Nikon D7200 vs Fuji X-T1

May 3, 2015

Nikon D7200 and Fujifilm X-T1 cameras side by side

In this article I’ll compare the Nikon D7200 versus Fujifilm X-T1. The first is mid-range digital SLR, the second is a high-end mirrorless camera.If you are starting from scratch without any lenses, it might make the decision harder. Fujifilm has proven itself as a very strong competitor in the interchangeable lens camera market. The Nikon on the other hand has a wider selection of affordable lenses, and the D7200 offers a great value in comparison. That said, in order to make a smart buying decision, you need to fully understand what each camera has to offer over the other camera. In this article we’ll going to do just that.

I will start with a  short introduction to the D7200, which is the camera that we compare the X-T1 against. After that intro section, we’ll move to the comparison, where you’ll get to see how the two cameras differ.

Nikon D7200

The D7200 replaces the very popular and highly-rated D7100. One the outside the D7200 looks identical to its predecessor, and all the changes waiting for you inside the camera. The D7200 like the D7100 has a magnesium alloy body top and rear plates, along with dust and weather sealing protection. You can use it outdoors in humid or dusty areas without worrying about any damage to your camera.

Nikon D7200

At the heart of the camera sits a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the same sensor found in the D5300 and D5500. This is an excellent sensor, and don’t be alarmed that it’s found on entry-level cameras, it’s really a superb sensor. The new camera uses an Expeed 4 image processor, which is newer than the Expeed 3 found on the D7100.  Is supports standard sensitivity up to ISO25600, but can also capable of monochromatic photos at ISO 51200 and ISO 102400.

On of the more useful improvements is the new Multi-CAM 3500DX II new autofocus system, which is faster and 1-stop more sensitive than the one on the D7100. This allows the camera to focus better in low-light situations. If you enjoy shooting photos in low-light or it’s a job requirement, you can reset assured that the D7200 can get the job done. In fact, it can do it better than many other DSLR or ILC cameras out there (as far as the low-light AF performance goes).

Another cool features is the 1.3x crop mode, which utilizes a smaller area of the sensor and results in a 4800×3200 pixel images and 1.3x the focal length. The Cool thing about it is that once you use the 1.3x crop mode, the 51 AF points cover almost the entire frame, which boost the subject tracking performance. The moment the subject enters the frame it’s being tracked by the AF system. So you can choose to make that compromise at times where you need such high AF tracking performance.

In that 1.3x crop mode, the D7200 can also capture videos at 60 frame-per-second in Full HD resolution with progressive frames (not interlaced).

The D7200 also got a buffer boost, which allows the camera to capture up to 100 JPEG or 18 Raw images in burst mode. This is a significant improvement over the D7100 (40 JPG, 6 RAW).

Other features include Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity, 6 fps burst (7 fps in 1.3x crop mode), limitless continuous shooting in continuous release mode with a shutter speed of 4 seconds or slower, time-lapse movies, clean HDMI out with the ability to simultaneously capture a footage on both the camera and an external device, bright 100% frame coverage viewfinder (with organic EL display element) and much more.

The D7200 was designed to be versatile, fast, smart and easy to use.  It’s an enthusiast photographer’s wet dream. This is the camera that you want to buy if you want to take your photography to a new level. sold for around $1200 (as of 5.2.2015, via, this D7200 isn’t cheap.  However, you do get exactly what you paid for. If you want professional results and need that high performance to get the job done, you should seriously consider getting the D7200. There are some cheaper offering, but in Nikon’s lineup, but those cameras don’t offer the same performance, especially in low-light.

X-T1 vs D7200

The Nikon D7200 seems like a dream camera, but the Fujifilm X-T1 heavily breaths on its neck. The Fujifilm X-T1 has own dpreview Gold Award and has received very high ratings in many popular camera review websites.  This is a state of the art camera. The funny thing is that the Fujifilm X-T1 body costs the same as the D7200 body. This is what many people compare the two cameras side by side in order to find out which one is better for their shooting style.

For some people it’s hard to make the move and buy a mirrorless camera. Many photographers are used to the optical viewfinder and the size and handling of a DSLR. IF you look at the X-T1 size you can see what I mean.

Nikon D7200 vs Fujifilm X-T1 size comparison

Nikon D7200 vs Fujifilm X-T1 size comparison (via

It’s not tiny, but significantly smaller than the D7200. Don’t let that size full you, this is a very premium-quality camera that hosts tons of Fuji’s finest innovation in the digital imaging field.  In this section we’ll take a closer look at the differences between those two cameras. It will help you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each camera when compared to the other. OK, so without further ado, let’s begin!

Nikon D7200Fuji X-T1
AnnouncedMarch 2, 2015January 29, 2014
Camera TypeMid-range DSLRHigh-end Mirrorless
Build QualityMagnesium-alloy top and rearAll magnesium-alloy
The X-T1 employed better durability with all-magnesium-alloy chassis vs partial one of the D7200.
Weather SealingDust and Weatherdustproof
splash proof
freezeproof (-10°C)

Sealed in approx. 80 places

LCD strengthened with tempered glass panel
The X-T1 has better weather-sealing. If you see yourself shooting in the rain or in freezing temperatures, the X-T1 will provide you with the best protection.
Sensor24.2MP (effective)
APS-C (23.5x15.6mm)
DX Format


Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data

1.3x crop mode
16.3MP (effective)
APS-C (23.6x15.6mm)

Ultra Sonic Vibration (dust reduction)

Multi-CAM 3500 II
51 point AF
(15 cross-type)

Detection range: -3 to +19 EV
Hybrid (Intelligent Hybrid AF)

49 contrast detect AF points
9 phase detect AF points
The D7200 has a higher image resolution. The X-T1 on the other hand features Fuji's innovative sensor which utilizes a unique pixel array that suppose to bring image quality that surpasses that of a 35mm full frame sensor on DSLR cameras. We'll check that in a moment to see if the sensor does perform as claimed.

In fact, this unique array that eliminate the need for a optical low pass filter, so it should result in an image that is less prone to moiré. It also features (green filter) on-sensor phase detection pixels that provides the AF sensor with distance data needed to accurately focus on moving subjects when shooting videos.

This result in superior AF performance because the camera can take advantage of bot technologies and it can use the Intelligent Hybrid AF to automatically switch between the two and use the AF mode that best fits the current scene.

Fuji measured the AF performance at 0.08 sec (measured with the XF14mm F2.8 R lens). so you can expect blazing fast AF performance all across the board.

For stills, the Nikon D7200 is also unbelievably fast and accurate. The D7200 should provide more precise and better AF performance in low-light, especially when 1.3x crop mode is used.
ISO Range100 - 25600

up to 102300 (black and white only)
200 - 51200
High ISO
Up to ISO 3200 both cameras performance is superb with very little noise. The X-T1 has a slight edge.
This edge straches more after ISO6400. The X-T1 amazes with its clean image. I don't know about full frame image quality, but the X-T1 will provide you with a cleaner image, but the difference is not big as I previously thought it would be.

Not touchscreen
3.0 inch
Tilting (90° upwards and 45° downwards)

Reinforced glass

Not touchscreen
The D7200 lacks a tilting display, whether the X-T1 has a tilting display. It also has a reinforces glass that protects it against bumps, an extra protection when shooting outdoors.
Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000 sec30 - 1/4000 sec
The D7200 features 1/8000 sec, twice as fast as the X-T1.. This allows photographers to gain more control over the exposure and better when shooting fast moving subjects.
ViewfinderOptical (pentaprism)
100% coverage
0.94x magnification (0.62x equivalent)
0.5-inch type EVF
2360K-dot OLED
0.77x magnification (35mm equiv.)

31° wide angle view

0.005 sec. lag time

4 modes: Full, Normal, Vertical and Dual

Built-in eye sensor
It will probably be hard to convince some people to embrace an electronic viewfinder. But the X-T1 is one of the best out there.

It's significantly larger than the D7200, has very high-resolution, very short time lag and various modes that will assist you in composing your image. The "Dual" mode for example displays a split screen, one with the normal view and another with the focus assist view. This is something that you don't get with an optical viewfinder.

Fuji was the first to convince me to embrace EVFs with love. The EVF advantages by far outweigh its cons. For some photographers this might be The reason to get the X-T1, it's really an impressive viewfinder unlike no other.
Built-in FlashYesNo (EF-X8 external flash included)
The X-T1 lacks a built-in pop-up flash. But Fuji was kind enough to include the EF-X8 external flash, which is small and handy, and will provide, but less powerful than the D7200 built-in flash (8m vs 12m ISO100)
Flash X Sync Speed1/250 sec1/180 sec
Burst6 fps (16 RAW / 100 JPEG)8 fps (47 JPEGS)

3 fps (up to capacity of card)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)(at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Exposure Compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYesYes
Film Simulation BracketingNoYes
Video Recording1080p60 (1.3x mode only)


Stereo sound

3.5mm mic input
3.5mm Headphone input
1080p60 (progressive)


Stereo sound

3.5mm mic input
Clean HDMIuncompressed 4:2:2 8-bitNo
The X-T1 will provide you with better autofocus performance in video recording and can shoot at 1080p60 using the whole sensor area, whether the D7200 can only shoot 60p in 1.3x crop mode.

Other than that, the D7200 feature both mic input and headphone jack, and also feature clean HDMI output, so you'll decide what matters to you most.
WirelessWi-Fi / NFCWi-Fi
Battery Life
1110 shots350 shots
This is a problem with all mirrorless camera, the battery life is pretty poor. I actually hate when the battery dies on me while shooting outdoors.

You can extend the battery life to 700 frames but buying the VG-XT 1 vertical battery grip for the Fuji XT-1, which supports an auxillary NP-W126 battery. The grip is weather and dust resistant and duplicate the set of controls from the camera when shooting vertically.

The D7200 also has an official battery grip, the MB-D15 which is compatible with the D7100 as well and is powered by either 6x AA-size standard batteries or a Nikon EN-EL15 batteries.
Dimensions136 x 107 x 76 mm (5.35 x 4.21 x 2.99″)129 x 90 x 47 mm (5.08 x 3.54 x 1.84″)
Weight675 g (1.49 lb / 23.81 oz)440 g (0.97 lb / 15.52 oz)
Timelapse RecordingYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Focus PeakingNo (offers "Zebra Stripes" to confirm exposure)Yes
Optimization Per LensNoYes (Lens Modulation Optimizer technology)
Not SupportedYes
Top LCDYesNo


If no other camera can convince you to sip the Nikon D7200, maybe the X-T1 one can. The X-T1 is one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market, and my personal favorite. So where it bests the D7200? — It has more durable body, better weather sealing, better high ISO performance (although see my notes above), Hybrid AF, tilting display, larger and more versatile viewfinder, faster burst, more bracketing features, 1080p60 without any crops, it’s smaller and lighter, has in-camera optimization per-lens, compatible with UHS-II SD cards and  has focus peaking.

I think that the outdoor photographer should certainly consider buying the X-T1 over the D7200, as camera durability shouldn’t be taken lightly. If that’s not a concern, the D7200 does offer some advantages over the X-T1, including among others:  higher resolution, 1.3x crop mode which can be handy at times, better AF performance for subject tracking when shooting via the viewfinder, especially in low-light, higher ISO range (although see notes above), 1/8000 sec. shutter speed, built-in flash, faster sync speed 3.5mm headphone jack, Clean HDMI, NFC and significantly better battery life.

So as you can see, each camera has its own cons and pros. Each of the cameras eclipse the other in various areas. If I had to find an alternative to the D7200, the X-T1 would be at the top of my list. The problem with the X-T1 and all of its X Series cameras is the lens selection and their prices. Fujinon lenses are very expensive. This means that many photographers might be left shooting with only a single lens, the kit lens or the one that the bought with the camera.

I think it’s important that you check the lens selection and their prices before you decide to buy the X-T1. The quality is second to none, but the price might be too expensive for some. So that’s something to keep in mind, other than that, the Fujifilm X-T1 is the perfect alternative to the D7200 and any mid-range DSLR out there. If I had to choose between the two, I would buy the Fujifilm X-T1, but that’s only my personal decision, now it’s time for you to make yours.


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