I did say the D7200 didn’t offer me very much more than the D7100, but when one came up at the right price on Amazon, coupled with a voucher from TopCashBack, it would have been rude not to pick up a D7200 as a second body.
There are a number of improvements over the D7100 such as the EXPEED 4 processor (Rather than the EXPEED 3) which gives a bigger buffer, slightly better Autofocus module, higher native ISO range and an increased battery life.
In the real world, these have generally made 0% difference for 99% of my shooting. The only noticeable difference has been that high ISO images (astrophotography, northern lights) were a little cleaner in terms of noise.
Have a read of my Nikon D7100 review here
When shooting with 2 bodies, I put the lens I intend to use most on the D7200, and the other is mounted to the D7100. The D7200 is the primary body with the D7100 being the secondary.
However, in real world use you cannot tell the difference between them.
It’s just as reliable as the D7100 has proven to be, I have shot in the 100% humidity jungles of Costa Rica, the searing heat of a Kgalagadi national park on the border of South Africa and Botswana, and an Arctic winter in Iceland, and not once has it missed a beat.
I have no hesitation in recommending the D7200 for someone looking at a high end crop sensor camera.
Whilst it does not have the biggest buffer, or the fastest frame rate, I have not been hindered by it. If you shoot a lot of sports or wildlife, then it may be an issue.
I also wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a D7100, although these are harder to find new now. A used copy of either would be a fantastic buy.
Nikon have also finally released a ‘pro’ crop sensor body to replace the aged D300. The D500 offers superior autofocus, 10 FPS and a massive buffer. It also comes with a price tag to match.
Nikon have also released the D7500, to replace the D7500.
The D7500 has the new EXPEED 5 processing engine, bigger native ISO range and improved Autofocus lifted from the D500.
They have also removed the second memory card slot, and there is no provision for a battery grip. Both of these features are ones I use.
Both of my camera bodies have grips – I have big hands and the grip just feels better, along with providing an extra battery and easy switching from shooting horizontal to vertical.
Dual memory card slots are great, as they provide an in-camera backup of everything I shoot.
By removing these items, it seems Nikon are trying to differentiate the D7500 from the D500 as a strictly consumer body, rather than pro-sumer like the D7200.
I will not be purchasing a D7500, particularly as they have also increased the price.
Current prices at Amazon (May 2017)
(Note: the above are limks to Amazon)
Seriously, at those prices I’d go for the D7100 and spend the difference on a new lens, or a holiday somewhere.
The D7200 is great. A tiny bit better than the D7100, but not enough to notice. I wouldn’t say it is worth buying if you already have a D7100 (unless you want a second body).
If upgrading from something older (like a D90) then it’s a massive step up in terms of what the camera can do.
As for the D7500 and D500, I’ll pass. There is nothing on the D7500 that warrants a £500 premium over the D7200.