Nikon D5200 review

Nikon D5200 review

Nikon D5200 Review Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Angela Nicholson, Head of testing for Future’s photography portfolio and this is the 24.1-million pixel APS-C or DX format D5200 from Nikon.

As you can see it’s a relatively small SLR and it’s aimed at novice users who want to get a bit more creative with their photography.

Like the D5100 that it replaces, the D5200 has a 3-inch 921,000-pixel screen mounted on an articulating joint so that it can be rotated and twisted around. While this makes, composing photos from unusual and awkward angles much easier, the contrast detection system available in live view mode isn’t especially fast, so it’s no help with moving subjects.

There’s not a huge number of direct controls on the body of the camera because the majority of adjustments are made by pressing this button, then navigating to the option you want, pressing OK and making the change.

Exposure is adjusted using this dial on the back, and there’s a button to select exposure compensation so you can adjust that.

On the side of the camera here is a function button and this can be set to allow access to one of 14 features. I’ve found it’s useful to set it to access sensitivity so I can change the ISO value quickly.

This mode dial on the top-plate allows you to switch quickly between shooting modes and, as you would expect with this level of camera, the advanced options are available as well as automatic and scene modes which are useful for less experienced photographers.

The Effects option allows you to chose between 7 special effects that can be applied to images as they are shot and you can see the effect on the live view display. My favourite is Selective color. With this mode selected you use the up navigation button to select a colour like this and then capture images in which all the other colours are made black and white.

Thanks to it’s 24.1 million pixel sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine the D5200 is capable of recording lots of detail and noise is well controlled, but I recommend keeping the sensitivity below ISO 3200 where possible.

Nikon has given the D5200 the same 2,016-pixel metering sensor as the D7000 and this proves very capable so images are well exposed in most situations.

Colours are also good, although in shaded conditions the automatic white balance system can produces images that look a little bit too gloomy and under-saturated.

All things considered, the D5200 is a very good camera, but it’s a shame that the screen isn’t touch-sensitive and it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi technology as these look like being key features for 2013.

Available now, the Nikon D5200 price body only is £719.99 / €899.00, while the D5200 price tag jumps to £819.99 / €1029.00 for the 18-55mm VR lens kit.

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