Nikon D5200 : a serious upgrade to the D5100

Nikon D5200 DSLR
The Nikon D5200 is a fusion of the latest generation D5100 and the more advanced D7000 with a glimpse of the D3200 (at least, the sensor).

I barely doubt on that : this is certainly the same 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor as we discovered in the D3200 which is reused by Nikon in the today announced D5200, an important D5100 evolution of which it takes a new position midway between an entry level DSLR and an advanced camera. This new 24-megapixel Digital SLR can record Full HD movies until 60i and some may miss a 60p mode for serious movies although it has some 24p and 30p settings too. Its user interface is built on the D5100 yet embedding a brand new graphical user interface for its menus but the controls, viewfinder (pentamirror / 95% coverage) remain the same. So the D5200 benefits from the Vari-angle screen, 3 “/ 921,000 dots. It also gets a few new art filters. But finally, in addition to the step forward made by the new 24MP sensor (note the D5100 16MP sensor is still excellent),  the big step forward is brought by both the new AF and exposure metering sensors which are borrowed to the D7000 if you please… So the Nikon D5200 will benefit from the 39-points AF module (Multi-Cam 4800DX) including 9 cross type sensors that we love on the D7000 for being so efficient, fast, accurate and offering a very decent AF-tracking mode that I assume to be also as good on the D5200 thanks to the new EXPEED 3 processor on board. But the exposure metering of the D5200 also makes a giant leap forward  : the D5200 gets the 2016 RGB pixels scene recognition sensor of the D7000 as well. These two features make the D5200 a much more advanced camera than the D5100 was at launch. Nikon tends to upgrade all its new cameras as they renew their ranges. I like that.

In spite of the poor viewfinder and not so efficient ergonomics, I tend to like the 5200 which is an interesting upgrade over the D5200 and not just a simple evolution. Nikon did more than only adding a new pixel overloaded sensor on the D5100 camera body and brought new stuff, good stuff, that will benefit to the amateur photographers. Yet, I really expected Nikon to gift its mid range DSLR with the 2013 most wanted feature : Wi-Fi ! And no, no built-in Wi-Fi, no built-in GPS neither… I am disappointed even though they add the accessory plug-in that will accept the GP-1 external sensor and the WU-1a Wi-Fi module but these are both optional and external which makes 2 hassles. The Nikon Wu-1a Wi-Fi module allows the camera to connect to a Wi-Fi network or a smartphone / tablet to share and backup its photos and videos and may be remotely controlled from your portable device.

Nikon D5200 is the sold €879 euros in Europe with the 18-55mm VR lens and will be available in December right on time for Christmas.

Main features of the Nikon D5200

– Sensor: APS-C / 24-megapixel / CMOS
– Processor: EXPEED 3
– Sensibility: ISO 100 – 6400 (can be extended to ISO 25,600)
– AF: 39-points with 9 cross-type sensors, Multi-Cam 4800DX AF module
– RGB 2016 pixels scene recognition sensor for exposure metering and white balance
– Burst frame rate: 5 fps
– Shutter speeds: 30s to 1/4000s (flash X-sync speed of 1/200s)
– HDR : compiles exposures of 2 images
– Active D-Lighting
– Video recording : Full HD / 25p, 30p, 60i / stereo internal mic + external microphone input / Full time AF in AF-F mode
– New GUI / menus
– Built-in Flash: guide number = 12
– Hot shoe for external flash
– Compatible with Nikon CLS Wireless multiflash Lighting
– 16 scene modes
– Creative effects: 7 effects including selective color and miniature effect
– Screen: Vari-angle / 3 “/ 921 000 dots
– Going reflex: pentamirror / cover 95% / 17.9 mm eyepoint 0.78 x magnification
– Battery: Lithium-ion / EN-EL14
– Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB, video, miniHDMI, accessory port
– Weight: 505 grams (555 grams with battery and memory card)

Nikon D5200 : gallery


Nikon D5200 : official technical data sheet

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D5200 Specifications
Category Item
Development Code Development Code Q0970
Type Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Nikon DX format; focal length equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenseswith FX format angle of view
Effective pixels Effective pixels 24.1 million
Image sensor Image sensor 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 24.71 million
Dust-reduction System Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optionalCapture NX 2 software required)
Storage Image size (pixels) 6000 x 4000 (Large)
x 3000 (Medium)
x 2000 (Small)
File format NEF (RAW): 14 bit, compressed
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx.1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression
NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and
JPEG formats
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selectedPicture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print OrderFormat), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.78 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 17.9 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -1.7 – +0.7 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirror Quick return
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Lens Compatible lenses Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses. Autofocus is notavailable with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lensesfor the F3AF are not supported), and AI-P lenses. Non-CPU lenses can beused in mode M, but the camera exposure meter will not function.
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a
maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/4000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Flash sync speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release Release mode Single frame, continuous L, continuous H, self-timer,delayed remote; ML-L3, quick-response remote; ML-L3, quietshutter release; interval timer photography supported
Frame advance rate Up to 3 fps (L) or 5 fps (H) (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures
Exposure Metering mode TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); colormatrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center
of frame
Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on
selected focus point
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV
Spot metering: 2-20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU
Mode Auto modes (auto; auto (flash off)); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; color sketch; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
Exposure compensation Can be adjusted by -5 – +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, and M modes
Bracketing Exposure bracketing: 3 shots in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
White balance bracketing: 3 shots in steps of 1
Active D-Lighting bracketing: 2 shots
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Auto, extra high, high, normal, low, off
Focus Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft 8 in.-9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range -1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); autoAF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activatedautomatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 39- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, autoareaAF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (singleservoAF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Flash Built-in flash Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, color sketch: Auto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M,
food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide Number Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available withbuilt-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTLbalanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weightedmetering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync withred-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync withred-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation -3 – +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashesafter flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, orSB-700 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash ColorInformation Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flashunits
Sync terminal AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy,shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning.
Live View Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus pointautomatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Automatic sceneselection Available in auto and auto (flash off) modes
Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate 1920 x 1080, 60i (59.94 fields/s)/ 50i (50 fields/s)*, high/normal
x 1080, 30 p (progressive)/25p/24p, high/normal
x 720, 60p/50p, high/normal
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 videomode. 25p, 50i, and 50p are available when PAL is selected for videomode. Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps.
* Sensor output is about 60 or 50 fps.
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity ISO 200-6400; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400
Monitor Monitor 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle TFT monitor with 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback withplayback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows,histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment(up to 36 characters)
Interface USB Hi-Speed USB
Video output NTSC, PAL
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal Wireless remote controller: WR-R10 wireless remote controller (availableseparately)
Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately)
GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Supported languages Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch,English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian,Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal andBrazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Power source Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (availableseparately)
Tripod socket Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions/weight Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 129.0x 98.0x 78.0 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.)
Weight Approx. 555 g (1 lb 3.6 oz) with battery and memory card but withoutbody cap; approx. 505 g/1 lb 1.8 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment Temperature 0 °C-40 °C (+32 °F-104 °F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Supplied accessories EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP16 audio/video cable, DK-5 eyepiece cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, User’s Manual
note note Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery operating at the temperature specified by the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA): 23 ±3 °C (73.4 ±5.4 °F).


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