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Nikon D5200 Review

The D5200 contains a CMOS sensor with 24 million pixels, just like its successor, the Nikon D5300, and the Nikon D3300, which is located below the range of Nikon SLR cameras, and the Nikon D7100, which is located above it. On the other hand, this information may surprise some people: Nikon does not employ the same sensor in each of these cameras.

The Nikon D5200 utilizes a sensor with an effective resolution of 24.1 megapixels, which is not found in any other camera.

Although it uses a new sensor, the Nikon D5200 has the same number of pixels as the Nikon D3200 and the D7100. As a result, the Nikon D5200 combines the features found in the Nikon D3200, Nikon D5100, Nikon D7000, and Nikon D7100. Additionally, it shares the metering and autofocus (AF) capabilities of the Nikon D7000 and the articulating screen seen in the Nikon D5100.

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Nikon D5200 Build Quality

The Nikon D5200 and the Nikon D5100 are essentially indistinguishable from the naked eye due to their almost similar design; however, the new camera includes a drive mode button on its top plate, while the Nikon D5100 does not. This is the primary distinction between the two cameras.

In addition, the two cameras’ three dimensions differ by a total of 1 millimeter (0.04 inch), and the Nikon D5200 is 5 grams (0.018 ounces) lighter than the previous camera. This information can be found on the specification sheets.

This weight reduction was accomplished without compromising the build quality of the Nikon D5200, as the camera still has a pleasant overall appearance and does not resist being gripped in hand.

Most users will find it more comfortable to curl their tiny fingers under the camera body while holding the camera with their index finger on the shutter release. At the same time, there is just enough room on the rubber-coated grip to accommodate three fingers. Those with small hands will find just enough room on the hold to accommodate three fingers.

Nikon D5200 Performance

Because it has a high pixel count, we anticipate that the Nikon D5200 will be able to resolve a significant amount of detail, assuming that the noise in the image is effectively managed. Thankfully, the new DSLR from Nikon does not let anyone down in this regard.

The detail captured predictably decreases when the sensitivity is increased to its maximum levels, with a considerable decrease occurring when it is raised to its highest native setting (ISO 6400).

This is within the allowed range of limitations; nonetheless, we advise keeping the expansion settings in reserve for use in an emergency and maintaining an ISO setting of 3200 or below whenever it is practical.

Quality of the Image

During this examination, the Nikon D5200 generated photographs of exceptionally high quality. Photos captured with the D5200 at ISO 100-1600 are noise-free when saved as JPEGs, while images captured at ISO 3200 also appear pretty excellent. ISO 6400 displays only a tiny amount of noise, whereas the fastest settings of ISO 12800 and 25600 display a significant increase in noise, as well as a loss of saturation and a blurring of fine detail; however, the images can still be used effectively for making small prints and resizing them for use on the web. ISO 6400 displays only a tiny amount of noise.

The photographs were soft right out of the D5200 when the sharpness setting was set to default. For the best results, you should do further sharpening in an application such as Adobe Photoshop; alternatively, you may modify the setting for JPEG files in the camera itself.

The nighttime shot turned out well since you could use the bulb mode and a maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds, which allowed you to catch a lot of light. When we did have red-eye with the built-in flash, it was extremely mild and could be readily remedied by turning the moment to red-eye reduction mode. Red-eye was not a regular occurrence with the built-in flash; when we did, it was fixed.

Active D-lighting was able to fit the majority of the dynamic range that the sensor was able to record into the JPEGs that the camera generated. At the same time, the HDR mode could significantly increase the dynamic range by mixing two photos taken with different exposures. Getting more out of your JPEG photographs is easier with Picture Styles and inventive Effects.

Nikon D5200 Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Image
ISOAuto, 100 – 6400 (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (5)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes (With contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking)
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.78× (0.52× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgrammed auto with flexible program (P)Shutter-priority (S)Aperture priority (A)Manual (M)
Scene modesAutoPortraitChildClose upNight PortraitParty/indoorPet PortraitColor Sketch
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingle frameContinuousSelf-timer2s Delayed remoteQuick-response remoteQuiet shutter release
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes1920 x 1080, 60i (59.94 fields/s)/ 50i (50 fields/s), high/normal 1920 x 1080, 30 p (progressive)/25p/24p, high/normal
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessOptional
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3 or WR-R10)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)555 g (1.22 lb / 19.58 oz)
Dimensions129 x 98 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.86 x 3.07″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon D5200 Verdict

It is somewhat disappointing that the Nikon D5200 does not introduce anything new to the Nikon feature set apart from the sensor. It is a reasonably predictable upgrade to the Nikon D5100 that borrows elements from the Nikon D7000. Despite this, it is still a sufficiently predictable upgrade to the Nikon D5100.

It would have been wonderful if Nikon had introduced a few extra special effects, such as a high-contrast black-and-white mode, and made these effects available while shooting raw and JPEG files instead of simply JPEGs. For example, a high-contrast black-and-white mode.

Additionally, it would have been nice to have an integrated touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity, which are expected to be popular features in 2013.

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