Nikon adds Wi-Fi and NFC to popular DSLR camera

Nikon adds Wi-Fi and NFC to popular DSLR camera



A camera without a way to connect to a smartphone or tablet might as well be a rock, right?

Nikon’s new D7200 is the successor to the D7100 and is the company’s first DSLR to have both built-in Wi-Fi and NFC.

Previously, if you wanted Wi-Fi you needed to buy a separate accessory; now it’s baked right inside. With NFC, users can easily connect their smartphone or tablet as long as it’s running Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” or higher simply by tapping the device to the camera. iOS users are stuck with a manual Wi-Fi connection.

With Wi-Fi, you can view photos that are shot and saved to the camera’s SD card right on your mobile device. You can also use your phone or tablet as a remote shutter, eliminating the need to buy another remote shutter trigger.

Having built-in wireless is a great addition, but the rest of the camera is more of an evolutionary upgrade than a revolutionary one. There’s a slightly higher 24.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, the newer Expeed 4 image processor (which is 30% faster) and ISO range of 100-25,600. The battery also lasts a little longer: It can take 1,110 shots, up from from the D7100’s 950 shots. Continuous shooting remains unchanged at six frames per second.

Nikon D7200

Everything else about the D7200 is pretty much the same as the D7100. That’s not a bad thing, but it would have been great to see bigger changes. The body is virtually identical, the dual SD card slots are still present, the 3.2-inch screen is still fixed and non-articulating, video recording is capped at 1080p resolution (at 30/25/24 frames per second) and the 51-point autofocus array is unchanged.

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The D7200 will be available in early April for $1,199.95 for the body only. A kit with an 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will cost $1,699.95.

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