Nikon D5200

 
Nikon D5200 front
 
Portability
66
Imaging
67
Features
77
Overall
71

Nikon D5200 overview

Nikon D5200 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR camera first announced on May of 2013. It comes with a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Nikon introduced this camera to upgrade the older Nikon D5100 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards introduced the fresher Nikon D5300 (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this camera.

The D5200 is ranked #17 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all-around #138 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your custom requirements.

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Nikon D5200 family

The Nikon D5200 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3500 front thumbnailNikon D3500
D5200 vs D3500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2018
Nikon-D5600 front thumbnailNikon D5600
D5200 vs D5600
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D3400 front thumbnailNikon D3400
D5200 vs D3400
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
Nikon-D5500 front thumbnailNikon D5500
D5200 vs D5500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D3300 front thumbnailNikon D3300
D5200 vs D3300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
Nikon-D5300 front thumbnailNikon D5300
D5200 vs D5300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Nikon-D5200 front thumbnailNikon D520024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Nikon-D3200 front thumbnailNikon D3200
D5200 vs D3200
24MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D5100 front thumbnailNikon D5100
D5200 vs D5100
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Nikon-D3100 front thumbnailNikon D3100
D5200 vs D3100
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Nikon-D3000 front thumbnailNikon D3000
D5200 vs D3000
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D5000 front thumbnailNikon D5000
D5200 vs D5000
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2009
Nikon-D60 front thumbnailNikon D60
D5200 vs D60
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Nikon-D40X front thumbnailNikon D40X
D5200 vs D40X
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2007
Nikon-D40 front thumbnailNikon D40
D5200 vs D40
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D5200 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005

Nikon D5200 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Nikon D5200 based on factors that are typically seen as essential in a camera.

display is selfie friendly
exports RAW formats
flash built-in
fully articulated screen
good min ISO (100)
good MP (24 megapixels)
has HDMI support
has manual focus
has microphone jack
has phase detect AF
high resolution screen (921 k dot)
includes face detect focusing
includes tracking focus
screen is a good size (3")
sensor size is good (APS-C)
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have headphone jack
lack of image stabilization
slow fps (5.0 fps)
terrible battery power (500 shots)
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Nikon D5200 Sensor features

The Nikon D5200 features the Expeed 3 processor chip. The specification of the sensor on the Nikon D5200 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. The ISO can be increased electronically to a maximum of 25600. RAW files are saved which means that the user has more margin for error.

The picture below shows the D5200's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The D5200 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D5200 dimensions

Nikon D5200 weighs about 1.22 lb (555g or 19.58 oz) & the size of the camera is 129mm x 98mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g and the Nikon D5200 is very similar compared with various rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Nikon D5200 besides a soda to help you get a sense of its size.

Nikon D5200 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button layout on the D5200.

Nikon D5200 topview buttons dials

Nikon D5200 Lens features

The D5200 fits the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses that you can buy. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the D5200.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-85mm-f1.8D lensNikon AF Nikkor 85mm f1.8D85mmf/1.8 380g
Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-DG-OS-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 610g
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Sigma-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-DC-Macro-OS-HSM-C-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM C18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 430g
Tokina-Opera-16-28mm-F2.8-FF-Nikon-F-FX lensTokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF16-28mmf/2.8940g
Sigma-70-200mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM70-200mmf/2.8 1430g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-105mm-F1.4E-ED lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED105mmf/1.4 985g
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Hartblei-Superrotator-40mm-F4-IF-TS-Nikon-F-FX lensHartblei Superrotator 40mm F4 IF TS40mmf/4.0 1550g
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Nikon D5200 Connectivity

The D5200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and sometimes change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon D5200 Video features

The highest video resolution on the Nikon D5200 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance for quality versus file size but FULL HD is not going to leave you with any room to downsample. Although the body offers a microphone socket, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone socket which means that you will not have the ability to keep an eye on your sound levels.

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Nikon D5200 Weather Sealing

Nikon D5200 doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions can affect the camera.

Nikon D5200 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D5200 comes with a 3" fully articulated display screen with a resolution of 921k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to take self portraits and even group photos if needed. Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs for Nikon D5200 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.52x

Viewfinders are very useful for bright outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Nikon D5200 Shutter features

Nikon D5200 has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Nikon D5200 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon D5200 features both integrated flash together with external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/200s.

Nikon D5200 Autofocus features

Nikon D5200 features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it valuable for people photography.

The AF system comes with 39 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking AF for things that move. Nikon D5200 comes with manual focusing when required for low light conditions or you want more exact focusing control.

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Nikon D5200 Battery life

The battery power (EN-EL14) for the Nikon D5200 is built to last for 500 photographs according to the CIPA specifications which is lesser as compared to it's competitors. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has the highest (1900) battery life for this range of cameras.

Here is a collection of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
D5200 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Nikon D5200 for specific styles of photography

The following graph shows a analysis of the Nikon D5200 for specific styles of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Nikon D5200

The Nikon D5200 has a points tally of 80 which is wonderful, and means the camera is a terrific pick to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support along with the option to work with external flash.

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you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats

Nikon D5200 Street photography details

With a very good points tally of 69, the Nikon D5200 is a good choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization

Sports photography with Nikon D5200

A very good sports photography score of 62 suggests the Nikon D5200 is a very decent option for taking photos of sports. A camera should have fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
supports phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery (500 CIPA)

Nikon D5200 Travel photography factors

Size is super important in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon D5200 gets a very good 69 for a travel camera which makes it a good pick to take on your journeys.

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sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
not so great battery pack (500 CIPA)

Nikon D5200 Landscape photography information

When you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D5200 and it's very good grade of 70 for a landscape camera is a fine option within the current market.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
low battery pack (500 shots)

Nikon D5200 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon D5200 is a respectable option for vlogging as it delivers a very good score of 71.

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display is selfie friendly
features face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has mic support
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D5200 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the D5200, below is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Entry-Level DSLR.

The diagram followed below gives you a summary of the D5200 compared to it's top scoring competitors mentioned above.

Following are several cameras you might look into as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model type
Nikon D5200
Class
Entry-Level DSLR
Launched
2013-05-16
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor Chip
Expeed 3
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
366.6mm²
Sensor resolution
24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
Maximum resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
6400
Maximum boosted ISO
25600
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
39
Cross type focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
Nikon F
Total lenses
309
Crop factor
1.5
Screen
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display size
3"
Display resolution
921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech
TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.52x
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
84
DXO Color Depth rating
24.2
DXO Dynamic range rating
13.9
DXO Low light rating
1284
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30s
Highest shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed
5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
555g (1.22 pounds)
Physical dimensions
129 x 98 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1")
Other
Battery life
500 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
EN-EL14
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
1
Price at launch
$595