Nikon D5200 Review

September 30, 2019
                         

The D5200 camera is almost the same as the D5100 with just slightly few differences. It is slightly sleeker and more streamlined. It does eliminate the little finger ‘hook’ on the left side of the body. It has a stereo microphone in front of the hot shoe and a drive button beside the mode dial.

Design

In Nikon D5200 review, we note that this camera has a 24-megapixel sensor, which is well placed in today’s pixel strength. It has the 39-point autofocus and is an outstanding feature on this camera. It has a central block of nine cross-type points for higher sensitivity. This feature is also revealed in the Nikon D7000. It also has dense array of points which makes it easy for the user to focus precisely on a person’s eye or smallest detail in any given scene. In addition, this camera uses the 2,016 pixel metering sensor to track moving subjects around the frame and keep them in focus. This is essential to the 3D Tracking focus mode.

The D5200 is small, has lightweight DSLR with a plastic body design and very solid eliminating flexing and creaking. It is built with external controls as well as fully articulated LCD screen that is beneficial during live viewing and video shooting. It also has 4-way controller located at the back whose function is to move the active focus point among the 39 available options present in the viewfinder.

In this D5200 Nikon review, you get ample array of connectors. We have the HDMI and USB/AV out, stereo microphone input for movie recording as well as a multi-function port that incorporates both Nikon’s optional GP-1 GPS unit and the MC-DC2 electronic cable release. It has both the front and rear receivers for the ML-L3 wireless remote.
Optics

In this Nikon D5200 SLR review, we note that it has Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (Vibration Reduction) kit lens. The 3.1x zoom lens has a 35mm same length of approximately 27-83mm thanks to the 1.5x crop factor. It has fairly good sharpness and contrast across the frame at full wide-angle and f/8. It has a 24-megapixel sensor, which is well placed in today’s pixel strength. It has the 39-point autofocus and is an outstanding feature on this camera. It has a central block of nine cross-type points for higher sensitivity.

Videography

It is built with external controls as well as fully articulated LCD screen that is beneficial during live viewing and video shooting as we look at the Nikon D5200 camera review. It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps). The format is MPEG-4, H.264 and has stereo microphone and mono speaker. You can trigger the autofocus of Nikon D5200 camera during movie recording when you press the shutter button or enable the continuous AF (AF-F). It also has the manual focus in movie mode. This camera can simultaneously display video feed on LCD monitor and output video feed through HDMI.

Audio

This camera lacks headphone port in this Nikon D5200 camera review but we realize that it has a microphone port. It also has stereo microphone and mono speaker. It has provision for in-built 3.5mm audio jack where you can use a standard external stereo microphone

Battery

It is powered by the Nikon EN-EL 14 which is a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery when we do the Nikon D5200 camera reviews. These types of batteries are designed to offer high energy density with low self-discharge which are commonly used in most portable electronic gadgets. It has a capacity of 1030mAh, rechargeable and operates at a voltage of 7.4V.

Features

Nikon D5200 camera reviewed features USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (mini Type C) and GPS (GP-1). The other key features of Nikon D5200 include 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 3 processing, ISO 100-6400 standard, up to 25600 expanded, 5 fps continuous shooting, 39 point AF system, 9 sensors cross type, 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor, 1080p30 video recording, built-in stereo mic and 921k dot 3” vari-angle LCD monitor, 170o viewing angle.

Conclusion

The Nikon D5200 camera is on market as a second hand product since the company stopped manufacturing new ones. It is a good product though as its sensor delivers impressively low noise and offers a better image quality compared to the older version of Nikon digital SLRs. This camera has since then been superseded by Nikon D5300, D5500 and D5600.