Nikon is known for its transverse efforts to bring out the latest high quality cameras. Soon after the D 5100 Dslr came the D 5200, a camera that can be rightly deemed a semi professional DSLR. The following review might determine if you are pro enough for the Nikon D 5200.
Superseding the Nikon D 5100 is a worthy and a humble replacement; The Nikon D 5200 comes with a new 24.1 megapixel camera that might put competitors to shame. Just like its predecessor, this new DSLR can record a Full 1080 P HD movie at 1920X1080 Pixels at 25 Frames Per second musically mixed with stereo sound. The camera shares the same screen as its previous cousin ( 3inch Vari angle LCD).
The ISO range is also pretty much the same (100-25600) that helps shoot in low light conditions at ease. What’s exciting is that this newbie has the EXPEED 3 Processor mated in to perform faster than ever. Another awesome feature is its 39 Auto Focus System with 3D Focus Tracking (pretty high tech right?) The Dslr also has 2016 Pixel RGB meter sensor unlike the previous model, and a HDR (High Dynamic Range Mode).
The Active D lighting Feature remains the same, so is the similarity in the special effects that can be applied on photos or videos. But, the D 5200 has a completely new GUI design and that makes it a worthy buy.
Let’s Mull over a few features that Nikon has touched on.
FEATURES AND SPECS:
Standing strong between the D3200 and the D7000, the D5200 combines both features and functionality at its finest. Albeit the similarity, this camera isn’t quite compact and lightweight. The D 5100 and D 5200 are like similar brothers belonging to the same bloodline. This camera is 5 frames faster than the latter. The D 5200 has a new and improved 24.1 MP DX format CMOS Sensor; it provides finer and more realistic looking photos. The Expeed 3 processor is a major upgrade than the older model. You can also shoot at 5 fps continuously. The 39 point AF system with 9 sensors (cross type) glorifying 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor, a 1080p, 30 fps video recording system with a built in stereo mic.
The sensor on the D 5200 can clean itself with the help of frequency vibrations that help shake off non-adhesive dust particles that might hinder with your image. As a part of the new change, you can choose the option from the Start menu that would help you choose when you would like to clean the sensor, At the start up, shut down else, by default it would do both. There is an info button that resides right next to the shutter release button. This is the heart and soul of the Nikon D 5200 which provides the user ways to access features and a better understanding of the camera’s functionality.
Similar to the dial found on the D 5100, the new D5200 has the same modes such as Aperture Priority. Well articulated shooting modes are present at your command. The shooting mode dial that is found on the top of the camera’s body allows you to browse through various shooting modes such as Aperture, Manual, Shutter Priority or various scenes and effects modes. The Exposure compensation button is juxtaposed right next to the shutter release. The button is to be held onto and the wheel is to be spun to adjust your exposure and shutter settings. Simple yet effective. The Effects shooting mode is a new addition to the Nikon Dslr range. A total of 7 filters have been added that can be used for shooting images or movies.
There also lies a dedicated Live View Mode that helps you preview the effects by simply switching on the optical viewfinder. The camera’s processor can be put to real test when movie recording is in progress. The camera also has the capability to set everything virtually in the effects mode- exposure, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, file type and quality. What’s cool is that these effects can be applied on to your images or movies that you’ve shot.
Residing close to the shutter release button is the info button, the heart and soul of your camera. It provides the ease of use to new photographers. You can derive the most vital shooting information without taking the pains of looking constantly at the viewfinder. Your camera’s main settings can be accessed easily with a simple touch of the info button. You can interact with the onscreen options at ease (14 options available in total).
The Nikon D5200 follows conventional DSLR design in having a shooting mode dial on the top of the camera, which allows you to select either one of the advanced modes like Manual, Aperture- or Shutter-priority, or a number of scene modes. The Exposure Compensation button is thoughtfully positioned next to the shutter release. Hold down this button with your right forefinger and spin the control wheel on the top-rear of the camera with your thumb to adjust its settings - simple and intuitive.
As a continuation with the D 5100, the screen remains the same (3 inch) providing a high resolution picture quality (920k dots). The Live view on the D 5200 can be accessed on a rather less intuitive manner unlike the D 3200 or D 7000. The D 5200 has a fore finger operated spring loaded switch found towards the top of its body that helps you toggle between Live view and its opposite. One major advantage is the 39 auto focus points that have substantially increased than the previous D 5100 (with 11 AF points). A point to be noted is that 9 of the Auto focus points are the cross type and the other (30) are the line type. There is similarity between the D7000 when it comes to the pixel RGB metering sensor.
Being on a quieter side, the shutter release action mated in the D 5200 is impressively quiet, a damper mirror slap makes the Camera quieter than its predecessors. And, if you prefer to be even quieter, the camera also has a quiet shutter release mode for those situations when silence is of the essence.
Loaded with an EN-EL 14 Lithium-ion Battery, the company claims that it’s good for 650 shots with a single charge. Nikon D5100 uses the same battery too. The D5100 supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. The camera lacks a dual card slot to accommodate flash cards, as is found on the D7000. The camera body has a USB/VIDEO out and a Mini HDMI port and also an accessory terminal that enables users to connect to a wired remote or even a GPS unit.
The basic lens (18-55) that comes standard is quite balanced for amateur photography. You can learn the simple tactics with the help of the 18-55mm f/ 3.5-5.6 VR kit lens. Once you have chosen the kind of photography that interests you (landscape, portrait, etc) you can start adding various number of lenses in your wardrobe. If you prefer a bigger lens, you could opt for the 18-200 range. These zoom lenses are suitable for almost all kinds of photography. The best results can be derived when you are fully comfortable with the camera and all the photography rules. You might want to try your hands at wild life photography. Nikon does give out exceptional results with a great composition.
Nikon has definitely proven it again. The Nikon D5200 is certainly a desirable camera that has a few more offerings than its predecessor and not to forget a better processor. If you are an amateur photographer, you might want to look into this camera. It will surely help you with the basics. Professional photographers can also derive great results from the D 5200 and of course the lenses that you choose.
Nikon D5200 Rivals:
Canon EOS 600D