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Nikon D5200 DSLR Hands-On Preview

We take a hands-on look at the new Nikon D5200 - the 24 megapixel camera from Nikon with advanced focusing.

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The Nikon D5200 is the latest Digital SLR from Nikon, making it the 5th new Digital SLR to be announced by Nikon this year. Six if you include the Nikon D800E. The Nikon D5200 features a new 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, full HD video recording, stereo microphone, and a number of other enhancements to improve image quality and performance. It will be available in black, red or bronze.

Nikon D5200 Features

The Nikon D5200 has a number of enhancements over the Nikon D5100, including a new 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, stereo microphones built in, 5fps continuous shooting, 39-point AF system, and EXPEED 3 processor for improves speed and image quality.

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Key Features

  • 24.1 megapixel DX Format CMOS sensor - new
  • ISO100-6400, expands to Hi1 12800, Hi2 25600
  • HD Movie recording: 1080p 30p, 25p, 24p, H.264
  • Ultra high speed readout for flicker detection
  • EXPEED 3 processor
  • Expanded dynamic range, skin tones, noise reduction
  • 2016-pixel RGB Metering sensor
  • 39 point AF system
  • Advanced scene recognition system
  • 3inch vari-angle LCD with 921k dots
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Special effects mode as found on the D5100
Full HD movie recording up to 60i is available, with 1920x1080 60i supported. When recording 60i, 80% of the central part of the readout is clipped from 1080 30p. There is a built in stereo microphone, as well as a microphone socket. Subject tracking AF and AF-F follows a moving subject in three dimensions, similar to the function found on a video camera.

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An improved GUI (Graphical User Interface) gives clearer display of shutter, aperture and ISO settings on the back with both "Classic" and "Graphic" displays updated.

Improved AF - as well as improved AF tracking in video mode, the camera has a 39 point AF module, advanced scene recognition, and 3D AF tracking.

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WU-1a compatible - for Wi-Fi transfer and remote control - this should work in exactly the same way as it does with the Nikon D3200 - which we tested here.

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Nikon D5200 Handling

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Handling - An additional button (added since the D5100) on the top of the camera gives quick access to continous shooting. Otherwise, little had changed on the back of the camera, with the same controls as the D5100, as well as side access to the memory card slot. An additional rubber grip has been added to the front right corner of the camera, for your left hand.

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Menus - Behind the updated display on the rear screen, the familiar Nikon menus can be found, which are neatly arranged into colour coded sections. This makes it easy to navigate and find the options you want. Have a look at our menu walkthrough video below:

The battery used on the Nikon D5200 is the same EN-EL14 Lithium Ion battery as used in a number of other Nikon cameras including the Nikon D5100, Nikon D3100, Nikon D3200, Nikon Coolpix P7700, and a number of other Nikon cameras.

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Value For Money

The Nikon D5200 will be available body only for £719 body only, or £819 with 18-55mm VR kit lens. This prices it slightly above the Canon EOS 650D RRP price, although actual prices in stores may be lower.

Nikon D5200 Verdict

The Nikon D5200 sees Nikon's range of Digital SLR cameras completely updated this year, with the Nikon D800 and D800E being the stand-out models due to the high resolution 36.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, as well as the 24 megapixel Nikon D3200. These cameras made the 16 megapixel Nikon D5100 seem somewhat over-shadowed. This has been rectified with the new 24.1 megapixel sensor in the Nikon D5200, however Nikon hasn't simply put in a new sensor, it's also upgraded and updated a number of other features, making the D5200 even more appealing. We will be testing as soon as available, and look forward to seeing whether the improvements and image quality live up to expectations.

Nikon D5200 Specifications

Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL14 Lithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)500shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP16 audio/video cable, DK-5 eyepiece cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, User's Manual

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MikeFear 11 6 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 3:38PM
Looks really nice & look forward to seeing the results of a hands on review but I would disagree that 'Nikon's range of Digital SLR cameras completely updated this year'; WHERE OH WHERE is the D300 & s
replacement that is so long overdue - come on Nikon, just remember there are other manufactures out there! we need one now!
steevo46 10 3 Australia
18 Nov 2012 7:04AM
No focusing motor added = no D300 replacement. Sad
Still waiting Nikon!.....
pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 9:13AM
does anybody know when the D5200 will be released please?
pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 5:21PM
For anybody interested I contacted Nikon today and the D5200 release is delayed now for reasons beyond their control to 24th Dec - if it doesn't change before then

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