Unveiled: Nikon Announces D7200 DSLR, ME-W1 Microphone, and COOLPIX P900

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Following their CP+ rollouts, Nikon is announcing the new Wi-Fi and NFC-connected D7200 DSLR Camera and the COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera with an impressive 83x optical zoom lens. The D7200 takes the top spot in Nikon DX-format DSLR lineup with improved sensitivity and AF performance while the P900 offers users advanced control options and an exceptional 24-2000mm equivalent lens. Alongside these cameras is the water-resistant ME-W1 Wireless Microphone system that uses Bluetooth connectivity for a range of 164’.

D7200 DSLR Camera

The first of Nikon’s DSLRs to have both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, the D7200 is the new flagship in their APS-C format lineup with improved low-light capabilities, an exceptionally quick 51-point AF system, and advanced video features. At the top of the list of the D7200’s enhancements is the EXPEED 4 image processor; the same found in their recent full-frame cameras. This engine provides a speed increase of 30%, longer periods of continuous shooting, a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600 (as well as ISOs 51200 and 102400 in black & white), more accurate white balance, and enhanced definition with the Clarity Picture Control. Also, the engine enables full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording at up to 60 fps in the camera’s 1.3x crop mode.

In terms of autofocus performance, the D7200 offers several improvements over its predecessor. The new camera features the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II DX AF sensor which allows for operation down to -3 EV; an increase in sensitivity of one whole stop from the D7100. This enables the use of Group Area AF, in addition to the other Dynamic AF modes, and the ability to select separate focus points and AF-area modes for landscape and portrait orientation. The camera also retains the impressive 2,016k-dot RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II sensor, Scene Recognition System, Spot White Balance in live view, and a center focus point that functions down to f/8.

Speed and processing power can be seen in the continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, which can be boosted to 7 fps in the 1.3x crop mode. The buffer has been increased and has the ability to capture 27 shots of lossless 12-bit RAW without stopping, 18 shots of lossless 14-bit RAW, or 100 shots of Fine Large JPEGs. Additionally, you can autobracket between 2 and 9 frames. The Wi-Fi with NFC capability makes connecting to your mobile devices by just touching them together. This lets users quickly share photos or even control the camera through compatible smart devices for wireless control.

Picture Controls can now be adjusted in fine 0.25-step adjustments and there is a Clarity Control feature that will help add extra definition and sharpness to your images. The new Flat Picture Control is available for editors to make the most out of color grading recorded video. In addition to the ability to capture 60p in the 1.3x crop mode, users can take advantage of a selectable audio frequency range as well as a interval and time-lapse shooting for up to 9,999 shots as well as exposure smoothing in each mode.

Video shooters will greatly appreciate the plethora of new features added in the D7200, such as Auto ISO in manual mode, a dedicated movie menu, and zebra stripes in live view. The camera will also display videos on the LCD and an external monitor simultaneously and record audio with a built-in stereo microphone. This model also retains the 3.2” 1,229k-dot LCD screen and dual SD card slots of its predecessor, but introduces a dedicated photo shooting menu and improved coating on the optical viewfinder for a brighter, more accurate viewing experience.

The D7200 with be available as a body only or bundled with the 18-140mm lens.

COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera

Blowing away the competition with an 83x optical zoom lens, the COOLPIX P900 is going to become the camera to beat when it comes capturing distant subjects. With a 2000mm equivalent focal length, a low-light 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and full manual control options, the P900 will satisfy many advanced users looking for an extremely capable point-and-shoot camera.

The 83x optical zoom lens provides an extraordinary equivalent focal length of 24-2000mm, useful for everything from family pictures or elusive wildlife. Benefitting image quality at the farthest distances is the inclusion of Dual Detect Optical VR, which will stabilize the footage for up to 5 stops of light. Users will also be able to quickly locate and frame subjects with the Snap-Back Zoom button which will quickly zoom out when pressed and zoom back in once released. And, for times when 83x isn’t quite enough, a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom function is also available.

The camera is characterized by its DSLR-styling. The design greatly improves operation and handling with the long lens as it allows for a P/S/A/M mode control dial and an eye-level electronic viewfinder. The P900 has a vari-angle LCD screen for capturing photos and videos from odd angles and different perspectives. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity further enhance the shooting experience by letting users quickly share photos with a smartphone or tablet.

Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is possible in addition to 16-megapixel still image capture. Built for exploring, it has built-in GPS and Points of Interest. This allows users to record the location data and automatically embed it in each image for sharing your journey on social networking sites or just keeping a record of where your adventures have taken you. Points of Interests helps while you are out by providing nearby scenic lookouts and historic landmarks to make sure you don’t miss out on any photo opportunities. Additionally, it has a long battery life with up to 360 shots on a single charge.

ME-W1 Wireless Microphone

Incredibly useful for video shooters, the ME-W1 Wireless Microphone system will vastly improve audio quality while eliminating cables. The microphone kit offers monaural recording at up to 164’ away thanks to a Bluetooth connection and is water-resistant for use in inclement weather. As this type of mic would commonly be used to record voices during interviews or on-location, it features a clip for simple attachment to a piece of clothing or gear. It can record in stereo by connecting the optional ME-1 Microphone. The microphone and receiver set comes with a windscreen, audio cable, and case.


Nikon COOLPIX P900 
Image Sensor CMOS
Effective Pixels 16MP 
Still Image File Format JPEG
Image Size 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Lens Type NIKKOR ED VR
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 4.3-357mm (24-2000mm)
Optical Zoom 83x 
Aperture Range f/2.8-6.5
Lens Construction 16 elements / 12 groups
Digital Zoom 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom
Image Stabilization Dual Detect Optical VR (5 stop compensation)
Filter Diameter 67mm
Viewfinder Type 0.2" 921k-dot Eye-level electronic viewfinder
Shutter Speed 1/4000-15 seconds
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 7 fps for approx. 7 frames
Interval Recording Yes
Exposure Modes Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
ISO Sensitivity 100-6400, H1 (12,800)
AF System Constrast-detect
Focus Modes Face priority, Spot, Normal, Wide, Subject tracking, Target Finding AF
Built-In Flash Yes
External Flash Interface None
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset
Movie Recording Yes
Movie Resolution 1920 x 1080p: 60, 50, 30, 25, 15, 12.5 fps
1280 x 720p: 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
640 x 480p: 120, 100, 30, 25 fps
File Format MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: LPCM stereo)
Monitor 3" 921k-dot Vari-angle flip-out TFT-LCD
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Interface USB 2.0
Micro HDMI (Type D)
Wi-Fi Snapbridge; built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
GPS Built-in 
Remote Control Optional ML-L3 Wireless Remote
Power Source EN-EL23 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack
Optional EH-67A AC Adapter
Dimensions 5.5 x 4.1 x 5.5" / 139.5 x 103.2 x 137.4mm
Weight 31.8 oz / 899 g
  Nikon D7200 DSLR Camera Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
Lens Mount Nikon F Nikon F
Image Sensor DX-format 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor DX-format 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels 24.2MP 24.1MP
Total Pixels Not specified by manufacturer 24.71MP
Maximum Resolution 24.2MP 24.1MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9 3:2, 16:9
Still Image File Format 12-bit and 14-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8),
basic (approx. 1:16)
TIFF (RGB)
12-bit and 14-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8),
basic (approx. 1:16)
TIFF (RGB)
Optical Low-Pass Filter None None
Image Processing Engine EXPEED 4 EXPEED 3
Storage Media Dual SD card slots Dual SD card slots
Viewfinder Type Optical Optical
Frame Coverage Approx. 100% Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.94x Approx. 0.94x
Diopter Adjustment From - 2 to +1 m From - 2 to +1 m
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/8000 sec. 30 - 1/8000 sec.
Flash Sync Speed Up to 1 / 250 sec.
Auto FP High-Speed Sync to 1/8000 sec.
Up to 1 / 250 sec.
Auto FP High-Speed Sync to 1/8000 sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Rate DX: 6.0 fps at full resolution
1.3X Crop Mode: 7.0 fps
Buffer Capacity:
NEF (RAW), lossless compressed, 12-bit: 27 shots
NEF (RAW), lossless compressed, 14-bit: 18 shots
JPEG/Fine/Large: 100 shots
DX: 6.0 fps at full resolution
1.3X Crop Mode: 7.0 fps
Buffer Capacity:
NEF (RAW), lossless compressed, 12-bit: 7 shots
NEF (RAW), lossless compressed, 14-bit: 6 shots
JPEG/Fine/Large: 33 shots
Self-Timer 2 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 20 sec.
Number of Shots: 1-9
2 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 20 sec.
Number of Shots: 1-9
Interval Recording Yes, up to 9,999 frames
Interval timer with exposure smoothing
Time-lapse with exposure smoothing
Yes, up to 999 frames
Interval timer
Exposure Metering System 3D Color Matrix Metering II (2016k RGB Sensor), Scene Recognition System 3D Color Matrix Metering II (2016k RGB Sensor), Scene Recognition System
Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation From -5 EV to + 5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps) From -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps 2 to 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV steps
ISO Sensitivity 100 - 25600 (B&W Extended Mode: 51200 - 102400)
Video: 100 - 25600
50 - 6400 (Extended Mode: 12800 - 25600)
Video: 100 - 6400
Autofocus System Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II DX AF sensor
AF detection range down to -3 EV
Advanced Multi–CAM 3500 DX AF sensor
AF detection range down to -2 EV
Number of Focus Points 51 (15 center cross-type, 1 compatible
with f/8)
51 (15 center cross-type, 1 compatible
with f/8)
Focus Modes Live View: Contrast-detect AF
Dynamic AF Modes: 9/21/51, 51 points with 3D tracking, group area AF, auto area AF
Separate selection of focus point and AF-area mode
for landscape and portrait
Manual focus
Live View: Contrast-detect AF
Dynamic AF Modes: 9/21/51, 51 points with 3D tracking, auto area AF
Continuous-servo AF-C, Single-servo AF-S
Manual focus
Built-In Flash Yes Yes
Flash Modes Commander
Auto
1st-Curtain Sync
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Fill-in
Off
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Flash Bracketing
Commander
Auto
1st-Curtain Sync
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Fill-in
Off
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Flash Bracketing
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps -3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
External Flash Interface Hot shoe Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Spot (in live view), Auto (2 types), Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent (7 types), Incandescent, Shade, Preset Manual (1-6 possible) Spot (in live view), Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Fluorescent H, Incandescent, Kelvin, Preset Manual (1-3 possible), Shade
Movie Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL Yes, NTSC/PAL
Movie Resolution 1920 x 1080, 30/25/24p
1.3X Crop: 1920 x 1080, 60/50p
1280 x 720, 60/50p
1920 x 1080, 30/25/24p
1.3X Crop: 1920 x 1080, 60i
1280 x 720, 60/50p
File Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
4:2:2 8-Bit uncompressed output via HDMI
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
4:2:2 8-Bit uncompressed output via HDMI
Audio Recording Yes, with video via built-in stereo or optional external mic
Selectable audio frequency range
Yes, with video via built-in stereo or optional external mic
Selectable audio frequency range
Audio File Format Not specified by manufacturer Linear PCM
External Microphone Input Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes Yes
Maximum Recording Time Video Clip:
1920 x 1080p50/60: 10 min (High Quality), 20 min. (Normal Quality)
1920 x 1080p30/25/24: 20 min. (High Quality), 29 min. 59 sec. (Normal Quality)
1280 x 720: 29 min. 59 sec.
Video Clip:
1920 x 1080: 20 min.
1280 x 720: 29 min. 59 sec.
Monitor 3.2" 1,229k-dot LCD with RGBW 3.2" 1,229k-dot LCD with RGBW
Monitor Viewing Angle 170 degrees 170 degrees
Interface HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0, headphone and microphone jacks HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0, headphone and microphone jacks
Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC (Near Field Communication)
Compatible with WT-5A transmitter and UT-1 comm. unit
Optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter required
Remote Control Yes, optional Yes, optional
Power Source EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack
Optional EH-5b AC power adapter
EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack
Optional EH-5b AC power adapter
Operating Environment 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%
Dimensions 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0" / 135.5 x 106.5 x 76mm 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0" / 135.5 x 106.5 x 76mm
Weight 1.5 lb / 675 g (body only) 1.5 lb / 675 g (body only)

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Great job...

It looks like it may be a nice new camera system from Nikon? Is this a continuation of the Nikon D7100 with better Jpeg capture?  It looks great when we watch the performance movie on this camera system, it is backward compatible with older Nikon Lenses; like "D" version lenses and also works great with the AF-S type lenses. I was looking at a Pentax K3 but I may hold off and pick this one up instead ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, great job Nikon!

I currently own the D7100.  Although the new D7200 has a few new perks I don't see enough of a change to add a D7200 at this time.  I mam glad that Nikon has continued with this camera series as it fits my needs as a Professional for now and in the future.  Nikon has done a great job with the D7100 and now hopefully the D7200 will follow in its footsteps.  Time will tell if and when I need to consider another camera purchase, the current D7100 if it is still in Nikons inventory or the new D7200.