Nikon D5200: Keeping up with the Younger Flock
Creative Photographers often look to excavate those rocky photographic terrains while being simple in their approach. If modus operandi is what matters to all then the Nikon D5200 is the most prudent option coming to mind. With an offered lens kit which is substantially loaded with features, this camera does rake in quite a lot for the given price range and strangely showcases a tougher body for the ventured class. This is one updated DSLR which paves the way for more futuristic options but in itself can be considered as one complete performer.
Pros: Here is a camera with an impressive count of 39 autofocusing points besides the availability of exceptional burst shooting rates. Image quality is duly captivating whereas the graphic user interface does showcase the competency of Nikon as a company.
Cons: The major constraint happens to be the slow point positioning associated with the Autofocus which is mostly evident in the Live View. Lags were experienced at real time as the users look to access the creative filters associated with the gadget. The lens kit comes out with noisy performances which skim the stealth mode out of the contention.
If a reasonably good camera is what you seek, then the Nikon D5200 would be the perfect tool as it is intuitive and expressive at all times while being an avid observer as for the resolute LCD monitor.
In comes the excellent sensor in 24.1MP CMOS enabled chip which offers a full gamut to choose from. This would be the newest form of the sensor which is capable of exhibiting images at a resolution of 6000x4000 pixels. One can also go for lower settings are per the user requirements but the quality is seldom compromised. The APS-C sensor as expected offers multiple aspect ratios whereas the 3:2 is the most readily featured one whereas the 14-bit RAW files can also be captured ad saved besides the usual JPEGs. The best part still remains to be the high-end EXPEED 3 chipset which comes with exceptional image processing qualities. This allows the camera to achieve a highly utilitarian burst rate of 5fps besides allowing the user to record HD movies with seamless ease. Frame rates up to 60i are supported for video captures whereas one can go as low as 30fps. The ISO sensitivity range extends up to a whopping 6400 and performs at both low-light conditions and daylight viewing with likewise precision. The autofocus module is also a much improved one as the Multi-CAM 4800DX makes an entry offering 39 points to focus upon. One might reduce this to a compacter form as with the settings menu which delivers 11 points for the users to implement. Emphasizing on the auto-servo and single-servo AF modes is quite a preferred scheme besides the availability of 3D focus manipulation and tracking. Metering duties are executed perfectly with the 2016-pixel metering system whereas the exposure compensation technique is more a blessing in disguise.
LCD and Connectivity:
The rear end supports an LCD panel which includes a high-end resolution at 921K dot pixels. This is more of a vari-angle mechanism which can be skillfully tilted as per the user preferences. Be it the low-angle shooting or the high overhead images, this LCD panel allows one to capture multiple frames with seamless ease. Touch-screen functionality is not offered but the Nikon D5200 effectively incorporates a performance oriented recording feature for the customers to make use of. While the device misses out on GPS and Wi-Fi functionality, it actually makes up for these omissions with the multiple video formats at an astounding compression rate. Another factor which misses out is the audio-port via the headphones which aren’t linked directly to the monitor.
The Nikon D5200 does abide by the aesthetic standards while including an additional drive mode tab at the top-most surface of the device. This gadget is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor but without compromising on the design cues in play. Grafted for those smaller digits, this camera has the rubber coated surface which acts as the perfect grip while initiating multiple shutter releases. The updated GUI is extremely beneficial whereas the on-screen controls look rather perfectly placed. There is the elusive ‘I’ button which readily displays 14 individual features depending upon the preferred shooting mode. Be it the Live View tab or the in-camera toggle options, the user interface is more on the minimalistic note while offering a clutter-free layout. One might consider the available D-Pad to be a much finer refinement which provides the shutter speed and aperture controlling mechanisms besides the solitary command dial option.
We did incorporate the preinstalled lens kit in 18-105mm which is more of a high-end performer. Here is the professional quality zooming prowess as per the telephoto standards which does an admirable job as per the 3D tracking modes. Be it the VR capability of the lens kit or the better AF points in store, the offered kit does a commendable job as with a better Autofocus coverage under consideration. The AF mechanism does take a long time to get activated as the 7 second hiatus is quite an impending factor. Live view is slower than expected whereas the phase detecting principle for enumerating the AF points is one of the better aspects of this utilitarian gadget.
This may not be considered as one standout performer as we did see better gadgets flocking the market but not at this given price range. The offered lens kit at 18-105mm is more of a hefty addition which is well paired up with the VR mechanisms and the eventful image processing unit. What stands out is the 24.1MP sensor which is backed up by the CMOS functionality and the Full HD recording spec. The availability of the Pentamirror viewfinder does go down well with the enthusiasts whereas the LCD panel features a wider 170 degree viewing angle. Be it the built-in stereo microphone or the SDHC support, the Nikon D5200 is more of a high-end option for those who are looking to expand their photographic prowess in the best possible manner.
Nikon D5200 Rivals:
Canon EOS 600D
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Nikon D5200 with 18 to 105 mm lens in India is Rs.48700/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.