Nikon’s D5200 hits the Indian photography market with a DX-format sensor and added features

With the onset of the festive season in the coming week, Nikon announced the launch of the follow up on the Nikon D5100 in the form of the D5200, an entry level DSLR with an improved DX-format CMOS sensor and an effective megapixel count of 24.1 megapixels. The camera comes with the EXPEED 3 processor, which is also found in the Nikon D4. The D5200 is aimed at photographers who want quality but at an affordable price. Mr. Hiroshi Takashina, Managing Director, Nikon India said about the release, “The announcement is a testimony to Nikon’s leadership in the DSLR category. We have specifically designed this new DSLR to provide users with excellent performance that can be achieved by other higher-end models. With this launch, the consumers will now be able to capture highly flexible image expression, and reliability that ensures beautiful pictures.”

The D5200 sports a swing out style Vari-angle LCD, which will help the users capture complicated macros as well as self-portraits, something which is very much missing from the D5100. The primary motive of the brand in releasing this product is to provide a high-quality option to photographers in a compact and affordable body. Also, after Canon upgraded its entry-level series to the 650D, Nikon now has a contender to vie for the same spot, as the D5100 was lagging a little behind in terms of specs when it comes to current market standards.

The camera is also equipped with a large sensitivity spectrum; from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, which can be further raised to Hi 2, which is an effective ISO of 25600, the same as the D5100. The D5200 is able to connect wirelessly through the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a as well, so that you can connect it to your smartphone and share your photographs instantaneously. The smart device, once connected wirelessly to the camera, can also be used to remotely control the camera. Apart from that, there is an option to create HDR images on the camera, something not there in the D5100.

The Nikon D5200 will be available in three colours – black, red and bronze. Priced at an MRP of Rs. 46,950, the camera does not sound expensive at all. The kit contains the D5200 body & an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. The camera will be available from December 2012 across pan India, and as Nikon has released an entry-level entrant into the market after a long time, we’ll definitely be reviewing it as soon as it’s on the market shelves. We give you a small preview on the differences between the D5100 and the D5200 below.


D5100 vs D5200

Sensor: The D5100 is equipped with a 16.2 APS-C sensor, whereas the D5200 is a 24.1 megapixels DX-format CMOS sensor. Which one performs better will only be seen once the D5200 enters the Indian imaging market.

Shooting speed: The D5200 is capable of shooting continuously at 5 fps, whereas the D5100 is 4 fps.

AF points: 39 in the case of D5200, 11 for D5100.

Video: The D5200 shoots at 1080p/30fps with a built in stereo microphone, while the D5100 also shoots at the same rate but with a built in mono microphone.

Wireless Connectivity: The D5200 is compatible with wireless WU-1a adapter; The D5100 is not compatible with any.

Metering: The D5200 uses 2016-pixel matrix metering, whereas the D5100 uses 420-pixel metering.

Look: There is a choice of three colours in the D5200, whereas the D5100 only comes in black.