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Nikon D200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3308 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and build quality. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the image stabilizer and battery, while there are mixed comments on the sensor and software.

value for money, usability, performance, build quality, image quality

battery, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D200 SLR


The Nikon D200 is a high performance digital SLR camera designed to satisfy the requirements of demanding photographers. It combines brand new technologies with advanced features inherited from the D2X professional digital SLR camera. The D200 employs a n

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Nikon D200


Fast and powerful ; Improved menu navigation


The D200 is fast, powerful, and beautiful. Menu navigation has improved, and you can add GPS location info to your photos.

Editor's Choice!

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Nikon D200


Media Format: CompactFlash, Type: D-SLR, Maximum Resolution: 3872 x 2592 pixels, Megapixels: 10.2

New wireless flash system can fire the built-in strobe. Great performance and picture quality.

Expensive. Price is body only, no lens. Heavy. Some features are too complicated for beginners.

The D200's speedy performance and unique features make it a powerful D-SLR worthy of an Editors' Choice.


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Nikon D200


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...

Excellent resolution, although not a huge 'step up' from eight megapixels ; Compact body design which has a true pro feel, build and feature set ; Instant power on, very responsive, very short black-out time, very fast media write ; Excellent five...

Higher noise at ISO 1600 and 3200 than we would like, mostly in shadows ; High ISO noise reduction works but at the expense of detail ; Default sharpness is too mild, first impression to a new user may be negative ; Insufficient number of image...

When it was announced in November last year the D200 caused quite stir (and not just in the Nikon camp). It was clear from the start that about the only thing this camera shared with its official predecessor (the D100) was the Nikon badge and it's '00...

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Nikon D200 (with 18mm-to-135mm Zoon Lens)


Editor's note: Changes in the competitive landscape for digital SLRs as well as the release of a newer model have prompted us to adjust the ratings for this camera--dropping the Features rating to 7, for a new overall rating of 7.8--and subsequently...

Plentiful controls and accessories; strong performance; excellent image quality; rugged body.

JPEG artifacts crimp image quality; no TIFF mode.

An excellent midrange digital SLR, the D200 has given way to its even better successor, the D300. However, it remains a great choice if you can find it at a good price.

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Nikon's D200 10.2 megapixel D-SLR is (finally) official


So, the long wait is almost over. Nikon finally got around to announcing their much anticipated D200 D-SLR digicam today as the rumor mill predicted. Specs and snaps had been leaking like CCD epoxy over the last few months so it's nice to finally...

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Nikon D200


The Nikon D200 Digital SLR Camera combines an impressive list of pro-class features in a model that is much less expensive than the Nikon D2X. But because you get what you pay for, there are always pros and cons to the D200. Some of the problems in the...

10.2 megapixel DX-format CCD image sensorLarge viewfinder offering .94x magnificationGreat for rugged environments and high-speed situations5 fps (frames per second) continuous shooting

Increased ISO noise when used at higher values/levels

If you want another powerful, feature-packed digital camera, perhaps the...

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Nikon D200 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!


Exceptional build quality, very rugged chassis with full environmental sealing ; Excellent resolution (but only a modest step up from 8 megapixels) ; Essentially zero sharpening artifacts, images take post-processing unusually well ; Supports Nikon...

Strong anti-aliasing filter and very conservative in-camera sharpening makes for soft images straight from the camera ; In-camera sharpening produces sharpening artifacts when it's increased enough to produce sharper-looking JPEGs ; High-ISO...

In our testing and evaluation of it, the Nikon D200 consistently impressed us with its ruggedness (including full environmental seals, a first on a camera selling for less than $4,000), excellent user interface, exceptional feature set, and sure-footed...

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Nikon announces 10.2 MP D200


This morning, Nikon announced its latest DSLR, called the D200. For an estimated street price of $1,699, it offers a 10.2 (effective) megapixel, APS-sized CCD sensor housed in a weather-sealed, magnesium-alloy chassis, which sports a 2.5-inch,...

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Nikon D200


There are so many new things on the D200 that I'll just list some of the highlights. It has a new 10.2 Megapixel CCD, which is quite a jump from the 6MP sensor on the D50/D70/D100 models. The LCD display got bigger, too: it's now up to 2.5" inches and...

Excellent photo quality, redeye not a problem (though see issue below) ; Built like a tank ; Large, bright, and sharp 2.5" LCD ; Full manual controls, and then some ; Super fast performance, amazing continuous shooting mode ; Tons of custom settings;...

Images a bit noisy at higher ISO settings ; Expensive ; Included software doesn't allow for RAW image manipulation; Nikon Capture should be included, and not $100 ; Suffers a bit from button clutter; can be difficult to use ; Zoom and scroll feature...

All things considered, though, the Nikon D200 is a heck of a camera. I really enjoyed using it, and I would recommend it to anyone, whether you're just starting out with a D-SLR, or if you're upgrading from an older Nikon D-SLR.

Product Specifications

Nikon's new prestigious D200 is ideal for those looking for a camera to bridge the gap between the professional and the entry level Digital SLRs. The D200 delivers the incomparable quality of professional pictures whilst offering exceptional versatility, creative responsiveness, accuracy and full manual control. The D200 is the perfect camera for the semi-professional and freelancer who want an affordable SLR that integrates the right portion of diversity, quality and reliability of Nikon's professional high-end models. This D200 Kit includes AF-S DX VR 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens, an all round 11.1x zoom lens, ideal for dedicated amateurs, and (semi-) professionals to use for countless situations and occasions, such as landscape, architecture, portrait, wedding, wildlife, holidays, expeditions and general travel photography. It is therefore also ideal for news- and press photographers. With a zoom range of 27-300mm (35mm equiv.) the user does not need to carry multiple lenses and therefore can it be seen as the perfect total package. On top of this the lens is equipped with "VR II" the second generation of Nikon's VR technology that enables the lens to shoot 4 stops slower (instead of 3 stops with the former VR system), ideal for shooting in low light conditions and/or without a tripod. At the time of launch it is the industry's first VR II lens with 4 stops slower shutter speed.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL3e

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.5/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-70mm lens
Max Focal Length:135mm/200mm/70mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:11/3.8/7.5
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW) / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical