Expert Review of Nikon D5200 DSLR Body Black
Two months after the release of the fabulous D600, Nikon produced another DLSR to the Indian imaging market, named D5200. Made available in three colors, Red, Black and Bronze, Nikon D5200 has been priced reasonably, over the performance it delivers. It has an impressive 24.1MP sensor that makes it to get classed in top-end cameras by the brand. It shares the processor of flagship model D4, EXPEED 3 engine. One can only imagine the quality rich images produced by Nikon D5200 SLR. Moreover the ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-6400, it can also be expanded to Hi-2, 25600 ISO, so almost any light condition can be handled. The camera is quite easy to use, you only need to learn what function does what as you keep it in your hands. One laudable feature that has been incorporated from its numeric named predecessor is the flexible monitor. Yes, the LCD can be flipped out like page of a small note book and can even be turned at different angles so that you are able to frame your in any position. Speaking of framing, Nikon D5200 isnt also behind in focusing. The enhanced 39-point autofocus lets you focus with precision. Smart face detection and with smart tracking solve half of your shoot purposes. When Live View button is turned on, the phrase “what you see, is what you get” gets held true. If you dont wish to be behind the camera then just link the optional wireless mobile adapter and have the device controlled remotely upto 20 meters by your smartphone, supporting Android or iOS operating system. There is more to it, incase you wish to keep a location record of where the pictures were shot, the optional GPS unit will do the job for you. When it comes to videos, this feature is as exciting as that of quality stills. You can shoot at FULL HD with a lengthy range of frame rates. The in-built microphone catches audio in stereo mode. You can attach a number of NIKKOR lenses spanning from zoom lenses to wide-angle lenses. The mentioned features make D5200 a home of possibilities to your imaging imagination.
Design and Build Quality
Build quality of Nikon D5200 SLR resembles to that of Nikon D5100. When seen closely, the drive mode button on top plate distinguishes D5200. The camera's specs reveal that it is 5 grams lighter than its elder. Users with small hands find there is enough space upon the rubber grip to place three fingers. As in D5100, the variangle LCD screen is also incorporated here. The GUI (Graphic User Interface) here has been updated and it looks more cleaner than before. There are fewer buttons than D5100 and most of the settings are adjusted using screen display. There is 'I' button at the back, which when pressed display information of the current scene, reading further enhancements can be made. OK button finals a setting.
Focus and Face Detection
To reset anything around AF system, to have to get back to the menu system, even to alter the automatic AF area selection to manual one, you have to go down pressing many buttons while concentrating on LCD. The All-auto-area focus can work smart but at times it does begin to focus at the background. In dark, it focuses well too due the AF illuminator. Face detection feature is simply impressive in Nikon D5200 SLR.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Nikon D5200 has an F-mount that can be attached to most of the NIKKOR lenses. The use of DX format sensor results in reduced field of view by 1.5 times, therefore, DX 18-55mm VR (Vibration Reduction) kit lens delivers focal range of 27-83mm. D5200 does not possess built-in AF motor(removed for the sake savings on weight, cost and size) needed to auto-focus lenses that have gotten older by time. Typically the cam comes with Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR lens. Image stabilization is provided by Nikon D5200 SLR with almost every compatible lens.
Screen and Menus
Nikon D5200 SLR share menu system of other DLSRs in the line-up. Menus are easier to understand and navigate through. To distinguish, sub-menus are color coded. Playback menu lets you adjust your playback features and slideshows. Shooting menu holds settings for size and quality of image. Style of picture to be taken, noise reduction and video specs are among other inclusions. A green colored superscript denotes default setting. Under custom setting menu, you get six color coded classes , an asterisk gets tagged to any setting changed from its default. In setup menu, you can format SD card, manage brightness and choose NTSC and PAL modes. To apply effects to images shot and make RAW to JPEG conversions, you'd have to open retouch menu. In recent settings you can see the settings most preferred by you and my menu lets you add, remove and rank items.
Compartment beneath the body holds a rechargeable EN-EL14 lithium-ion battery, rated at 1030mAh. Under CIPA conditions, the cam can take 500 shots. Remaining battery get displayed on-screen only through a three segment indicator in Nikon D5200 SLR.
Nikon D5200 SLR is able to shoot videos at 1080p Full HD at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p or 24p fps. From setup menu you can choose wether you want videos to be shot in NTSC or PAL complying frame rates. Live output with quality 1080 60i can be seen uncompressed while its being recorded over the HDMI link. Audio comes in via built-in stereo microphone and an external stereo mic, upto you to choose can also be added. Video codec with which your videos come compressed is H.264/MPEG-4. Maximum time length to shoot videos is nearly 30 minutes.
To shoot, you would first have to engage live view through lever that sits next to mode dial. Then you can press the RED button on shoot on. If manual movie settings are turned on, then shutter speed and ISO can be selected manually by rotating mode dial to M. If turned off shutter speed and aperture get set automatically, even though in manual mode.
Nikon D5200 SLR sports sensor of megapixel count 24.1 and produces images with maximum dimensions of 6000x4000(pixels). Image data gets saved in JPEG files under any of three compression ratios, fine, normal and basic; 1:4, 1:8, 1:16 respectively. Large and detailed files are usually around 10-12Mb in size. RAW data can be recorded in .NEF formats. ISO ranges from 100 to 25600.
- Image comes out be of rich and detailed quality.
- Nikon D5200 SLR has quick autofocus.
- You can shoot still continuously at 5 frames per second.
- Vari-angle LCD lets you frame your scene from any position you are in.
- Videos at 1080i can be filmed at 60fps.
- Wi-Fi and GPS are optional.
- Sensor sports high-resolution.
- User interface is is quite comprehensible.
- Viewfinder is a small pentamirror. Autofocus cannot be acheived with screw-drive lenses.
- While you record your video, focusing could become noisy. There is only one control wheel and JPEG in special effect is only available.
- Direct controls are few in Nikon D5200 SLR.