“Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.” – Arnold Newman
When he made the quoted observation, the well-known American photographer probably did not have in mind that the entire photography industry would start to foster illusionism as an instrument of business affairs. Nonetheless, nowadays we consider photography more of a mirror of life and reality that surrounds us than we can be sure what some new piece of photo equipment brings us.
After its direct rival Canon, Nikon, too, showed the world what a virtuoso it can be when it comes to the illusion technique. After the previous model had been partially upgraded and partially degraded in relation to the penultimate D7000, Nikon came on the scene with the latest APS-C DSLR camera named D7200 offering a pack of characteristics that prove the new camera a justifiable project (at least on paper), and only when you compare those specifications with the two-generation-old D7000, you can determine that the technique applied here was one step forward, two steps back.
And really – how to repackage the same product and put it up for sale as a new one, and not meet with stiff public resistance? Piece of cake – it is enough to make a time span, take some elements out, and then put all that back in two generations. In this way, you get to save up and sell the same thing twice, under the slogan of new technologies. Let’s get this straight – this was neither invented by Nikon nor was this company the first to make use of this ‘technique’. Ever since the industry came into existence, some of its parts from time to time have got into a phase when this seemed to be the only way of earning profit, without investing too much in development.
Why do we start this review with such a negative attitude? Simply because this tempo is getting exhausting. The public is constantly being encouraged to pay attention to technological advancements, and they are not even symbolic any more. As for sensors, many manufacturers have still got plenty to learn and master. Nikon (in cooperation with Sony) has done its homework pretty exceptionally at least in this aspect. However, even though the rival Canon has realized that incessantly mass-producing new, cloned models has got no effect except arousing resignation of users, Nikon has not learned anything from this unfortunate episode of the chief rival, and it seems that Nikon is sliding more and more into the identical race with itself, whose effect can only be a drop in profit. Never a rise.
No, users should definitely not worry about the profit of companies, but we must point out that this business practice definitely ravages logic and insists on quantity instead of quality. Therefore, we hope that this high-class Nikon APS-C iteration will at the same time be the last one that brings only specks of innovations and flirts with the ideas established in the cell phone industry.
Fortunately, it is very hard to find a bad camera nowadays. All models have been more than excellent for quite some time, so in this review we will try to draw your attention to the positive things emitted by the Nikon D7200!
The first glance at the list of specifications makes the observer think that the majority of things have been upgraded:
Technical characteristics: Nikon D7200 in comparison to D7100
The table seems more disparate than the differences between these two cameras really deserve. Some things absolutely did not need to be changed. First of all, that would be the sensor. Its potential and proven performances are such that it is very hard to find some fault with it, so we consider that leaving the sensor out of the list of big changes was absolutely justified. Undoubtedly, some things ‘under the hood’ were titivated in the case of the sensor, too (finally, the manufacturing plant is not the same), so now the base ISO range reaches as far as two stops higher (100-25600), and Nikon even plucked up the courage to offer two additional stops, through software. The thrill evaporates when you notice that ISO 51200 and 102400 are available only for the JPEG, and SOLELY in the monochromatic mode! We interpret this as a cheap trick and a very inapt technique of hiding the amount of noise that the sensor is probably prone to at the said ISO values. Whether the assumption is correct, we will see in the practical part of the review. What is positive is that this time as well there is no AA filter in front of the sensor, which guarantees by far the highest level of details that an APS-C sensor is capable of delivering nowadays!
The package is a standard one, usual for a kit. In this case, this is a kit with a well-known AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens:
Nikon D7200, the content of the package with the AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
The content of the box, aside from the body and the kit lens with corresponding caps, also includes an EN-EL15 Li-Ion battery with an MH-25a charger, and a cable for charging from the network; an AN-DC1 wide shoulder strap; a USB cable for connection to a computer; a DK-5 cap of the viewfinder. The usual CD with the ViewNX application for preview and conversion of RAW images, as well as a manual on the CD is not necessarily on the list since recently, so try not to be surprised if you happen to come across a package like this. By the way, the official content of the box does not necessarily include the CDs, too, as the manufacturer is guided by the idea that anything necessary is available on the website.