It is compact and beginner-friendly, yet the Nikon D5200 has the spec of an enthusiast-level DSLR, packing a 24.1-million-pixel sensor, 39-point AF system and articulated LCD screen. Read the Nikon D5200 review...
Nikon D5200 review – The competition
Image: Canon EOS 650D
Upper-entry-level DSLRs that are similar in price to the Nikon D5200 include the Canon EOS 650D, Pentax K-30 and the Sony Alpha 580. Of these, the D5200 offers the highest resolution and the most sophisticated AF system.
The more serious Pentax K-30 has a weather-sealed body, optical viewfinder with 100% coverage and dedicated buttons for most key exposure controls. Like the K-30, the Sony Alpha 580 has sensor-shift stabilisation and features the well-regarded 16.3-million-pixel sensor used in so many cameras. It is now discontinued, so is the most affordable of the bunch.
Image: Pentax K30
Canon’s EOS 650D has an articulated LCD screen like the D5200, but also offers touch functionality, which is a genuinely intuitive way to operate the camera.
All in all, there are advantages to each, so consider what is most important to your shooting before choosing.