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...

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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.

Info button
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.

Live view
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.


Video:1920 x 1080 pixels (at 60i, 30, 25 or 24p), 1280 x 720 pixels (at 60 or 50fps), 640 x 424 pixels (at 30 or 25fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus custom setting
Dioptre Adjustment:-1.7 to +0.7 dioptre, 17.9mm eye point
Built-in Flash:Yes – GN 13m @ ISO 100
Memory Card:SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC/ SDXC
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Viewfinder Type:Pentamirror
Output Size:6000 x 4000 pixels
AF Points:39 or 11 focus points, individually selectable AF points
Field of View:Approx 95%, with 0.78x magnification
LCD:Articulated 3in LCD with 921,000 dots
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL14 battery
Weight:555g approx, including battery and card
Exposure Modes:Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 7 creative effects, 11 scene modes and 5 presets
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
Sensor:24.1-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
White Balance Bracket:Yes, over 3 shots
File Format:14-bit raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
Drive Mode:Single, continuous high at 5fps, continuous low at 3fps, self-timer, remote, quiet
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Compression:3-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1⁄3EV steps
Metering System:2016-pixel RGB metering sensor with 3D Color Matrix metering (evaluative), centreweighted and spot
Dimensions:129 x 98 x 78mm
DoF Preview:Yes
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, 9-pt, 21-pt or 39-pt dynamic AF, automatic AF, 3D tracking
Lens Mount:Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
RRP:£719.99 (body only)
ISO:ISO 100-6400 (Hi mode 12,800 and 25,600)
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HMDI, 3.5mm stereo-jack, accessory terminal
Tested as:Entry-level DSLR
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  8. 8. Nikon D5200 review - White balance and colour
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  10. 10. Nikon D5200 review - LCD, viewfinder and video
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