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Having moved onto the D300 and D3x i still every now and again find myself slipping back to the older D200 as it still performs unbelievably well for most any task it is set.
It may have less pixels but the difference in image quality is barely noticeable, when used in a sports photography mode it's multiple AF points and Continuous high settings are more than enough to keep most any photographer happy.
The one place it does slip up is the ISO and low light settings. The 300 in comparison can now hit 1600 and above with very little image degridation, sadly even at 800 and sometimes below you start to see some quite noticeable image resolution issues.
The magnesium body feels nice to the touch and is very sturdy. Like the D300 can happily perform in a monsoon with your only issue being keeping your lens glass dry.
The image processing it still very quick also, I barely notice a difference between the two in all honesty. Value for money these are an absolute steal nowadays, why over spend on a D300 for as little as £300 you can get a D200 body which is good enough to use in weddings or to create your own photography business around.
Yes the D300, D3x, even the D2x are better cameras, but that doesn't stop the D200 from being an excellent bit of kit. It may be showing it's age on the outside, but it's images say different.
This was the camera I bought to upgrade from the D70 I previously owned which was no slouch itself. Straight away the build quality and feel in your hand is what impresses. It's hard to quantify it other than to say it just 'feels right'. The camera feels like a piece of pro equipment from the off. Let me say that image quality is excellent. I can't think of one occasion when i've felt let down since I purchased it. The menu system is also well worth a mention. It's pretty intuitive although the comprehensive instruction manual really heps you squeeze the most out of it. One nice feature is a kind of bank system that lets you define custom settings that can then be selected in less than a second. The only criticism would be that compared to the D300 it lacks the useful self clean system. However, compare the price of the two and it's probably something you can live with. Talking of price if you can get hold of one at the moment you will not regret it. I have bought a second one I was so impressed. In summary I would find it hard to fault this camera. It's ideal for somebody who maybe wants to step up a level or two and not break the bank. All in all a very highly recommended piece of kit.
I have been priviledged to own a D200 for a year now, and what a superb camera it is. A camera for the professional or committed amateur, this is a camera built to last and with excellent features and performance. It has an alloy body with environmental seals to prevent ingress of water, sand, etc, and a rapid rate of fire on motor drive. Superb metering capabilties and an excellent menu system, and integration to Nikon's lenses providing at least 2 stops of vibration reduction.
Nikon's new prestigious D200 is ideal for those looking for a camera to bridge the gap between the professional and the entry level Digital SLRs. The D200 delivers the incomparable quality of professional pictures whilst offering exceptional versatility, creative responsiveness, accuracy and full manual control. The D200 is the perfect camera for the semi-professional and freelancer who want an affordable SLR that integrates the right portion of diversity, quality and reliability of Nikon's professional high-end models.