More Pixels For Nikon Entry Level D-SLRBy Paul Burrows | Monday, 26 November 2012 10:04
Nikon has continued its extensive update of its D-SLR line-up with a new entry-level-plus model, the D5200. This brings to six the number of new D-SLRs Nikon has launched in the last 12 months (joining the D4, D800, D800E, D3200 and D600). The D5200 is an ‘APS-C’ format model (or ‘DX’ in Nikon’s system) and has an all-new CMOS-type sensor with a total pixel count of 24.7 million; the first time such a high resolution has been available in an entry-level model. The sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 100 to 6400 (with a one-stop boost to ISO 25,600). The new sensor is mated with an ‘Expeed 3’ high-speed processor which enables continuous shooting at up to 5.0 fps at full resolution with continuous autofocusing.
The D5200 has the same 39-point autofocusing system as the D600 so the nine central points are cross-type arrays for increased reliability with subject acquisition. The D5200 also uses the same metering system as the D600 which is based on a 2016-pixels RGB sensor which works with the autofocusing to provide scene recognition analysis. The standard set of ‘PASM’ exposure control modes is supplemented by a choice of seven subject modes which newly include ‘Pet Portrait’ and ‘Party/Indoor’. There’s also a choice of seven special effects, including Selective Colour, Colour Sketch, Night Vision and Silhouette.
The D5200’s shutter has a speed range of 30-1/4000 second with flash sync up to 1/200 second. The camera’s built-in flash has a metric guide number of 12 (ISO 100) and offers auto, fill-in, red-eye reduction, slow speed sync and second curtain sync modes. Auto bracketing is available for both exposures and white balance.
The 7.62 cm LCD monitor screen has a resolution of 921,600 dots and is adjustable for tilt and swing. Video clips are recorded in Full HD at 50 fps with the option of the 24 and 25 fps speeds, and stereo microphones are built-in. Also released with the D5200 is the WU-1a Wi-Fi adapter which enables the live view image to be seen on a smartphone or tablet, and for the wireless transmission of images. The D5200 is available in three body colours – black, red or bronze – and local pricing has yet to be announced. For more information visit www.nikon.com.au