Nikon today announced the D7200 digital SLR camera along with a new microphone and a new software package. The D7200 comes along
There are a few improvements to the camera over the D7100.
– Larger buffer capacity that will hold 18 RAW shots (14-bit)
– Improved 51-point AF system with -3 EV sensitivity (center point works at f/8)
– Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
– Faster Expeed 4 processor
– Better battery life
– Improved 24 MP sensor
– No OLPF (optical low pass filter)
– Broader native ISO range (100 – 25,600)
– 6 fps frame rate (7 fps in crop mode)
– 150,000 cycle-rated shutter
– Full 1080p 60 video recording
In my opinion, the single most important thing Nikon did with the D7200 is add increased buffer capacity. Honestly, the most frustrating thing on the D7100 (and D750 for that matter) is the limited buffer capacity when shooting sports or wildlife. Now, with a decent buffer size of 18 14-bit RAW photos and a professional-level autofocus system, photographers have a real tool they can use for action photography. The buffer is also projected to hold 27 12-bit RAW or 100 JPEG photographs.
One of the things that surprises me is that Nikon didn’t add an articulating screen like they did with the D750. I use this screen all the time on my D750 and have found it to be a fantastic tool to use in the field.
Over the last two years, I have recommended the D7100 to hundreds of photographers and now the D7200 will get my wholehearted recommendation. If you own a D7000 or a D90 and are looking to upgrade your camera, then buying the D7200 is a no-brainer. On the other hand, if you have a D7100 and mostly shoot landscapes/portraits then it doesn’t make sense to upgrade to the D7200. If you own a D7100 and need the extra buffer capacity for sports/action/wildlife, then the D7200 is a great camera for you.
Pricing for the D7200 will be $1,199,95 for the body only, and $1,699.95 with the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit lens.
Nikon also introduced two other products that should garner some interest among shooters: Nikon View NX-i and the Nikon ME-W1 wireless lavalier microphone.
View NX-i is a new image browsing program that looks like it will replace View NX. Nikon says that it will allow users to browse RAW files that were adjusted by Capture NX-D while also allowing easy upload of images to social networks. More information here: http://nikon.com/news/2015/0302_soft_02.htm
The ME-W1 wireless microphone is a lavalier mic designed to be used in the outdoors under any weather conditions. Most professional wireless microphones aren’t designed to withstand the elements, so the ME-W1 will surely fill a gap in some videographer’s camera bags. Pricing for the ME-W1 will be $249.95.
Here are pre-purchase links for the products listed in this article
Winston Hall, my good buddy and co-instructor at the Nikonians Academy, has just released a new video training series on the Nikon D4 camera. His previous video series on the Nikon D800/D800E was a resounding success and I’m proud to help him promote his newest effort. He’s selling these videos in three different formats:
1. DVD version
2. On-line Version
3. MP4 Download Version
Head over to his website to learn more about the videos or to order your own set.
A few months back, I tested a mini camera stabilizer from a company called PicoSteady. I took the stabilizer with me to the Galapagos to shoot some video with my small Canon Vixia camcorder and it produced great results. Now, the designers of the PicoSteady are at it again with a new, larger camera stabilizer called the Supraflux. This new system is designed to work with larger dSLR Video cameras like the Nikon D800, D4, D600, and D7100.
One of the coolest innovations with the Supraflux is the new brake system that makes it simple to rotate the stabilizer while shooting. Other stabilizers on the market require you to press your thumb against a rubber pad to rotate the unit, but the Supraflux includes a small trigger that actuates an electrically operated brake for rotating the system. It looks like a very cool innovation.
Click here to join in the Kickstarter campaign for the Supraflux: Supraflux Kickstarter Campaign
Click here to follow Supraflux: Supraflex website
Head over to our newsletter page to read the February 2013 Visual Adventures Newsletter.
Topics in this month’s newsletter:
– Stuff I Like This Month
– Iceland and Africa 2013
– December/January GOAL Assignment: Groups
– February GOAL Assignment: Fitness Photography
– eBook Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by Michael Clark
– Product Review: Sunwayfoto Tripod Head Leveling Base
– Digital Tidbits: Should You Use Adobe HDR Pro?
– Workshop and Business Updates
Direct Link: February 2013 Visual Adventures Newsletter
If you’ve ever questioned the capabilities of the Nikon D7000, then I encourage you to see this video that Corey Rich recently produced in the extreme Alaskan wilderness. His documentary is a testament to hard work, great vision, and more hard work! Just watching the video made me tired.
I love this timelapse video taken by Director and Filmmaker Phillip Bloom. Lots of effort went into creating this video and it inspires me to do more time lapse work myself.
Nikon just finished up their Nikon Festival contest where they asked people to submit videos that captured the essence of their day in 140 seconds or less. It was a great contest with some really creative entries. Here are the winners!
In this month’s newsletter, I wrote a column about incorporating video with your photography. I forgot to put in a link to another great article at DP Review for learning about HD video. Thanks Jim for the reminder!