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Nikon Debuts 10-Megapixel Digital SLR With 2.5-Inch LCD

Nikon announced the successor to its D2X midrange d-SLR.

The new 10-megapixel D200 is geared toward professionals and indulgent amateurs. It will ship in December for an estimated selling price of $1,699.95

The 10-megapixel D200 offers an array of automatic and manual controls and several new enhancements in the unit’s autofocus. The D200 features a 2.5-inch LCD with a 170-degree viewing area, a 0.15 second power-up time, and a new 11-area autofocus system that can convert to a seven-wide area sensor. It features a shutter lag of 50 milliseconds.

The camera can shoot continuously at up to five frames per second for up to 37 JPEG images or 22 RAW images.

A “Recent Settings” menu displays the last 14 settings adjusted, giving users the ability to track and make changes to the camera’s settings.

The D200’s battery can fire off up to 1,800 shots per charge. Battery life is displayed via a “fuel gauge” on the LCD which displays remaining power in 1 percent increments. It also displays the total number of shots taken on each charge and the overall life of the battery, alerting users to the need for a replacement.

The SLR is compatible with the company’s AF Nikkor lenses and Creative Lighting System.

Using an optional WT-3 Wireless Transmitter — shipping in the spring of 2006 — the D200 can send images to networked computers or be operated remotely via 802.11b/g.

The camera will ship with Nikon’s PictureProject software for working with the camera’s RAW files in addition to basic organizing and other imaging functions.