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p.1 #1 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


I've read that the D5200 will be available in US in january (don't know why).
Sales started in Europe last week, so people might be interested in a few notes on first impressions and some shots as well.

Unpacking

Great, no new battery again. The D5100 and D5200 share the same battery
The camera has fewer buttons on the back compared to the D3200. The hinge of the display needs this space.
The camera is and feels a bit bigger than the D3200
Compared to the D5100, the lever for liveview is larger and one additional button on the top for multi exposure selection.
The shape of the camera where the right thumb holds the camera is slightly more articulated vs. the D5100
The monitor has more graphic elements in the menue system (probably due to the faster CPU possible)
The shutter and mirror slap is louder than with the D5100. A more pronounced "klack"
The D5200 has 2 small holes for the stereo mic close to the flash hot shoe
Besides that, it looks very similar to the D5100
Finally, Nikon changed the viewfinder of the D5200 and the small AF-dots are gone. The D5200 has the much more familiar AF-brackets most Nikon DSLRs have. Thanks Nikon.

A few shots from tonight

This is an unprocessed D5200 image, just resized to 900x600 pixel
This subject was shot twice. Once with the D5200 and once with the D600. The lens used was the AFS 70-200mm/4 VR. Tripod was my small travel tripod. Both images are available in the respective NEF file formats in this location.
D5200: DSC_0099.NEF (22 MB)
D600: DSC_4481.NEF (26 MB)








D5200, AFS 70-200mm/4 VR, @185mm, f8, 3 sec, ISO 100, 1920x1280







200mm, 4 sec, f8







Another comparison D5200 vs. D600
Same post processing & resized to 2560x1700

D5200, 135mm, f8, 8 sec, 2560x1700






D600, 200mm, f8, 8 sec, 2560x1700






regards,
Andy



Dec 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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p.1 #2 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Great info, thanks Andy..


Dec 24, 2012 at 01:25 AM
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p.1 #3 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Andy,
as always...great review



Dec 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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p.1 #4 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Steve Beck wrote:
Great info, thanks Andy..

Creative Edge wrote:
Andy, as always...great review

Thanks

Here a few more from today. We had some sun.

Like in the first post, I uploaded some NEFs on the server so that interested folks can download the RAWs of the D5200. Please use the filenames as indicated

D5200, AFS 70-200mm/4 VR, tripod, 200mm, f 5.6, 1/625sec, DSC_0110.NEF






D5200, AFS 70-200mm/4 VR, handheld, 200mm, f 5.6, 1/500 sec, DSC_0132.NEF






D5200, AFS 70-200mm/4 VR, 200mm, handheld, f 7.1, 1/200 sec, 2560x1700






D5200, AFS 24-70mm/2.8, 26mm, f 7.1, 1/625 sec, 2560x1700






D5200, AF-C, AFS 70-200mm/4 VR, 122mm, f 5.6, 1/833 sec, DSC_0128.NEF






regards,
Andy



Dec 24, 2012 at 02:06 PM
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p.1 #5 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


I know I'm just viewing a jpg on a monitor, but I'm certainly not seeing $1,200+ difference between a D600 and the D5200. The images from both look the same to me. That makes the D5200 a no-brainer for me.


Kent in SD



Dec 24, 2012 at 02:23 PM
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p.1 #6 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Andy, thanks for sharing your initial experiences with the D5200!
A question if you don't mind: which of the Nikon DSLR's is the most silent one when used in standard- and in Live-View-mode?
Your comment about the slightly more pronounced "klack" of the D5200 made me curious.
Kind regards, Georg!



Dec 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
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p.1 #7 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Is the 5200 the same sensor as the 3200?

Kent -
I don't disagree (I have a D600). But looking at a jpeg on a monitor, I'm not sure I could definitively tell the difference between your D5100 and a D600 unless you pushed both cameras DR and compared them at 100%.



Dec 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
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p.1 #8 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Two23 wrote:
I know I'm just viewing a jpg on a monitor, but I'm certainly not seeing $1,200+ difference between a D600 and the D5200. The images from both look the same to me. That makes the D5200 a no-brainer for me.

Kent in SD


Put a 50mm on both and shoot from the same spot. You'll see the difference (I hope).



Dec 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM
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p.1 #9 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


A few shots from earlier tonight. taken at around 8pm

D5200, AFS 14-24mm/2.8, ISO 100, 30sec, f5.6, 1920x1080






Sorry for the slight blur. It was very windy during the 56 sec exposure.1920x1080






73 sec exposure and the moon












regards,
Andy



Dec 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
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p.1 #10 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Andy, it's too bad you don't live somewhere more...I dunno, picturesque, to test out this camera.




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DTOB wrote:
Andy, it's too bad you don't live somewhere more...I dunno, picturesque, to test out this camera.

Sorry, can't help you with this request - you need to wait for others to step in .....

Earlier tonight, I used higer ISO settings.

D5200, ISO 2500, AFS 70-200mm/4 VR, f4, 1/60, VR=on, NR=off, 1920x1280






ditto, 1920x1280






regards,
Andy



Dec 27, 2012 at 09:49 PM
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AndreasE wrote:
Sorry, can't help you with this request - you need to wait for others to step in .....


I was just joking around... the subject matter presented here is beautiful, I am very much enjoying your photos with the D5200.



Dec 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM
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p.1 #13 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


DTOB wrote:
I was just joking around... the subject matter presented here is beautiful, I am very much enjoying your photos with the D5200.

Thanks for clarifying :-)
... the hardest part of foreign language skills is probable to understand jokes .....
Sorry & regards,
Andy




Dec 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM
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p.1 #14 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Great shots Andy.

I know you mentioned the "clack" of the shutter and I was wondering if you shot these long exposures with the mirror starting in the up position to minimize vibrations?



Dec 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
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glassartist wrote:
Great shots Andy.
I know you mentioned the "clack" of the shutter and I was wondering if you shot these long exposures with the mirror starting in the up position to minimize vibrations?

Thanks :-)
With 30 sec and longer shots you don't need mirror lock up and don't need to care about mirror vibrations ...
I used the wireless remote with 2 sec delay setting.

rgds,
Andy



Dec 28, 2012 at 02:19 AM
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p.1 #16 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Very nice the D5200 looks like its going to be a trooper in the camera world.



Dec 28, 2012 at 02:23 AM
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p.1 #17 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


Andy, thanks for the images and the comparison to D600. Very interesting.
The sensor seems to be very good as in all new cameras from Nikon.

I wonder how the 5200 compares to the 7000. This might be an even more useful comparison, since the 7000 is (was?) the next model up.

The 7000/300 replacement might end up upscaled and might come with a higher price level than 5200 and 7000. Therfor for some the 5200 might become an alternative for the older 7000.

What do you think?



Jan 02, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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p.1 #18 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


thanks for the review.
can you confirm if the camera suffers from the liveview issue that is found on d800s?
issue with lag when zoomed in?



Jan 08, 2013 at 03:24 AM
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cyra wrote:
Andy, thanks for the images and the comparison to D600. Very interesting.
The sensor seems to be very good as in all new cameras from Nikon.

I wonder how the 5200 compares to the 7000. This might be an even more useful comparison, since the 7000 is (was?) the next model up.

The 7000/300 replacement might end up upscaled and might come with a higher price level than 5200 and 7000. Therfor for some the 5200 might become an alternative for the older 7000.

What do you think?


Interesting idea cyra.
I did not directly compare the D5200 with the D5100/D7000. While the sensor quality might be in the same range the difference imho between the D5200 and D7000 is much more in the usability department. The D7000 is much quicker to poperate in changing environments due the higher number of explicit and intuitive controls. The D7000 requires less menu driven interactions. If your shooting needs aren't "speed" oriented, this difference is less relevant.

I concur with your assumption, that the "D400" will be priced beyond most peoples willingness to pay.

Some probable reasons:
1) The "D400" need to have a better sensor than the D5200/3200 24 MP sensor
2) The "D400" need to have a the better optical filter set in front of the sensor than the D3xxx,D5xxx and D7xxxx
3) The "D400" need to have high fps. Nikon has a tradition to have significant uplift on high fps bodies (D3 vs. D700, D4 vs. D800)

Wildflife and sport shooter might opt for the "D400", but I would be surprised to see the "D400" go into mainstream D7000 customer territory.


regards,
Andy



Jan 09, 2013 at 12:01 AM
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p.1 #20 · Nikon D5200 - first impressions


vchowdhary wrote:
thanks for the review.
can you confirm if the camera suffers from the liveview issue that is found on d800s?
issue with lag when zoomed in?

I am not familiar with this issue with my D800/E.
Can you elaborate if this a design issue, or are only a few bodies effected?

rgds,
Andy



Jan 09, 2013 at 12:02 AM
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