Nikon D5200 First Look

24MP DSLR Marvel Has Many Key Feature Upgrades


The Nikon D5200, introduced today and available later this month at Adorama, is a light but full-featured mid-range DSLR designed for photography enthusiasts ready to step up from a basic DSLR. The D5200 offers significant upgrades over its predecessor, last year's Nikon D5100, in several key areas that move it closer, feature-wise, to the next step up in the Nikon DSLR line, the Nikon D7000. Based on information provided by Nikon, let's take a first look at the Nikon D5200, which, at $899.95 with the standard kit lens, promises to take a big bite out of the amateur photography market.

Nikon D5200 Key Features:

  • 24MP DX-format (APS) CMOS Sensor, 23.5x15.6mm
  • Nikon F Mount; Fully compatible with Nikon AF-S, AF-I lenses
  • JPEG and RAW Image Formats
  • 30-1/4000 sec, Bulb
  • Flash Sync Speed Up to 1/200 sec
  • Burst rate 5fps
  • Center-Weighted, Matrix, Spot Metering
  • Exposure compensation +/-5EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
  • ISO range 100-6400, boostable to 25,600
  • 4 ISO Noise Reduction settings
  • 7 D-Lighting Settings
  • 9, 21 or 39-Point Dynamic AF
  • Live View for Still and Video
  • Up to 1080i Video Capture
  • External Mic Adapter Available
  • 3-Inch, 921k Dot articulated LCD monitor
  • In-Camera Image Editing
  • Wi-Fi adapter available
  • CIPA Battery Life: 500 shots
  • Adorama Price: $899.95



New Year's Resolution

The Nikon D5200's most immediately noticeable upgrade is its sensor. It has been bumped up from the D5100's 16MP to an all-new 24MP CMOS DX-format sensor. Like it's predecessor it captures an ISO range from 100-6400, boostable to ISO 25,600.

Focus Goes Extreme

The second significant change is the AF system, which jumps from the D5100's 11-point AF focus point array to a 39-point wide-area coverage AF system with 9 cross-type sensors. 3D tracking locks focus on fast-moving subjects in a variety of situations.

2016-Pixel RGB Sensor

While the Nikon D5100 had an impressive 420-pixel 3D Color Matrix metering system for accurate exposure, the Nikon D5200's metering is about as finely tuned as can be found on a digital camera with an impressive 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor that analyzes color and brightness information for the most appropriate values for autoexposure.

Other key features include 16 scene modes and scene auto selector (which chooses the most appropriate scene mode based on the shooting situation). Scene modes are: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors and Food, as well as six Picture Control settings: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.

As with its predecessor, the Nikon D5200 offers a flip-out Vari-Angle, 3-inch, 921k dot resolution LCD monitor, built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting.



Video Verite

The Nikon D5200 can capture 1920x1080 videos at 60i and 56i for smooth-looking videos. The camera offers live view autofocus and full-time-servo AF and subject tracking AF, as well as Face-Priority AF that can detect up to 35 faces in a scene. Sound from built-in or external stereo mics such as the ME-1 can be automatically or manually controlled, with 20 incremental audio level steps that can be visually confirmed on the LCD monitor. Special effects such as Selective Color, Miniature Effect, Color Sketch and monochrome Night Vision are among the special looks you can apply to your videos.

Enter the Nikon System

The Nikon D5200 enters a highly evolved ecosystem of lenses, flashes and accessories that have stood the test of time. While it will be fully compatible with DX-Format lenses, it will also work with all previously-made Nikon-mount lenses for APS-sensor and full-frame-sensor Nikon DSLRs and SLRs, going back to the original film Nikons of the 60s (of course, the older lenses may have limited functionality; for instance, you may need to set focus and aperture manually). In addition, the camera accepts Nikon's extensive and Speedlight system as well as new optional WR-R10 and WR-T10 wireless remote controllers.

Availability and Pricing

The Nikon D5200 will be available from Adorama in three colors—Black, Red and Bronze—in late January for approximately $899.95, including the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR standard kit lens. The Nikon WU-1a wireless mobile adapter is available for $59.95. The Nikon WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controller will be available at the end of January for $94.96, Nikon WR-R10 Wireless Remote Transceiver for $126.96, the Nikon WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter for $74.96 and the Nikon WR-10 Wireless Remote Controller Set will be available at Adorama for  $277.96.

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