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.
The D5200 is ranked #17 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all-around #153 out of 1436 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your custom requirements.
Here is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon D5200 family
The Nikon D5200 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.
Nikon D5200 Gallery
You can view the D5200 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a visual of the Nikon D5200 besides a soda to help you get a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will illustrate the button layout on the D5200.
Nikon D5200 Lens features
The D5200 fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses that you can buy. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the D5200.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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:
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 79 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.
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.
Sports photography with Nikon D5200
A very good sports photography score of 61 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.