Nikon 7200 vs Fujifilm XT20

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  1. robinhood_1984

    robinhood_1984 TPF Noob!

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    Hello.

    I'm in the market for a new camera after quite a few years absence from photography. As per my post over on the beginners forum, I've had a DSLR camera in either film or digital form since 1999 but I'm certainly no expert, it was a means to an end to photograph things I was interested in, rather than for the photography itself so my knowledge on how to properly use a camera for a wider range of uses isn't exactly non-existent but I'll have an awful lot to learn as well.

    My main reason for wanting a 'proper' camera again is that I'm becoming sick and tired of missing shots of my kids with my smart phone and my aging Sony A100 is very poor in low light and the auto focus really suffers in less than ideal light conditions too so something more modern and advanced is needed I think, as well as a huge improvement in my own abilities obviously.

    After what seems like endless review reading, youtube watching and so forth, I can narrow down my interest to two contenders, perhaps three, namely either the Nikon D7200 and the Fujifilm XT20 and maybe, just maybe something like the Sony A6000 or its newer variants.

    I just want the camera with the best overall image capabilities, while at the same time not being impossibly hard to learn how to use. I'm not put off having a DSLR by their size and weight, in some ways I like the large physical product as it just feels substantial, but at the same time I've been pretty impressed with what I've seen so far of the XT20.

    I'm after input of users of both cameras and especially those who've used both systems and what they think would be the best bet for a semi-novice and why. I live in New Brunswick, Canada and there is absolutely nowhere that I know of that stocks either camera, especially the Nikon so going to look and handle them myself is looking impossible. Some places do sell the A6000 but not consistently.

    The Nikon and Fuji camera are in a similar price range here body only, the Nikon retails for about $1000CAD right now and the Fuji is a bit more at about $1100-1200 from what I can see. Obviously the Sony A6000 is a bit less at anything from $650-800 depending on sales etc.


     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    I have found the Fujifilm X system very easy to use compared to the D7200, which I traded in for the XT2. To be transparent, I think I had a lemon D7200 and a bunch of bad focusing Sigma lenses.

    I shoot a fair amount of film and the Fujifilm operates similar, externally. That is important to me. I almost bought the XT20 but my hands are huge and the XT2 just felt better ergonomically, with the battery grip.

    The XF glass is superbly made, and high quality standards are very apparent compared to other's. They render extremely well. There are also plenty of adapters if you have a particular lens you prefer. I use a couple of M42, and Canon FD lens on occasion.

    The low light capability is good up to ISO6400. I'm sure a higher gain would be accepted by most but I don't go past 6400. I think the XT20 may be the best camera for the money.

    Get extra batteries, that is the one down side to a mirrorless body. I can shoot street for a day with my XPRO2 on a battery and a half. Not sure but doubt the XT20 is much better. However, I shoot performance but don't use the LCD much either.

    At the end of the day, I think the XT20 is the best bang for the buck. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions on glass or anything.
     
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    Great finalists!

    I’ll try not to repeat what jc said above but I will say he knows what he’s talking about.

    I recently switched from a Nikon 7100 to the Fuji xt2. Both excellent cameras but I’m crazy about the Fuji. The jpegs are great right out of the camera so for me, that tips it in Fuji’s favor because sitting at a desk editing photos is not fun (or even possible when you’ve got little kids).

    Having used both systems, the Fuji is easier. The electronic viewfinder shows you exactly what you’re going to get for exposure so more keepers and easier to master, IMO. The Fuji AF system is pretty impressive - I confess that I never really understood the Nikon AF so probably a lot of user error from me.

    For lenses- Nikon has more options but the Fuji 18-55 kit lens is super sharp compared to the Nikon kit.
     
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    I echo the 18-55. Very under rated. I would even go as far to say, buy it used.
     
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    Photographic Dynamic Range versus ISO Setting

    For what it's worth the graph in that link gives the Fuji a slight edge in low light performance -- close to being a negligible difference.

    I'd say the biggest difference between the cameras is their viewfinders -- traditional SLR versus EVF and all that goes along with those two choices.

    Joe
     
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    This may be entirely inappropriate to bring up at this stage but in the future depending on how you chose to work with the camera the unique Fuji CFA architecture may become a factor for you. All digital cameras record color by placing a color filter array in front of the sensor. 99 + percent of the current cameras use a classic Bayer array while Fuji X system cameras use a Fuji X-Trans CFA. If you use the camera to shoot JPEGs and don't get involved in raw file processing this distinction is meaningless. If on the other hand you get involved in raw file post processing you'll face a somewhat more complicated software choice with the Fuji than with the Nikon.

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    As an entrenched Nikon user, the 7200 appeals to me, but if anyone gave me a Fuji, it would get used regularly!
     
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    I have a d7200 (and have owned a few previous DSLRs). I find the d7200 to be the best camera I have used. It aquires focus fast and dependable in most situations, has lovely image quality and does well at high iso.

    The fact that others say they consider the Fuji even better just confirms that it must be another great unit.

    You should probably go to a shop and pick them both up and see which makes the better impression. It might be an idea to try figure out what lenses you may initially require, Nikon will probably be easier financially if you are happy to go second hand.

    Some advantages to dslr is generally they should do continuous/ tracking focus a little better and battery life should also be better.

    The mirrorless on the other hand shows exactly what you'll get through the evf, Fuji jpegs straight out of camera are very pleasing to a lot of people, the Fuji looks great and I don't believe they make a bad lens.
     
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    Fujifilm X-T20 vs Nikon D7200 vs Sony A6000 | DxOMark

    They are not testing the Fuji X-Trans sensor models...

    Two hybrid cameras versus a semi-pro d-SLR...

    Each models has a handful of better-than-the-others specifications.

    Three nice rigs.

    I'm wondering about the Fuji's stated viewfinder magnification of 0.64x versus the D7200 at 0.94x...not sure how that is calculated...

    Frame rate and video specifications are of interest to "some" buyers. My overall impression from various reviews is that Fuji has poor video capabilities in many of its cameras, while Sony and Nikon do better.

    A good shooter could use any of these three to make fine photos.
     
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    If you're hesitant to go all in with Fuji, look at the semi-trailing edge models like the X-T1 or X100T. They're almost cheap relative to their update models and won't cause you any embarrassment, IQ-wise.
     
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