Guys I got to play with a D200 today that Nikon made available to a dealer for a few hours. Man oh man if I was Canon I would be very worried about now. Forget the specs that you have read and wait till you get this baby in your paws. There are menu items (can’t even recall half of them) with features and modes that aren’t even listed in the product brochure…
For me the fact that you can turn on a grid in the viewfinder like the D70 was a nice surprise as I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere.
Also I notice that once in raw mode you have the option of normal, fine and large as well as compressed or uncompressed. Shooting uncompress RAW L in continuous mode let us shoot 30 frames at 5 frames per second before the buffer got full.
The autofocus speed is astoundingly fast and the cameras focuses very accurately (far more so than the D70).
The LCD resolution is awesome and the image sharpness is astounding.
Hoping to get to play a bit more on Friday and if I do I will update this post.
Robert Miller Panascape Photography Cape Town, South Africa
The Nikon rep did NOT have a D200 with him. He seemed somewhat uncomfortable when I ask. All he would say is that "there are not enough to go around right now". He did not even have literature or a brochure. He was also a little vague on ship dates, "around the end of December". I ask if they would be here for Xmas ... "I hope so, that is the target".
As for features, he could talk from memory a bit but it was the same things we have seen already. The one thing he mentioned that I have not heard is that the D200 will have double exposure capability. He also said that the D200 is "close" to the D2X in features.
As you might imagine I was a little disappointed. I was prepared to put down a deposit if the D200 was what I expected (hoped for?) but now I have decided to wait and see how things evolve. I expected the rep and the salesman to be a lot more enthusiastic.
>Great! All that talk about how nice the camera and it's >features are are going to make the next several weeks sheer >torture until it arrives on my doorstep. > >Good to hear the news though. > >Matt
I KNOW. it's killing me! i ordered the day it was listed on retailers sites, but the 6 week wait is torture. i haven't been this excited about new gear since i got my first 10-speed bicycle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>Also I notice that once in raw mode you have the option of >normal, fine and large as well as compressed or >uncompressed.
Since they say the compressed RAW is lossless, what's the need for uncompressed?
One thing that's very important to me, yet makers never seem to quote it, is Dynamic Range (aka Bit Depth). I suspect the D200 is 12-bit, like the D70, si I'm not expecting it to cope any better with extremes of contrast.
I'd happily sacrifice a few megapixels to get two more stops DR...
>One thing that's very important to me, yet makers never seem >to quote it, is Dynamic Range (aka Bit Depth). I suspect the >D200 is 12-bit, like the D70, si I'm not expecting it to >cope any better with extremes of contrast.
Um, dynamic range has nothing to with bit depth. Dynamic range is the range of luminances that the sensor can record, while bit depth is the number of different values per channel in the output. They are not dependent on each other.
The D200 outputs in 12-bit, like the D70 and the D2x.
I think many of us would love to see greater dynamic range in DSLR cameras.