Excerpt: In early January of this year, Nikon announced a new entry-level dSLR model at CES 2013, the D5200. Aimed at photographers looking to make the jump from point-and-shoot cameras, the D5200 offers an affordable option where users will find all the performance and manual image controls in high quality dSLRs, alongside the convenience and built-in artistic flourishes of many point-and-shoot or smart phone camera systems.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Excellent dynamic-range, Low image noise, Reasonable color accuracy, Excellent autofocus system accuracy, Fast 39-point AF with fast-lens in good light, Quick shutter-lag, Nearly instant black-out, Very fast power-on and power-off times, Quick to record and stop video, Rangefinder MF assistance, Reasonable built-quality, Good battery-life
Cons: Loss of fine-details at ISO 400+, Some exposure issues, Poor AWB indoors and no interactive control, Slow shot-to-shoot speeds, Noise-Reduction, Sluggish interface, Odd Auto ISO behavior, LCD glare when settings are changed, Video-framing mask difficult to see, Live-View, Menu often required, Lens mount lacks mechanical-coupling
Summary: Conclusion Nikon's D5200 sits in the middle of the most current triumvirate of Nikon cropped sensor DSLRs -- the D3200, 5200 and 7100. Its MSRP is $100 more than the D3200 but it offers an articulating 3 inch monitor, an extra frame per second in its high-speed continuous shooting mode and a more advanced autofocus system as recompense.
Conclusion: It's also a nicely constructed camera, and the limited number of buttons and dials make it unintimidating to novice photographers, while enthusiasts will find that they have all the control that they want within easy reach.
Excerpt: No matter what your ambitions or skill level are, this camera could arguably be an ideal option for many when it comes down to plonking the plastic on the counter or tapping the computer key to order offline. For many a budding photographer with ambitions a DSLR is the best game in town. None of those pesky MILCs or compact digicams can satisfy the hunger! Besides, it’s a Nikon. And the specs are damn fine.
Nikon latest sub-$1000 DSLR doesn't drastically improve upon the D5100, but is that really such a bad thing?
12 March 2013
Conclusion: If you go with the new model, you'll need to be pretty clear-minded about how you actually plan to use it. You'll spend a little bit of that $300 on video, a little on WiFi adapter compatibility, a bit on extra megapixels, but most of it on the new autofocus system. If you're an action photographer that likes shooting the occasional video too, then this might sound like a good buy. If not, consider the aging—but still relevant—D5100 instead.
Conclusion: The Nikon D5200 is a lot of camera for the money, and though it's aimed at advanced beginners in terms of image quality and capabilities, it's not too far removed from DSLRs geared for more serious photographers. Thanks to its 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 processor -- which seems to be the same sensor-processor combo packed into the bigger, better, newer D7100 -- the D5200 offers more resolution in a mid-level camera than Nikon's ever offered before.
Pros: 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers high resolution images and generally great image quality, Comfortably familiar body design that features some welcome refinements, Excellent high-ISO performance for its class, Excellent dynamic range, Standard ISO from 100 to 6400, with extended range up to 25,600, Generally good UI and menu system, Recent Settings function allows you to quickly recreate exposure settings from previous shots, Sophisticated 39-point, wide-area AF sy...
Cons: Slightly slower than average autofocus speeds, Low-light AF performance not as good as some competing models, Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should, Optical viewfinder is tiny and cramped, Special Effects (accessible from Mode dial) are limited (just seven), and the 2-shot HDR mode leaves something to be desired, Magnified Live View not accurate when manually focusing, Built-in flash cannot control Nikon Wireless Speedlight flash syste...
Summary: The Nikon D5200 is a solid performer that delivers excellent image quality and impressive high ISO performance along with an articulated screen and a control interface appropriate for users stepping up to a DSLR.
Pros: Excellent low ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw files, Class-leading noise performance at high ISO sensitivities, Very good default JPEG settings, Articulated rear screen, Effective auto white balance in a variety of lighting conditions, Auto ISO selection can be linked to lens focal length, Generous frame coverage of 39-point AF array, Customizeable Fn button, In-camera Raw processing, Ability to output uncompressed HD video to an external recorder, Manual audio r...
Cons: Slow AF in live view and video modes (compared to mirrorless APS-C cameras), No real-time aperture adjustment in live view, Relatively small image buffer limits burst capacity in Raw-enabled modes, Soft video output at default settings, No aperture control in video mode, Upsampled video at default 60i output, When shooting in live view, rear screen is blacked out until data is written to the card, File numbering default that resets after every card format
Excerpt: Nikon has long been synonymous with top-notch cameras, and its well-deserved reputation for manufacturing some of the finest cameras available is still solid to this day. For a number of reasons, the Nikon D5200 is no exception to the company's long-standing record of excellence. This entry-level DSLR camera is chock-full of the tools, features and capabilities that will let you unleash your creativity, try new approaches and keep progressing as a photographer.
Pros: The continuous shooting speed of this digital SLR camera is 5 frames per second.
Cons: You do not get live chat for help and support.