Nikon D7200 camera announcement before March 13th


The Nikon D7200 will be officially announced in the next few weeks, most likely before March 13, 2015. These are the only set of rumored specifications I received back in December:

  • New 24MP APS-C sensor
  • Nikon D750 styled body with a tilting screen
  • Expeed 4 processor
  • MultiCAM 3500DX2 autofocus system
  • 51 AF points
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 6fps
  • Buffer: 16 RAW+JPG
  • Video: 1080p @60 and 720p @120 (not sure about 4k)
  • Video aperture will be adjustable during live view

If anyone has some additional D7200 information, you can contact me anonymously here.

The website mobile01 recently visited Nikon's headquarter in Tokyo, Japan and asked about a new flagship DX or a professional level DX model. Nikon's response was that they will release a competitor to the Canon 7D Mark II:

Q6: Currently Nikon DX series SLR cameras seem to focus on entry-level, I do not know there is no plan to launch Nikon's flagship DX or professional-level models do?

A6: In fact, Nikon has been continuously collecting information parties and has continued to develop new products in each product line, will be launched in the future like the opponent 7D2 level camera, but on the details of future products, here still can not reveal too much information, please we can wait and see.

There is a good chance that the D7200 will be announced together with the Nikon 1 J5.

Update - here is a partial translation of the interview with Nikon:

- Staff at the Nikon Plaza Ginza service counter are obviously more senior. The reason is because they are very experienced to answer questions and evaluate problems of walk-in clients quickly.

- Japan NPS requires owning minimum 3 Nikon SLR bodies (no clarification if they need to be "pro" bodies), 5 Nikkor lenses and have images published at least 3 times on magazine front covers or newspaper front pages. Different from Taiwan NPS, where the current system is by-invitation.

The interview (summarized and excludes selected "no comments now" Q&A):

Q: Introduction of touch-screen (in D5500) is much slower than competitors.

A: We were evaluating it for D5300. However there was a bigger demand for WiFi and GPS at that time, so those made it in the D5300.

Q: Then why was the GPS removed from D5500? (Good question, this)

A: We tried to put it in, but the GPS module would make the body larger. The goal is to make the body even smaller and lighter, so we removed it. There were other changes that reduced weight and size. We had 3 separate motors to control aper ture, mirror and shutter. This was reduced to just one in the D5500. Motherboard was also changed.

Q: The D5500 seemed to have better processing than it's predecessor and has a touch-screen. How did you increase the battery stamina (D5500 CIPA is markedly improved with the same battery)?

A: Actually the power-draw of the touch-screen is not as high as one would think. Improvements with the motherboard/circuit design contributed a lot to improving power efficiency.

Q: Your DX-line appears to be targeted at entry-level users. Any chance of a DX-flagship?

A: There will be something in the class of our competitor's 7D2 in the future.

Q: Any chance all your future DSLRs will get the flip screen since the D750 got it?

A: This depends on market feedback. ATM the feedback is largely positive.

Q: Why did you choose 300mm for the new PF design? Possibilities for it to be in all future telephoto Nikkors?

A: The price would be much higher if it was in the 400-600mm range. 300mm gave a good price that is attractive to most people, and that is within a more often-used focal length among telephotos. We will evaluate responses to the 300mm and decide if PF will be included in longer telephotos.

Q: Why did you not consider putting PF in the popular "big 3" lenses?

A: We experimented with them, but the weight and size savings was not as large as we would like for a fixed aperture zoom. The size/weight savings in a prime such as the 300mm f/4 is significantly higher.

Q: Why did you release the 300mm f/4 at this time? There was no significant FX camera announcement and it isn't Olympics period.

A: Well we just happened to finish the design of it! Anyway the previous 300mm f/4 is 14 years old, time for a refresh.

Q: The Nikon 1 lens range isn't complete yet and there is a lack of fast aperture choices. What are your plans to compete against other mirrorless bodies?

A: ATM market feedback indicates a strong demand for telephoto lenses for the 1 series. So the Nikon 1 70-300mm was released to give users a reach near 800mm in a small package. ATM we have 3 goals: Make the telephotos even smaller, make the body smaller, increase focus speed.

Q: Any new Coolpix A? Any plans to respond to Canon and Sony's 1-inch sensor fixed-lens compact cameras?

A: Sony's 1-inch CSC is definitely very successful. We will have a competing product in the future.

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  • Martin D.

    I will hold on with my comments until final specs are released and few reviews are published. it would be nice for Nikon to release their future DX plans. I guess none of the photo equipment manufacturers revels their playing cards. This is one of the major reasons, some users feel cheated :-(. i.e. D300s crowd waiting forever for D400. What makes it worst, nobody knows. D7200 will be very hard camera to satisfy everybody. Myself I’m new to DSLR, a year ago I had a pleasure to play with D5200, I liked it and I returned it waiting for D5300. Then I convinced myself I would go for D7100. So then D7200 rumors surfaced about a year ago, so I was waiting… I did also had Pentax K5II for a while, I love the build quality and everything about the camera, except its rather poor AF system.
    If D7200 is well priced and it has enough improvement over D7100 I will buy it, however if the improvements are not enough I will just buy D7100. I have 2 little super active boys in sports (soccer / hockey) and I need a good camera (without breaking the budget) to capture them growing up… 🙂

  • MonkeySpanner

    It took until 2015 for Nikon to include wifi in a high end dslr body? Amazing.

  • AnoNemo

    I want a new D3500 🙂

    • AnoNemo

      Where is my new D3500? Nikon has been delaying the D3300 refresh so long that if I wait another 30minutes Nikon must give us a D3600!!! Very angry now 🙂

  • neonspark

    seems like the same 24MP sony sensor. I would predict sony will charge up the MP to 30-40MP in APSC and from 50-80 in Full frame. Until then, I would say no 4K video since that has to be optimized by hardware circuits which are not going to be put into old designs that are just being tweaked with minor improvements.

    • Nikos Delhanidis

      i will be a little surprised to see 30-40 mp in APS … not anytime soon at least or with typical CMOS technology. Current sensor tech though has enough room on FF for 50-60 MP

    • MonkeySpanner

      And we all thought the MP war was over! Dang. I whish someone would make an 8MP camera with clean ISO 2billion.

      • VikingAesir

        Are you kidding? You must be the only person who thought the mp war was over. No one is likely to ever make a 8mp camera again, in any format.

        • MonkeySpanner

          Yeah, common sense has gone completely out the window. I agree. People would rather have a 40MP cell phone camera than a 2.2MP camera that can actually take a good picture.

  • Incontrol

    My thoughts; if Nikon is to compete with 7DII, the price of a “D7200” or similar will reach much higher than today’s D7100. The 7100 might just stay around in it’s price bracket for a while. If so, the rumoured specs of the new DX camera should change from what it is right now. Having the D7100 though, I think it is a very good camera, but it is probably my first and last DX body. (Only untrue if Nikon comes up with something really special).

  • MonkeySpanner

    Why before March 13? Is there a show or something?

    • Maybe the NDA expires on that day – I really don’t know but I keep seeing that date.

      • AnoNemo

        No, it is because Mar 13 is Friday. 🙂

        • 🙂 I am sure the announcement won’t happen on Friday

          • darren

            It guess it will be a Thursday the 5th or 12th of March ;)!

  • Rumoursincorporated

    hahaha….! but where is the firmware update program that was rumored a few weeks ago…? Rumors are so addictive….LOL

    • I am asking the same question, where is It?

      • darren

        It will never ever come I promise…..would be too innovative! It’s Nikon you shouldnt forget that ;)!

      • Rumoursincorporated

        looking at the threads you seemed to be quite sure about the firmware program….but it is all a “rumours game” isn’t it 😉

  • darren

    Nothing special just incremental update with all old parts they have from the d750….the 51 af 3500 dx2 system will be going to -3ev as the d750 will do thats the only new thing about the af system….but not much bigger af coverage frame than the d7100 have or more cross types as canons af systems nearly all having if not double….

    Old parts, less new, no need for R&D save money for stock exchange, increase profit margins and “buy time” by extending the time of using old already produced production parts…..if they still spend some money on R&D its definetely not enough or not wise invested, the engineers/product developers are not worht their salary….so its no smart R&D….why they are so slow in updating and especially refreshing their lens line up not or fill some lens gaps (e.g. canons 17 tse f4 tilt and shift lens or the 8-15 f4 fisheye zoom lens, the 65 mpe 1-5 magnification macro lens, a rt flash from nikon competing against ex-rt 600 canons speedlite already out for more than 2 years still not answered), a new 200 f4 vr pf macro lens, a new 180 2.8 lens, updating both dc lenses, new 16 fx fisheye, a wider fx zoom lens competing against canons new 11-24…, 50 1.4, 24-70 2.8 vr etc. refreshing outdated lenses which cannont comply with the d8xx series….you could extend the list easily…..

    All others are coming closer and destroy some of nikons key features (e.g. 14-24 lens widest –> now canon 11-24 f4) or already ahead of nikon..

    E.g. where is GPS module built in or a dual sd slots UHS II standard?? Not a real innovationn but hey…
    Oh wait we still need something for a D500…

    Hopefully the D500 will offer more innovative things…..if they gonna release a real 7DII competitor….

    I already limited my nikon setup 1 camera and 2 primes, 1 flash…..if a switch is necessary in the future it will not hurt so much…..;)


    “Nikon’s response was that they will release a competitor to the Canon 7D Mark II:”

    Yes, indeed. The D5 will be 20mp.

  • nukunukoo

    In truth, remove the Low-ISO noise banding in the shadows and a decent buffer is enough for me to upgrade my D7100. Oh, and remove those stupid crop-mode 50i/60i HD and replace it with a decent 50p/60p. =) And a Log profile would be nice…

  • Pk Bullock

    Can Nikon please get someone who speaks both Japanese and English fluently? I am sick of the poorly translated stuff they provide. I’m sicker still of the weak attempts to translate into English. Sorry, it is cold as hell here and I just needed to vent. 🙂

  • RMJ

    Disappointing… bring out the D400 already !

  • Martin Beebee

    Bummer about the body style, but not unexpected. The consumer-focused control layout and features is one of the things I hate about my D7000, and why I passed on the D750.

  • true

    Nikon has its head up in their ass when it comes to DX line. People have been long asking for a D400, but look what Nikon decides to instead of that. Focus all their efforts in FX line.

    And what’s up with Nikon protecting their “PRO” FX line even more than Canon? It’s painfully obvious by now that the reason D800 had bad AF was that, unlike the Canon 5D3, Nikon didn’t want to put their PRO AF module into their camera at the time. Luckily things have gotten a bit better with D810 and D750 now but.. I still kind of feel they’re saving their biggest surprises for the D5, which I feel is a shame because it will be a camera that only a select few will be able to take use of. Are they expecting people to buy D5 over 5D4 or 7D2?? That’s ridiculous..

  • “Japan NPS requires owning minimum 3 Nikon SLR bodies (no clarification if they need to be “pro” bodies), 5 Nikkor lenses and have images published at least 3 times on magazine front covers or newspaper front pages. Different from Taiwan NPS, where the current system is by-invitation.”

    As an advanced amateur who doesn’t sell images and has spent upwards of $50,000 for Nikon bodies and lenses over the last 10 years, I feel privileged to not belong to NPS US. I have finally come to the realization that since Nikon won’t introduce a 10 FPS, cropped frame sports body, they really don’t want the advanced amateur’s business. I’ve been in self denial for several years now.

    • squoop

      “A: There will be something in the class of our competitor’s 7D2 in the future.”

      Sounds to me like they intend to respond which means minimum 10 fps.

    • 24×36

      Oh but all the previous crabbing said people demanded 8fps (i.e., like the D300 they were all looking to replace/upgrade from), now suddenly because Canon went to 10fps with the 7D Mk II everybody now “needs” 10fps. LOL

  • Martin Barbarian K

    no reason to upgrade from a D7100. only built in wifi.. the rest is pretty much the same.. some fast speed video that is it. they want us D7100 user upgrade to an D750 I guess.

    • cameron

      ill def be getting a 7200- still shooting with a d90

  • One question Admin. Why would you put info about the announcement deadline of the D7200 which looks like the D7100 upgrade and an interview that discusses the possibility of the 7DM2 competitor’s existence soon in one post?


    • I think Nikon believes that the D7200 will be the competitor to the 7DM2.

      • Hmm… let’s see what happens. Thanks!

      • KnightPhoto

        All Nikon has to do is put a $#$@% buffer in the D7200 if they want to compete with the 7Dii.
        And no, 16 shots is not a buffer. Give us 4 or 5 seconds of buffer and now you are talking, I’d be all over it and buy a genuine Nikon grip and a 300PF to go with.
        When exactly are they going to realize the sales they are missing on high-end DX.

  • Patrick Fulgencio

    What was the probability rating on these rumored specs, NR? It doesn’t seem likely that this will be a competitor to the 7D2 – not with these specs anyway.

  • fastpitch

    where does it say in the original chinese text about the competitor’s 7D2?

  • After Canon had put to markets a 50 Mp professional camera, I am waiting for a new Nikon professional camera with 50-70 MP FX cell. The question is, how many years do I have to wait for it!

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