Nikon has just announced its latest dSLR: the upper-entry-level D5200, which replaces the aging D5100, is coming to the United States two months after initial announcement. With this incarnation, the D5200 stands as the third entry in Nikon’s D5xxx series. However, while the name may suggest a minor update, in fact, nothing could be farther from the truth as the D5200 represents a massive leap in imaging capability.
So, what’s new?
First of all, there’s the sensor, the (probably) same 24Mp chop already used in the D3200, which was announced earlier this year. The D5100 had a 16Mp sensor. Doing a little math, one sees that the D5200 gains 50% more resolution than the camera it replaces, a truly unusual achievement in today’s age of high Mp cameras and a slowing resolution race.
Another feature sure to please serious photographers in the fact that the D5200 employs the 39 point AF system found on the D7000 and D600 rather than the far simpler system used on the D5100. As an added plus, the 9 sensors at the center of the grid are the extra-sensitive cross type, which go a long way in guaranteeing in-focus shots with every press of the shutter button.
Another feature sure to make the serious photographer drool is the D5200’s metering system, which uses a 2016 pixel RGB sensor to ensure for properly exposed pictures every time. Oh, yes, this metering sensor was first introduced with the D4 and D800/D800E earlier this year.
As for other features designed to improve the picture taking experience they include ISOs that are expandable to 25,600, a 5fps continuous drive, full HD video, video frame rates of up to 60fps, and continuous servo AF drive in movie mode.
As for the fluff, there’s a lot to go around here, too as the D5200 is wi-fi and GPS capable, has an articulating LCD screen, tons of scene modes, and special effect filters.
Well, the Nikon D5200 will hit stores late this month for $899.95 when bundled with the18-55mm VR lens. As for accessories, the WU-1a is available for the SRP of $59.95. The WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controller will be available late this month for $94.96, the WR-R10 Wireless Remote Transceiver for $126.96, the WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter for $74.96, and the WR-10 Wireless Remote Controller Set for $277.96 For anyone wanting to buy this hear locally, Cleveland-based (with many smaller Cleveland metro area chain stores) Dodd Camera is an authorized Nikon dealer.
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