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What a nice upgrade from my Nikon P90!
Pros: Awesome all around!
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When you started that online storefront to sell your arts and crafts you had no idea it would take off so quickly. Now people are spreading the word and the world wants better pictures of your wares. Looks like you might be in the market for a new camera. After all, images are your store's virtual display window. So a camera like the Nikon D5200 digital SLR, with its large, light-gathering 24-megapixel sensor, tack-sharp autofocus performance, and sophisticated video production options is tailor-made for getting your message — and talent — out in front of your legions of digital fans.
Now wouldn't it be great if it not only took fantastic photos and movies, but also connected to your network, smartphones, laptops, and tablets for easy Internet access? With an optional WU-1a wireless adapter, the Nikon D5200 does just that. Use a linked iOS® or Android™ smart device to instantly email shots to the family, post pictures to social networks or photo sharing sites, or simply view your camera's live feed remotely. Plus, you can command the shutter to release right from your phone or tablet. Now that's cool.
The D5200's on-board image processing engine gives you blazing reaction speed, sharply detailed images in low light, and smooth, faithful color rendering with subtle gradations. The high-density, 39-point autofocus system helps you keep track of your subject in challenging shooting conditions, even when you're following dynamic action coming toward or going away from the camera. And you can shoot full-resolution images at up to 5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, while panning with your subject and viewing the action in either the optical viewfinder or on the vari-angle LCD monitor.
The Nikon D5200 vari-angle LCD monitor helps you frame your shot from a variety of angles (lens not included).
What? We haven't mentioned the vari-angle display? The D5200 features a detailed, high-resolution 3" LCD that simultaneously tilts and swivels to almost any angle, so you can get those unique framings that make an ordinary image suddenly compelling. Put the camera at street level and monitor your shot by aiming the display upward. Swivel it to the left to shoot in a tight space. Aim it downward so you can shoot above the crowd.
Nikon never stops looking for ways to make the user experience more intuitive. The D5200 features a redesigned LCD menu layout that groups the most commonly used settings for a faster and more natural adjustment process. And if you wish to explore the on-board special effects, things like the "night vision" or "color sketch" effects, the on-board processor is so fast they will display in real-time, even when you're shooting movies.
Oh, wow, we almost forgot: movies! The D5200 shoots lush HD video at up to 1080/60i with full-time autofocus. Use either the built-in stereo microphone, or an external mic through the stereo minijack input, and adjust your input levels to suit your environment. The more advanced videographer will appreciate the advanced manual modes that are available, even in the middle of acquiring the shot, and your adjustments will be reflected in the live view LCD monitor.
What a nice upgrade from my Nikon P90!
CPP, Moorhead MN
Average Customer Review(s):
What a nice upgrade from my Nikon P90!
Pros: Awesome all around!
Great upgrade from point and shoot. While it takes great pictures on auto, it also will allow you to make any setting manually. I haven't learned of any setting or feature you can't use with this camera.
Pros: Does it all. if you are looking to upgrade, I would recommend this camera.
Cons: Should have shipped the upgraded battery. Purchased in early Sept. and the battery has already been discontinued.
Just what I was looking for. A move up from my old camera with the ability to input settings or go fully automatic. Takes great pictures and video
Pros: Light weight, quality pictures, takes very good video
Cons: Cost including lens
The camera is great whether taking pictures inside or out. Lighter in weight than my old film camera. You can review the picture on the viewer as you take they or use the eye viewer take lots of picture to review later.
Pros: Takes great pictures no matter what the weather.
Cons: Need 2 lens one for 28 - 55 mm for regular close-up people shots and the 55 - 300 mm gives great flexibility in outdoor distance pictures.
Easy to handle,great image quality and lots of shooting options.
Pros: Light weight,great picture quality, lots of shooting options.
Cons: The number of menu options can be daunting to a new user.
I am still getting use to all the different features. The camera does really well in the auto setting with a lens attached. I only experienced 1 time so far where it didn't want to auto-focus and I think that had to do with the lighting. The camera body is not extremely heavy and it is comfortable to hold.
Pros: Ease of use
"Beautiful," "fantastic," "awesome," are the comments I'm getting when people see my photos from my Nikon D5200. The D5200 feels and acts so similar to my 35mm SLR that I was able use it efficiently after watching a few online-how-to videos. Shooting multiple pictures quickly is a treat, the results are breathtaking. Nikon did an admirable job creating it's DSLR cameras as a continuation from a superb line of photographic and optical equipment. ViewNX2 software is cool too.
Pros: The D5200 produces flawless photography.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
|Effective Megapixel Count||24.1|
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||19.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Nikon D5200 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 pixels and adjustable brightness. The Vari-angle monitor opens outward 180°, and can be rotated 180° forward or 90° backward for high- and low-angle photography. The large 3-inch LCD monitor has large fonts with easy-to-view menus. The monitor can display shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, and number of exposures remaining as well as the settings currently applied. You can choose from a classic information display or a graphic display.
Live View: The camera features Live View, which allows you to frame your photographs in the monitor instead of the viewfinder. When the Live View switch is rotated, the mirror is raised and the view through the lens will be displayed in the monitor. The subject will no longer be visible in the viewfinder. The Live View display will show up to 12 items, including shooting, focus, and AF-area modes, along with other status indicators. You can opt to hide many of the indicators, or overlay a framing grid in the monitor.
Optical Viewfinder: The D5200 uses a fixed eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter adjustment to set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without glasses). The viewfinder's coverage area is approximately 95% horizontal and vertical. During self-timer or remote control operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use the supplied eyepiece cap to cover the eyepiece.
Image Sensor: The D5200 features a 23.6mm x 15.6mm DX-format CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 24.71 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 24.1 million.
Dust Reduction System: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be set to turn the auto cleaning function off.
Compatible Lenses: The D5200 is equipped with the standard Nikon F bayonet mount with AF contacts. DX-format-compatible lenses are recommended. Auto focus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses. Auto focus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported, and AI-P lenses. Non-CPU lenses can be used in Manual Mode, but without the camera exposure meter. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Recording Media: The camera records images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards up to 2 GB in size, SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB, and SDXC cards up to 64 GB. The camera also supports Eye-Fi and ultra high-speed UHS-1 cards. No SD cards are included with the camera. The camera has no internal memory.
Still Image Formats: The D5200 records still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats. You can choose from the following Image Quality and Image Size settings:
|Available Image Sizes||Description|
|NEF (RAW)||6000 x 4000||Raw 14-bit data, compressed|
|NEF + JPEG||6000 x 4000||Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one JPEG image. You can choose from fine, normal, or basic compression for the JPEG.|
6000 x 4000
M: 4496 x 3000
S: 2992 x 2000
|JPEG-baseline compliant with fine (1:4), normal (1:8) or basic (1:16) compression|
Movie Recording: The D5200 records movies in High Definition in 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition in 3:2. Movies are recorded in MOV file format, with H.264/MPEG-4 advanced video coding, and Linear PCM audio, recorded by the built-in stereo microphone. The maximum clip length is 29 min 59 sec (20 minutes HD high quality). Movies can be recorded in the following frame sizes and rates:
Focus Modes: You can choose from the following autofocus and manual focus modes:
AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'-8" to 9'-10".
AF-Area Modes: The D5200 offers a choice of four focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:
Release Modes: The camera can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an optional remote control. The camera allows you to choose from the following Release Modes:
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D5200's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging lighting conditions.
Metering: You can choose from the following Metering Modes to determine how the camera sets exposure:
Shooting Modes: The Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a wide choice of shooting modes, organized in 4 groups:
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes (P, S, A, M), you can choose one of the following white balance options: Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, and Preset Manual.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 6400. You can manually select from ISO settings 100 to 6400, with incremental steps of 1/3EV. You can also choose HI 0.3 (ISO 8000 equivalent), HI 0.7, HI 1, and HI2 (ISO 25600 equivalent).
High Dynamic Range (HDR): The High Dynamic Range (HDR) function combines two exposures to form a single image that captures a wide range of tones from shadows to highlights, even with high-contrast subjects. You can select from the following options: Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, or Off.
Multiple Exposures: You can record a series of two or three exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures produce colors noticeably superior to those in software-generated photographic overlays created from existing images.
Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.
Interval Timer Photography: You can take photographs automatically at preset intervals. When setting up the interval timer shooting, you can choose the following parameters:
Note: Use of a tripod is recommended during interval timer shooting.
Built-in Flash: The D5200 has a built-in flash that will pop up automatically in low light situations, or can be manually raised with a button release. The camera offers the following flash sync modes depending upon the shooting mode selected: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction, Auto Slow Sync, Auto Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction, Rear-curtain Sync, Fill Flash, and Flash Off.
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) offers improved communication between the camera and compatible external flash units for improved flash photography. The camera's Accessory Shoe is compatible with the following optional Speedlights: SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, and SB-R200.
Flash Compensation: In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure compensation can be set to values between -3 EV (darker) and +1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV.
Picture Controls: When the camera is set to one of the P, S, A, or M modes, you can choose from the following Picture Control options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape.
Custom Settings: The D5200 features a custom settings menu that allows you to customize the camera settings to suit your individual preferences. There are six main setting areas:
Remote Control: The D5200 is compatible with the ML-L3 wireless remote control. There are infrared receivers on the front and back, so you can use the remote from virtually anywhere within approximately 16 feet. The shutter release can be set to Quick Response or 2-sec Delay in the Release Modes menu. In addition, the optional WR-R10/WR-T10 remote combination can also be used with the camera. The WR-R10 receiver plugs into the Accessory Terminal on the side of the camera.
Remote Release Cord: In addition to the wireless remotes, the camera can also be controlled by the MC-DC2 Wired Remote Control. The MC-DC2 plugs into the Accessory Terminal on the side of the camera.
Wireless Mobile Adapter: The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter allows you to wirelessly connect the camera to your Wi-Fi-equipped smartphone, tablet, or other smart device. The wireless connection lets you automatically load photos and videos on your camera, or download existing picture from the camera's memory card to your device. The WU-1a plugs into the camera's USB/AV port.
Microphone: The camera has a 3.5mm mini-jack for connecting an optional microphone, such as the Nikon ME-1. The microphone receives power from the camera. The microphone input is also compatible with other 3rd party microphones with 3.5mm plugs.
GPS: Optional GPS units, such as the Nikon GP-1 and GP-1a, can be connected to the camera's accessory terminal to allow information on the camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken.
Image Playback: The D5200 will play back still images in Full-Frame one-at-a-time in the order recorded. You can display varying amounts of photo information, superimposed over the images. Thumbnail images can be displayed at 4, 9, or 72 at a time, or by date in a calendar display.
Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an automatic slide show manner. You can set the frame interval at 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds.
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 38x for large images, up to 28x for medium images, and up to 19x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.
Retouching Menu: These options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Quick retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color outline, Color sketch, Perspective control, Miniature effect, Selective color, Edit movie, and Side-by-side comparison.
Movie Playback: When playing back movies, you can perform the following functions: Pause/play, Advance/rewind, Skip 10 seconds (ahead or back), Adjust volume, and Edit movie. When editing, you can create a copy from which the opening or closing footage has been removed. If desired, you can save a selected frame as a JPEG still.
PictBridge Printing Capability: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand. The supplied USB cable is required for connecting the camera to the printer.
USB/AV Connection: The Nikon D5200 utilizes a single connector for interfacing the camera with your computer via USB or with your standard definition TV. This micro-USB jack is USB 2.0 High-Speed compatible. A UC-E17 USB cable is supplied for connecting the camera to your computer. Also, the EG-CP16 audio/video cable is supplied for connecting the D5200 to your TV. You can select between NTSC or PAL video playback.
HDMI: The camera has a Type C mini-HDMI connection for connecting to an HDTV for playing back High Definition movies and high resolution still images. A Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The HDMI output resolution can be set to Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.
Microphone Input: A 3.5mm stereo mini-jack microphone input lets you connect an optional external microphone.
Accessory Terminal: The Accessory Terminal is provided for connecting optional devices, such as a GPS receiver or the receiver for a wireless remote or remote shutter release. (See Optional Accessories section above for specific accessories.)
Li-ion Battery Pack: The D5200 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (EN-EL14), with the capacity of approximately 500 shots per charge (when measured using the 18-55mm VR lens).
Quick Charger: The camera also comes with a Battery Charger (MH-24) to the charge the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-24 will charge the EN-EL14 battery pack in approximately 90 minutes.
Backup Battery: The camera's internal backup battery can provide up to a month of backup power after about three days of charging from the EN-EL14 battery pack. The backup battery powers the camera's internal clock, and maintains settings when the power is turned off.
Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed to prevent battery drain. You can choose from Short, Normal, or Long options, which have timers of preset durations for Playback/Menus, Image Review, Live View, and Standby Timer. You can also customize separate delays for each, if desired.
Optional AC Adapter: The EP-5A Power Connector and EH-5b AC Adapter can be used to power the camera for extended periods. It is recommended for long slide shows, extremely long exposures, or interval timer shooting.
ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer 2, View NX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. View NX 2 is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.
Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with computers running the following operating systems:
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We received this answer from another customer: with my D5200 I am shooting with the Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED lens. This type of lens is great for indoors. Then I have a Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED lens for outdoors. The "3.5" aperture is needed for low light and most of my pictures have not needed flash but a flash really helps brighten things up, I have huge success using this lens taking basketball photos. The "4.5" aperture results with great color outdoors just this Fall taking photos from the stands watching soccer. I originally only had the "4.5" and was not pleased with it as it had trouble taking photos indoors without a flash. That is what I am seeing, I think it is everything to do with the lens you are using. [ Jeff Dec 05, 2014 ] Staff
George, I have never own D5100 previously. What I have previously is D80, I did several test at the same darkness by using different ISO and speed, my D80 can only produce best max with ISO400 only at low light . I found D5200, far better than D80 at the low light. Possible you can do the same experiment with your D5100 by taking several shoot at low light and play with ISO setting and speed. I also bought Tamron with Fix f 2.8 to give me better opening at low light. Note: D5200 will need lens that has motor, otherwise the autofocus will not work. [ ANDI Dec 05, 2014 ]
If you are using the built-in flash probably neither cameras will be good enough. You better invest in an external flash if you want to light up your subject at night. As for upgrading, I think the D5200 is a wonderful option, with its 24 MP sensor, 39 AF points and fully articulated LCD screen. It's $200 cheaper than the D5300 which also has built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, faster processor and the ability to record 1080p video @ 60fps if you can live without these features. I hope my comments will help you decide. [ GEORGE Dec 05, 2014 ]