What's Hot: Excellent image quality and low noise up to ISO 1600. Big LCD, accurate viewfinder.
What's Not: No vertical shutter release built-in. RAW-NEF Capture software costs $99.
Certified Test Results
Resolution: Excellent (2050Vx2170Hx2005Diag lines). Color accuracy: Excellent (Avg. Delta E: 7.54). Highlight/shadow detail: Extremely High. Contrast: Normal, and adjustable to six presets via menus. Noise: Extremely Low at ISO 100, Very Low at ISO 200 to ISO 800, Low at ISO 1600. Image quality: Excellent from ISO 100 to 1600. AF speed: Extremely Fast in bright light (EV 12 to 8) from 0.46 to 0.56 sec, about the same as the EOS 30D (0.49 to 0.55 sec). In moderate light (EV 6 to 4), still Extremely Fast at 0.49 sec to 0.57 sec. In low light (EV 2 to 0) it slowed down to 0.75 to 1.1 sec. At its super-sensitive limit (EV -2), the D200 tops all at 1.51 sec. Burst rate: In tests using a Kingston 4GB Ultimate 100X CF card, captured up to 30 fine-quality JPEGs at 5 fps and stored them all within 15 sec. Viewfinder: The etched focusing screen (below) shows 11 selectable AF zones with a center-cross type in center, on-demand grid lines, battery life and missing CF card indicators. CIPA battery life rating: Ranges from 350 to 1,800 shots with rechargeable EN-EL3e Li-ion battery (see main text). Size/weight: 5.8x4.4x3.1 in., 2.07 lb with battery. Street Price: $1,700. For info: www.nikonusa.com; 800-645-6689.
Viewfinder Accuracy: 95% (Excellent)
Viewfinder Magnification: 0.97X (Excellent)
Hands On: Nikon D200
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