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Nikon D5200 Review Summary

24 Megapixels24 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon D5200 Assessment

The Nikon D5200 is the upper-entry-level camera in the Nikon DSLR lineup. Slotting itself just above the D3200
Nikon D3200
, it produces similar-quality images using a similar design. It incorporates a unique-in-its-class 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type points.

This new autofocus system distinguishes the D5200 from the competition and makes it much better suited for action photography. The AF performs in relation to the lens used. With a fast lens and in good light, it can lock focus extremely quickly. At the other extreme, a slow lens and low-light makes this digital camera feel glacially slow.

The lightweight body and compact size of the D5200 is certain to be seen favorably by photographers who concentrate on automatic modes and require direct access to features only on occasions.

The image quality of this DSLR is good. There is more noise and smearing of fine-details than usual but the higher resolution makes things balance out. Exposure and AWB are somewhat problematic but not completely off.

Speed is mixed with both fast and sluggish aspects. The interface is particularly slow and inefficient which can get frustrating if you change settings often.

The Nikon D5200 is positioned as an entry-level SLR geared towards outdoor action photography. It tracks subjects accurately and shoots continuously quickly enough to increase the odds of getting a sharp action photograph.

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PROS CONS
Excellent dynamic-range Loss of fine-details at ISO 400+
Low image noise Some exposure issues
Reasonable color accuracy Poor AWB indoors and no interactive control
Excellent autofocus system accuracy Slow shot-to-shoot speeds
Fast 39-point AF with fast-lens in good light Noise-Reduction even when disabled
Quick shutter-lag Sluggish interface
Nearly instant black-out Odd Auto ISO behavior
Very fast power-on and power-off times LCD glare when settings are changed
Quick to record and stop video Video-framing mask difficult to see
Rangefinder MF assistance Live-View not Exposure-Priority
Reasonable built-quality Menu often required
Good battery-life Lens mount lacks mechanical-coupling
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Sister Models
Nikon D3200
Nikon D3200
- ISO 12800 Max, 11-Point AF, 4 FPS, No IR Remote Support
Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100
- 16 MP, 4 FPS
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By on 2013/05/14
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Nikon D5200 Facts


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

24 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-25600
Nikon F Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
95% Coverage
Small Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Built-in Dust ReductionCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
5 FPS Drive, 100 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 920K PixelsStereo audio input
Lithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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