I haven't found a mode in which the built-in strobe on the D200 will "pop-up" automatically.
That feature is present on the D70s and it's referred to as "pop-up" in the D70s manual. I have a PDF copy of both the D70s and D200 manual and searched the D200 manual for the term "pop-up". I found four instances in the D200 manual all associated with manual actuation of the "pop-up" button.
All automatic pop-up actuation in the D70s is tied to one of the automatic modes, either "Auto" mode specifically or one of the automatic scene modes.
If there is an undocumented feature that does this, I haven't found it.
Roger It is still ISO, aperture and shutter speed, right? Moderator for MF&RF, F100 and F4/F5/F6
Roger It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?
The D200 is aimed at more advanced shooters and so it allows YOU to decide when you want the flash. I find the auto popup on the D70 quite annoying and always have to switch the camera off Auto to make it stop doing that.
My apologies if I came across as imperious. I honestly considered it too difficult to learn how to use all those scene modes and opted to instead learn how to control the camera by applying myself to understanding exposure and aperture and their application to various subject matter. I'm still learning.
Understood. I am not a fan of scene modes even for "novices". And even on the D70 we never use them.
But the advantage for the Auto mode is that I can tell my wife to switch to it before she takes pictures of the sheep and it won't matter what other changes I might have made to the camera. Her picture will come out.
For that matter, when I am in a hurry to get a picture of the cat doing something stupid I don't have to fiddle with any controls I just make sure it's on P or Auto when I grab it.