Nikon D5200 Review

Nikon D5200 Review
The Nikon D5200 Digital SLR is an impressive entry level to mid-range SLR camera featuring an impressive 24.1-megapixel resolution and the ability to capture videos in full HD quality.


24.1 megapixels with DX-format CMOS sensor

The 24.1 megapixels provide for lifelike high-definition images. Not only do your pictures look great with vivid details, the impressive megapixels allow for easier photo editing. Because the resolution is so high already, even functions like cropping won’t reduce your image quality, so pictures retain their expressiveness and fidelity even through the photo editing process. The CMOS sensor goes beyond simply providing high-definition imagery; it allows you to take sharp, clear pictures even in low light settings, like dusk, when contrast is typically hard to achieve.

Built-in HDR

The built-in HDR pairs well with the CMOS sensor to bring out the contrast in your pictures. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. This technology allows your camera to capture the full range of the light spectrum in a true-to-life way by taking two simultaneous exposures and blending them together. Shadows are dark and earthy while sunlight is brilliant and gleaming, all portrayed in the picture with the same depth as your eyes saw them in real life. By providing high contrast, the Nikon D5200 ensures your pictures look professional and lifelike even if you’re more of a hobbyist than a pro.

Scene Recognition System

Nikon’s Scene Recognition System intelligently compares your picture to its exposure database to choose the best possible exposure for your needs. You may think this clever trick would slow down the whole picture-taking process, but you’d be wrong; EXPEED 3 technology keeps things moving fast, all in real-time. The Scene Recognition System pairs well with the built-in HDR for optimizing the appearance of your pictures in a natural, organic way.

FHD video

Nikon’s D Movie feature allows you to take Full HD video at 1080p at 30fps. The result is a reduction in choppiness and a major improvement in image clarity and overall definition. Your HD videos look great even on the most up-to-date HD displays. Subject-tracking AF and face-tracking AF make video production even better by improving image clarity and keeping faces always in-target.

Built-in wi-fi

With built-in wi-fi, you can use Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Adaptor Utility App. This handy app allows for easy photo sharing to the social media network of your choice as well as remote camera control for extra user-friendliness.

First impression
The Nikon D5200 is a very lightweight camera with a comfortable hand feel. I don’t see myself getting fatigued using it even for extended periods, so I can see this being a good option for someone with issues like arthritis who needs a camera that’s comfortable and ergonomic to use.

The 24.1-megapixel resolution is impressive, to say the least. Photos have an amazing lifelike quality to them. Additionally, thanks to the ultra-high resolution, you can crop and edit photos without them losing their original quality and charm. This is great for Photoshop fans.

The Scene Recognition System’s presence can definitely be felt, though it doesn’t slow down the Nikon D5200’s functionality one bit, thanks to the EXPEED 3 technology, which improves picture-taking time for an in-the-moment experience. The Scene Recognition System offers a lot of visual improvements in the picture itself thanks to the optimized exposure it provides with its onboard exposure database.

Another great, intelligent feature is the built-in HDR. The HDR feature takes two exposures and overlaps them to create a picture with a much richer contrast. Brights are brighter; darks are darker. Additionally, it also provides for better image quality in low-light settings. For instance, when you take a picture at twilight where everything is practically one color, you can still see fine details, which a lot of SLRs in its class just can’t pull off.

The FHD video feature is great. 1080p makes for a good experience that will definitely impress people when you show off your home movies at family gatherings. The ability to use it with Nikon’s app is another social feature; with the app, you can immediately share on your favorite social network so everyone can see up-to-date photos on your timeline.

  • 1 megapixels with DX-format CMOS
  • Built-in HDR (High Dynamic Resolution) for improved contrast, upping brights and providing depth to darks
  • Scene Recognition System optimizes exposure by utilizing its onboard exposure database to find the exposure that best suits your current application
  • Up to 5fps continuous shooting for perfect action shots
  • FHD video with Nikon D Movie at 1080p and 30fps
  • High resolution video looks great on HDTVs
  • High frame rate reduces choppiness in video taking
  • 3-inch variable angle LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 39-point dynamic area AF system with 3D tracking
  • Subject-tracking AF
  • Face-tracking AF
  • ISO 100-6400
  • NIKKOR lenses for optimal clarity
  • EXPEED 3 provides for fast picture-taking
  • Built-in effects
  • Built-in filters
  • Built-in wi-fi
  • Compatible with Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Adaptor Utility App, which works with both iOS and Android devices
  • Li-Ion battery included
  • Lightweight at 1.2lbs
  • 1-year limited warranty

  • The GPS feature is an optional add-on; it’d be better if it came included with the basic option, but this is a more advanced feature, so it won’t be much of a loss for hobbyists or those using this as a backup camera.
  • This model is discontinued. This has no bearing with how the camera itself functions, but it’s important to note that Nikon may not support it beyond what their warranty requires them to do. Check with Nikon for further details.

Final verdict Nikon D5200 Digital SLR is a very likable SLR with a super-high resolution that makes advanced photo editing a breeze—while still retaining that high-resolution fidelity. The 5fps continuous shooting and techy features like Nikon’s Scene Recognition System make it a very capable piece of photography equipment for use out in the field when you need a great, reliable on-the-go camera. I recommend it!

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