Nikon S5200

 
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-156mm (F) lens
  • 146g - 98 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2013
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  • Alternatives
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Portability
95
Imaging
41
Features
26
Overall
35

Nikon S5200 overview

Nikon S5200 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera first revealed on January of 2013. The camera uses a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The S5200 is positioned #97 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #896 out of 1428 for cameras in our database. You can try out our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your custom factors.

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Below is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon S5200 family

The Nikon S5200 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can see all earlier and new models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S5200 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S5200 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S5200 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S5200 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S5200 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S5200 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S5200 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S5200 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S520026-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S5200 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S5200 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S5200 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S5200 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S5200 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S5200 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S5200 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S5200 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S5200 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S5200 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S5200 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S5200 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S5200 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S5200 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S5200 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S5200 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S5200 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S5200 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S5200 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S5200 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of positives and negatives of the Nikon S5200 based on features which are often seen as crucial in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (26-156mm 6.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
great maximum aperture (f)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
megapixel count good (16MP)
quite wide (26mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
can't use external flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic support
doesn't have HDMI out
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW files
no image stabilization
no manual control
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dots)
screen is fixed
terrible battery power (160 CIPA)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Nikon S5200 Sensor details

The dimension of the sensor in the Nikon S5200 is 6.16mm x 4.62mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels .

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and supports a native ISO range of 125 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the S5200's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The S5200 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S5200 dimensions

Nikon S5200 weighs about 0.32 pounds (146 gr / 5.15 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Nikon S5200 is lighter compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon S5200 next to a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S5200 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the S5200.

Nikon Coolpix S5200 topview buttons dials

Nikon S5200 Lens specs

The S5200 features an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 26-156mm making it a 6.0 x zoom which is not huge but it is going to be invaluable in some scenarios.

At the widest 26mm, the lens features an aperture of f which is terrific for low light circumstances and capturing a shallow depth of field. It will also make it easier to choose a lower ISO to have cleaner files.

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Nikon S5200 Connectivity

The S5200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send pictures and at times alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon S5200 Video specs

The highest video quality in the Nikon S5200 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in quality and file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you any room to crop. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone jack which means that you have got no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy another model if you want better audio for your video clips.

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Nikon S5200 Weather Sealing

Nikon S5200 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions could affect the camera.

Nikon S5200 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S5200 houses a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon S5200 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Nikon S5200 Shutter specs

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Nikon S5200 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon S5200 features only built in flash with no external flash ability.

Nikon S5200 Autofocusing specs

Nikon S5200 does not have Auto focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & accurate compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

Nikon S5200 does not have manual focus. Manual focus is useful in low light occasions or you need to have more accurate control on focus.

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Nikon S5200 Battery life

The battery power (EN-EL19) in the Nikon S5200 is built to last for 160 photos according to the CIPA standards making it less as compared with it's rivals. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest (470) battery life in this category of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Nikon S5200 for varying forms of photography

The following illustration gives a overview of the Nikon S5200 for varying forms of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon S5200 receives a points tally of 31 which is really bad, meaning that it is just not suitable for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos in addition to the flexibility to work with external flash.

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MP count good (16MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Nikon S5200 as a Street photography camera

Having a moderate points tally of 49, the Nikon S5200 is somewhat adequate for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen is fixed
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Nikon S5200 Sports photography info

A really bad sports photography score of 28 indicates the Nikon S5200 is just not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have very good focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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resolution is good (16MP)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (160 CIPA)
has no phase detect auto focus

Nikon S5200 as a Travel photography camera

Size is very important when picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Nikon S5200 gets a above average 69 as a travel camera which is a respectable choice to buy for your vacations.

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decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
lack of Time Lapse recording
terrible battery pack (160 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography information

When you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Nikon S5200 at it's really bad grade of 42 as a landscape camera is just not suitable amongst it's rivals.

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rather wide (26mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
decent megapixels (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not possible
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
terrible battery life (160 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Nikon S5200 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should really posses a articulating screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon S5200 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 33.

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relatively wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have external microphone support

Nikon S5200 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the S5200, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph listed below gives you a summary of the S5200 compared to it's top ranked rivals suggested above.

Following are several cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S5200
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2013-01-29
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor surface area
28.5mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Max native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-156mm (6.0x)
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inches
Resolution of display
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
4s
Highest shutter speed
1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
146 grams (0.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions
98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
160 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL19
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
One
Retail pricing
$130