- Competitive ISO Performance.
- 5fps Continuous Shooting Speed.
- Articulated LCD screen.
- 39 AF points.
- Consistent White Balance across various conditions.
- Slow AF in Live-View Mode.
- No touchscreen feature.
- Lacks weather protection.
- Absence of built-in Wi-Fi.
Nikon D5200 is the successor to the by-now famous entry-level DSLR - Nikon D5100 . Inheriting the Expeed Image3 Processor from the Nikon D3200 and the 39 point auto-focus system from the D7000 , the 5200 is snucked in tightly between the entry level D3200 and the more enthusiast-oriented D7100. Some of the features from its predecessor has been retained, but the D5200 comes along with updated features like 24.1MP CMOS sensor, updated auto-focus system, newly designed sensor offering detailed imagery and dynamic range capabilities.
For someone who has used the Nikon D5100 , the D5200 will seem pretty much similar in build and design. It retains it’s predecessor build except for the fact that there are a few changes that have been added. There is a new release mode button, which has been added to the right side of the top panel. Along with this new addition, the directional controller on the rear end has also been changed giving the look of 8 cardinal points rather than 8. Nestled between the popup flash strobe and the hot shoe are two new stereo microphones. Like the D5100, the D5200 has retained the swivel and tilt screen option letting the users to compose overhead images or portraits.
Continuous Shooting : Nikon D5200 offers 2 burst modes – Continuous High and Continuous Low. At the former mode, the D5200 shoots at 3fps,and 5fps at the latter mode, which is an improvement from the D5100 which shot at 4fps. At RAW format, the fps drops down to 3fps after a certain number of shots. Also it should be mentioned that in LiveView mode, after the shutter is pressed, the rear LCD screen goes blank for a few seconds while the image is written in the memory card. Live view users might find this a bit irritating if they are constantly shooting images.
The D5200 employs an advanced version of the 11-point TTL phase detection system of its predecessor. It currently uses the NIKON Multi-CAM 4800Dx autofocus sensor module with 39focus points, 9 of which are cross-type.
Just like most Nikon models, it consists of three main AF modes – AF-S, AF-C and AF-A. Nikon D5200 has a fairly quick auto-focus as compared to the D5100. One point that needs to be mentioned here is that users might not get the same focussing performance when working with the kit lens that comes along with it. In this regard, it’s advisable to get a fast prime lens instead and enjoy the auto-focus capabilities of the D5200. Also, there seems to be a noticeable shutter lag while clicking in auto-focus, but this is pretty much prevalent in a DSLR of the same range.
Like its predecessor, D5200 is dependent on contrast-detect AF in live view mode. And this is where, it lags compared to the phase detect viewfinder shooting. Bottomline, the auto-focus performance can be credited as being good compared to other Nikon models Wi-Fi : Nikon D5200 is compatible with the wireless mobile adapter from Nikon – Nikon WU-1a. And its wireless remote controller – WR-R10/WR-T10. It basically provides a Wi-Fi link between the camera and your smartphone. However, it needs to be mentioned that there are a few shortcomings with the Wi-Fi feature. One of them being, that the camera won’t function while using the app. Also, you can’t use the 10second self-timer or the continuous shooting modes.
Battery : Nikon D5200 uses one Lithium-Ion EN EL-14 rechargeable battery as its power source.
Sensor Performance and Image Quality:
Nikon D5200 sports a 24.1 MP CMOS Sensor which produces images with maximum pixel dimensions of 6000x4000. The noteworthy point here is that the new chip is a Toshiba model, something which is a rarity with Nikon since they always come up with in-house models. It is also based around a newly designed APS-C sized image sensor.
In terms of image quality, Nikon D5200 does not shy away from delivering fine and detailed images. Some users might find it a bit soft for their taste but at the end of the day it’s all about individual preference. D5200 allows users the option of 6 color palette choices under picture control. They are Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape. Most users prefer to use Neutral instead as some of them have found Standard to be a bit saturated, but it’s negligible.
The Nikon D5200’s image quality is highly commendable when it concerns clicking pictures in RAW format. White Balance remains constant across most of the situations presented. Out of the metering systems present in Nikon DSLR’s, the RGB matrix metering is able to make a much more profound impact over here. Coupled with Active D-Lighting, it is able to make a much more strong impact when high contrast situations are concerned. At ISO 100 and 200, there’s not much difference in image detail and noise. Infact, noise is not fairly presentable till ISO 3200. Upto this range, Nikon D5200 manages to control the noise level exceptionally well. At ISO 6400, noise level starts to become more profound and there’s an increase in graininess and there’s a noticeable difference in color fidelity. It is recommended to keep the ISO level under 3200 unless the user wants to keep such prints for Internet usage.
Nikon D5200 offers very sturdy performances when compared with its predecessor. The new CMOS sensor along with its Expeed3 Processor ( the same sensor used in Nikon D7100 )bring in a lot of changes to the imaging experience for the user. Also, it’s ISO range and improved burst speed deliver impressive performance. However, what disappointed us was the lack of controls like touchscreen ability (like the Canon EOS T5i), aperture control with Live View and inability to record videos at 60i output.