Nikon D5200: 24MP APS-C DSLR

By Andrew Hudson Published: January 9, 2013 Updated: August 11, 2014

By Andrew Hudson Published: January 9, 2013 Updated: August 11, 2014

No longer will my kids and dog be featured in the brochure of a current Nikon camera. Yes, this is an excuse to mention again that they are featured in the brochure of the Nikon D5100 which has now been replaced by the D5200. But, since you (didn’t) ask, here are some pics.

My daughter, dog, and son.

My daughter (bottom left) and her soccer team.

My daughter (left) and her best friend.

Meanwhile, back to the Nikon D5200, with some text from Nikon.

“Optimized for creativity. Streamlined for flexibility.”
Nikon USA

An HD-SLR designed to awaken your creative passion. Find exciting new perspectives with an ultra-high resolution Vari-angle display that swivels to nearly any position. Capture your vision in lifelike brilliance with an exceptional 24.1 MP DX-format CMOS sensor, then share it instantly with the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter. Unleash the artist within.

Product Highlights

  • 24.1MP DX (23.5mm x 15.6mm) CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processing Engine
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • 39-Point AF System with 9 Cross-Type
  • Full HD Video with Full-Time Servo AF
  • Expandable ISO from 100-25600
  • 5fps Continuous Shooting Rate
  • Scene Recognition System
  • Compatible with WU-1a Wireless Adapter

The Nikon D5200 SLR Camera features a 24.1MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor to produce high quality imagery while delivering fast performance to all camera functions. The combination of these two technologies is a native sensitivity up to ISO 6400, which is then further expandable to ISO 25600. The processing speed of the EXPEED 3 also contributes to a fast continuous shooting rate of 5fps.

A 39-point autofocus system enables the D5200 to acquire precise focus quickly across the image frame, and nine cross-type points are centrally located to give even more accurate focusing abilities to critical subject matter. In regard to exposure handling, a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor is utilized by Nikon’s Scene Recognition System to analyze both color and brightness values within a scene to best determine exposure settings as well as white balance, i-TTL, and also focus settings.

HD video recording is supported in multiple frame rates and formats up to full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60fps. Manual exposure control is possible during recording through modifying the shutter speed or ISO settings and continuous auto focusing is also possible when working with the full-time servo AF mode. Audio can be recorded using the built-in stereo microphone or through the use of an optional external microphone, both of which can be manually controlled across 20 levels during recording.

Image playback and live view monitoring is possible with the 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor, which features tilt and swivel capabilities for better use at high or low angles. For eye-level viewing, a pentamirror optical viewfinder is built-in for viewing and composing scenes quickly and intuitively.

The D5200 features a variety of built in imaging technologies, such as Active D-Lighting and HDR capabilities, to further enhance the look of your imagery while shooting. Scene modes, Picture Control, and Special Effects can also be applied to imagery to give a more creative, aesthetic appearance to your work. For instantly sharing your photos and video, the D5200 is compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter (optional) for wirelessly connecting your camera to an Android or iOS mobile device.


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Sources: Nikon USA, B&H Photo Video.

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Reply by Anonymous

August 29, 2015

In terms of Nikon D5200, the above said dialogue : “Optimized for creativity. Streamlined for flexibility.”— Nikon USA

Was a wild goose chase for me I had a big debate with the seller and returned the camera back to him :( not a worth for money. It just be a practice DSLR toy.

Reply by Anonymous

August 29, 2015

Hi Andrew,

Your work is really inspiring. Thanks for such valuable informations I got here. I am a beginner in lens artistry. Am struggling to one good DSLR option within $900 budget. I have seen almost all variations and most of professionally taken photographs from Nikon D5200, D5300, D5500 but haven’t found them sharp and crisp to that level of satisfaction. I haven’t found it giving really a true 24 mega pixcel quality anymore. I may be wrong but I tried with many lenses but seems its not much capable as the Nikon 800 or other expensive models can. Can you please guide me if the Nikon D5200 is really capable to handle those valuble lenses that send image details to camera sensors to capture accurate image quality and depth with detailes they are known for?


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

January 12, 2016


Well I have a Nikon D5100 and it works well enough for me. (Note the latest model is D5500 for $800). Certainly the D800 (now D810) is a better camera, but it is $3,000. The new D500 looks great, but it is $2,000.

Sharpness is often due to the lens, especially for long lenses (e.g. 200mm +).

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