"The Nikon D5200 is a solid performer that offers an impressive array of specifications for a camera of its class. Indeed, the number of features it shares with its higher-end Nikon stablemates is to be applauded. In addition to an excellent 24MP sensor that gives up precious little to that of the (non-AA filtered) D7100, the D5200 boasts a 39 point AF system, lens-dependent Auto ISO implementation and class-leading high ISO noise performance.
The D5200 stands out as the only recent-model Nikon DSLR to sport an articulated screen which comes in handy for both stills and video shooters, though we can't help but wish it was touch enabled as is the one on the Canon EOS T5i/700D. The D5200 offers a reasonable number of external controls, but as you'd expect on a camera of this class, more advanced users will have to satisfy their needs with visits to the main menu. You do have a customizeable Fn button though, and the camera's '[i]' button allows more direct access to 14 separate camera and shooting settings. If we nitpick, we'd like to see even faster access that omits a second confirmation click before you can actually change a setting in this manner. Overall though, we find that the D5200 strikes a nice balance between providing essential shooting controls without overwhelming novice DSLR users."
"The D7100 delivers outstanding image quality and detail rendition at low ISOs in both JPEG and Raw mode. Noise does start to become visible at the pixel level even at moderate ISO sensitivities, but is kept well under control given the pixel density of its 24MP APS-C sensor. While not a surprise, it is worth pointing out that if you're after the very best that this sensor can deliver, you'll not be well-served by the 18-105mm kit zoom. In both our studio and real-world shooting, we've found noticeably better results with Nikon's high-end primes and fast zoom lenses.
While the camera's video specs are impressive, its video output is a bit softer than we'd like. If you want to record at 1080 50i or 60i, keep in mind that this is only possible after you've set the camera to its 1.3x crop mode. Unfortunately, using this crop mode results in output that is upsampled to 1920 x 1080, making this mode of little use for even amateur videographers.
The Nikon D7100 rounds out Nikon's recently revamped lineup of enthusiast-targeted DSLRs. It may sit below the full frame D800 and D600 in price, but . . . read more
"Perhaps understandably, a lot of the attention it has received since its launch has focused on its absent optical low-pass filter, with inflated expectations of a resultant boost in sharpness and definition. It now looks like any resulting increase in quality over the company's other 24 Megapixel DX bodies is at best, marginal, and many will no doubt be disappointed by that. But don't lose sight of the fact that OLPF or not, the D7100's sensor produces superb quality 24 Megapixel images; it's just that they're really close to what the cheaper D5200 delivers.
Where it matters to advanced enthusiast and semi-pro users though, the D7100 delivers, with enhancements to build quality and handling, more capable AF and improved continuous shooting, deeper bracketing, a bigger screen and new shooting modes including HDR and effects filters. There's also something to tempt videographers, with new movie modes, built-in stero mics and a headphone socket.
Angela Nicholson reviews Nikon's latest foray into the no-low-pass filter territory, the brand new, D7100:
"Like the Nikon D3200 and D5200, the D7100 has a 24MP sensor, but Nikon has left off the low-pass filter.
Low-pass or anti-aliasing filters are usually put over a camera’s sensor to reduce the risk of moiré interference occurring when photographing subjects with fine patterning that is close to the camera’s resolution limit. The downside of using them is that the image is softened and needs sharpening post capture.
So does omitting the filter from the sensor make any difference to the images? Our tests indicate that it does. At the lower sensitivity settings the D7100 can’t resolve any more detail than the D3200 or D5200, but the images look a little sharper straight from the camera."
Nikon's latest and more featured packed APS-C camera, the D7100 replaced the successfully D7000 adding more resolution, as well as the "advantage" of not having an antialiasing filter. At first there was concerns about the number of megapixels as well as the absence of the antialiasing filter. The DXO testing reveals class leading performance not only to the APS-C size DSLR's but some interesting results compared with the newest Full frame size Cameras.
"Although the new Nikon D7100 looks fairly similar to its predecessor (the popular Nikon D7000), Nikon has made some significant changes under the hood that belie the surface similarity. The D7100 not only includes a higher-resolution CMOS sensor, but even more significantly, the company chose to use a sensor without an anti-alias filter for the first time on a non-full-frame DSLR. While this should enable better sharpness and resolution, it may also result in more moiré patterns in some images."
Zoltan Arva-Toth tests the lens on a Nikon D7000 Dslr body:
"When compared to the superzoom competition, the Nikon 18-300mm lens certainly holds its own. Centre sharpness is generally adequate to good, approaching very good levels at certain zoom settings. The borders and especially the corners tend to be soft but improve upon stopping down (to varying degrees, depending on focal length). Vignetting is fairly well controlled except at 18mm f/3.5, where the corners are approximately 2 stops darker than the centre of the frame, assuming an evenly illuminated scene. Chromatic aberrations and geometric distortions are relatively strong, but both can be . . . read more
The D7100 seemingly comes with substantially upgraded innards, with 4 features standing out: The new sophisticated 51-point (15 cross-type) Autofocus system, employing the same focusing and tracking algorithms as the much more expensive D4. The ditching of the anti-aliasing filter, allowing the D7100 to join the ever growing 'no-filter' club, together with the Nikon D800E, Pentax K-5IIs et al. Another stand out feature is the new 1.3x cropping mode that extends the reach of lenses, and spreads out the AF points to the very edges of the frame. For example, the full frame 80-400mm now becomes a 160-800mm lens on the D7100. Couple this with a high 7 fps speed, and you've got yourselves a wildlife/soccer mom/paparazzi dream. . . . read more
I'll refrain from any comments this time, after all, Ken's reviews DO have a school of followers. His lens of choice for this review is the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and he provides some full-ress image samples too:
"The Nikon D5200 is a swell little camera, but I wouldn't pay $800 for a D5200 when I can get the pretty much identical Nikon D5100 new or refurbished for about half price as of the beginning of 2013. I don't see anything significant to make it worthwhile to throw more money at the newer D5200 if you can still get the D5100 instead, but if you want the newest, sure, the D5200 is a great camera.
"Given the high pixel count, we were especially interested to see how the D5200 performed at high sensitivity settings. The good news is that it handles luminance and colour noise commendably. It’s not until you push beyond ISO 800 that you begin to notice traces of noise creeping in to images, and then only when they’re viewed at 100%. ISO 1600 and 3200 are both perfectly useable too, as is ISO 6400, although you will need to move the luminance noise reduction slider to 35 within Adobe Camera Raw. If possible it’s best to steer clear of the extended settings; chroma noise becomes more obvious at ISO 12, 800 while ISO 25,600 also has an adverse affect on edge sharpness. . . . read more
Kai Wong doesn't think too much of the new Nikon D5200. He thinks the body is too small and cumbersome to handle, and, If it's biggest achievement is incorporating the D7000's AF system, why not buy the latter in the first place? The difference in price is not that great, and as an added bonus you'll get the ability to autofocus with some of Nikon's older AF lenses, plus plenty of real estate to put your creative fingers on. . . . read more
When we reviewed the D5100 in April of 2011 we were impressed and gave it our highly recommended award. The biggest change on the D5200 is the upgrade to the 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, with the D5200 producing 5 star quality images. The D5200 can also shoot at a faster rate of 5 fps in continuous shooting. The D5200 is compatible with a number of accessories such as the Wireless Mobile Adapter (WU-1a) allowing sharing of images with mobile devices. There are also a couple of wireless remote controls available to purchase. . . . read more
"With the introduction of the D3200 last year, the decision to refresh the APS-C (DX) format DSLR range from the entry-level model and now the D5200 with 24-megapixel sensors was a bold move for Nikon. The new sensors comfortably out-perform the current Canon offerings in practically every metric. And, by adopting a new sensor design in the D5200, it appears to be an attempt to differentiate that model from their entry-level camera while also overshadowing the Sony SLT Alpha 65.
An overall sensor score of 84 places the Nikon D5200 in first place in the DxOMark rankings for a camera with an APS-C size sensor, just two points ahead of semi-pro (and considerably pricier) Pentax K-5 II and the K-5 IIs derivative. Both these models employ a Sony sensor, but a 16-Mpix model with theoretically larger light gathering pixels.
"Nikon has given the D5200 the same 2,016-pixel metering sensor as the D7000 and this proves very capable so images are well exposed in most situations. Colours are also good, although in shaded conditions the automatic white balance system can produces images that look a little bit too gloomy and under-saturated. All things considered, the D5200 is a very good camera, but it’s a shame that the screen isn’t touch-sensitive and it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi technology as these look like being key features for 2013.
"Provided you are happy not to have an array of buttons and dials allowing quick access to key features, the D5200 looks like a great option for enthusiast photographers looking for a small, versatile camera. Obviously we have to add the caveat that we haven't actually seen any images from the D5200 yet, but its pedigree and the fact that we have seen the majority of its constituent parts in action elsewhere, leads us to be fairly certain that this camera will be capable of delivering high-quality results. . . . read more
Modifications enabled with version 2.7.1 :
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
Support for the D5200, and Nikon 1 models J3 and S1 has been added.
The following issues with movies recorded using the Nikon 1 V2 with White Balance set to Underwater have been resolved.
Thumbnails for movies transferred with Nikon Transfer 2 using a card reader are not displayed in the thumbnail list area.
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"The new Nikon D5200 is a solid upgrade of the previous D5100 model, with better auto-focus and metering systems, enhanced video options, slightly faster burst shooting, friendlier user interface and more resolution, although that all comes at a slight increase in price. D5100 owners won't find enough to tempt them to upgrade, but like its predecessor the D5200 still offers a compelling mix of excellent image quality, straight-forward handling and quick performance, all in a light and compact body. . . . read more
Nikon has put barely a foot wrong here. The only thing that might count against it is the price comparison with Canon's EOS 650D. Sure, Nikon has the higher pixel count at 24.1 megapixels, compared to the 650D's 18 megapixels, but when you're talking high teens and beyond, those extra pixels become less important. The EOS 650D also has a touchscreen display, and for many users that's becoming more of a draw, which is lacking on the D5200. So, it's good to see that Nikon has put so much thought into the physical layout of the hardware controls, which when combined with the speedy access it gives to the most common settings makes this a camera that's easy to learn and quick to adjust. . . . read more
Amid the madness of last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pocket-lint was able to prise away a final firmware version of the Nikon D5200 for an extended play. The glitzy red devil has a brand new 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor at its core, but does it drop photographic bangers or has the increase in resolution caused it to bomb? It seems we've stumbled upon an issue with our particular D5200 sample: a closer inspection of shots reveals they're just not as sharp as they ought to be. . . . read more
Nikon has put barely a foot wrong here. The only thing that might count against it is the price comparison with Canon's EOS 650D. Sure, Nikon has the higher pixel count at 24.1 megapixels, compared to the 650D's 18 megapixels, but when you're talking high teens and beyond, those extra pixels become less important.
The EOS 650D also has a touchscreen display, and for many users that's becoming more of a draw, which is lacking on the D5200. So, it's good to see that Nikon has put so much thought into the physical layout of the hardware . . . read more
So which one should you buy? Well this is likely to be the first camera purchase of many and being honest, wherever you place your money you will have made a good choice. The Nikon does feature a better sensor than the Canon offering and the AF system is a better offering. Does that mean it is the better camera?
Well yes, on the spec sheet and beyond the Nikon is the better camera here. It possesses a better AF system and . . . read more
All i can say is that this article is epic in its scope and should be bookmarked by every Nikon shooter, newbie or not:
"You can get great shots with your Nikon DSLR straight out of the box, but your results will be even better once you start taking over the controls and making the shooting decisions yourself with manual white balance, shutter speed, lens aperture and ISO settings. But it doesn’t end there. The Shooting menu offers additional options for extending your camera’s capabilities, such as Nikon’s Active D-Lighting mode.
And the Setup menu handles important housekeeping tasks, such as firmware updates and how your files are named. . . . read more
Clearly the D800E outresolves all others, at any iso sattings, even base iso. However, the interesting thing is how close all the other entries are to each other. This test appear to be in no way scientific, so take it with a grain of
noise salt. Click on the chart to see it in full resolution. Here's what Google pransklate has to say:
"The fact that even with only (it almost single-focus) lens angle of view of the standard, personally, but there can be no choice as X mount status quo, because the problem is almost the only lens lineup this happens, fast I just want you to . . . read more
"In summary, as you can clearly see from this review, the Nikon 18-300mm is a very average lens with average performance overall. It is optically worse than the 18-200mm and it is much bigger and heavier in comparison. It has plenty of distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and other issues, but worst of all – its optical performance and focus accuracy at long focal lengths is disappointing. Personally, I would rather opt for the 18-105mm kit lens or the 18-200mm, both of which are cheaper and better optically. Add the focus breathing “feature” and it becomes more like a 18-135mm lens, so you are not getting the full 300mm anyway (except if shooting objects at infinity)." . . . read more
"The biggest rival for the Nikon D5200 will be Canon's upper entry-level DSLR, the EOS T4i / 650D. Both cameras cost roughly the same and are aimed at the same people who are looking for a step-up from an entry-level model without the cost of complexity of a mid-range or semi-pro option.
In terms of similarities, both cameras offer fully-articulated high resolution 3in screens, although Canon's is wider, matching the shape of images which fill the display and look a little bigger in Live View composition or playback. The . . . read more
Just in time for the Christmas rush, the D5200 with its distinguished looks, inheritance of the D7000 series AF module, a vari-angle monitor and full HD video will probably sell like hot cakes. For the time being there's no information about US pricing or availability.
Nikon UK Press Release . . . read more
"As they did with the D80 before it, Nikon has cleverly positioned the D90 squarely within a gap in Canon's lineup: It's more expensive than the Canon XSi, but delivers many more features. At the same time, while it doesn't quite measure up to some specs of the Canon 50D (although coming close in many areas, surpassing it in some), it's also a good bit less expensive than that model."
"There’s no denying the Nikon D300 is a highly capable DSLR which will delight enthusiasts and satisfy the demands of pros looking for a backup or ‘budget’ body. Certainly no-one does ergonomics like Nikon and despite a handful of annoyances, it’s also the most feature-packed DSLR of its class. But there’s also no denying it’s also comfortably more expensive than many rivals while not delivering significantly better image quality. Indeed in the case of the Sony A700, the image quality is essentially the same. If you’re after a big step-up in image quality from the Nikon system, you’ll need to look at the D3."
"By default, the D90 won't shoot without a card. The D3, D300 and D70 default to the very dangerous DEMO setting which lets you happily shoot an entire wedding, look at each shot on the LCD in every display mode and zoom setting, and not realizing until the end of the day that you had no card in the camera!" . . . read more
"The D100's output in general looks less noisy in JPEG shots than the D1 models at the same ISO values. Coupled with the slight softening the JPEG engine tends to add, the camera is fully capable of handling subtle gradations without introducing objectionable noise. Skies look a bit cleaner on the D100 than on my D1x, which is to say, outstanding."