Nikon D5200

It’s barely any big­ger than the D3200 or D3300, but this cam­era boasts a fully ar­tic­u­lated LCD among its more ad­vanced fea­tures

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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.

Per­for­mance

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

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