Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200 is a very good DSLR camera and ideal for beginner or advanced photographer who are looking for a good photo and video quality in smallish DSLR cameras. This camera uses 24.1 Megapixel DX CMOS Sensor and combined with the performance of EXPEED 3 image processor to produce high quality photos and video with fast performance. In addition, the D5200 is also equipped with 3-inch LCD monitor that can be rotated to vary-angle, 39-Point Autofocus System with 9 Cross-Type, Full HD 1080p video recording at 60fps with Full-Time Servo AF mode, ISO100-25600, and the ability continuous shooting up to 5fps, including compatible with a WU-1a Wireless Adapter for Wi-Fi connectivity. Not only that, the Nikon D5200 also features Scene Recognition System that automatically adjusts the camera settings such as exposure, i-TTL flash, white balance, and focus settings. The camera is sold at a price range of $796.95 – including the standard kit 18-55mm lens.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

For those of you who are already familiar with Nikon DSLR cameras, the Nikon D5200 offers design and control is not much different from previous models, making it easier for you to use it comfortably. At the top of the camera, you will find the control buttons that is easy to use such as Mode dial, Aperture, Shutter dial, Info, and the video recorder. The buttons are logically placed with the right so it supports users to shoot portrait and landscape quickly. You will also find a built-in flash and hot-shoe on the top of camera.


The Nikon D5200 is equipped with a variety of image effect that you can access by using the mode button like miniature effect, selective color, silhouette, and so on. These effects let you express your creativity of your photography skills. This camera also offers Active D-Lighting and built-in HDR feature to help you get high quality images. Not only that, D5200 is also compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter that you can add to the camera to support Wi-Fi connectivity.

Nikon D5200 is equipped with a 3.0-inch 921k-resolution LCD monitor that can be rotated to vary-angle so that helps the user to take pictures from a difficult angle. When shooting using the viewfinder, the screen can display exposure information consisting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. The settings button that located on the back of the camera include a four-way control button with an OK button in the middle, Menu, Info, AF, Playback, including the Zoom in / out and a delete button.


Performance & Image Quality

Nikon D5200 has a high performance that better than the previous model. The camera takes 0.3 seconds to turn on and shoot. In bright light, the camera takes 0.5 seconds to track, focus, and shoot, whereas in low-light situations it takes up to 0.8 seconds. To shoot two consecutive images in JPEG or RAW file format, the camera takes 0.2 seconds, and increases when you use the flash. Not only that, the performance for continuous shooting is also very good with the speed of 5.1fps plus the ability to autofocus quickly and accurately.

sample photos: 1/200 sec, f/2.8, 35mm, ISO400 (Credit: Nikon)

sample photos: 1/200 sec, f/2.8, 35mm, ISO400 (Credit: Nikon)

The quality of the images produced by the Nikon D5200 is very good in JPEG or RAW format. The camera is able to capture clean images from noise at ISO100 to ISO1600, even at ISO3200 the images still looks very good. At ISO6400, the quality of the picture getting annoyed by little image noise and at ISO12800 up to ISO25600 you will get so much noise in the picture, but the picture quality is still quite to be printed in small size or used on the web.

The quality of the video produced by the Nikon D5200 is also very good and supported by manual exposure control during the recording process. You can record Full HD 1080 video at 60fps and adjust autofocus while recording video. The video voice can be recorded via the built-in microphone on the camera or use an external microphone that can be added. The voice sounded quite clean with no wind noise interference and focus lens.

Should I buy the camera?

Nikon D5200 is perfect for beginner and advanced photographers who want a small DSLR camera but has high photo and video quality. If you are a beginner photographer, you will not be disappointed with the features of this camera. There are two competitors that need to be considered before buying this camera such as the Nikon D3200 and Canon EOS 600D.



Camera Type Digital SLR with Interchangeable lenses

Lens Mount Nikon F
Camera Format DX / (1.5x Crop Factor)

+ Actual: 24.71 Megapixel
+ Effective: 24.1 Megapixel

Max Resolution 6000 x 4000

Other Resolutions 4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000

Aspect Ratio 3:2

Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
+ Audio: Linear PCM

Bit Depth 14-bit

Noise Reduction Yes

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M) , Focus Lock AF Area Mode

Autofocus Points 39

Viewfinder/LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Pentamirror

Viewfinder Coverage 95%

Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78x

Diopter Adjustment – 1.7 to +0.7 m

Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen Swivel LCD (921,000)

Screen Coverage 100%

Angle of View 170.0°

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)

+ Type: Charge-coupled Electronic
+ Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec

Remote Control ML-L3 (Optional)

Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Flash Off, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in .3 or .5 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade


Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Second-curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction

Built-in Flash Yes

Guide No. 39′ (11.89 m) ISO100

Max Sync Speed Electronic Shutter: 1 / 200 sec

Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in .3 or .5 EV steps)

Dedicated Flash System iTTL

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe


Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

File Size
+ 1920 x 1080i (Full HD)
+ 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
+ 1280 x 720p (HD)
+ 640 x 424p (SD)

Frame Rate
@ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
@ 1920 x 1080: 50 fps, 25 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
@ 640 x 424: 30 fps, 25 fps

Exposure Control
+ Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
+ Manual: Shutter Speed, ISO

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200 – 6400

Exposure Compensation -0 EV to +2 EV (in .3, .7 or 1 EV steps)

Focus Auto, Manual, Continuous Auto

Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo,


Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps

Self Timer
+ 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec
+ Number of Shots: 1-9

Interval Recording Yes

Date & Time Stamp Yes

Connectivity 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Capable Yes


Type: 1x EN-EL14 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 1030mAh

Operating/Storage Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 – 85%

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1″ / 129.0 x 98.0 x 78.0 mm

Weight 1.22 lb / 555 g

Rating: ★★★★½

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Samples Photos

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User Manual

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