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Nikon D5200 review

A more affordable alternative to the D5300

Our Verdict

For

  • High-res sensor
  • Proven AF system
  • Articulating screen
  • Good interface

Against

  • Special Effect JPEG only
  • No touchscreen
  • Few direct controls

Most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the Nikon D5200 and the Nikon D5100, since they look almost identical, although the new camera has a drive mode button on its top-plate and the Nikon D5100 doesn't.

In addition, the specification sheets reveal that the cameras' three dimensions each vary by 1mm (0.04 inch) and that the Nikon D5200 is 5g (0.18oz) lighter than the older camera.

Nikon D5200 review

This weight reduction hasn't been made at the cost of build quality, however, because the Nikon D5200 still feels nicely put together and doesn't protest when squeezed in the hand.

Those with small hands will find there's just enough room on the rubber-coated grip to accommodate three fingers, but most users will find it more comfortable to curl their small finger under the camera body while they hold the camera with their index finger on the shutter release.

Nikon D5200 review

Nikon has stuck with the same 3-inch 921,000-dot variangle LCD screen seen in the Nikon D5100 for the Nikon D5200.

This is useful for composing images from a wide variety of angles - even table-top still life images can be shot more comfortably, because there's less neck craning. But it's a little disappointing that the company hasn't made the screen touch-sensitive.

Nikon D5200 review

While the control layout of the Nikon D5200 is the same as that on the Nikon D5100, the graphic user interface (GUI) has been updated, and it looks cleaner and more modern.

Also like the Nikon D5100, there are relatively few buttons on the Nikon D5200, and most settings adjustments are made via on-screen controls.

Nikon D5200 review

Pressing the 'I' button on the back of the camera brings up the information screen, which displays 14 features that may be adjusted - depending upon the shooting mode.

Settings changes are made by navigating to the desired feature, pressing the OK button and then selecting the desired option.

Nikon D5200 review

While this a simple and effective approach, many enthusiasts may prefer to have a few more direct controls.

If the screen was touch-sensitive it would also make changing the on-screen settings quicker.

Nikon D5200 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution24.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)505 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Minimum Focus Distance280 mm
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution24.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL14
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I)
Height98 mm
Width129 mm
Depth78 mm
Autofocus Points39
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesFlash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation, Auto Flash
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD5200
Product NameD5200 Digital SLR Camera
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA350K001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Discover new perspectives with the inspirational D5200.

From breathtaking photos to smooth Full HD movies, this D-SLR can't wait to bring out your creative side.

The flexible vari-angle monitor empowers your vision with unique views. The 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor captures finely detailed images, and the advanced 39-point autofocus system is always on target. Nikon's amazingly accurate 2,016-pixel light metering sensor ensures exact exposures in even difficult lighting conditions.

You can render special effects for movies or stills in real time, and Nikon's wireless mobile adapter lets you send your creations straight to a compatible smart device for instant sharing.

Package Contents
  • D5200 Digital SLR Camera
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX NIKKOR Lens
  • EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (with Terminal Cover)
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • AN-DC3 Strap
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • EG-CP16 Audio / Video Cable
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • User's Manual
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone