Nikon D5200 Summary
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.
|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|
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Nikon D5200 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|24 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 100-25600|
|Nikon F Mount|
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|5 FPS Drive, 100 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Hot-Shoe|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Stereo audio input|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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