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The Nikon Coolpix S5200 is a Wi-Fi enabled digital camera and has a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and 6x optical zoom. It also records full 1080p HD videos with stereo sound. It is available in silver, black, red, blue and plum for £180.
When shooting there is auto mode which adjusts the camera settings automatically, as well as 19 scene modes and Easy Panorama 360°/180°. There is also the smart portrait system which includes a smile timer, blink proof alert and glamour retouch.
When you've finished shooting you can edit your pictures in the retouch menu, which includes selective colour and cross screen. Your pictures can be transferred to a smart phone or tablet using the built-in Wi-Fi. This also allows you to use your mobile device as a remote control.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with stereo sound.
- 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
- 6x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-156mm)
- Lens-shift (VR) vibration reduction
- 3.0 inch 460k dot LCD screen
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Full 1080p HD movie recording
- ISO 125-3200
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- 10 fps high-speed continuous shooting
- Smart portrait system
The S5200 has a new and improved menu system, with a neater interface that is easy to navigate. When you take a shot, there is an option which pops up with the preview that allows you to apply a quick effect to your image. There is an extensive choice of options such as pop, toy camera and selective colour.
To make use of the Wi-Fi you need to download the Wireless Mobile Utility app to your smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android). This allows you to use your mobile device to download pictures from the camera to edit and share them. You can also use it as a remote release. A preview appears on your mobile device, you can control the zoom or set a timer. Other information appears on the screen, such as shutter speed, aperture, number of shots left and battery life.
Battery life is rated at 160 shots according to CIPA test results, which is quite poor, particularly as the Wi-Fi will use a fair amount of power in use. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.6 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.5 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.9 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.8 secs|
|Continuous Shooting H||9.9 fps|
|Continuous Shooting L||2.1 fps|
|Continuous Shooting H: 120 fps||103.8 fps|
|Continuous Shooting H: 60 fps||48.5 fps|
Continuous Shooting H and L record at full 16 megapixel resolution. Continuous Shooting H: 120 fps records VGA size images, Continuous Shooting H: 60 fps records at 1 megapixels.
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Nikon Coolpix S5200 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm | ISO 280
Landscape | 1/800 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 125
Low Light | 1 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 125
Pet Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Sample Photos - Images have good colour reproduction and are well exposed, with portraits having decent skin tones, while being free from red-eye when using the flash.
Nikon Coolpix S5200 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1250 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 125
Full Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/6.5 | 27.6 mm | ISO 125
Some Optical Zoom | 1/640 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 125
Macro | 1/50 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 125
Lens Performance - Detail is OK at both ends of the lens, although they are softer in the corners. Purple fringing can be seen in contrasting areas, but isn't too bad. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, which allows the camera to take a decent macro shot.
Nikon Coolpix S5200 ISO test images
1/5 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 125
1/8 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 200
1/15 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 400
1/30 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 800
1/60 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 1600
1/125 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100, with a small increase at ISO 200 and 400. Images become soft and detail starts to become lost at ISO 800, with a significant loss in image quality at ISO 1600. Image quality becomes poor at ISO 3200, this setting is best avoided where possible.
Nikon Coolpix S5200 White-balance test images
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights in our studio, the auto white balance (AWB) performs well, with the incandescent preset taking a very similar image. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB produces an image with a magenta cast, the fluorescent preset takes a much better picture.
180 Panorama | 1/800 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
360 Panorama | 1/2000 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Panorama mode - Panorama images have a decent amount of detail and are well stitched together.
Nikon Coolpix S5200 Digital filters
Colour Option Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option Cyanotype | 1/6 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option Sepia | 1/6 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option Vivid | 1/6 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 125
Filter Cross Process | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter High Contrast Monochrome | 1/15 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 500
Filter High Key | 1/15 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 500
Filter Low Key | 1/60 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 360
Filter Nostalgic Sepia | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter Painting | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter Pop | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter Selective Colour | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter Soft | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter Super Vivid | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter Toy Camera Effect 1 | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter Toy Camera Effect 2 | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - The S5200 has a number of colour options and creative filters, with a number of examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good, you can also watch a video recorded using the optical zoom on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S5200 is a available for around £180. Other options with 6x optical zoom to consider are the Pentax Optio LS465 at £49.99, Sony Cybershot W710 at £84.99, Olympus VG-180 at £89.99, Canon Powershot A3200 IS at £64.79 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS50 at £102.91. There are many cameras now available with Wi-Fi, if this is the feature which attracts you the most there is the Canon IXUS 240 HS at £152.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 at £109.99 and Nikon Coolpix S800c at £222.70. There are also Wi-Fi memory cards from Transcend and Eye-Fi.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Nikon Coolpix S5200 ProsBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Records at up to 10 fps
Easy Panorama 360°/180°
Available in a range of colours
Nikon Coolpix S5200 ConsShort battery life
No optical image stabilisation
Images are noisy from ISO 800 upwards
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Nikon Coolpix S5200 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 156mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||1sec|
|ISO sensitivity||125 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Charging AC Adapter EH-70P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD, Reference Manual CD|