Nikon D7200 Review

April 13, 2015 | Amy Davies |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24.1 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 10Mb.

Straight from the Nikon D7200, images display a great amount of bright colour and vibrance without going too over the top in the majority of situations. As with most cameras, the best results can be enjoyed in good light, but the D7200 also copes well with a different range of lighting conditions to produce nicely saturated images.

The AA-filterless sensor is capable of producing some images with excellent amounts of detail. If you look at images taken at lower sensitivities at 100%, an incredible amount of detail can be seen, with little to no evidence of image smoothing, which is really pleasing to see. Images remain useable throughout the sensitivity range, depending on the size you will share or print the images. Even those images taken at the highest native setting of ISO 25600 contain a decent amount of detail. The Hi1 and Hi2 settings can only be used in Monochrome and in JPEG only, so you might question how useful this setting is - but the resulting grain that using a setting like that produces tends to add the feel of a black and white shot, so it’s more about an artistic choice than anything else.

At the moment, you can’t work with the D7200’s raw files in Adobe Camera Raw, but the free download Capture NX-D software allows you to manipulate your .NEF files. It’s clear to see that the D7200 is applying a fairly large amount of noise reduction to JPEG images by comparing the equivalent raw files. However, this is good news as it gives you scope to apply your own noise reduction and get the balance between noise and detail which you favour.

When you use the all-purpose matrix metering setting, the majority of images are well-balanced with a good exposure. However, you may find in some conditions, such as high contrast, that applying some positive or negative exposure compensation will help to bring out the details in some areas of the scene. Otherwise, you can also switch to spot metering if something is proving particularly troublesome.

Like the all-purpose metering, the automatic white balance system copes very well across all different lighting conditions. In daylight or cloudy conditions, it’s reasonably perfect, while under artificial lighting, you might find it errs ever so slightly towards warmer, yellowish tones. If you do find that, switching to a more appropriate white balance setting - or better yet, a custom white balance - will lead to more accurate results.


There are 11 ISO settings available on the Nikon D7200 and the ISO speed can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right.

The Nikon D7200 also has ISO Sensitivity Auto Control, activated from the shooting menu. If set to On, the camera will automatically adjust the sensitivity if proper exposure cannot be achieved at the value chosen by the photographer. The user can put a limit on the maximum sensitivity selectable by the camera.



ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)


ISO 102400 (100% Crop)


File Quality

The file quality settings available on the D7200 include Basic, Normal and Fine for JPEGs, plus you can also store your photos in Nikon's proprietary raw format (NEF).  Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Fine (15.3Mb) (100% Crop)

Normal (8.35Mb) (100% Crop)

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Basic (4.50Mb) (100% Crop)

RAW (32.8Mb) (100% Crop)

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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes by changing the Picture Styles.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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The pop-up flash on the D7200 has several settings including Auto, Fill-in flash, Red-eye Reduction, SlowSync, Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Rear-curtain Sync and Off. The mode of operation can be TTL, Auto or Manual, and there is Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) available as well. These pictures of a white wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m using the kit zoom.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (27mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (27mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (157.5mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (157.5mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots with the flash turned Off and On.

Flash Off

Flash On
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The Nikon D7200 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography. There is an optional long-exposure noise reduction function that can be activated to filter out any hot pixels that may appear when extremely slow shutter speeds are used. Do note that this works by way of dark frame subtraction, which effectively doubles the exposure time. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100.


Night (100% Crop)

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The Nikon D7200 has a HDR mode with four levels of manual exposure and an Auto setting. The camera only combines two shots, one under and one over exposed, to produce the final image, and it's only available when shooting JPEGs.

HDR - Low

HDR - Normal

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HDR - High

HDR - Extra High

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Picture Controls

Nikon's Picture Controls are akin to Canon's Picture Styles in being preset combinations of sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. The available choices are Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and Flat. The following examples demonstrate the differences across these options.



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