Our Complete & Unbiased Review

If you are looking for a DSLR camera, you know there are a lot of options out there, and they each have something to offer. We are aiming to narrow your search by diving into the Nikon D7200 and a few of its competitors to see if these should really make the cut.

Comparison Table

What Is the Nikon D7200?

The Nikon D7200 is a great camera for experienced photographers who need clean images at cropped or zoomed in levels. With new features and better specs, this camera easily overtakes its predecessors in terms of ability, function, and clean imaging. 

Of course, the Nikon D7200 does more than just take clean close-ups. It is designed as a step up for DSLR users no matter what genre they are into. There is a lot of hype around the Nikon D7200 –  from its build and design to its features and specs. We want to know (and we are sure you do too) if it can really back up its claims.

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Product Specs

Starting with the megapixels, this model has 24 – which is not low and will definitely perform well in a variety of settings. It also features an EXPEED 4 processor, which has begun to get some real traction among photographers for its performance. Its ISO range is fair at 100-25,600 in full color and 51,200-102,400 for black and white. 

One thing photographers have picked up on is the build of the Nikon D7200. It is built to be weather resistant with dust, weather, and moisture sealants. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a rugged photographer, not needing to worry if your shoot is wet or windy is a huge advantage.

This camera also has video capabilities at 1080p at up to 60 frames per second, while normal shooting is at 6 frames per second.

Pricing

For a DSLR camera with these specs, you would typically be looking at a price tag around $1,000 give or take a few hundred. For the Nikon D7200, you can find it for around $800 for just the body and at about $1,100 for an included lens.

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How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. In order to see if the Nikon D7200 really holds up to its hype, it was important to pull out the important features like performance and design quality, so we spent some time going through each of these models to see what they really had to offer.   

  • Sony Alpha 6000
  • Nikon Coolpix W300
  • Canon EOS 6D II

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR Body (Black)
  • 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 51 point autofocus system
  • 6 frames per second (fps) shooting capacity
  • EXPEED 4 image processing; ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100 - 25,600.Lens mount: Nikon F mount, (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Ease of Use     4/5 Stars

If you are familiar with DSLR cameras (Nikon especially), then this would probably be close 5/5 stars. However, for those just making the switch or jumping into DSLRs, this may take some getting used to. Everything is well placed and planned out, but there are definitely a lot of options available with just the click of a button. 

One thing we wanted to add though was that despite the Nikon D7200 boasting of its tech, it is very much lacking some of the most well-known camera tech: a rotating touchscreen.

Performance    4/5 Stars

In general, the Nikon D7200 holds up its end of the bargain. It performs well in dark and bright light, is as fast as it advertises at catching a moving object in focus, and you can get those crisp, clean cropped images many photographers crave. However, there was one area we were a bit let down on: the frames per second. Having only 6fps just is not a lot for those who focus on the action shots. That being said, getting action shots is still possible, but if that is what you plan to do most of the time, you may want to look elsewhere. 

Design Quality     4/5 Stars

With the added weather sealant, it is hard to fault the Nikon D7200 in terms of design. We found everything to be well laid out and easy to use, with a simple design that was easy to pick up if you are new to it. Our only concern was the weight. This is at least a 2-pound camera – likely more depending on what lens you attach.  

Warranty      4/5 Stars

Nikon has a decent limited warranty that will cover parts and labor for errors on their end. However, given the price of this camera, we would like to see a little more care be put into the warranty in terms of helping the camera last a longer period of time.

Pros

  • Weather sealed 
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • 51 AF points

Cons

  • Bulky
  • No touchscreen or rotation
  • Only 6fps

Sony Alpha 6000

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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) w/16-50mm Power Zoom Lens
  • 24 MP APS C CMOS sensor and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
  • ISO 100 25600 (expandable to 51200). Lens compatibility: Sony E mount lenses
  • Hybrid AF with 179 point focal plane phase detection and 25 contrast detect points
  • Up to 11 FPS continuous shooting. Battery Life (Still Images): Up to 360 shots
  • 3 inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dots.Viewfinder Type:0.39 in type electronic viewfinder (color)

Coming in at 24 megapixels is the Alpha 6000. This camera packs a punch with a much smaller size and with many more AF points (179) and frames per second (11). It also offers a tilting LCD screen from angled shots and 1080p video. As a more compact but capable model, this is great for beginners.

Ease of Use   4/5 Stars

This little camera has made an impact for many photographers because it is so easy to use without compromising function or power. Because it is so small, it is easy to pull out and use in seconds and is easy to travel with without needing to give up the quality of a bigger DSLR.

Performance    4/5 Stars

If you enjoy shooting people or landscapes, this is definitely a good beginner camera. It has great specs for landscapes (the AF points especially take it up a notch) and that is where many photographers have seen this model shine. 

In terms of frames per second, while 11 is not a bad amount for a beginners’ camera, if you are looking to go into action photography you will probably want to upgrade fast.

Design Quality    4/5 Stars

We love the lighter, smaller design that still has a bunch of specs and quality packed into it; however, we do wish they would add a durability aspect. Whether it be shock resistance or weatherproofing, this little model needs some protection if it is to be a traveler’s go-to.  

Warranty   3/5 Stars

Sony has some warranty issues. The warranty is not long enough to cover manufacturer errors, and when the only fix is to send it in with a big check, many users will likely be looking for a new camera.

Pros

  • Compact
  • 179 AF points
  • Easy to use
  • Tilting screen
  • Wi-fi and NFC

Cons

  • No touchscreen
  • No proofing or resistance
  • 11 fps not great for action photographers
  • Recurring issue with error messages

Nikon Coolpix W300

Nikon W300 Waterproof Underwater Digital Camera with TFT LCD, 3", Yellow (26525)
  • Waterproof, freeze proof, shockproof and dustproof adventure camera with extra capabilities;Autofocus (AF) : Contrast-detect AF
  • Stunning high resolution photos, 4K Ultra HD videos, Time-lapse videos, Super lapse videos and music montages
  • 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with telephoto power and Hybrid VR image stabilization; Charging Time:2 hours 20 minutes (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-73P and when no charge remains)(Approx.)
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, eCompass, altimeter, depth gauge and more

This compact camera offers 16 megapixels, but before you scroll past, know that it is also waterproof for up to 30 meters, freezeproof to -10 degrees, as well as shockproof for up to 2 meters. This is the epitome of a rugged, on the go camera. It also shoots 4K video, so if deep diving pictures were not enough, take a clear, quality video.

Ease of Use     3/5 Stars

This compact camera offers 16 megapixels, but before you scroll past, know that it is also waterproof for up to 30 meters, freezeproof to -10 degrees, as well as shockproof for up to 2 meters. This is the epitome of a rugged, on the go camera. It also shoots 4K video, so if deep diving pictures were not enough, take a clear, quality video.

Ease of Use     3/5 Stars

Users tend to find this model a bit finicky to use. Due to its rugged exterior, buttons can be less sensitive and menu navigation takes a hit as well. This is unfortunate but expected for rugged cameras.

Performance     4/5 Stars

With all the aforementioned specs, as well as GPS, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, eCompass, altimeter, a depth gauge, and more, this camera can really pack a punch for features. Something can definitely be said for its sensor size as well. It is not large enough to give clear, professional images.

Design Quality       4/5 Stars

Due to its seemingly endless list of proofing and sealings, we feel design was definitely high up on Nikon’s priority list. One thing they seemed to have missed, though, was an angled screen. Previous models had it, and it was a success as it made snorkeling in particular much easier.

Warranty      4/5 Stars

Nikon has a decent limited warranty that will cover parts and labor for errors on their end. However, given the function and limits of function of this camera, we would like to see a little more care be put into the warranty in terms of helping the camera last a longer period of time.

Pros

  • Water, dust, shock, and freezeproof
  • GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, and many more
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Small sensor
  • No tilting screen
  • Can be hard to use

Canon EOS 6D II

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body - Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 26.2 Megapixel Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • Optical Viewfinder with a 45 point All Cross type AF System. Compatible Lenses: Canon EF lenses (excluding EF S and EF M lenses)
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase detection & Full HD 60p
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100 40000. GPS, Wi Fi, NFC and Bluetooth low energy
  • Vary angle Touch Screen, 3.0 inch LCD

With 26 megapixels, this model just tops the previous models in sensor size. It offers 45 AF points as well as 6 frames per second and a vari-angle touchscreen for those focusing on video or needing it for angled shots.

Ease of Use       5/5 Stars

For users accustomed to DSLR cameras, picking this one up will be a breeze. It has simple and straightforward navigation and features and even offers some customization. 

If you are just jumping into DSLR cameras, this can also work well as everything is simple to understand. You may just need minimal time to become acquainted with the camera before shooting.

Performance      4/5 Stars

While nothing about this camera is on another level, so to speak, it does everything well. It holds up its end of the bargain and delivers on the specs and features it claims to have. It even has Wi-fi and GPS to round out its use. 

One drawback we want to mention is the 6 frames per second. This is low and would not work for a sports photographer for very long, if at all. If you are not looking for a millisecond by millisecond shot, though, give this model a try.

Design Quality      4/5 Stars

Here we finally have the angled touchscreen we have been wanting, but we have sacrificed any durability along the way. Unfortunately, this is common among DSLR cameras, though we feel it is a major oversight to not have some proofing in a camera that can take quality pictures; and costs a few pennies as well. 

Moving past the lack of weatherproofing though, the rest of the camera is designed well and suits the needs most photographers have. We do want to point out that it is the same weight as the Nikon D7200.

Warranty      4/5 Stars

Canon has a 1-year limited warranty for parts and labor to cover manufacturer errors. While this is plenty for less expensive models and other gear, we feel that this could be extended or modified to better suit this more expensive camera.

Pros

  • Angled touchscreen
  • Wi-fi and GPS
  • 45 AF points

Cons

  • Only 6fps
  • Bulky
  • Pricey

Conclusion

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Let’s go back to the Nikon D7200. Now that we have gone through these other models and seen what there is to look at in terms of other camera options, where does the Nikon D7200 rank? Its specs are decent, and this camera has been proven to work well for DSLR users. However, given its lack of a rotating touchscreen, its low fps, and its bulky weight, we feel this model is in the ballpark of 4 out of 5 stars.

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