The Good Excellent photo and video quality. Plenty of scene modes and filters. Intervalometer functionality. Stereo mic built-in.
The Bad No built-in wireless connectivity. No built-in AF motor.
The Bottom Line The D5200 is a very good all-rounder, ideal for beginners dipping their toes into SLR photography, or more advanced users looking for good image and video quality with a small body.
The Nikon D5100 was a solid workhorse that catered well to the photographer wanting something a little more than just an entry-level camera. Its follow-up, the D5200, continues to improve on an already-strong package by adding a few more usable features and continuing to deliver excellent images.
In terms of design, the D5200 does not deviate too much from previous Nikon SLRs of this class, and houses all buttons and controls within easy and logical reach. The mode dial at the top of the camera gives access to full program, aperture, shutter and manual modes, while also making it easy for photography newcomers to pick up, thanks to a range of preset modes such as portrait and landscape.
Specific scene modes grab their own notch on the dial, while filters for images can be found under "Effects". All the standard options are available, such as miniature effect, selective colour, silhouette, high key and low key. There's a built-in HDR mode as well; however, it only takes two exposures and stitches them together, which doesn't really deliver the same sort of effect as a manually derived HDR photo.
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