The D5200 at a glance
As usual, the pop-up flash isn’t particularly powerful, but is useful for fill-in illumination.
The main on/off lever that surrounds the shutter button is common to all the SLRs in this group.
As with other cameras in the group, the flash button is used not only to raise the pop-up flash, but also to apply different flash modes and flash exposure compensation.
As on the D5300 and D7100, stereo microphones are positioned in the top of the viewfinder housing. All cameras on test also feature a socket for attaching an external microphone.
Drive mode button
The drive mode button is positioned on the top of the camera – it’s completely absent from the subsequent D5300.
Live View lever
The D5200 and D5300 are the only cameras in the group to feature a lever next to the shooting mode dial for switching Live View on and off.
The fully articulated LCD is definitely the star of the show. It features a high-res display of 921,000 pixels.
The i button for accessing the shooting menu is all-important, given the relative lack of direct-access control buttons.
The zoom buttons normally fitted on the rear-left of the camera find a new home at the bottom-right.