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 amazon.com), 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 camerasize.com)

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!

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Conclusion

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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