Just like the rumour sites said, today Nikon announced the D7200 which is really a slightly souped-up D7100; yes they did fix the achilles heel of the D7100 and it now has a larger buffer: 18 shot RAW 14-bit, buffer with more shots for 12-bit and JPG. There was also a banding issue with the Toshiba 24.1MP sensor so this has also been replaced with the one from the D3300/D5500 a Sony 24.2MP sensor; still no OLPF – yeah!
However that’s where the joy starts to wain as whilst we now get 1080p 60 video but only in 1.3x crop mode which is almost a crop-factor of 2 (1.95) just like my OM-D. You get a drive that can shoot at 6FPS or 7FPS in crop mode too. The focus system is slightly better as it will now focus down to -3EV but there are still only a few cross-type sensors.
Just to be brief this is NOT a Canon EOS 7D Mark II competitor, this is just a minor upgrade to the D7100 and the body is the same which at lest means the existing battery grip will fit. Maybe Nikon will actually release their fabled D300s replacement with all of the stuff that is missing from the D7200?
The overview of the features are here:
- 24.2MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter
- Multi-CAM 3500DX II 51-point AF system, all sensitive to -3EV
- 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, used for 3D subject tracking in AF-C
- ISO 100-25,600, with ISO 51,200 and 102,400 black and white modes
- 6 fps continuous shooting (7 fps in 1.3x crop mode) with increased buffer depth
- 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed
- 3.2″, 1.2M dot RGBW LCD display
- 1080/60p video (1.3x crop only) with clean output over HDMI and Flat Picture Control
- Dual SD card slots
- Wi-Fi with NFC
- Magnesium alloy weather-sealed body
I don’t know for sure when this will be available in the UK (I’m seeing March and April dates) and at what price, it will be a few hundred pounds cheaper than the Canon EOS 7D Mark II though. I’m sure that I’ll get a few emails today from the various UK re-sellers that at least give me the price.
All that said, whilst I always have a soft spot for Nikon (they did give us the excellent D3/D3s for example), I’m not seeing anything here that would cause me to switch.