Nikon D200 SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
On the front below the lens release button is the focus selector switch for Continuous
AF, Single AF or Manual Focus. On the lens itself you'll find another switch for
Auto and Manual focus. On Nikon's VR series of lenses you'll also find a switch to
turn the Vibration Reduction feature on and off.
Controls top left: Buttons to change the image quality, white balance and ISO sensitivity. Around the base is the shooting mode dial with positions for Single frame, Continuous Low, Continuous High and Selftimer.
Controls top right: The combination shutter release and power switch. Turning
the power switch beyond the "on" position illuminates the top data display.
Press and hold the MODE button while turning the command dial to select the desired
exposure mode (Program AE w/Shift, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority or Manual).
Press and hold the +/- button and turn the command dial to set the desired exposure
compensation value (+/- 5EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps).
The monochrome data LCD with all possible icons displayed.
In front of the shutter release is the sub-command dial.
On the back (L to R) is the BracKeT button to enable exposure bracketing, the DELETE
button, the Metering selector knob with the AE/AF lock button in the center, the
AF Start button and the Main Command Dial.
The optical fixed eye-level pentaprism viewfinder can be adjusted with the diopter knob on the right side, it has a range of -2.0 to +1.0 m1. There are optional rubber eyecups, magnifiers, diopter adjustment lenses and right-angle viewing attachments that can be attached to the viewfinder.
The focusing screen can be changed, the D200 is supplied with
the Type B BriteView clear matte II screen.
The viewfinder shows approx. 95% of the captured frame.
The D200's viewfinder display - the small brackets denote the 11 different focus areas.
The focus area that is active will turn red when the shutter is pressed.
The circle in the middle is the 8mm center-weighted metering area.
The lower left icons are for B/W exposure mode, Battery level and "No Memory Card"
Across the bottom is the status line that shows: (8) autofocus status, (9) metering mode, (10) AE lock, (11) shutter speed, (12) aperture setting, (13) exposure mode, (14) flash compensation, (15) EV comp, (16) ISO sensitivity, (17) # of pictures remaining, (18) Flash-ready, (19) Flash value lock, (20) Flashsync, (21) Aperture stop, (22) electronic analog exposure display, (23) Auto sensitivty, (24) "K" appears when memory remains for over 1000 exposures.
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