Pros Extremely fast, excellent control layout, good "control panel screen", excellent capabilities. If you like Nikon's way of doing things, you will love this camera.
Cons Occasional WB confusion (true for most digitals, pro or otherwise), more camera than most people need (or can understand), but will be purchased by those who don't understand it, much less need it.
Summary The day I first unpacked this camera and shot my first picture with it, I knew I had made the right decision. Compared to the D70 (also a very good camera) it is in another world. By published specs, it is not a D2x, but it is very close in many areas. Like with most other "technology" the D2x is already starting to show it's age, after only a year and I am just not quite ready to shell out 5K for something that will probably be re-done in the next year or so. So, in the mean time, for 2K, I get most of the features and capabilities and get to explore more of my photography with something that exceeds my capabilities.
Most impressive is the control layout. It took only a few minutes of review to find what each button, knob, switch, etc., does and my fingers were able to get to them easilly without a great deal of thought. Need to switch from single shot to continuous, a quick flick of my finger get's me 5 fps to catch what is going on. A simple press of the button and a turn of a knob gives me ISO from 100 - 1600 all without having to move the camera from my eye. Excellent job on layout.
Image quality is superb. Just remember, 10 Megapixles will not correct for poor photographic techniques! Take a bad picture with this camera and you will get a bad picture with more pixels than most others. As with most digital cameras, even those costing many thousands of dollars more, high ISO settings (1000 and above) will result in a bit more noise. A D2x does a slightly better job with this, but the D200 is a fair step ahead of the D70, etc.
The list can go on and on and on and quite honestly, most of it is beyond my knowledge. What I do know is that the camera "fit" me, has the capabilities that will alow me to progress and do excellent phtography and if my skills improve and finances allow, whatever Nikon comes up with to replace the D2x (D3x?) would be my next step... maybe.
I said in the "cons" section that this camera is more camera than most will need, but would get anyway. The reason I think this is a "cons" is that people will purchase it and then become disatisfied when they can't control it like a D50/D70. It doesn't take much more thought, but an accidental slip on one of the controls will result in the camera doing something you might not be ready for. A setting in the software that is incorrectly done will result in poor photo's. If you don't take the time to learn it's capabilities, to learn the functions available, you will not be able to correct a simple problem and reset things. This is not a "point and shoot" camera. It is one step (1/2 maybe) below the best available and either you are serious about it and spend a few minutes to learn it, or you will end up hating it. It is a two edged sword - high end capabilities with a mid range pricetag. More people will purchase it than probably should.
On the other hand, if you want the ability to do many of what the "big boys" do with their D2x, Canon's similar, etc., without the pricetage, this is the camera for you.
Pros size, build quality, menu
Cons soft photos, big three buttons better on the rear
Summary had the d200 two weeks now, sold the D2X expecting this to be a fair substitute, unconvinced, the photos are soft and the buttons on the back of the D2X were a major plus, love the size of the menu, major improvement on the D70 I used to own. not getting close to the battery life of the D70 or the D2X, works much better with external flash indoors, overall am sure I will get to love it when the D2X fade from my memoryUpdated
FURTHER TO MY PREVIOUS COMMENT THE D200 IS CERTAINLY GROWING ON ME BUT THE BATTERY LIFE IS ABYSMAL, A BACKWARD STEP COMPARED TO THE D2X AND THE D70 WHOSE BATTERIES SEEMED TO GO ON FOREVER,WILL NEED TO BUY AT LEAST A COUPLE MORE.
Pros Superior build quality, Intuitive, Ergonimic design typical of Nikon, Accurate metering far superior to the competition, Built in flash, Same image processing engine as D2X but with custom built CCD.
Cons None that I have found so far
Summary First of all, I've had the D200 for two weeks now and it is amazing. I currently own the D2X, the 5D, the 20D, the D50 and have also owned the 1Ds. This is without doubt the most pleasurable to use over all and if I could only keep one (which I'm well on my way to doing) it would be the D200........and the F6 (I know I only said one but the worlds best analogue SLR is in a league reserved only for it's self). Now on to Aimee Baldrige. One user wrote "Aimee Baldrige's review sucks!" My opinion is that not only does it suck, ALL OF HER REVIEWS SUCK!! However I do not blame her as she is only the messenger and you know what they say about not shooting the aforementioned. I blame the wigs at C|NET! Can't you guys get someone worthy of our respect? Someone who actually knows and has a passion for what she's doing as opposed to someone who looks like she's read a bunch of other ill written reviews and decided to repeat what we all already know? It is not her fault, get someone who will tell us somthing about the product from a perspective that is beneficial to us, get someone who is passionate will you please!! As we're on the subject, how is it that users feel inclined to write assinine comments like "this is the camera we've all been waiting for" without actaully having the product in their hands or indeed owning it? If people are going to review products without having any first hand experience, then what does that say about the integrity of this site?
Pros Most of the high end features....
Cons Without most the high end price....
Summary I didn't want to buy a sub-$1000 DSLR. I can't afford the camera I really want at $5000. But now I think Nikon has nailed it on the head with this blend. I predict this camera will hit 9 out of 10 on the CNET scale.
Pros This is a flexable camera for Pros
Cons Not out yet
Summary I am sick of morons who rate a product that is not available to them. Trace this guy comments and he says the same thing about every product he doesn't own and can't afford. He wouldn't have a clue as how to use it let alone afford it. It will be released in December!