Nikon D5200 is a great entry-level DSLR camera that comes packed with impressive specs. It was unveiled in the US at the annual Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. It comes with megapixels upgraded from 16.2 of its predecessors to 24.1megapixels. The Nikon D5200’s 5fps continuous shooting is no match for Nikon D5100’s 4fps speed.

Nikon D5200: Price

Like any other beginner DSLR, the Nikon D5200 has no Focus Motor. Its autofocus is limited to AF-S or AF-I CPU. It has a slightly bigger body than the Nikon D5200 though 2 ounces lighter. This entry-level DSLR supports memory media including SD/SDHC/SDXC. Nikon has made it possible to use cards from SanDisk Panasonic and Lexar on the Nikon D5200.

Nikon D5200: Design & Build

Like regular DSLRs, the Nikon D5200 comes with a pronounced handgrip on its right side. It is topped with an elongated casing to accommodate the Nikon D5200’s inbuilt flash. It also houses the eye-level pentamirror viewfinder. It’s one of the smallest DSLR beginners’ cameras measuring 5.9 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches.

Ergonomics & Controls

The information edit on this entry-level DSLR is its primary tool. It makes adjustments on the fly. It has settings for image quality and size, white balance, ISO, picture control among others. Whichever setting you chose depends on the shooting mode. Nikon D5200 has a handgrip laced with a rubber material. It gives a firmer grip. There is also a good balance for your fingers and the right hand between the grip and the lens base.

Menus & Modes

The menu on the Nikon D5200 is what you would expect from an entry-level DSLR. It has a one-page playback menu, flash and control functions among others. How to go about the menu is not a daunting task even for beginner DSLR users. It is because of Nikon D5200’s help button. It is handy in case a camera function stumps you in the field.

Nikon D5200: Display

This best DSLR for beginners has a 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dot composition. It has the ability to be adjusted to a maximum of seven levels of brightness. The screen on the Nikon D200 can be rotated through 180˚ of travel. It is useful when doing image review under bright conditions.

Nikon D5200: Image Quality

The present image quality for Nikon D5200 is quite pleasing for color fidelity. Users who prefer shooting in P, A, S, or M modes can reset picture control on the shooting menu. It will increase the in-camera sharpening for JPEG images on this DSLR for beginners. You can use any of the six palette color choices when setting picture control.

Nikon D5200: Specifications

MSRPWith 18-55mm VR lens: Eu: €920 UK: £820
Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
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
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
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live 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 modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Scene modes
  • Auto
  • Portrait
  • Child
  • Close up
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Color 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 modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • 2s Delayed remote
  • Quick-response remote
  • Quiet shutter release
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3 or WR-R10)
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
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon D5200: Conclusion

For someone who is seeking to improve their photography talents, the Nikon D5200 is a great entry-level DSLR camera. It comes with a fast learning curve and a commendable 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor that is also present in the D3200 and D7100, making it easy to use. The camera can film videos at 30 frames per second with a resolution of up to 1080p and has a 3-inch LCD panel on its back, which is not exactly a touch screen. At up to 5 frames per second, the continuous shooting speed is also relatively fast, and with a high ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 25,600), even in low light, the camera is decently capable of recording fast-moving scenes.

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