My Disappointment About The Missing D7200 Tilt Screen
So, after the official Nikon D7200 announcement, it gets a little bit more complicated when I think about my purchase decision.
As mentioned earlier, I basically have the budget for the D7100 but waited for the D7200 announcement as I think there are some missing features when it comes to the D7100. I assumed that the D7200 will be released with the missing features. I was partly right, because the D7200 will come with built-in WiFi and NFC. However, I expected that the D7200 will come with another nifty upgrade, a tilt screen, but I was wrong.
As mentioned in my D7200 announcement article, the camera will come with several upgrades that will make this camera probably perform better, especially in low-light scenarios due to the increased native ISO range, and with the improved buffer, the camera will also perform better in burst mode. But every new camera will perform better and that was never the point why I waited. I am pretty much aware what I need or what I want, and the D7100 would absolutely make me happy, except that this camera had some modern features missing as the built-in WiFi and the articulating screen.
In photography related forums, people told me that I will use the viewfinder most of the time anyway and that a swivel screen is not really necessary. I have to disagree and I think that everyone should decide for their own. But if you ask me, I see all kind of situations where I would use the tilt screen. People who know me already might know, it’s obviously cat or pet photography in general. I think I would prefer to kneel while looking down on a screen instead of kissing the floor. Same for flower and insect photography or even shots above high fences (I remember of a YouTube video where a photographer shot nice photos of aircraft over the big security fence of the airfield, while he praised how handy the tilt screen is), to name a few examples. Yes, I probably would use the viewfinder most of the time, but still I don’t see a reason why a camera or photographer shouldn’t have a swivel screen.
That means, if I do give up the thoughts about the tilt screen, I wouldn’t really see a reason to buy the D7200. The D7200 will come out in April, so, instead I would probably rather buy the D7100 in April as the price of the camera will most likely drop when the D7200 is out. That is my point.
Another solution would be that I now go back to watch some more reviews about alternatives, maybe a to the D7100 equivalent camera from Canon, I will research. However, one thing is sure, in case I don’t find another camera, I would wait till April now anyway, either because of the D7100 price drop, or because I want to get the D7200. But first of all, I will do my research now.