Nikon D5200 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor

Its 24.1-megapixel sen­sor has a res­o­lu­tion iden­ti­cal to that of the D7100, and it uses the same EXPEED 3 im­age pro­ces­sor. How­ever, whereas the D7100 gives you the choice of 12- or 14-bit colour depth for RAW cap­ture, the D5200 is fixed at 14-bit.

Aut­o­fo­cus

Im­prove­ments over the D3200 and D3300, as well as the pre­ced­ing D5100, in­clude a Multi-Cam 4800DX aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule with 39 AF-points, nine of them cross-type. It was first used on the D7000, and en­ables bet­ter track­ing of mov­ing ob­jects in con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus mode.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

Whereas the D3200 and D3300 are limited to 12-bit colour depth in RAW qual­ity, the D5200’s 14-bit colour depth has an ef­fect on con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing in RAW qual­ity mode. It’s pretty quick at five frames per sec­ond, but there’s only space in the mem­ory buf­fer for eight shots.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

The 3D Colour Ma­trix II me­ter­ing mod­ule takes a step up in res­o­lu­tion from the D3200 and D3300, with a 2016-pixel rather than a 420-pixel sen­sor. Me­ter­ing is no­tice­ably more con­sis­tent than on the D3200, es­pe­cially in very bright, sunny shoot­ing con­di­tions.

Con­struc­tion

With its multi-piece shell, build qual­ity is sim­i­lar to that of the D3200. How­ever, the D5200 feels marginally more ro­bust, and the ar­tic­u­lated LCD adds an ex­tra di­men­sion to han­dling. The over­all de­sign is ef­fec­tive, but re­lies heav­ily on menus for chang­ing shoot­ing pa­ram­e­ters.

Need to know

It’s of­ten said that ar­tic­u­lated screens make it easy to shoot from low an­gles, us­ing Live View mode. How­ever, they’re also great for hold­ing the cam­era high over your head. In this case, a bonus is that Live View mode avoids light en­ter­ing the viewfinder, af­fect­ing the me­ter­ing.

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