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big choice d3200 d5200 or d7000


probie 11 24 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 10:52AM
hi there everyone,
I have a big choice to make as I am looking at a new camera to replace my d3100, I am looking at one of the following, d3200, d5200 or the d7000, they all get very good reviews and I have heard the d7000 sometimes has back focusing problems,
also the d3200 and d5200 have a higher pixel count, I have extended the range I am looking at to include the d7000 as with Nikons cashback it makes it a more reasonable price,
I will be using a 18-105 as my normal walk around lens.
any advice will be greatly appreciated,

pete

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Coventryphotog Junior Member 7 149 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 12:03PM
Answered this in your other post
tttfoto 18 591 Poland
30 Apr 2013 12:08PM
My choice would be the 5200 cant do without my swivel lcd screen, saves my back and knees many a time.
probie 11 24 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 2:12PM
hi there,
I don't think I would use the flip out screen much if at all so its more to do with the image quality,
thanks
pete
ShaunsPics 9 87 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 2:37PM
the d5200 has the high'est image quality according to DXO.....I would go for the d5200 also as I have the d5100 you hardly use the swivel screen but its there if needed also the d7000 has the same sensor has the d5100. I had the d3100 before the d5100 there's not a lot of difference between the two. the d3200 I don't like the look of the pics from that camera seems to have to much noise. so a upgrade would be the d5200 from the d3100 in my book.
EG Plus
11 24 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 2:55PM
Hi I've got the D7000 and love it so would defo go for that
probie 11 24 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 3:07PM
hi there uzi9mm,
I was thinking almost the same thing,
but in a number of reviews they say other than the extra focusing points and the flip out screen there isn't a great deal of difference between the d3200 and the d5200, also there is only 3 points difference in their dxo marks,
I don't want to spend an extra 250 on the d5200 if there isn't a marked difference,
thanks

pete
Steppenwolf 8 1.2k
30 Apr 2013 4:12PM
All DSLRs can have problems with back focusing (or front focusing) - it's not confined to the D7000. It's caused by inaccurate assembly resulting in the AF sensor being a different distance from the lens than the sensor. The only cameras that don't have this problem are those that use the main sensor for focusing rather than a separate AF sensor. So all the CSCs are free of the problem and also those cameras that allow you to use CDAF (or PDAF) in the main sensor rather than using the AF sensor.

I'd go for the D7000. It's got fewer MPs (and it's a slightly earlier generation sensor) but it's got in-body focus motors so you don't always have to get the expensive AF-S lenses in order to have AF. The 16Mp sensor that the D7000 uses is one of the best ever made.
ShaunsPics 9 87 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 4:34PM
if it a a walk around camera youre after i'd also take a look at pentax k30 or k5's at least they are weather proof 100% view finder's good sensor's.
RavenTepes 11 226 United States
30 Apr 2013 5:58PM

Quote:I'd go for the D7000. It's got fewer MPs (and it's a slightly earlier generation sensor) but it's got in-body focus motors so you don't always have to get the expensive AF-S lenses in order to have AF. The 16Mp sensor that the D7000 uses is one of the best ever made.


I'm agreeing with Steppenwolf. Yes, the D7000 is previous generation, but it'll still hold its own. You might be able to find a used body that's in good shape, and use the remaining money to save up for the f/4.5-5.6 70-300mm lens, which will pick up roughly where your 18-105 leaves off Wink

Or at least that's what I'd do if I had some extra cash lying about with no particular need...
probie 11 24 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 7:59PM
hi there everyone,
as you can see I am in a major predicament ,
I need a new camera as my daughter is having mine for part of her duke of Edinburgh award, and I am quite pleased she is getting more into photography,
I don't want to spend to much but I would like an upgrade on my d3100,
also would need another kit type lens for my daughter,
I currently have 18-105 and a 55-300,
my main concern about the d3200 and d5200 is the noise as in a lot of reviews they say the extra pixel count produces more noise,
or am I being over critical from me coming from a d3100,
probably to many questions sorry

thanks
pete
ShaunsPics 9 87 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 8:17PM
then it looks like you just need a d5100 can be found for great price at the moment with the change get your self a 50mm 1.8g works for me.
probie 11 24 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 8:27PM
hi uzi9mm,
unfortunately that's where I start to question as the newer d3200 is the same price as the d5100,
JonnyNI 9 2.4k
30 Apr 2013 8:39PM
D7000 !!!
Steppenwolf 8 1.2k
1 May 2013 7:45AM

Quote:my main concern about the d3200 and d5200 is the noise as in a lot of reviews they say the extra pixel count produces more noise,
or am I being over critical from me coming from a d3100,

pete



This topic of extra pixels producing more noise has caused, and continues to cause, a lot of confusion. Basically the 24Mp sensor produces a larger file than the 16Mp sensor, so when you look at the two pictures at 100% the 24Mp picture will be 50% larger than the 16Mp. Since each pixel on the 24Mp sensor is proportionately smaller they will each produce more noise than those of the 16Mp sensor - for the simple reason that they're collecting less light. So if you look at the two pictures at 100% the 24Mp picture will appear more noisy. However, if you downsize the 24Mp picture to the same size as that of the 16Mp the extra noise disappears - pixel-binning. The reason a lot of people (and reviewers) think that the 24Mp picture is noisier than the 16Mp picture is because they look at both pictures in their native size which naturally makes the larger picture more noisy. In real-world use there isn't much difference, although the 16Mp sensor will have the edge because there's a baseline level of noise from each pixel which increases the more pixels you have.

The advantage of the 24Mp is that you get slightly better resolution (which you'll probably never notice) and that you have more cropping room. I use a 24Mp A77 and take mostly wildlife shots. The fact that I can crop a 24Mp image to the angle of view of a 1.4X longer lens and still have 12Mp to work with is an advantage. If you don't do much cropping then there isn't really much advantage IMO. I'd go for the D7000 - it's got the in-body lens motors and it's a higher level of camera than the D3/D5 series which are entry level Nikons. You need to watch out with the lower level Nikons because they tend to leave out valuable features (just to make you want to trade up) such as bracketing.

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