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Nikon D5200 - Image Quality: ISO Tests

By Mike Topham



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Nikon D5200


Our Score:


Below are the images from our standard ISO test, starting from the Nikon D5200's lowest setting of ISO 100 and rising incrementally to the top extended setting of ISO 25,600.

Nikon D5200 ISO 100 FULL

The full ISO test scene at ISO 100

Nikon D5200 ISO 100

ISO 100 – 100% crop

Nikon D5200 ISO 200

ISO 200 – 100% crop

Nikon D5200 ISO 400

ISO 400 – 100% crop

Nikon D5200 ISO 800 FULL

ISO 800 - full size (click to enlarge)

Nikon D5200 ISO 800

ISO 800 – 100% crop

Nikon D5200 ISO 1600

ISO 1600 – 100% crop

Nikon D5200 ISO 3200

ISO 3200 – 100% crop

Nikon D5200 ISO 6400 FULL

ISO 6400 - full size (click to enlarge)

Nikon D5200 ISO 6400

ISO 6400 – 100% crop

Nikon D5200 ISO 12,800

ISO 12,800 – 100% crop

Nikon D5200 ISO 25,600

ISO 25,600 – 100% crop


January 30, 2013, 6:07 pm

Thank you for the excellent review. While the high ISO/low light performance of the D5200 is very impressive indeed (I write this as an envious owner of a Canon T4i / 650D, which is notably inferior in this respect), there are some very strange patterns in the dark areas of the night-shot. See, above all, the weird gradations to the left of the light beam -- and, above all, at the upper left side of the photo.

Markus Arike

February 28, 2013, 2:13 am

Pretty low score for what is currently the best performing APS-C DSLR both for stills and video. Not sure why it's low, but I think I trust some of the other review sites in this case.
But thanks.


March 12, 2013, 4:27 pm

I am willing to use a D5200 for shooting car races because its AF seems pretty good. You have tested it with the basic 18-55mm lens... it looks like it does well with a more pro lens attached (see this Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR II review : http://www.photographydaily.... If I use this combination, will it really improve the autofocus performance ? What if I buy the 70200mm F4 ?


April 18, 2013, 5:21 pm

Hi everyone, I just picked up this camera from Costco on Tuesday. They had it in a bundle for $1050.00 until April 27th. It included the body(obviously), both 18-55 and 55-300mm lens, the wifi adapter, Nikon bag, and 16 mg memory card. This is our first DSLR and everyone we talk to tells us how great of a deal it is so we just wanted to share it with everyone.


August 25, 2013, 4:11 pm

Hi everyone!
Yes I'm new to dslr. After a little research & budget I finally settled my hands on Nikon D5200.
I learned the initial set up & started clicking ...
In this process I found two irritants as of now
1. When I put Auto ISO sensitive control(in the menu) to ON , the command dial don't change values when in P Mode! Is it a bug?
2. In focus mode if I set to AF-C then built in AF assist illuminator does not work? Is it a bug?
Pls help
Jiju Philip
Muscat, Oman

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