Nikon D7200 Digital SLR

Last updated: August 5, 2023


This DSLR is an excellent intermediate choice for enhancing your photography. It features a 51-point autofocus system and a native sensitivity range of ISO100-25,600. It also has built-in WiFi with NFC. That means you can use Nikon's Snapbridge app to pair your smart device with the camera and transfer photos wirelessly.

We looked at the top Nikon DSLR Cameras and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Nikon DSLR Camera you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Quickly and painlessly transfer photos from your Nikon DSLR to your smartphone using the handy Snapbridge app.

In our analysis of 47 expert reviews, the Nikon D7200 Digital SLR placed 2nd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Introducing the Nikon D7200 digital SLR camera with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, The Star of Nikon DX-format line-up. Bring your creative vision to life with photos and videos that shine with sharpness and clarity. Shoot in nearly any light from dawn until after dusk and capture everything from sports and action to wildlife and everyday moments. Then share your beautiful images easier than ever with a compatible smart device. Whether you’re a passionate photographer or videographer looking for a tool to ignite your creativity, a Pro in need of a nimble second camera or someone looking for an ideal blend of versatility and convenience, The D7200 is ready for your challenge. Features: your vision in stunning definition – Free of an optical low-pass filter, The D7200 produces remarkably pure, sharp photos and videos. Its 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS image sensor works together with EXPEED 4 image processing and NIKKOR lenses to enhance detail and tonality. This outstanding image quality is maintained all the way up to ISO 25, 600 (two full stops higher than the D7200’s predecessor) for amazing low-light images. You can also now expand the ISO range up to BW1 (51, 200) and BW2 (102, 400) to shoot monochromatic photos in even more challenging lighting situations. Whether shooting stills or video, selecting the 1.3x crop mode extends the reach of NIKKOR DX and FX-format lenses, getting you closer to sports, action, wildlife and more. Nikon’s first DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi & NFC – share YOUR outstanding D7200 photos with no hassle, even when on the go. Just touch your compatible* smartphone or tablet with NFC to the D7200 to establish a Wi-Fi connection. Once connected, you can use your smart device to browse photos on the D7200 and then share your favorites by text message, email or posting online. You can also use your smart device as a remote for the d7200 see what the camera sees and take pictures!

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Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

The D7200 is better weather-sealed than the D7000, but seeing as my D7000 has lasted 200K+ shots and I usually shoot in very dusty outdoor locales, build quality wasn’t an issue there. At 674 grams (23.9 ounces) the D7200 is reasonably light and balances well with lighter lenses, but not as well with heavier lenses like a 24-120mm, 18-300mm or 150-600mm.
Another improvement is in the camera's sensitivity range. The D7200 has a native range of ISO100-25,600, up from the D7100's native top end of ISO6400. There are also Hi BW1 and Hi BW2 expansion settings, which take you up to a whopping ISO 102400 (equivalent).
Rugged, weather-sealed body; Great ergonomics and loads of controls; Accurate optical viewfinder; Excellent image quality; Decent burst speed; Swift autofocus; Generous buffer depths; Superb battery life.
The Nikon D7200 retains many of the same features of the D7100, but there are a few new ones that really set it apart. The biggest feature that was added to the D7200 is built-in WiFi with NFC. This allows users to use Nikon's Snapbridge app to pair your smart device with the camera wirelessly. Android users can simply use the NFC contact point for an easy connection, while iOS users still have to pair them manually.
Sitting on the top left of the Nikon D7200 is a mode dial which allows you to quickly switch between the different exposure modes on offer. As this is an advanced camera, you won’t find lots of scene modes clogging up the mode dial, and instead there’s just a few options to choose from. You have the usual Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes, along with an Automatic Mode, auto no flash, Scene, Effects and two spaces for groups of custom settings - useful if you often find yourself shooting one particular scene (for example low light).
It has the best image quality of any APS-C DSLR, a weather-sealed body that can take some abuse, a robust autofocus system that delivers a high rate of keepers when following the action, and a long-lasting battery.
Great photo quality, solid performance and a sturdy body are the Nikon D7200's highlights. The Nikon D7200 is a great camera for the money, as long as you don't care about an extensive feature set.
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This is the Nikons first DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi & NFC for easy share or browse photos directly from you smartphone. It has a built in time-lapse movie option (intervalometer for time-lapse) which is great. Battery life is great, I’ve managed to shot almost 2000 photos with one charge.

What reviewers didn't like

The D7200 lacks the crappy low-res plastic LCD cover found on the D7000. The D7200 comes with the painful D-Kapitator neck strap, except this time it doesn’t even have “D7200” embroidered on it.
Movie focusing can be slow and screen is not touch-sensitive. Also, Hi BW1 and Hi BW2 expansion settings are only available in JPEG mode, and produce monochrome images.
Mixes plastic and magnesium-alloy panels on exterior; LCD monitor can't be tilted or swiveled; Presents a steep learning curve; No focus peaking in live view; Video mode feels a bit of an afterthought; New Wi-Fi features are rough around the edges.
Like most Nikon cameras, the D7200 is all about manual control. This cuts down on trips to the menu, but it takes time to know how to use its many shortcuts.
The new autofocusing module means the Nikon D7200 is great at focusing, even in lower light conditions. It’s only in near pitch black that the camera struggles, most of the time locking on quickly and easily without too much back and forth.
No control of aperture in movie or live view modes and autofocus in live view is not great.
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