Nikon has been on a megapixel spree. Right after releasing the 36 megapixel D800 and the D800 E, the company has announced the 24 megapixel D5200. The camera has just hit the shelves and the body is currently sold at a price of around $1200. Here is a short preview of the camera.
The design and handling
The camera is pretty much identical to the D5100 and the D5100 is targeted towards armatures. The D5200 has an articulated display and a sensor packed with 24 megapixels. It weighs around 555 grams with the batters and is about 3 inches thick without the lens mounted. Like most of the entry level and mid tier DSLRs, the D5200 is build of hard plastic and is not weather sealed. The overall design seems promising and the controls are easily accessible.
Key features and specifications
The key feature of the D5200 is the pixel count and the ISO resolution. The camera performs really well under low light conditions and even the auto focus system is great. Here are the technical specifications.
- Cropped APS-C size CMOS sensor with 24.7 megapixels and a maximum image resolution of 6000 x 4000
- Expeed 3 image processing unit –similar to those used on prosumer grade and pro grade Nikon DSLRs
- Ability to JPEG and RAW file formats in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces
- ISO ratings that go up to 25600 when boosted and up to 6400 under normal shooting modes
- Maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds and a minimum of 30 seconds
- 921000 dot 3 inch TFT coated LCD display which can be articulated in any direction
- 95 percent coverage optical view finder which uses pentamirrors and a maximum magnification of 0.78X
- 8 intelligent scene modes and 4 controlled exposure modes that include aperture and shutter priority, programmed exposure and manual exposure
- 39 point auto focus system with sensor based contrast detection, tracking and continuous focus
- A maximum burst rate of 5 frames per second
- Built-in flash and Hot Shoe port for mounting wireless sync units and external strobes
With the D5100 discontinued, the D5200 seems to be a promising entry level DSLR.