Summary Nikon D200

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-70mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 0
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 5
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 10 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 2.5"
Light sensitivity
Help 1,600 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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The Nikon D200 vs other recent DSLRs

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
200 ms startup delay
Lens availability More lenses available Help
230 lenses
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second

The Nikon D200 vs other recent pro DSLRs

Size Quite small Help
Professional size (147×113×74 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed


The Nikon D200 vs other recent DSLRs

Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.5 EV
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
November 2005
Light sensitivity (boost) Very low boost light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Weight Heavy Help
920 g
Movie format No movies Help
Live view No live view Help
Preview with viewfinder
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
270 ms shutter lag
Missing geo-tagging
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor Help
May require cleaning
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users

The Nikon D200 vs other recent pro DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
583 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
22.3 bits
Screen size Very small screen Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
5 fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Battery life Very short battery life Help
340 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post




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Avatar for Andy Horton Andy Horton (3:55 PM, October 11, 2016)
In built focus motor (to use cheaper lens) and inbuilt Commander for flash are its two advantages over a D3200. Button driven rather than switch alteration to focus modes and other functions rather than menu driven is better but not by much. Everything else especially colour depth and weight is worse. So for 99% of the shots I would prefer a more modern camera and in the field the better bridge camera produces better pictures. Out of date.

Until very recently I would buy Canon. Too cumbersome in the field for wildlife photography. I would now go in Nikon with the D5200 series. If not he Canon SX50 series bridge camera.
Avatar for Mo-Maurice Gundrum Mo-Maurice Gundrum (3:00 AM, September 10, 2016)
I have a D200 and use it for outdoor/wildlife photography. I do use it in low light conditions. If shooting in "dark or dimly lit areas it's probably not for me," then what would you recommend? I have an expensive 2,8f 70-200 Lens for this camera and would like to stay with the same Nikon Company.

Peace, Reese
Ian (9:45 AM, February 19, 2015)
I have 2 D200 cameras, they are like the D800 in build quality and probably were the D800 equivalent of yesteryear, solid ergonomics, weatherproof, and easy to use, for the price you can pick one up at they are a bargain used. Ken Rockwell says on his blog that it was one of the best cameras he had ever used. Historicly. As long as you keep the ISO below 400 the pictures are very good with good saturation and good facial tones, it's a hard camera to fault but if shooting in dark or dimly lit areas with a higher ISO then it's probably not for you.
Avatar for johnky61 johnky61 (0:26 AM, March 18, 2012)
I am thinking of geting a DSLR camera. I am on a limited budget but I have been looking at used Nikon D5000, D80 and D200.I have very large hands and I would like something comfortable in my hands, but image quality is important. I have also been told Nikon is better then Canon glass wise. Please help.
R. Howitt (2:24 PM, January 30, 2012)
I also have D2oo and its great for portraits
Tingletanglebob (11:46 PM, July 21, 2011)
Might not be the worst idea to get a used D200 (I did recently: 350€ Body only, Germany, 2011) instead of getting a new entry-level SLR for about the same price (the canon eos 1100D for example feels as ceap as a plastc pocket lighter). Even if it´s technical a bit out of date (high ISO,screen resolution, MP, no LIve View, no Video),  quality and usability are so damn far superior, not to mention the amount of lenses available(inbuild AF-Motor).