Nikon D5200

Released December, 2012
New: D5300 (Oct, 2013)
  • 24 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Active D-lighting managed to squeeze most of the dynamic range captured by the sensor into the JPEGs the camera produced, while the HDR mode greatly expands the dynamic range by combining two shots taken at different exposures.
by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D5200

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D5200
9.8
D7100
9.8
D5300
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D5200
7.7
D7100
8.6
D5300
8.4
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D5200
8.6
D7100
9.0
D5300
9.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D5200
9.2
D7100
9.2
D5300
9.1
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, imaging-resource.com, techradar.com and 4 more

9.1

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D5200
9.1
D7100
9.2
D5300
9.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D5200

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D5200
1,284 ISO
EOS 700D
681 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D5200
2,800 LPH
EOS 700D
2,400 LPH
D7100
3,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5200
302 ms
D5300
200 ms
D7100
251 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D5200
88 ms
Alpha A6000
22 ms
D7100
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D5200
500 ms
D7100
300 ms
EOS 700D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5200
5 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps
EOS 1300D
3 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D5200


7.9
Overall, what this means is that you get a small, lightweight SLR that despite its plastic body feels pretty solid, with no flexing or creaking.

9.0
The Nikon D5200 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

8.0
Images look clean up through ISO 800, good through ISO 1600, and remain usable through ISO 6400 depending upon subject matter and output size.

8.0
With the correct white balance selected, the Standard Picture Control setting produces nice vibrant images that are a good match for the scene.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

In the Raw mode samples above, the differences between the D5200's image quality and that of the three other cameras selected here are much more subtle than the JPEG comparisons.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
As always, if detail resolution is your priority, raw files provide a much better starting point than out-of-camera camera JPEGs.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
Here we look at the RAW files processed through Adobe Camera Raw (in this case version 7.3).
by DPReview (May, 2013)

Lens

There's the same smattering of features you wouldn't necessarily expect to see at this level - including a multiple exposure mode and a highly configurable intervalometer - evened out by the omission of some others (there's no depth of field preview or wireless flash control).
by DPReview (May, 2013)
Because our shot lag tests incorporate a significant distance refocus and exposure adjustment - we begin with the lens adjusted for an object close to the camera, out of the range of the lights before focusing on the more distant, differently illuminated scene - how fast the lens drives to the new location substantially affects lag time.
by c|net (Feb, 2013)
That's not a significant drawback for the typical consumer who doesn't buy a lot of lenses, but it's disappointing if you want an inexpensive body to pair with more-expensive lenses.
by c|net (Feb, 2013)

Video

1920 x 1080, 60i (59.94 fields/s)/ 50i (50 fields/s)*, high/normal 1920 x 1080, 30 p (progressive)/25p/24p, high/normal 1280 x 720, 60p/50p, high/normal 640 x 424, 30p/25p, high/normal Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps), 60i, and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode.
by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps.
by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
More conventional 30p, 25p and 24p modes use the full width of the sensor.
by DPReview (May, 2013)

Focus

When set to its Continuous High (CH) mode, the camera can shoot as fast as 5 fps.
by DPReview (May, 2013)
Like Nikon's other consumer dSLR bodies, the lack of an AF motor in the body means that the D5200 requires the company's AF-S lenses if you plan to use autofocus.
by c|net (Feb, 2013)
The autoexposure/autofocus lock button (AE-L/AF-L) beside the rear dial is configurable.
by DPReview (May, 2013)

Photography

This is useful for composing images from a wide variety of angles - even table-top still life images can be shot more comfortably, because there's less neck craning.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
The Picture Styles and creative Effects help to get more out of your JPEG images.
by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
In addition to the excellent 24 megapixel image sensor, the free-angle, tilting and folding LCD screen is the real highlight of the D5200, opening up lots of creative possibilities for both stills and video.
by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 39
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 98 x 78 mm
Thickness 78 mm
Weight 555 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.78x
Viewfinder size 0.51x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps
Focus lag 302 ms
Shutter lag 88 ms
Startup delay 500 ms
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