DxO Mark Declares the Nikon D7200 the Best APS-C Camera Ever Tested

Apr 10, 2015

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DxO Mark Declares the Nikon D7200 the Best APS-C Camera Ever Tested

Apr 10, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Nikon’s newly released flagship DX format DSLR has just been tested by the French measurements and ratings company, and it went straight to the top.

Other than being the overall top crop-sensor camera, the D7200’s incredible 14.6 stops of dynamic range place it 2nd among all cameras tested, just slightly behind the D810’s 14.8 stops.

Nikon continues to dominate the APS-C category with its DX DSLRs in the top 5 spots, with Samsung, Pentax (2) and Sony (2) making up the rest of the top-10 list.

Canon’s flagship APS-C camera, the 7D Mark II, is far behind in the 59th spot.

 

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“With an overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 87 points, the Nikon D7200’s 24.2Mp sensor ranks in 20th place for all sensors in the database and in first place for APS-C sensors”, says DxO Mark. “Despite using a 24.2Mp sensor similar to those in the D5500 and D3300 models, there’s clear daylight between the D7200 with 87 points, and the D5500 in second place for APS-C sensors with 84 points”.

The D7200 also leads when it comes to color depth, with a score of 24.5 bits, but the Sony Alpha 77 II (24.4 bits), D7100, D5200 and Samsung’s NX1 (all with 24.2 bits) are not too far behind.

To give you a better idea of how well this sensor tested, its color depth results are less than half a stop lower than those of a bunch of full-frame cameras as well as the $15,000 Hasselblad H3DII 50 and the Leaf Aptus75S.

A comparison with Canon’s top crop sensor camera will almost be too painful to watch for Canon fans. The Nikon blows the $500 more expensive 7D Mark II out of the water in every single parameter, and by a significant margin. Luckily for Canon there’s more to a camera than just the sensor.

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The only disappointing result of the parameters tested is the camera’s ISO where it ranks only 7th amongst its APS-C counterparts with a score of 1333 ISO. Beating it are the D5500, D3300, NX1, Sony A6000 and A5100, and the D5300. The D7200 is not significantly behind, however, with a gap of 105 point from 1st place and just 52 from the 2nd.

The D7200 was announced just over a month ago and can already be ordered at Amazon and B&H for $1,197.

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18 responses to “DxO Mark Declares the Nikon D7200 the Best APS-C Camera Ever Tested”

  1. aleunge Avatar
    aleunge

    dxo isn’t the absolute judgment of a sensor, but still, very good work Nikon! I’m a canon user so hope it’s canon’s move next!

    1. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
      Gvido Mūrnieks

      Actually, very good work Sony!

      :p

      1. aleunge Avatar
        aleunge

        Well yes… but Samsung and Pentax would still be ahead if you’re looking at runner ups. The point is just Nikon did well with so many models on top on dxo.

        1. Fred Smith Avatar
          Fred Smith

          The Pentax K-3 is not even on the list. The K-5 series is old. Pentax and Nikon have been sharing the same SONY sensors, but Pentax comes with weatherproofing and in-camera shake reduction.

          1. aleunge Avatar
            aleunge

            Good point!

  2. Cecil Smalley Avatar
    Cecil Smalley

    I want one BAAAAD.

  3. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    Let me guess, coincidentally it’s the latest one too?

  4. Todd Klassy Avatar
    Todd Klassy

    Of course they did. You would too if your right hand was in Nikon’s back pocket.

  5. Jake Engel Avatar
    Jake Engel

    Isn’t this where a bunch of people that haven’t bought a camera in 7 years start bitching about it not having a D400 badge?

  6. Fred Smith Avatar
    Fred Smith

    What a crock. Where is the Pentax K-3, which has the same sensor as the D7100 and overall is a better camera for the $ (weatherproofing and in-camera shake reduction). The camera prices are not even close to reality.

  7. Kevin Smith Avatar
    Kevin Smith

    Glenn Pollen, good news.

  8. Glenn Pollen Avatar
    Glenn Pollen

    And I can back it up. It’s amazing

  9. LanCer Avatar
    LanCer

    the one that is not on top here is the Fuji x-pro 1 which has the best picture quality of all APS-C sensors and there is no mention of it here. In fact it has the only perfect 20 out of 20 out of all the camera’s tested in What Digital Camare Magazine. That includes the Canon 1Dx and Nikons D4.

  10. j Russell Avatar
    j Russell

    Color depth of the sensors. Can only be measured by a computer and not the human eye. So who cares what DxO says.

    What’s a good photo?

    Pixel peeping to see which pixel is sharpest? Max color depth of the camera when it takes a computer to measure color depth? The new sensors that have 24mb and yet the old cameras that have 8mb have taken amazing photos that were printed at 40in x 60in. The new sensors better dynamic range of 14.8 and yet the old camera with 12.7 took amazing photos.

    Stats stats stats…That is all DxO is. With stats you can play favourites and make one brand better than another.
    What’s a good photo?
    Stats. NOPE.
    The very subjective human mind. YUP!!!!!!!!!!!
    LENSES (GLASS) is what makes the biggest difference and not the camera body for a sharp picture, not necessarily a good picture.

  11. Lev Avatar
    Lev

    And the Pentax has an ironic smile in the shadow ?

  12. Luigi Devicienti Avatar
    Luigi Devicienti

    I’m an a d7200 camera owner and i think it is the worst camera i owned. Bad noise holding, just visible at 400ISO, bad dinamics for light and shadows, plastic body, poor burst and much more poor buffer. Just a toy for pixel maniac. i’ll go sell it soon.

    1. Raffaele Pezzella Avatar
      Raffaele Pezzella

      Plastic body? It’s made for the most part with magnesium alloy, not plastic.

      1. Luigi Devicienti Avatar
        Luigi Devicienti

        this is just an illusion…