STURDY STAR

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

Some cam­eras give you a feel­ing of power, the power to cre­ate art in a frac­tion of a sec­ond. The Nikon D5200 is one such cam­era, ab­so­lutely sure of it­self and the power it pos­sesses.

The D5200 does not look much dif­fer­ent from the D5100 or the D3200 and has a very com­pact body. The matte fin­ish ex­tends to the flip-out screen too. The screen can fold face in, and this pro­tects the LCD when you don’t need to use it. The grip is good and gives you a feel­ing of con­trol even with heavy lenses.

The in­ter­face is easy to nav­i­gate, though the icons make you want to touch them. But that would be of no use as there is no touch­screen here. Still, you can change the set­tings us­ing the mode dial on top and the con­trol ring be­low it. Like other new Nikons this one too gives you loads of tweaks and set­tings, the en­tire range of which would take some time to master.

One of the first things you will no­tice, and be pleas­antly sur­prised about, is the click of this cam­era’s me­chan­i­cal shut­ter. That is like mu­sic to any pho­tog­ra­pher, a sound of as­sur­ance. I still don’t like the fact that there is no sep­a­rate ISO switch in most Nikon DSLRs. But thank­fully this one has two Info but­tons that bring on the set­tings – one ac- cessed by the thumb, the other by the trig­ger fin­ger. Near the trig­ger fin­ger are also the record but­ton for video and ex­po­sure ad­just­ment, both thought­fully placed. The Menu but­ton is hid­den away on the left of the LCD and this throws open a con­fus­ing ar­ray of de­tailed set­tings. You can also use this to do some ba­sic edit­ing of the pic­tures.

We tested the cam­era with a Nikkor 18-55mm VR lens and the re­sults were as good as we ex­pected. The colour re­pro­duc­tion on this 24MP cam­era is top-notch and pic­tures look the way they are sup­posed to. The 39-point auto-fo­cus too did not trou­ble us and is ably as­sisted by an il­lu­mi­na­tor so that you can com­pose pic­tures even in near dark­ness. In fact, the cam­era of­fers su­perb re­sults at high ISOs and you can ac­tu­ally click pic­tures even in ex­tremely low light con­di­tions with­out end­ing up with just noise.

The auto-fo­cus works equally well while you are record­ing 1080p video at 50fps. There is, how­ever, no sep­a­rate mode for video and this is a bit of an ir­ri­tant, es­pe­cially since you have to go to menu to tweak set­tings while shoot­ing. But then the re­sults will make you over­look this mi­nor glitch.

The D5200 is among the best mid-level DSLR op­tions in the mar­ket of­fer­ing great re­sults and amaz­ing ver­sa­til­ity.

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Best mid-level DSLR op­tion

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