Nikon D7200 and ME-W1 Announced

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by   |  Photography, Software, video  |  Permalink
Nikon D7200

Image courtesy Nikon Corp.

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.

D7200 back

Image courtesy Nikon Corp

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.

D7200 top

Image courtesy Nikon Corp.

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

NX-i

ME-W1

ME-W1 wireless microphone runs on AAA batteries. Image courtesy Nikon Corp.

ME-W1 in rain

The ME-W1 is designed to operate in all weather conditions. Image courtesy Nikon Corp.

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

Nikon D7200 B&H Adorama
Nikon D7200 with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR B&H Adorama
Nikon ME-W1 B&H Adorama



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