D4, D800/800E, D600, D3200, D5200 and the most recent new arrival, the D7100. It’s an imposing line-up of D-SLR heavy hitters that’s revitalised Nikon’s fortunes in this market and no doubt given the product planners over at arch-rival Canon something to think about.

Sensors are very much at the heart of what Nikon has been doing with its new generation of D-SLRs from entry-level to professional. The D800 with its 36.8 megapixels 35mm-sized imager is the most spectacular in this department, but the 24.7 MP D600 isn’t far behind and Nikon has been pumping up the pixels across the range so the D3200, D5200 and the D7100 all have 24.7 megapixels on tap, albeit with an ‘APS-C’ size sensor, a.k.a. the DX format.

As it happens, even if the total pixel count is the same, all three models also use different sensors, and the D5200’s is sourced from Toshiba. Of course, most of the serious leg work is done by Nikon’s ‘Expeed 3’ processor, and the D5200 isn’t just about having more pixels than its rivals, it has more of a lot of things as both its autofocusing and metering systems have migrated down from the next level as the D7000 is replaced.

Consequently, the compact D5200 packs some ‘big camera’ specs, giving it broad appeal from entry-level to enthusiast. Converts are probably also going to like the colour of our test camera, which is a metallic-look red finish that’s actually very classy in a similar way to the Pentax K-30’s blue. The alternatives are the standard black and a bronze colour that also looks quite smart, but is more subdued than the red.

Thank-you for looking up our Nikon D5200 review. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the March / April 2013 issue.

You can download it here: Nikon D5200 review.pdf