Is the Nikon D5200 a good camera for entry level photography and video? View the features such as price, weight, and performance reviews below:
The swivel screen provides benefits for shooting at various angles. The user interface and multiple filter and scene modes are helpful for beginning digital SLR photographers. Video functionality on this camera could be improved. Video is cropped and aperture adjustments during live view are not permitted.
- 1. The Sensor
- Effective pixels: Approx. 24.1 megapixels
- Approx. 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
- DX (APS-C)
- 2. Compatible Lenses
- Nikon F bayonet mount
- 3. Autofocus
- 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking) AF points
- Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status; Manual focus (MF)
- 4. Video Features
- MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)
- Recording Size and (frame rate in parenthesis):
- 1920 x 1080 (60i / 50i / 30 fps / 25 fps)
- 1280 x 720 (60 fps / 50 fps)
- 640 x 424 (30 fps / 25 fps)
- Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 20 mins at highest quality, 29 min 59 sec at normal quality
- 5. Image Features
- JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
- NEF (RAW): compressed 14 bit
- NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
- 6. Performance
- High Speed Continuous Shooting: Maximum 5 shots/sec.
- 7. Exposure Control
Exposure Modes: Aperture-Priority (A), Manual (M), Programmed auto with flexible program (P), Shutter-Priority (S)
- Scene Modes: Autumn Colors, Beach / Snow, Blossom, Candlelight, Child, Close-up, Dusk / Dawn, Food, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Party / Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
- ISO 100-6400, Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
- Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec.
- Picture Styles: Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, User-customizable Settings, Vivid
- White Balance Settings: Auto, Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent (7 types), Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
- 8. Interface
- Wide 3.0 inch Vari-angle TFT-LCD monitor
- 3 levels of manual LCD brightness adjustments
- USB Hi-Speed
- HDMI mini OUT terminal: Type C
- Stereo microphone input
- Eye-Fi compatible
- Optional connection to GP-1 GPS Receiver
- 9. Power
- One EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- AC power optional with the EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector
- Battery life: 550 shots per charge
- 10. Body
- SD card, SDHC card, SDXC memory card compatible (1 card slot)
- Viewfinder coverage: Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
5.1 in. (129 mm) x 3.9 in. (98 mm) x 3.1 in. (78 mm)
- Weight:17.8 oz. (505 g) (body only)
- 11. Price
- MSRP: $700
Nikon D5200 Performance Review:
This video by SuperSaf TV provides samples and walks you through the layout of the camera:
Video review highlights:
- Quick autofocus
- No built in focus motor (most lenses have this built in, so not necessarily needed on the camera body itself).
- ISO 3200 is about when you can start seeing noise in the photographs.
- Zoom button is easily accessible on the right hand side of screen so that when shooting movies, you can operate the camera and zoom in with your right hand while your left hand focuses. Otherwise if the zoom button were on the left, it’d be much more inconvenient to access.
- Swivel screen is useful for low angles.
- Graphical user interface is good for beginners learning how to understand aperture, shutter speed, etc.
- Shooting at 5 fps is pretty impressive for an entry level DSLR. This is good for shooting fast action.
- Full manual control is an option when shooting video.
- Shooting 1080i will crop your image.
- Can’t change the aperture in live view.
- Onboard stereo microphone is ok, but you can also plug in an external microphone.
- Can use an optional adapter for wifi.