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Ilse Jurriën : March 13th 2013 - 10:55 CET

Nikon D5200 review

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NikonNikon D5200 digital SLR camera review : At the end of last year, Nikon introduced a new mid-range SLR camera. The Nikon D5200 is the successor to the two year older D5100, and it is equipped with a DX-format CMOS sensor with 24.10 megapixels and Nikon’s Expeed 3 image processor. This combination ensures lightning speed image processing and improved image quality. The Nikon D5200 also has the same 39-point AF system as its big brother, the D7000. The RGB light metering sensor with 2.016 pixels is also a new addition. We tried out the new SLR camera together with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm 1:3,5-5,6G VR kit lens for a while, and you can read about our experiences in the following Nikon D5200 review.
Nikon D5200 review

Nikon D5200 review
In Nikon’s beginner level SLR camera assortment, the D5200 is found in between the six months older D3200 and the recently introduced D7100. The camera is not as compact as the D3200 or a system camera, but it is very comfortable to handle, thanks to its good grip. In terms of body, the Nikon D5200 most resembles its predecessor, the D5100. Adjustments to the body are barely noticeable, as it is the internal adjustments that make the D5200 a completely new camera. For example, the fast and accurate autofocus system and the 2.016-pixel metering sensor were both taken from the advanced D7000. The Nikon D5200 is also equipped with a whole new CMOS sensor, and the D3200 also has a 24-megapixel resolution just like the D5200. Nevertheless, Nikon has clearly indicated that this concerns a new image sensor. Further added value compared with the D3200 is found in the areas of ISO sensitivity (100-12.560), continuous shooting with 5 fps, and Full HD video with 60i image quality.


Camera operation of the D5200
‘The Nikon D5200 is ideal for people with a passion for photography that would like to experiment with the camera’s superior functions’, stated Nikon during the camera’s introduction. Looking at the competition, we can only state that the Nikon D5200 has impressive specifications. The SLR camera is designed for you to grow with the camera. A clear menu and button structure add to its quick operation. If desired, you can start in automatic pilot with 16 subject modes and as you gain more experience, there are also many manual settings available to you. The PASM modes are accessible via the control dial. It is too bad that you have to go into the menu for the other settings, such as ISO, white balance, and AF mode, as they do not have separate buttons. The camera does feature a Fn button that could be used as an alternative, as you can designate a function of your choice to this button.

Nikon D5200 optical viewfinder & screen
The Nikon D5200 camera has the same Pentax mirror as its competitor, the Canon EOS 650D. The optical viewfinder has a range of almost 95%. Just like with the 650D, shooting photos is much faster via the viewfinder than via Live View on the screen. This is understandable for this camera category, but it is too bad, since the camera is ready to use quickly, you also want to keep on shooting quickly. The EOS 650D has a touch screen, and the Nikon D5200 has a tilting screen. Both have their advantages. By being able to tilt the screen, there are completely new perspectives possible, which challenge you to take creative photos. The D5200’s 3-inch screen is pleasant to look at thanks to its high resolution of 920,000 dots and the anti-glare coating.

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Nikon D5200 image quality
Whether you have a lot of photography experience or not, the Nikon D5300 makes outstanding photos and videos. The 39-point autofocus system is fast and accurate. The precision light metering sensor, D-Lighting, and HDR ensure you will capture well-lit photos in most situations. The camera also controls the signal-noise ratio well; up to ISO 3200 there is hardly any noise to speak of. ISO 6400 is still functional, and above that noise increases considerably. The photos show a natural color representation, although I personally would like to see them a tiny bit sharper, but this is easy to adjust, either in the camera, or afterwards with photo editing software. The built-in flash also performs well. The camera has various Picture Controls and Filter Effects in order to give your photos a bit more creativity. The D5200 is compatible with the optional WU-1A wireless mobile adapter, in order to share your photos with your friends and family. In practice, the Nikon D5200 is an absolutely fine camera to shoot with!

Nikon 18-55mm VR kit lens
The Nikon D5200 body has a suggested retail price of €810 EUR / $800 USD / £710 GBP. The D5200 is also available in a kit with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR lens, the suggested retail price for this combination is set at €920 EUR / $900 USD / £810 GBP. The greatest advantage of this 18-55mm kit lens is that it comes with Vibration Reduction. The VR stabilization system offers more flexibility while shooting photos by hand, and you can shoot up to 3 stops faster. The D5200 itself does not have a built-in stabilization system, so it is advisable to acquire a so-called VR lens. The AF-S DX Nikkor kit lens has a range of 18-55mm, which comes down to 3x zoom. That makes it an ideal standard lens to take detailed, sharp photos of everyday subjects and landscapes. Furthermore, the built-in Silent Wave Motor ensures a fast and silent autofocus system.

D5200 review

Nikon D5200 review conclusion
Nikon expects a lot from its new mid-range SLR camera and that is not strange considering the D5200’s specifications. Its predecessor has always been a very popular camera, and now the D5200 has a new CMOS sensor with 24.1 megapixels, a 39-point AF system, a 2.016 pixel RBG metering sensor, D-Lighting, HDR, Continuous shooting with 5 fps, Full HD video in 60i and a 3" tilting LCD screen. Nikon has really launched a very interesting and complete SLR camera for the ambitious photographer. The camera has a perfect grip and it is compact enough to take with you. The Nikon D5200, in combination with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm 1:3,5-5,6G, delivers exceptional image quality and clearly offers an added value compared with its predecessor, the D5100, as well as its little brother, the D3200. Also compared with the competition, there is little to criticize in this digital SLR camera. The Nikon D5200 definitely offers a good price-quality ratio.

Nikon D5200 review rating
• User friendliness : 85
• Features : 90
• Image quality : 90
• Design : 80
• Price : 80
• Rating : 85 out of 100

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The following Nikon D5200 test photos were shot in JPEG format with a full production camera. The photos were taken at various locations throughout the Netherlands. The test photos are shown in compressed format. You can download the original Nikon D5200 photo via the link under the photo.

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