Nikon D200

Last Updated: Review by (added on 20.10.06)

Nikon launches its powerful, feature-packed D200 digital SLR camera, delivering a high-precision, high-performance package and creating a new class of camera between entry-level and professional digital SLRs.

Nikon D200

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.

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>> REVIEWS (Last Updated: 20.10.06) reviewed the Nikon D200 and wrote:
“The Nikon D200 is a very good camera and anybody making the switch from a (high-end) film camera to digital should consider it. Take a look at the image quality, decide if it makes sense financially (don’t forget extra lenses, memory etc.) and take into account that the low operating cost of digital encourages to capture more, experiment more. “

TrustedReviews reviewed the Nikon D200 and wrote:
“As to the crucial question of how it compares to the new Sony Alpha, which uses the same Sony-made 10.2MP APS CCD, it’s tricky one. The Sony is certainly a lot more accessible for the less experienced user, and is of course a lot cheaper and considerably lighter. The D200 however has the edge on build quality, performance and robust durability. As for image quality, I’m still waiting for the Sony RAW processing software, so a conclusive analysis will have to wait, but for camera-processed JPEG images I’d have to give it to the Sony Alpha for sharpness, dynamic range, colour reproduction and image noise control.”

Shutterbug reviewed the Nikon D200 and wrote:
Pros: Superb lens, with manual focus ring and mechanical zoom feature, Ultrahigh 10-megapixel resolution, gorgeous colors, snappy contrast, superlative image quality at ISO 160-400 with or without flash, Better than average digital noise control at ISO 800 and 1600 for a prosumer digicam, Includes the most important features for serious photography
Cons: Some exposure and White Balance problems in low light, but can be solved with overrides, Long shutter speed NR system is too aggressive; avoid using this feature when possible, In camera sharpening algorithm does not produce ideal results in large prints, Can shoot only three JPEGs in a sequence; in raw capture, no Continuous advance and slow data recording due to (uncompressed) 20MB file size”

CreativePro reviewed the Nikon D200 and wrote:
“There’s very little to complain about with the D200’s image quality. Color accuracy, saturation, contrast, and tone are all excellent. Sharpness and detail vary with lens quality, of course, but you’ll be hard-pressed to get a bad image.
However, I found that the D200 didn’t do as well as other cameras in low-light shooting conditions. Starting from ISO 800 and up, the camera produces noticeably more noise than Canon’s EOS 30D. If you make your living shooting in darker conditions, this might be a deal-breaker.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Nikon D200 and wrote:
“Image noise was essentially absent at sensitivity settings lower than ISO 400. Noise begins to appear at ISO 400, but the D200 provides in-camera Noise Reduction that is controlled by the camera’s menu system. High ISO NR can be set to Off, providing minimal cleanup at ISO 800 and above; Low, Normal and High settings control the degree of Noise Reduction at settings of ISO 400 and higher. The higher the level of Noise Reduction the greater the loss of fine image detail; the D200’s Noise Reduction settings allow the photographer to balance image noise and detail as he/she sees fit.
…The D200’s built-in flash is adequate for every day use, having a useful range of about 15-feet at ISO 100 at full wide angle on the 18-200mm lens. It doesn’t quite illuminate the entire frame at the lens’ 18mm focal length, exhibiting a bit of light fall-off at the corners. The lens hood should be removed when using the internal flash to prevent shading the flash output at the bottom of the image. “

Let’sGoDigital reviewed the Nikon D200 and wrote:
“There are however a few unfortunate blemishes on this camera’s otherwise excellent report card. The main one is the noise/signal ratio, which is higher than that of the close (CMOS) competition. It concerns mainly colour noise, which makes it even easier to spot.
Summing up all of the above, we can conclude that Nikon has caused an earthquake in the current D-SLR market with the arrival of the D200. A camera of this excellence with such a staggering amount of functions and outstanding image quality, in combination with its price-tag, is truly unheard of. The consumer is the one that will benefit most from this, a fact that we can only applaud. It was a bit of a wait, yet worth every single ounce of our patience! The Nikon D200 is a true shining star, a camera of which we are guaranteed to hear more in the near future. Credit to Nikon! “

PCMag reviewed the Nikon D200 and wrote:
“As advanced and worthy as this camera is of our Editors’ Choice, I’ll be interested to see if the Olympus Evolt E-330 D-SLR, which sports a live-view LCD, will force Nikon’s (or Canon’s or Pentax’s) engineers back to the drawing board to include such capability. But for now, the Nikon D200 is the camera to grab if you want to hold the future D-SLR photography. It offers a professional level of control, and in the hands of a skilled photographer, takes awesome photographs. For advanced amateur shooters and even professionals constantly expanding into new photographic genres, it’s an object of desire. “

DCRP reviewed the new Nikon D200 and wrote:
“Photo quality was excellent as well. Photos were properly exposed, with vivid colors and low purple fringing and noise levels. As is typical with D-SLRs, images are very smooth, and some folks may want to sharpen things up a bit. My only real photo quality complaint is that noise levels are higher than I would’ve liked at ISO sensitivities above 640. They’re not horrible by any means, but after just reviewing the Canon EOS-5D, I’m a bit spoiled. Then again, the 5D costs $3299 and the D200 is $1699.
There are a few negatives to mention, though. First up is the price — yes, the D200 is cheaper than the EOS-5D, but it’s also $300 more than the EOS-30D, itself a very capable camera. Next is the software bundle: I’ll be frank here — it sucks. PictureProject is fine for your $350 Coolpix, but D200 users deserve better. If you plan on using the RAW image format you’ll need to either pony up for Nikon Capture or Adobe Photoshop CS2, since PictureProject cannot actually edit the properties which make RAW worth using in the first place. For the price of the D200 they should just include Nikon Capture for free.”

CNET reviewed the new Nikon D200 and wrote:
“Indeed, the D200 performed very well at ISOs ranging from 100 to 800. We’ve never really gotten an image with our D2X at ISO 1,600 or ISO 3,200 that we were happy with–and we still think the Canon EOS 5D’s noise control is a bit better–but the D200 produced quite acceptable images at both ratings, especially when we set the High Exposure Noise Reduction adjustment to High. Speckles were reduced with only a little loss of detail. The D200 also has a separate Long Exposure Noise Reduction setting that worked well. “

Professional Photographer Magazine reviewed the new Nikon D200 and wrote:
“Overall, I’m very pleased with the Nikon D200’s performance so far. I have yet to push the continuous shooting mode to see what my real-world results are. Nikon claims performance at 5 frames per second with bursts up to 37 JPEGs (Fine-Large) or 22 NEF (RAW) images. I also need to do some tripod and macro lens shooting before I feel I’ve really given the D200 a full test.
My biggest frequent problem with the camera has been the hair-trigger response of the four-way rocker that you use to navigate the menu. Several times I feel like I’ve barely touched the thing and before I know it I’ve zoomed to three menu items past the one I was trying to select. This could be an issue that only shows up in random units, or it could be more universal.”

Bjørn Rørslett has recently posted impressive review on the new Nikon D200 and wrote:
“My conclusion is that you will get image quality from D200 to satisfy even the most critical needs, for any application to which 35 mm systems can be used. While the D2X might just yield a trifle higher image quality, we are truly nit-picking in order to place one of these cameras before the other.”
He also commented on the banding issues on Nikon D200:
“So, the main message here is that if you need to torture and abuse your NEF file to get visible striping, the camera probably should be OK. Another point is that most problems occur with images having high contrast or blown highlights, but this isn’t a prerequisite. The final point is that you may see issues with jpgs straight off the camera, but not always on the output processed NEFs.”

Michael J. McNamara had his hands on the new Nikon D200 and wrote a review at Popular Photography Magazine. In conclusion he wrote:
“At nearly one-third the price, the D200 will attract pro shooters who don’t need all the bells and whistles found on the D2x, and D2x owners will treasure it as a lighterweight backup body. If the D200’s image quality and advanced features live up to expectations in our tests, we think the extra $400 this DSLR will cost over the Canon EOS 20D is well worth it. The $3,200 EOS 5D maintains a full-frame advantage over the D200, but wide-angle shooters can choose from several ultrawide-angle DX series lenses available from Nikon at a considerable savings. The game goes on!”

Ian Andrews has recently posted his Nikon D200, a 10.2 MP DSLR, review on EphotoZine and writes:
” In summery, the positive points of the D200 are: Excellent build and good sealing, Fast and accurate 11 point autofocus system a good step up from the older CAM900, Good noise control (for a CCD sensor), Full range of easily configured controls, good metering and TTL flash systems, Much improved CF access, Excellent value for money.
The negative points are: RAW Software included is abysmal, Capture 4 is extra and still not good, Batteries not compatible with D70/70s, Viewfinder only 95% coverage (minor niggle)”

Patrick Singleton & Alex Burack have recently posted their review on Nikon D200 and writes:
“The Nikon D200 delivers excellent 10 megapixel images, and it’s easy for the experienced photographer to operate. It’s an excellent step-up camera for photographers buying a second Nikon DSLR, or for experienced film users who are finally jumping to digital (do such people still exist?).
The D200 combines advances and refinements that Nikon fans had every reason to expect: higher resolution, lower noise, faster autofocus, and a more polished interface. If there is anything shocking about the D200, it’s the fact that nothing is shocking about it. With the D200, Nikon delivers a solid performer. Canon, in contrast, keeps on delivering surprising cameras – the 5D has a full-frame sensor for less money than people expected. The 1D Mark II n cranks out 8.5 frames per second (and does it at 8 megapixels for a faster burst rate at twice the file size of the Nikon D2Hs), and the 1Ds Mark II brought photographers 16.7 megapixels at under $8,000. In short, Nikon has delivered an excellent camera, but has still left the headlines to Canon.”

Dennis Hissink has written a preview of Nikon D200 and writes
“Operating the Nikon D200 is like having a smaller version of the Nikon D2X in your hands. The total operation of the D200 is inherited from the already famous Nikon D2x D-SLR. It is not only the look and feel of the body that makes you think “I am a PRO..”, entering the D200’s menu is giving you access to more than 40 custom settings. It took me quite some time to go through each setting, one after another. Compared to the Nikon D100 it is not just a simple follow-up, it is a complete evolutionary new generation that is presented by the Nikon D200. The large 2.5-inch LCD display offers a high resolution and is giving a perfect view on the images you have shot. The new display provides an ultra-wide 170° viewing angle from all directions. I had to try that out in the sun and yes also in sunny weather this LCD is rich in detail. Captured images can be blown up to 400%. This is handy and perfect for making sure that the captured moment is indeed the moment you wanted to hold onto forever. The magnifying function is perfect for checking the fine details.”

Ken Rockwell did a test review on the new Nikon D200 and wrote:
“Ergonomics: Superb! You really have to pick up and try the D200 to appreciate it. It’s even better than my beloved D70 since the ISO, WB and QUALITY controls have been moved to their own dedicated buttons. The D70, D70s and D50 share these record functions with playback function buttons, so the older cameras required you to tap the shutter button to get the camera back to the shooting mode before hitting them, otherwise you’d tweak a playback function by accident instead of your ISO. The D200 is brilliant!”

Rob Galbraith just posted his preview on the new Nikon D200 and wrote:
“If the image quality is solid (managing noise at ISO 400 and above has been a challenge for Nikon in recent times) and the new autofocus system is reasonably capable, then the D200 may well be one of the most interesting digital SLR models the company will release in some time. At first glance, it looks to be an effective response to Canon’s slightly less expensive entry-level pro camera the EOS 20D, because the D200 will almost certainly have a more-capable flash system, it produces a higher-resolution photo and most of its other main specifications meet or exceed those of the Canon model too. We’ll wait to view the pictures produced by the D200 before declaring it the superior of the two, however, since the image quality from the 20D is really good, and it’s especially impressive at the higher ISO settings where Nikon’s other double-digital megapixel camera, the D2X, falters.” reviewed the pre-production Nikon D200 and wrote (page was translated with altavista):
” An important criterion with the image quality represents naturally also the quality of the exposure. Those might be raised over each doubt, there the D200 the same technology (3D-Color-Matrixmessung II) as the cameras of the D2-Serie for exposure measurement begins. 1996 weihte Nikon with the F5 the 3D-Color-Matrixmessung. Up to then cameras analyzed excluding the light distribution (depending upon number of messzellen more or less roughly) and could let the brightness and the contrast of a scene flow in this way into the exposure measurement also. The F5 and/or the 3D-Color-Matrixmessung revolutionized the exposure measurement to that extent that new factors with were included. That was first once the spatial situation of the main motive in the picture, which was determined over the AF sensors (vertical/horizontal position) and over a chip in each objective (to the transmission of the distance information). Therefore also the 3D in the name. But the true innovation was that “color came into the play”. On the basis a RGB sensor with 1.005 pixels (a kind mini CCD) the color distribution in the picture could be considered roughly. That was enough, around e.g. a scene with much blue (sky) and much green (meadow green, leaves o. ae.) to identify by comparison with a data base (those at that time already 30,000 reference situations covered) as landscape and adapt the exposure accordingly. All this can do also the 2. Generation of the 3D-Color-Matrixmessung, which refined now however algorithms for recognition as well as to the balancing of shade and lights in the picture possess and thus not only the gesamtkontrast in the picture, but also the contrast of the brightest and darkest picture portions into the exposure measurement also lets flow.”


Download Nikon D200 User Manual – English (PDF – 25.9 MB)
Download Nikon D200 User Manual – Spanish (PDF – 25.9 MB)

>> SAMPLE IMAGES (last updated: 28.03.06)

Nikon D200 Sample Images @ Steve’sDigicams
Nikon D200 Sample Images @ DCRP
– Sample photos are available in original size at Professional Photographer Magazine
Nikon D200 Samples
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Uncle Frank, has just posted some samples of the new Nikon D200 shot with 85mm f/1.4 lens. The samples are straight from the camera, with ISO noise reduction was set to normal

Nikon D200 with 85mm @ f/2, ISO 800 & f/1.4, ISO 100
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– Fabio Blanco posted his finding on Nikon D200 sample photo taken at iso 800 with Nikon AF-S 600mm f4 at Nital.IT. Noise reduction was also deactivated and the photo was taken in jpeg as the D200 raw cannot be read by current nikon capture version

Nikon D200 ISO 800
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Nikon D200 Sample Images (zip file – 1.3MB)
Nikon D200 Sample Images posted @ Nikon Japan

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Download Nikon D200 Specifications (PDF)
– Learn more about Nikon D200 @ Nikon USA
– Download Nikon D200 Brochure (English PDF – 1.58MB)
– More Nikon D200 Brochures available in 16 languages


Nikon launches its powerful, feature-packed D200 digital SLR camera, delivering a high-precision, high-performance package and creating 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.

Solid look and feel

The D200 boasts a lightweight, yet 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.

Advanced operation

The D200’s camera operation is inherited from the Nikon D2x, and boasts more than 40 well organised custom settings, so it is ideally suited to the user’s needs and preferences. The large, bright viewfinder offers a great 0,94x magnification and 95% frame coverage both horizontally and vertically to guarantee exceptionally detailed viewing control.

A 2.5 inch high resolution LCD screen provides an ultra-wide 170° viewing angle from all directions. Images on the D200 can be magnified by up to 400% so users can check for fine detail, adding to the rich and varied experience.

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 colour-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. 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-wide area AF to focus on larger moving objects easily.

*When using a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II) or SDCFX (Extreme III) 1GB CF card.

Another feature inherited from the D2X is the 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II, which delivers optimised exposure using new technology developed for the Nikon 1,005 pixel RGB exposure/Colour Matrix Metering sensor. This system evaluates seven parameters in every shot – including brightness, colour, contrast, selected focus area, 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.

Professional results

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 colour at 3,872 x 2,592 pixels 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 – 1600, rising to 3200 in Hi-1.

High speed image processing is inherited from the Nikon D2x, guaranteeing fine colour gradations and smooth transitions. A new Optical Low Pass Filter helps prevent moiré, colour fringing and shifting to get even greater colours.

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 optimisation modes enable D200 users to produce results that more closely match their intended results, with the ability to optimise sharpening, tone and contrast, colour, saturation and hue in choices including Softer, Normal, More vivid, Portrait and Black and White in-camera.

Unparalleled possibilities

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.

Nikon D200 Major features
Exceptional imaging performance

Newly developed 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor with the power to capture exceptional sharpness and faithful colour at 3,872 x 2,592 pixels size. Incorporates high-speed 4-channel data output that contributes to 5fps continuous shooting performance and employs a newly developed Optical Low Pass Filter that helps prevent moiré, colour fringing and shifting while improving resolving power.

Incorporates the industry-leading advanced imaging processing engine of the D2x, which allows colour-independent pre-conditioning prior to A/D conversion to work in symphony with advanced digital image processing algorithms to achieve fine colour gradations with exceptionally smooth, consistent transitions.

Newly developed 11-area AF system packs the same number of focus areas available for the professional D2 series into a space-efficient system, with the photographer able to select individual focus areas from 11-area wide and 7 wide-area AF for Single Area AF, Dynamic AF that delivers precise Continuous servo AF mode operation for moving subjects, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF and also Group Dynamic AF. All these AF options are supported by refined lens-controlling algorithms that realize improved focus precision, better subject acquisition capability, keener subject tracking ability and overall improved system response.

3D Colour Matrix Metering II (AE) – as used in the D2x – delivers optimized exposure through the use of new technology developed for the Nikon 1,005-pixel RGB exposure/Colour Matrix Metering Sensor. Evaluating brightness, colour, contrast, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, this system references all such data against an expanded onboard database that has been created using data from more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes to instantly and accurately calculate the final value with high-level dependability during both automatic and manual operation. Also offers variable size centre-weighted metering which concentrates 75% of sensitivity within the centre-weighted circle, as well as spot metering supporting each individual sensor of both the 7 wide-area AF and 11-area AF groups.

New image optimization modes enable photographers to produce results more closely matching the intended results, with a range of choice comprising optimization of sharpening, tone (contrast), colour, saturation, and hue, with choices from Normal, Softer, Vivid, More vivid, Portrait, Custom and Black-and-white optimization.
Impressively high speed

Near instant power-up of 0.15 seconds lets photographers respond to sudden opportunities.

A mere 50-millisecond shutter time lag promotes fast handling, while 105-millisecond viewfinder blackout realizes assured control that’s especially useful during continuous shooting.

Swift continuous shooting performance at 5 frames per second enables the shooting of up to 37 JPEG (Fine-Large) images* or up to 22 NEF (RAW) images*, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/8,000 of a second to 30 seconds.
*When using a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II) or SDCFX (Extreme III) 1GB CF card.

Further versatility

Multiple exposure enables up to 10 separate images to be used to create a single composite to produce imaginative and even surreal results.
Image overlay function creates a composite image in-camera from two selected NEF (RAW) images. The original files remain unaltered, opacity can be precisely controlled and the resultant image can be saved in either RAW, JPEG or TIFF format.
Connection to a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit via an optionally available GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 enables the recording of data including latitude, longitude, elevation and UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) along with conventional shooting data for each image.
A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a 170˚ viewing angle from every direction assists accurate assessment of sharpness by enabling image preview with up to 400% magnification. It also offers RGB information as a single display or separate histograms for each colour channel to enable better exposure-related decision-making.
The large top LCD panel makes it easy to read a wealth of data at a glance, such as shooting mode, battery condition, card information, gridline display, shutter speed, F stop and number of remaining shots.
A new colour-coded menu display features a colour scheme that promotes easy viewing as well as the use of intuitive keywords that assist speedy navigation. There’s also a Recent Settings list that displays the last 14 settings selected from shooting and Custom menus and playback options include single frame, 4- or 9-image thumbnail display, zoom with scroll, histogram indication and highlight point display.
A chassis crafted from magnesium alloy gives the D200 lightweight resilience, while an enhanced sealing system helps protect each and every exterior seam from potentially damaging dust and moisture.
A double-bladed shutter unit tested to well over 100,000 cycles ensures highly reliable, highly durable performance. The shutter unit also employs a refined mirror balance mechanism that allows the mirror to complete its motion cycle and reach a complete stop with virtually no mirror bounce, providing the extended viewfinder visibility essential for fast, accurate focus tracking and continuous shooting.
The newly developed high-energy EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers enough power to support the shooting of up to 1,800 images on a single charge, can be recharged at any time and features a handy real-time fuel gauge system display that shows remaining charge by percentage, number of shots since last charge and overall battery status.
The optionally available MB-D200 battery pack adds extended shooting capability with an ergonomic design. Able to run on either six AA-size batteries or two EN-EL3e batteries*, it also features an additional command dial and alternative buttons for shutter release and AF start that make for more comfortable vertical shooting.
* Compatible AA-size batteries comprise alkaline, NiMH, lithium and nickel-manganese batteries.

The Wireless Transmitter WT-3* adds all the convenience of IEEE802.11b/g capability, enabling cable-free image transfer to a compatible computer while also supporting wide-ranging network and security protocols for added assurance.
* Available only in countries that approve the use of thirteen frequency channels.

Compatible with Nikon’s Total Imaging System

Compatible with Nikon’s digital-exclusive DX Nikkor lenses as well as Nikon’s 35mm/digital compatible AF Nikkor System.
Compatibility with the Nikon Creative Lighting System allows the D200 to work seamlessly with SB-800, SB-600 and SB-R200 Speedlights to deliver the benefits of i-TTL flash control’s advanced monitor pre-flash, accurate measurement for bounce and versatile wireless operation. SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights also offer a Wide-Area AF-assist Illuminator specially tailored to the D200’s 11-area Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module.
Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4) unlocks the extensive potential of NEF (Nikon Electronic Format). Not only does it make smoother fidelity for tonal and other colour corrections possible, but it also empowers photographers to reprocess images at any time and save the results to the original NEF file as a new Instruction Set, or as a TIFF or JPEG file, while retaining the integrity of the original data at all times.
PictureProject Ver. 1.6 (complimentary with camera) empowers the photographer with tools that help expand the enjoyment of photography. These include tools for Organizing the images to promote effective viewing, Automatic and manual options for image editing, Design selections that help make multi-image album and presentation pages, and tools to help photographers share images with others through CD/DVD burning, slide shows, muvee presentations, fast and effective e-mailing and access to Nikon’s PictureProject In-touch. In addition to helping anyone enjoy their pictures, PictureProject also provides the means to make sure that the computer’s hard drive won’t turn into an “electronic shoe box” full of pictures – instead they can be kept as neatly ordered as the user like.

Nextpage: Our Documentation on Nikon D200 rumors

Rumor that has been on and off for a while since last April is Nikon will release a Compact and lightweight, ultra-high-performance digital SLR camera with 12.4-megapixel resolution a.k.a. Nikon D200

LAST UPDATE (31.10.05): Nikon D200 Brochure (Dutch)

We have translated the Dutch Nikon D200 brochure to English.

LAST UPDATE (26.10.05): Nikon D200 Pictures found at

The real Nikon D200 with the Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800 pictures found at

Nikon D200

Just click on the image to enlarge the image or go to: (update – 27.10.05: the original image has been deleted from Nikon.UK, please click on the image above to enlarge the image)

The new Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR:

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More Nikon D200 Pictures:

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Other images of Nikon D200 that have been floating around the net:

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….and here’s another one that was sent to us by one of our visitors 😀

Nikon D200 Funny Photos

Last Update (16.10.05)
According to Jeff-C, Nikon D200 will be announced on November and be available on December with official suggested price of 198,000 yuan, or about US$1,735 at the current exchange rate.

Last Update (17.09.05)
According to a Norwegian photography site (, the general manager of Nikon in Stockholm, Gösta Tyrefors, suggested that we need to wait for a while but the camera might be under your Christmas tree this December 2005.

See this post for the interview transcript

Update (31.08.05)
Lowepro D-res 40 Aw camera bag for Nikon D200:

In their 2005 product catalogue matrix, Lowepro recommended the D-res 40 Aw camera bag for the Nikon D200. You can download their product matrix here

Update (29.08.05)
We found a picture of a magazine called Digit Weekly Magazine with Nikon D200 picture on its front cover which looks very similar to the Nikon F6

Nikon D200

It’s also mentioned that Nikon will have an announcement sometimes in September 2005 or November 2005.


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Nikon D200 in the works?
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The Nikon D200 main features found from many sources:

– DX Format with 12.4 effective megapixels
– The new CMOS image sensor features high image quality and high-speed 4-channel data output
– New image processing algorithms combine with optimized analog and digital white balance to produce smoother, more consistent gradations with exceptionally pure color reproduction
– Continuous shooting: 3 frames per second (fps) at 12.4 megapixels for up to 10 consecutive NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) images; 5 fps for 18 NEF images at 6.8 megapixels
– 3D-Color Matrix Metering II with ambient light sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor further improves on Nikon’s acclaimed exposure metering system
– High-speed, high-precision 11-area AF system with 9 cross-type AF sensors deliver quick response and sharp focus, even under the most challenging shooting conditions
– Two new Adobe RGB color modes further expand professional color space options and also support for sYCC color space
– Excellent response with instant power-up and ultra-fast 52ms shutter release lag
– Top shutter speed of 1/8,000 second and flash sync speeds up to 1/250 second
– Faster read/write speed for the memory card and a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for faster image transfer
– Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor for easy access to settings and information, as well as clear, flicker-free image preview
– Creative in-camera effects, Image Overlay and Multiple Exposure
– Functions such as World Time, automatic rotation of vertical compositions expand possibilities
– Lightweight, durable magnesium body
– Full support for Nikon’s Creative Lighting System when used with the SB-800 or SB-600 Speedlights
– In addition to DX Nikkor lenses, the D200 supports more than 50 AF Nikkor lenses
– Nikon’s PictureProject software is included, enabling easy control over image adjustment and management
– Support for Nikon Capture 4 (version 4.3), a software application with the tools to assist the professional photographer
– NEF (RAW) format for the utmost in versatile, effective image control and correction
– JPEG and NEF (RAW) Combination Filing System enables simultaneous recording of NEF and JPEG data for the same shot


Effective pixels:
12.4 million

Image sensor:
CMOS sensor, 23.7 x 15.7mm size, 12.84 million total pixels

Image size:

Full Image: [L] 4,288 x 2,848-pixel / [M] 3,216 x 2,136-pixel /
[S] 2,144 x 1,424-pixel

High Speed Crop Image: [L] 3,216 x 2,136-pixel / [M] 2,400 x 1,600-pixel /
[S] 1,600 x 1,064-pixel


ISO equivalency 100 to 800

Storage media
CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive™

LCD monitor
2.5-in., 235,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting

Exposure metering

3D Color Matrix MeteringII , Center-Weighted Metering and Spot Metering

Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible) [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [A], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M]

USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)

Power requirements
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3a, Quick Charger MH-18a, AC Adapter EH-5 (optional), Multi-Function Battery Pack MB-D200 (optional)

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 157.5 x 121 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 4.8 x 3.4 in.)

Approx. 810g (1 lb 13 oz) without battery and storage media

The main features and specifications above was said to be found when some guy from photim french forum went to nikon imaging web site. He changed “D2X” into “D200” in the address of the D2X web page (… …/products/digitalcamera/slr/d2x/index.htm ) and find the full specs of the new D200 which of course, if you try it now it won’t work as Nikon has deleted the page.

The same trick was made when Nikon was about to introduce the D70s and D50..

7 Responses to “Nikon D200”

  1. jeandemi says:

    these specs are fake, a joke
    see link (in french)
    easy to make, modification to D2X page

  2. Steve says:

    The 3 images are fake..

    Check out this messg at dpreview:

  3. Lucifer993 says:

    seems to be real enough on the Nikon USA website

  4. Mark Wilson says:

    I finally got the Nikon D200 after being on a waiting list for more than three months. It was worth the wait! I loved my Nikon D70, but with 10 megapixels and basically the guts of a much more expensive D2x, the D200 is a dream.

    There are a gazillion possible settings, but right out of the box, you can start shooting with the defaults and get great images. The default exposures, color saturation, and contrast are noticeably improved over the D70, although I still have (and expect) to edit the photos in Photoshop. That’s no problem – I would rather do it with the powerful Photoshop software than let the camera’s firmware do it.

    This camera has a really solid feel about it. It’s a bit heavier than the D70, but with all the added features, that’s acceptable.

    With a price tag of $1700, the D200 is a bargain for serious amateurs and professionals.

    More information about Nikon D200 >>

  5. Debashis Bal says:

    Dear Sir,

    Suppose I have already completed shooting to a photo film can we remove and delete the having shooting in film and re-shoot to it by any processing system for the photo film you have suggestion and advice please kindly give me how we can do it you have any lab processing it?

    Debashis Bal

  6. princeobata says:

    Dear Sir,I whant to be a customer

  7. Oyekazeem says:

    Dear sir, I want to learn photography…….

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