Nikon D5200 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Nikon D5200
Resolution: 24.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.5mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
18-55mm
(27-83mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 6400
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.
(129 x 98 x 78 mm)
Weight: 29.2 oz (827 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $900
Availability: 01/2013
Manufacturer: Nikon
Full specs: Nikon D5200 specifications
24.10
Megapixels
Nikon F APS-C
size sensor
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D5200 Summary

With its easy-to-use, consumer-friendly design and relatively affordable price, the Nikon D5200 may technically be geared for beginners, but it also carries a considerable amount of photographic power within its compact, ergonomic body. The DSLR's sophisticated 24.1-megapixel sensor and imaging processor help it capture exceptional photos that rival those taken by more higher-end cameras, even in low light. Add in Full HD movie recording, a relatively fast burst shooting mode and a ton of advanced features, and the D5200 stands as one of the best DSLR investments a beginning photographer can make.

Pros

Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

Cons

Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

Price and availability

The Nikon D5200 started shipping in the U.S. in late January 2013, priced at nearly US$900 in a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens. The kit is now readily available at retailers for US$800; or $700 body-only. The body is available in black, red or bronze.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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