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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


After seeing a For Sale post for several like new D200's - started wondering if the D200 represents a significant upgrade from my D40


May 05, 2009 at 02:33 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


Yes, it is a significant upgrade. I won't go over all the specs, but it is a completely different body.


May 05, 2009 at 02:46 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


I don't know the specific post you're referring to, but in case you weren't aware, you can still pick up a NEW D200 at Best Buy for $600. Just in case the prices are close enough, it might be worth just buying new if you do upgrade.

The D200 is definitely an upgrade from the D40. It's hard to get specific since there are so many differences, but you'd have to ask yourself if the D40 isn't meeting your needs anymore. If so, then will the upgrades that the D200 brings suffice?

Though it's now considered an "old" DSLR, it's still quite a formidable camera and quite a bargain at some of the prices they are going for.



May 05, 2009 at 02:52 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


you will be amazed how bad the higher iso looks compared to the D40 files. even if they are + 4mp. further more the D200 is larger and heavier, has confusing menu's and your files are larger.



you'll love the way it handles tho. Way more options...



May 05, 2009 at 07:02 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


The D200 is definitely a sub 800 ISO camera, but those files rival any other crop sensor camera. Also a RAW camera, jpgs are OK but the RAW files are great. I have had one for 3 years and once or twice a year I'd like better high ISO performance, but I have learned to work with these files.
The camera has very good ergonomics, most controls are out of the menu, fstop and speed dials, a full flash commander. Yes a little heavy, never found the menus confusing.

Tom



May 05, 2009 at 08:35 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


I upgraded from a D40 to a used D200.

Pros: better manual control, AF with all AF* lenses, metering with MF lenses

Cons: heavier, files need more postprocessing

If you feel you're hunting in the menus to change settings, are hankering after AF in older lenses or are shooting in RAW now, I'd say go for the D200, *if* you can stand lugging it around.



May 05, 2009 at 08:45 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


The D40 is a consumer body, while the D200 is a semi-pro/pro body.

The D200 is built for serious use, while the D40 was designed as an entry level camera marketed towards P&S users looking to upgrade to DSLRs. The D200 has better weather sealing, magnesium body, and the controls are more streamlined for professional use(no more portrait mode, auto, etc.).



May 06, 2009 at 10:52 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


It is not a different world, it's a different planet...
I am surprised that people compare models from completely different markets. There is a huge difference between D80 and D200, so I can only imagine the gap between D40. Recently, I upgraded from D80 to D200 and there is no question in my mind, which camera is better. "Same sensor", "same autofocus"... The difference is how it is applied in the camera. D200 has much better metering system, far better AWB and I will not go into the obvious - handling,durability, build quality etc.
The question that remains is: do you really need D200 if you doubt that if may not be very different to the D40.



May 07, 2009 at 09:45 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


My experience is that the AWB on my D40 is better than on my D70, D80, D2x, D300 and D700. Don't ask me why...


May 07, 2009 at 10:55 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


Why?






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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


Significant upgrade? Depends what you're doing of course.

A light travel camera? No.
Printing bigger than an 8x10". No
Leave the camera in auto. No.
Something the whole family can use. No

I can give you a whole list of yes'es as well of course. But my rule of thumbs to a question like this is no.

The D40 is a great camera, took me a while here to convince people it was nice. And the 1/500sec flash sync is... well, solitary in having this feature.



May 07, 2009 at 12:33 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


You should consider sticking with your D40 if you can't specifically list off what your D40 isn't doing for you that a D200 could.


May 07, 2009 at 01:25 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


We have a D40 that I decided to keep for my office and just have it set on P.
The photos I get still amaze me. The white balance is really good and the D40 with an 18-70 it is a VERY light weight setup!!

Every time I think of selling this I talk myself out of doing so. Unless you are going to really get in to photography I would stay with the D40 and buy another lens or two.



May 07, 2009 at 02:46 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


Put them both in a box and throw them off a cliff.

When you get to the bottom one of them will work the other one won't. If this is a feature that is important to you get the D200



May 07, 2009 at 05:55 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


uintaangler wrote:
After seeing a For Sale post for several like new D200's - started wondering if the D200 represents a significant upgrade from my D40


Isn`t the answer regarding *significant upgrade* glaringly obvious ? One simply needs only to check the specs of each camera and the differences become quite clear.
The reasons you are seeing used D200`s for sale is because newer models have surfaced and so many gear freaks want or think they need the latest feature set .

That all said, the potential of a significant upgrade can only be realized and appreciated if the user has the ability to extract it . Me? I`m still excited and amazed at what my lowly D40 can deliver for me.



May 07, 2009 at 06:22 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


Depending on what you consider "upgrade".

For some, smaller and lighter is "upgrade"...

If better built, better AF, faster operation are of your definition of "upgrade", then yes.



May 07, 2009 at 06:33 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


Get the D200 and keep the D40 too.
D200 is a better camera in picture taking let you do more than D40.
If you decide to buy D type lens or do wireless flash. It is built to last.
D40 has good iso and excellent portability.



May 07, 2009 at 07:54 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


CaspianC wrote:
Get the D200 and keep the D40 too.
D200 is a better camera in picture taking let you do more than D40.
If you decide to buy D type lens or do wireless flash. It is built to last.
D40 has good iso and excellent portability.



Every time i travel for work I keep telling myself to get a referbed d40 and a 18-55vr for travel instead of lugging my lowepro 200 sling bag loaded to the gills all over the planet.

That was the great thing about my N75 and 28-80, went right into my laptop bag and went everywhere.



May 07, 2009 at 08:11 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Nikon D40 vs Nikon D200?


I own both a D40 and a D200, and find myself almost exclusively using the D200 now. The D40 definitely has the edge as far as the high ISO capability (but not significantly so - neither is a D3) and portability, but for ability to change settings on the fly, the D200 trumps it. At low ISO, the D200 is awesome - I've only put ~1500 actuations on my D200 so far (bought during the Best Buy deal for $599), but it's truly impressive in low-ISO use.


May 08, 2009 at 04:02 PM





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