Nikons new mid-range Entry Level DSLR, D5200.

Nikon has recently introduced the latest entrant to its mid-range DX format lineup, the 24.1 MP Nikon D5200, a replacement for the D5100. The D5200 does not have the same 24.1 MP sensor as the D3200, Nikon says that the 24.1MP CMOS sensor found in the D5200 has been newly designed by Nikon for the camera. Nikon also says that the new sensor has a better dynamic range and smaller pixel size compared to its predecessor. Paired up with this new sensor is the latest Exspeed 3 image processor. The Exspeed 3 processor delivers high speed operational capabilities along with enhanced video recording options and better ISO sensitivity to the new combo. The D5200 can shoot at a maximum continuous rate of 5fps, up 1fps on the D5100. The 39 point AF system found in the D7000 has been introduced into the D500 as well. It has 9 cross type points and improved frame coverage making the AF system more precise and better at tracking moving subjects. Also the new 2,016 RGB metering sensor, borrowed from the D7000, provides data to the camera’s Scene Recognition System for improved AF performance, white balance and exposure.

The D5200 has a fully articulating, 920k dot LCD screen, that has been designed to swivel in different angles. But unlike the Canon 650D the D5200 screen is not touch enabled. In-spite of Canon releasing its mid-range DX, the Canon 6D, with integrated Wi-Fi, it’s a disappointment to see the D5200 without Wi-Fi built into the body. Wi-Fi is accessible with the, separately sold, Wu-1a wireless adapter. The feel and build of the D5200 looks similar to that of the D5100, but the D5200 feel lighter and a little bit smaller in hand. Although the build is not professional, its feel very solid and nicely put together. The grip on the body has a nice padding to it and is comfortable to hold and use with one hand. The GUI has been updated since the D5100 and feels much better and slightly advanced.

As far as the video recording is concerned Full HD is supported but the frame rate range has been expanded to include 60i and 50i along with the usual 30p, 25p and 24p. Special Effects modes, similar to the ones available on the D5100 can be accessed using the mode dial, Night Vision, Color Sketch, High and Low Key, Selective Colour, Miniature and Silhouette .These modes can be accessed only while shooting in JPEG format.

The D5200 does not bring anything new apart from the new 24MP sensor and some features from the older D7000 is a bit of a disappointment. This seems more like a regular upgrade after the end-of-life cycle of the D5100. It would have been nice if Nikon had added a few new Special Effects, and made the screen touch sensitive.

In-spite of all these shortcomings the D5200 seems like  good but for someone wanting a budget DSLR with value for money. The D5200 will be available from December and priced around $1,150 for body alone and $1,307 for the 18-55mm kit.

Spec List:

  •  CMOS 24.1 MP DX
  • EXPEED3
  • 2,016 RBG metering sensor
  • multi-CAM4 800 DX with 39 AF point
  • Shutter speed 1/4000-30 seconds
  • ISO100-6400 (Native) upto ISO25600 (Equivalent)
  •  3″ 920 000 dot LCD monitor(Can be swiveled and rotated)
  • Continuous shooting 5 fps
  • Video Recording in Full HD
  • Media SD / SDHC / SDXC