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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.

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  1. I have a Canon with a swivel screen and thought I would rarely use it but actually if I am working with still life in the studio I prefer it as I can zoom in and check areas are in focus and really see the image I am going to capture. I use it during events to get the camera over peoples heads and even while being a tourist in crowded places. For me it is something that I would want on a new camera although it wouldn’t be a deal breaker.

    • Yes, that are some other great examples, I do especially like the “camera over people heads” example. I see all kind of situations where it might be handy, and I somewhat expect that from a camera that cost me that much. If it is a deal beaker, that is what I now must find out. It’s at least a little bit disappointing that not all expansive cameras have that screen. I like to read or watch reviews, what kind of Canon do you use? Maybe I should take a look.

      • Thank you, I believe I had the 70d on the short list too until I got fascinated by the D7100. I take a look again on YouTube and check out some reviews and read about the camera. If this is a nice alternative, it would be in my budget too. I am not even sure why I removed this one from the list, I assume it was about shutter speed or something else, I can’t remember. Anyway, imo the tilt screen is quite important to me so that I would also change my whole plan and go the Canon route. I think I must go back reading and watching reviews to be able to make decisions 😀

  2. Shooting video is difficult without a tilt screen. Trying to get around glare on a fixed screen is a bit difficult. I don’t shoot much video, but when I do, I’m usually annoyed by that.

    Any word on if the enternal WiFi chews up battery power as quickly as the external attachment?

    I’ve tried getting around the the glare factor using the WiFi connection to a tablet on my D3200, but it isn’t a viable option unless shooting from a tripod. But then you can just use the viewfinder if you are using a tripod, so I hear you.

    • Yes, this is a very nice other point. I would use the camera more for photography but as a guitarist I would not be averse to record some videos of me playing guitar, in fact I had this idea since some time but it was always a pain with my digital camera or smartphone. A tilt screen would be very handy in quite a lot of video situations too. I remember that I recorded 6 minutes of guitar playing with my camera to notice later on that me and my guitar were not in the picture or just half in the picture 😀 So, yea, there are a lot of situations where a tilt screen is extremely helpful.

      I am not sure how the internal WiFi affects the battery life. They just mentioned in the comparison sheet that you can take up to 1110 shots with the D7200 compared to 950 shots with the D7100. And 80 minutes video with the D7200 compared to. 100 minutes with the D7100. Anyway, I guess you make a good point, I assume that the WiFi will drain the battery more if activated. I am not sure if they tested it with activated WiFi. I am already curious for the first reviews in April.

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