Nikon has released details of the long-anticipated replacement to its D100 digital SLR camera.


November 1, 2005: Nikon has released details of the long-anticipated replacement to its D100 digital SLR camera.
The new D200 model features a recently-developed 10.2-megapixel (effective) Nikon DX Format (“APS-C” sized) CCD image sensor, which records high-resolution images with 3872 x 2592 pixels in JPEG or NEF-RAW format. The sensor includes a high-speed 4-channel data output and a new Optical Low Pass Filter that significantly reduces moire and colour fringing and shifting. Four-channel output allows the D200 to inherit the Nikon D2x’s advanced image-processing engine, which combines colour-independent preconditioning prior to A/D conversion. Image processing algorithms deliver fine colour gradations with smooth, consistent transitions. Also inherited from the D2x is the sophisticated 1005-pixel 3D Colour Matrix Metering II system.
The D200 is built to last, with a magnesium alloy chassis and body cover plus environmental sealing to protect exterior seams from moisture and dust. The double-bladed shutter unit is tested to well over 100,000 cycles and the mirror mechanism is bounce-free. A large, bright viewfinder provides 0.94x magnification while a new 2.5 inch LCD screen supports a 170-degree viewing angle from all directions. Another new feature is the 11-area autofocus system, which is convertible to a 7-wide area AF system. Both options are based on Nikon’s advanced Multi-Cam 1000 AF Sensor Module and the camera also provides Dynamic AF, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF and Group Dynamic AF settings.
Supplied with the camera is a rechargeable battery with capacity of up to 1800 shots per charge. The camera has an on-board Fuel Gauge feature that constantly monitors the battery’s precise remaining power in 1% increments and also displays the overall life of the battery. The D200 can shoot continuously at up to five frames per second, capturing up to 37 JPEG images or up to 22 NEF (RAW) images per burst. Powering-up takes only 0.15 seconds and a shutter release time lag of 50 milliseconds is nearly undetectable.
The D200 is compatible with Nikon’s Digital Imaging System, which includes lenses, flash units and other accessories. Photographers have robust control of flash units via Nikon’s i-TTL Creative Lighting System and the advanced Wi-Fi image-transmission

Options make the D200 a natural choice for wedding, event and action photographers. The camera will be supplied with Nikon’s PictureProject software but is also compatible with Nikon Capture 4.4 software (sold separately). The new camera is scheduled for worldwide release in late December 2005 and will be available in Australia in January at a price yet to be determined.


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