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 – Our verdict
The Nikon D5200 is an interesting camera, placed in the crossover between beginner and enthusiast level. Some people would say that its plastic body and simple handling are likely to frustrate the enthusiast, while its memory-hungry resolution (and therefore large files to process) is too much for the beginner. However, the D5200 is likely to satisfy a beginner for longer, and act as a compact and able-performing back-up model for an enthusiast.
Detail in JPEGs taken with the supplied 18-55mm kit lens is a little disappointing. However, with minor downsizing, raw capture and more expensive optics, detail can be excellent. So the D5200 provides a high platform from which to work down and achieve great results. As most target users are unlikely to push it to its limits, they will be very happy with it.
We may have seen all the technology here before, but the D5200 brings together some of the best of Nikon’s enthusiast-level technology with a beginner-friendly body. The new camera comes with enough improvements to warrant its position in the range, but the firm may have a job of explaining which camera is best suited to each person.
Nikon D5200 – Key features
Under the single rubber flap on the side of the camera are four ports: HDMI, A/V out, mic and GPS/remote/Wi-Fi.
The info button accesses the quick menu, where adjustments to key controls can be made. With limited dedicated buttons on the body, photographers are likely to find this button is used regularly.
A dedicated switch on the side of the shooting-mode dial is used to access live view. Its placement is within quick reach of the shutter finger.
The exposure and focus-lock buttons need to be kept pressed down in order for the exposure and focus to remain locked.
These buttons are used to zoom in and out of images in playback, but also when using live view.