New Nikon D200 Aims to Please

Nikon yesterday announced a new high performance digital SLR camera which features a 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor. The D200 is priced at $1,699.95 and expected to be available in late December.

The D200, said Nikon, offers a host of features targeted towards the discriminating photographer. These include the aforementioned 10.2 megapixel CCD image sensor capable of capturing images at 3,872 x 2,592 pixels, incorporating of Nikon’s D2x advanced image processing engine, a large viewfinder with 0.94x magnification and a durable, lightweight magnesium alloy body.

Other features of the D200 include 5fps continuous shooting in bursts of up to 22 NEF or 37 JPEG shots, a power up time of 0.15 seconds, a shutter release of 50 milliseconds, 11-area AF with 7-wide area AF, a 2.5” LCD monitor with 170 degree wide angle viewing, a rechargeable battery capable of lasting up to 1,800 shots and an optional wireless transmitter which uses 802.11 wireless technology to transfer photos to a computer.

“Nikon has spent considerable time and effort to truly understand the qualities and features photographers desire in an advanced digital SLR camera,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products, at Nikon Inc, in a statement. “The D200 embodies this research and delivers a camera that’s built to the requirements of passionate photographers, and meets demands for resolution, speed, precision, and ultimate image quality. The D200 represents an unmatched combination of quality, performance and value that’s hard to resist. The D200 is hands-down the most capable digital SLR camera in its category.”

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