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Nikon D5200 - Image Quality: Real World Tests

By Mike Topham


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Nikon D5200


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Review Price £720.00

Nikon D5200 sample image

1/400sec @ f/8, ISO 100, 13mm, AWB

Nikon D5200 sample image

25sec @ f/22, ISO 100, 22mm, AWB

Nikon D5200 sample image

1/160sec @ f/8, ISO 400, 44mm, AWB

Nikon D5200 sample image

1/500sec @ f/8, ISO 100, 48mm, AWB

Nikon D5200 sample image

1/200sec @ f/8, ISO 100, 28mm, AWB

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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.photographydailynew.... 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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