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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

It's a bit disappointing that the Nikon D5200 doesn't introduce anything new since to the Nikon feature set apart from the sensor, and it is a fairly predictable upgrade to the Nikon D5100 that borrows features from the Nikon D7000.

It would have been nice if Nikon had added a few new special effects, perhaps a high-contrast black and white mode, and made these effects available when shooting raw and JPEG files, rather than just JPEGs.

We'd also have liked to have seen a touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity built in, since these could be hot features in 2013.

Provided you are happy not to have an array of buttons and dials giving you very quick access to key features, the Nikon D5200 looks like a great option for enthusiast photographers looking for a small, versatile camera, as well as those wanting to step up from an entry-level camera such as the Nikon D3100.

We liked

The Nikon D5200's 24.1-million-pixel sensor is capable of recording lots of detail, especially in raw files at low sensitivity settings, and the articulating screen makes it easy to compose still life, landscape and macro images as well as to check critical focus by magnifying the on-screen image.

At the lower sensitivity settings the D5200 can resolve as much detail as the Nikon D7100 which has the same resolution, but no anti-aliasing filter. However, images look very slightly softer straight from the camera. At mid to high sensitivity settings the D7100 is able to resolve more detail, but the images are a little noisier.

We disliked

Nikon's smaller DSLRs are in competition with compact system cameras (CSCs) for the attention of photographers looking for something better than a compact camera. Many CSCs now have touchscreen control - often backed up by a healthy collection of buttons on the camera body - and this makes them quick and easy to use, especially by the smartphone generation.

Wi-Fi connectivity is also often built-in to CSCs to enable sharing of images direct from the camera, as well as remote control of the camera. Including Wi-Fi connectivity rather than making it an optional extra, and adding a touchscreen, would have made the Nikon D5200 seem a little more forward-thinking.

Final verdict

The Nikon D5200 is a solid performer that delivers images with well-controlled noise and plenty of detail, albeit with slight banding in some images taken at IS0 3200 and above.

It's also a nicely constructed camera, and the limited number of buttons and dials make it unintimidating to novice photographers, while enthusiasts will find that they have all the control that they want within easy reach.

However, given the better detail reproduction and lack of banding produced by the Nikon D5300, we recommend that potential D5200 buyers save a little longer and opt for the newer camera.

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