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 more than proves itself as a first-rate entry-level DSLR camera. If your photography skills are evolving and growing, this camera will give you access to many exceptional features that will allow you to take stunning photographs. Particularly worthwhile are the many creative modes and the helpful artistic effects that you can apply to your images as you take each photo, along with the numerous autofocus options.
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.
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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
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.
Excerpt: In the Nikon stable of DSLRs, the D5100 was one of the standout models simply because it offered a lot of enthusiast level features for a very reasonable price, while the D3100 was a more simplified Âcamera for beginners. With the introduction of the D3200 with its 24-megapixel image sensor and the D600 with its full-frame 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, it was inevitable that Nikon would introduce a new D5200.
Pros: Fully articulated LCD screen is useful; stereo microphones built-in; tweaks to Auto ISO make it a lot more useful; good image quality.
Cons: Viewfinder magnification is a tad low; no audio output port for audio monitoring.