Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D5200 vs D5100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D5200
9.8
D5100
9.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D5200
7.3
D5100
6.5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D5200
8.1
D5100
8.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D5200
9.2
D5100
9.1
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, imaging-resource.com, techradar.com and 4 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D5200
9.1
D5100
8.9

Winner
Nikon D5200 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D5200  based on its image quality, focusing and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D5200 vs D5100

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

D5200
1,284 ISO
D5100
1,183 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D5200
2,800 LPH
D5100
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5200
302 ms
D5100
273 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D5200
88 ms
D5100
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D5200
500 ms
D5100
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5200
5 fps
D5100
4 fps

Features Key features of the D5200  vs D5100 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D5200
24 MP
D5100
16.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D5200
25,600 ISO
D5100
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D5200
39
D5100
11

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

D5200
3"
D5100
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D5200
0.51x
D5100
0.51x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

D5200
15.3 microns
D5100
22.9 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D5200  vs D5100 

7.9
7.6
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.
D5200

9.0
9.0
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.
D5200

8.0
7.7
Images look clean up through ISO 800, good through ISO 1600, and remain usable through ISO 6400 depending upon subject matter and output size.
D5200

8.0
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.
D5200

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D5200  vs
D5100 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 16.1 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 4928 x 3264
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns 22.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
NEF 14bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 11
Cross type focus points 9 1
Supports continuous Yes No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 98 x 78 mm 127 x 96.5 x 78.7 mm
Thickness 78 mm 78.7 mm
Weight 555 g 560 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

D5200  vs
D5100 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 4 fps
Battery life 500 660
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
5 fps
Focus lag 302 ms 273 ms
Shutter lag 88 ms 114 ms
Startup delay 500 ms 500 ms
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