STANDOUT FEATURE: A major upgrade of the popular D5100, while retaining the compact size and feel.
Estimated Street Price: $899 (with 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 VR zoom)
Replacing the D5100 as Nikon’s "step-up" entry-level DSLR, the equally compact D5200 features a new 24.1-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor (not the sensor in the D3200), with 50% more pixels than the excellent sensor in its predecessor. Other upgrades include the 39-point AF and 2016-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II systems of the D7000, and Nikon’s latest EXPEED 3 processing. The D5200 can shoot JPEG and/or 14-bit RAW files at up to 5 fps (the D3200 is 12-bit), with a normal ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600. Dimensions are 5.1×3.9×3.1 inches and weight is 17.8 ounces.
The eye-level pentamirror viewfinder shows 95% of the actual image area, while the 3-inch LCD monitor shows 100%, and tilts and rotates. Files are stored on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, UHS-I-compatible. You can use the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter to transfer files to smartphones via WiFi, and the optional GP-1 or GP-1A GPS unit to geotag images.
Versatility extends to video. The D5200 can shoot full HD 1080 video at 60i, 30p and 24p, with stereo sound via built-in or external microphone, and the audio level is adjustable. Video files are MOV format, with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression. You can set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO for video, if you wish, and the camera can autofocus (contrast-based) continuously during video shooting.
As with its predecessor, the D5200 can do a lot of in-camera editing and effects. Also, like its predecessor, it doesn’t have an AF motor, so it can autofocus only with Nikkor lenses that have one (AF-S and AF-I)—but there’s a full range of those, from a 10-24mm superwide zoom to a 600mm extreme telephoto.