Nikon D5200

$647
  • 24.1 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released December, 2012
Active D-lighting managed to squeeze most of the dynamic range captured by the sensor into the JPEGs the camera produced, while the HDR mode greatly expands the dynamic range by combining two shots taken at different exposures.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)

Conclusion Check out the Nikon D5200

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First reviewed December, 2012

Features Key features of the Nikon D5200

Angle view of Nikon D5200
While noise patterns are certainly visible in areas of solid tone, the results are nonetheless quite impressive with very pleasing color saturation and a good amount of detail in pedestrians' backpacks and lettering on the food cart.
Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)

megapixels

0 MP
16.1 MP

16.1 MP
24.1 MP
30 MP
Given its high pixel count, we would expect the Nikon D5200 to be able to resolve plenty of detail, provided that image noise is controlled well.
D5200 by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.
D5200 by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)

sensor size

Nikon D5200
Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 600D
So we thought it would be interesting to see how the D5200's Raw files perform against its APS-C rivals.
D5200 by DPReview (May, 2013)
As with Nikon's other current APS-C DSLRs, it's not possible to manually adjust the aperture during video recording.
D5200 by DPReview (May, 2013)

viewfinder size

Nikon D5200
Sony SLT A65
Sony SLT A58
Of course this advantage only holds while you're using the optical viewfinder.
D5200 by DPReview (May, 2013)
The D5200 uses a similar viewfinder to the D5100, which means it's of the pentamirror type with 95% coverage of the image area, and a not-especially-impressive 0.78x magnification.
D5200 by DPReview (May, 2013)

body size

129 x 98 x 78 mm
130 x 97 x 71 mm
132 x 105 x 77 mm
Overall, what this means is that you get a small, lightweight SLR that despite its plastic body feels pretty solid, with no flexing or creaking.
D5200 by DPReview (May, 2013)
With the D5200 you get a small, lightweight DSLR that, despite its plastic body feels pretty solid, with no flexing or creaking.
D5200 by DPReview (May, 2013)

focus points

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Whereas the D5100 has Nikon's Multi-CAM 1000 AF module with 11 focus points, including one cross-type, the Nikon D5200 has the Multi-CAM 4800 DX unit that is also found in the Nikon D7000.
D5200 by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
Nine of the D5200's AF points are cross-type, i.e. sensitive to both horizontal and vertical detail, rather than the D5100's solitary central cross-type point.
D5200 by DPReview (May, 2013)
 

Performance Real world tests of Nikon D5200

DxOMark image quality

Nikon D5200
Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 600D
It reproduces colors with solid accuracy, and the default color settings don't push contrast or saturation overmuch; the biggest difference between the standard and neutral settings seems to be sharpness.
D5200 by c|net (Feb, 2013)
The Nikon D5200's automatic white balance system has overcompensated for the warm tones of this subject and has produced a low-saturation image.
D5200 by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)

DxOMark low light performance

Nikon D5200
Sony SLT A65
Canon EOS 650D
These dark cherries fooled the Matrix metering system into overexposing a little, and -1EV exposure compensation was required to get them looking just right.
D5200 by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
The Nikon D5200 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
D5200 by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)

shutter lag

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138 ms

302 ms
162 ms
200 ms
This does, however, introduce some shutter lag, which usually isn't worth the few decibels of difference versus what is already an impressively quiet shutter.
D5200 by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
If you find you're more or less able to keep the camera steady at the shutter speeds that 'Auto' uses, you can fine-tune its behavior to maintain faster or slower shutter speeds than its default.
D5200 by DPReview (May, 2013)

continuous shooting

5 fps
10 fps
8 fps
The new Nikon D5200 is a solid upgrade of the previous D5100 model, with better auto-focus and metering systems, enhanced video options, slightly faster burst shooting, friendlier user interface and more resolution, although that all comes at a slight increase in price.
D5200 by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
A 5fps burst shooting mode, EXPEED 3 image processor, 39-point autofocus system with 3D Focus Tracking, 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, High Dynamic Range mode, Active D-Lighting, seven different special effects for stills and movies and a new generation GUI design complete the Nikon D5200’s headline specs.
D5200 by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)

battery life

500 photos
1,050 photos
690 photos
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • 84.0
  • Generic
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • Yes
  • Create 3D photos to view on a 3D TV
  • 24.1 MP
  • 39
  • 13.9 ev
  • 1,284 ISO
  • 24.2 bits
  • Great for recording movies
  • Opaque
  • 500 ms
  • 9
  • 3.5mm
  • For that film look

cons

  • 302 ms
  • None
  • 95%
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • You'll have to protect your camera from the elements
  • No automatic stitching
  • 1/4000 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 79%
Read the review (May, 2013)
The D5200 has built-in stereo microphones in addition to a socket for plugging in an external stereo mic of your choice.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Jan, 2013)
In addition to the excellent 24 megapixel image sensor, the free-angle, tilting and folding LCD screen is the real highlight of the D5200, opening up lots of creative possibilities for both stills and video.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Feb, 2013)
Images look clean up through ISO 800, good through ISO 1600, and remain usable through ISO 6400 depending upon subject matter and output size.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Feb, 2014)
And, because the Picture Control modes can be used when shooting raw and JPEG images simultaneously, it's possible to produce a monochrome JPEG as well as a raw file with all the colour information.

Sensor

In the Raw mode samples above, the differences between the D5200's image quality and that of the three other cameras selected here are much more subtle than the JPEG comparisons.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)
As always, if detail resolution is your priority, raw files provide a much better starting point than out-of-camera camera JPEGs.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)
Here we look at the RAW files processed through Adobe Camera Raw (in this case version 7.3).
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)

Lens

There's the same smattering of features you wouldn't necessarily expect to see at this level - including a multiple exposure mode and a highly configurable intervalometer - evened out by the omission of some others (there's no depth of field preview or wireless flash control).
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)
Because our shot lag tests incorporate a significant distance refocus and exposure adjustment - we begin with the lens adjusted for an object close to the camera, out of the range of the lights before focusing on the more distant, differently illuminated scene - how fast the lens drives to the new location substantially affects lag time.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Feb, 2013)
That's not a significant drawback for the typical consumer who doesn't buy a lot of lenses, but it's disappointing if you want an inexpensive body to pair with more-expensive lenses.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Feb, 2013)

Video

1920 x 1080, 60i (59.94 fields/s)/ 50i (50 fields/s)*, high/normal 1920 x 1080, 30 p (progressive)/25p/24p, high/normal 1280 x 720, 60p/50p, high/normal 640 x 424, 30p/25p, high/normal Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps), 60i, and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
The D5200 can shoot 1080 movies at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p or 24p frames rates, at bit rates of up to 24Mbps.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)

Focus

When set to its Continuous High (CH) mode, the camera can shoot as fast as 5 fps.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)
Like Nikon's other consumer dSLR bodies, the lack of an AF motor in the body means that the D5200 requires the company's AF-S lenses if you plan to use autofocus.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Feb, 2013)
The autoexposure/autofocus lock button (AE-L/AF-L) beside the rear dial is configurable.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)

Photography

The Neutral setting applies the least contrasty tone curve while the vivid and landscape settings produce a 'punchier' tonality.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)
The Picture Styles and creative Effects help to get more out of your JPEG images.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
The device can also be used as a remote control for the camera, complete with Live View, which is potentially a neat way of setting up self-portraits or group shots.
Nikon D5200 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (May, 2013)

Competition What else you should consider

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Sony SLT A65 Fastest rapid fire mode Sony SLT A65 vs Nikon D5200
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Nikon D5100 5-way tie: Has a flip out screen D5100 vs D5200
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Nikon D7000 Most shots per battery charge D7000 vs D5200
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Nikon D3200 Quite high resolution D3200 vs D5200
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Canon EOS 600D 2-way tie: Highest resolution screen Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D5200
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Editions Editions of the Nikon D5200

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