Conclusion: The Coolpix 5200 is a little gem of a camera that proves Nikon is not merely dabbling in consumer-level cameras, and it's the best proper compact they've produced in years. Design, build and ease of use are excellent, and there is a surprising amount of power hidden in the well-designed menus, offering control over focus, metering, white balance and so on for those who like to tweak.
Pros: Excellent resolution - especially for an ultra-compact, Clean images with only moderate noise levels, Good white balance (except under incandescent light), Realistic color, Very compact, excellent build quality, Pretty fast operation, Huge range of 'hand-holding' features for the novice, Best Shot Selector, Well thought out controls and excellent handling, Some useful manual overrides, Excellent movie mode and very capable burst shooting, Easy to use, AF illuminator, ...
Cons: Images look soft (though they respond well to unsharp masking), Images can be over-contrasty - muddy shadows (again, the detail is there but needs fixing in Photoshop), Occasional focus problems at the long end of the zoom, Finest quality JPEG is still quite heavily compressed, Too many button presses to change basic settings - presumably to avoid accidents, No exposure information on-screen, Tendency to underexpose slightly, meaning post-processing almost essential, ...
Conclusion: There's a lot to like about this camera. It's small, handy, and stylish, and it's jammed with great features. It takes reasonably sharp images, but exposure and color-accuracy problems keep the Coolpix 5200 from receiving top honors.
Pros: Small, solid, and stylish. Flash shots are well exposed. Powerful features (in-camera red-eye fix, last-five-shot buffer, best-shot selector, etc.).
Cons: Small LCD. Daylight shots tend to be underexposed. Minor color-accuracy issues. Menus can be confusing.
Excerpt: The Nikon
Coolpix 5200 ($499) is a compact point-and-shoot
5 Megapixel camera. Notable features include in-camera
redeye reduction (using more than just a pre-flash),
numerous scene modes, a VGA movie mode, an AF-assist
lamp, and a very impressive macro mode.
Pros: Compact metal body, AF-assist lamp, Impressive macro ability, VGA (30 fps) movie mode, Many scene modes, Easy to use, LCD usable in low light
Cons: Images are soft and somewhat noisy; some corner blurriness as well, Redeye reduction feature didn't seem to help much, Menu and camera settings inaccessible while camera saves photos to memory, Aside from white balance, no manual controls, No real exposure information in playback mode, Skimpy 12MB of on-board memory, Can use Duracell's CP1 battery, but good luck finding one
Excerpt: Physical Views The Coolpix 5200 compared in size to a standard CD disc. The 5-Megapixel Coolpix 5200 and the Casio QV-R51 . Continue on to Features & Controls Coolpix 5200 Specifications CCD 1/1.8-inch-type, Interline CCD, Primary color filter; Effective pixels: 5.1 million; CCD total pixels: 5.26 million; Image size: 5.04 million (2592 x 1944) Image sizes 2,592 x 1944 2,048 x 1,536 1,600 x 1,200 1,024 x 768 640 x 480 Lens 3x Zoom Nikkor Lens f=7.8-23.4mm (35mm ...
Conclusion: Consistent to the compact Nikon Coolpix line, we simply love that Nikon manages to give us a stylish and compact digital camera while still maintaining the ergonomics of an easy to handle grip. With its compact size, fast operating start-up/shut down time, automatic protective lens cap, as well as 15 quick-to-use scene modes, the Nikon Coolpix 5200 can go in and out of your pocket so fast, your photo subjects won't know what hit (or shot) them.
Summary: The test camera delivered sharp images with natural-looking colours, although the overall colour bias was slightly cool and exposures favoured shadow detail. Shots taken in bright sunlight had blocked-up highlights, but no sharpening artefacts were detected. Backlighting was handled well and no obvious colour fringing was detected. . .
Pros: Effective in-camera red-eye removal, Above average image quality, Some useful manual controls
Cons: Excessive contrast in bright conditions, High JPEG compression levels, Poor auto white balance in incandescent light [BG05]
Excerpt: Appartenente alla seconda generazione di fotocamere compatte della Nikon compatibili con schede SD Card, la Coolpix 5200 sostituisce alla sua predecessora, la 3200, e lo fa scommettendo tanto sul restyling esterno come sul miglioramento interno. La piccola Coolpix fa atto di presenza, in effetti, con un corpo più sottile e un sensore da 5 milioni di pixel, allontanandosi dal resto di fotocamere compatte di ridotte dimensioni del produttore.
Pros: piccola e leggera, messa a fuoco macro di notevole efficacia, buona autonomia, valido sistema di riduzione degli occhi rossi...
Cons: presenza di artifici in certe immagini, troppo automatica, il flash offre colori poco reali...
Excerpt: Nikon présente deux appareils photo compacts que l'on peut qualifier de jumeaux : le coolpix 4200 et le coolpix 5200. La seule différence vient du capteur puisque pour le premier est de 4 mégapixels et pour le second de 5 mégapixels. Destinés au grand public, ces 2 appareils photo compacts vise surtout des débutants car il est trés facile à utiliser et possède, entre autre, 15 modes automatiques.
Pros: Qualité d'optique, Elégant et compact, Facilité d'utilisation et rapidité
Cons: trop peu de différences entre le 4200 et le 5200
Excerpt: Kamerahuset er designet i sølv-glinsende aluminium. Objektivet er dækket af et dæksel, der skydes på plads, når kameraet slukkes, hvilket udgør en effektiv beskyttelse mod støv og snavs, når kameraet ikke er i brug. Selve kamerahuset er forbløffende lille – faktisk endnu mindre end kamerahuset på Coolpix 2200 og 3200.