Nikon D200 vs. D7100

In the following article, we have the comparisons between Nikon D200 and Nikon D7100. There have been some people who get confused whether to stick with Nikon D200 or upgrade to Nikon D7100. Well, Nikon D200 was an extremely popular model due to the impressive image quality. It still is pretty popular now. But it is quite an old model, and it has shown its age. Nikon D7100 is a relatively newer model offering a better image sensor and a number of improved features.

Nikon D200 vs. D7100

Dimensions
Between the two models, Nikon D200 is both larger and heavier. It measures 147 mm x 74 mm x 113 mm, and it weighs about 920 grams. Well, that’s quite a lot of body mass.

On the other hand, Nikon D7100 is definitely more portable, as the dimensions are more compact at 136 mm x 76 mm x 107 mm and lighter at 765 grams. We compared Nikon D3300 vs D7100 in our previous post, so take a look! Both models are weather-sealed, so they are impervious to most environmental conditions. The internal parts are protected so that moisture and dust can’t get inside.

Display
Each of the two models is equipped with a pentaprism viewfinder. However, Nikon D200 comes with a 2.5” display, and the resolution is only 230k dots. If we measure it by today’s standards, the display is far from impressive. Nikon D7100 boasts a 3.2” display with a much higher resolution of 1229k dots. The display is both larger and sharper. You will enjoy the significantly more detailed and accurate images.

Image Sensor
Some people have complained that, while the performance is very good in bright environments, Nikon D200 struggles a lot in low-light conditions, such as in live concert/club settings or in some wedding interiors. This is because the image sensor is CCD. The ISO range only goes from 100 to 1600 (expandable to 3200). The ISO performance is indeed poor if compared to today’s modern cameras. Besides, the sensor resolution is only 10 MP.

Nikon D7100 boasts a 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. It offers much higher detail and sharpness. The ISO range goes from 100 to 6400, expandable to 50 – 25600. The ISO performance is much better, and this is very much noticeable in low-light conditions. The dynamic range and color depth are better, too.

AF System and Video
Nikon D7100 is equipped with a powerful AF system. The AF motor is in the body of the camera, and it can be tuned to match different lenses. The AF system boasts 51 focus points with 15 cross-type focus points. It is fast and accurate.

Nikon D200 is not able to record videos. Nikon D7100 can record videos with very good performance and quality. The AF system is powerful enough for videos, and it offers a maximum quality of 1920 x 1080.

Other Features
Nikon D200 does not have AE bracketing. Nikon D7100 comes with AE bracketing and face detection. It also has a microphone port and a headphone port, both of which are very useful for video projects. And it has two memory card slots for extra storage.

- 10.2-megapixel digital SLR camera captures images with professional-quality sharpness and color
- Large, eye-level optical viewfinder with 0.94x magnification for clear, precise compositions
- Rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy chassis and body protects technologies and mechanisms
- Shoots five frames-per-second, and has a fast SLR response with instant power-up, super-quick shutter release time
- Large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor with wide angle viewing up to 170 degrees
- 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor
- 51-point AF system (15 cross type) with 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering
- 6 frames per second continuous shooting
- ISO 100-6400, expandable to 25600
- 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps) and 720 (60, 50 fps) HD video (H.264/MPEG-4)

Conclusion
Nikon D7100 is worth the money. It offers substantial improvements on multiple aspects. The CMOS image sensor offers higher resolution and much better low-light performance. It also has a more powerful AF system, AE bracketing, and video recording capabilities.

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