It’s barely any bigger than the D3200 or D3300, but this camera boasts a fully articulated LCD among its more advanced features
DX-FORMAT SLR Nikon D5200 £380, $500 (body only) www.nikon.com
One standout feature of Nikon’s D5xxx series of SLRs is their fully articulated LCD screens. In fact, the D5000 was Nikon’s first SLR to feature an articulated screen, but the way it tilted down below the bottom of the camera was perhaps a little awkward. The later D5100 and D5200 swapped to a side-extending swivel arrangement while maintaining full upward and downward tilt.
To make room for the articulation mechanism of the screen, the usual strip of lefthand buttons disappears from the rear of the camera. Indeed, for a mid-range camera, directaccess controls are fairly limited. However, the articulated screen is certainly great for shooting from unusual angles, as well as for movie capture.
In keeping with its mid-range aspirations, a useful collection of custom settings is available from the menu system. It’s not as wide-ranging as that of the D7100, but does include options for autofocus, exposure, shooting and flash adjustments that are lacking in the D3200 and D3300. For example, an Exposure delay mode is available for avoiding blurriness caused by mirror bounce when using a tripod.
Image quality is decent overall, with good dynamic range and high-ISO performance. However, colour accuracy can be a little poor, especially in Landscape and Vivid picture control modes, where green hues can become rather lurid.
Metering is more reliable than on the D3200 but greens can be overly strident