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NikonD5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
 
4.7

(based on 74 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (50)
  • Large clear LCD (46)
  • Easy to use (45)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (41)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (39)

Cons

  • Short battery life (10)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)
  • Noisy at high ISO (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (42)
  • Travel (36)
  • Family photos (35)
  • Wildlife (31)
  • Low light (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Casual photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Best of the 5000 Series yet!

The color accuracy and the sharp detail of the D5200 is stunning. See examples below. I've owned the D70, D60, D5000, and the D5100 (all purchased at B&H) and...Read complete review

The color accuracy and the sharp detail of the D5200 is stunning. See examples below. I've owned the D70, D60, D5000, and the D5100 (all purchased at B&H) and this is by far the best of them all. The autofocus is quick and changing the various settings is very easy.

A couple of the reviewers have complained that there is no histogram when reviewing the pictures. If you go to the playback menu and chose display options you can select various options to be displayed, one of which is the histogram. To see the histogram press the down arrow on the wheel around the OK button. Each time you press you will see one of the options that you chose.

The only thing that I wish this camera had is a watercolor special effect. The Sony RX100 has it and it creates some spectacular artistic images.

Bottom line, the D5200 is awesome!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Family SLR, Poor Video Auto Focus

This would be a great family camera and backup camera expect for one problem, when making videos the auto focus annoyingly hunts even in shots with little or no motion. The auto focus is...Read complete review

This would be a great family camera and backup camera expect for one problem, when making videos the auto focus annoyingly hunts even in shots with little or no motion. The auto focus is also slow to respond to scene changes. The resultant videos continually go in and out of focus. The Nikon D5200 was purchased as a backup body for a D300 and as a primary video camera. It replaced a D5000 which has the same sensor as the D300 and can do 720P video. Since it is designed as a menu-based amateur camera unlike the D300, the D5200 like the D5000 has its limitations when replacing the D300. But, if the D300 quits in the Egyptian desert, the D5200 serves and takes nice still pictures. Like the new D7100, the D5200 has the latest 24 megapixel, higher ISO sensor. At the moment the D5200 is the lowest cost Nikon camera with this sensor. It takes good still pictures and the menu system is minimal making it easy to configure and use but limits camera flexibility. One interesting drawback, there appears to be no way to change how long the display stays on. The D5200 does have the ability to compensate for lens distortion which is a handy feature when using super zoom lenses like the 18-200mm and 18-300mm. Fully automatic point and shoot video is problematic because of the poor autofocus capability of the D5200 in video mode (it works fine taking still pictures). Besides periodic hunting for the right focus point and slow focusing, the D5200 has a hard time maintaining focus when zooming out to telephoto or panning a complex scene. You can get very good video results using manual focus but that limits the kinds of scenes that can be shot in video. Using auto focus in aperture preferred mode (A) also works if the aperture is set to F8 or higher increasing the depth of field. This will reduce or eliminate auto focus hunting but the camera has a slower response to change in light levels with a fixed aperture in video mode making panning problematic. Fortunately, the D5200's high ISO range permits setting small apertures even in relatively low light. Except for auto focus the D5200 video features are impressive. It offers a full video range from standard through full high definition with frame rates up to 60 and it has a built-in stereo microphone, something only found on the D7100. When it stays in focus, the D5200 takes excellent videos with good dynamic range and white balance and nice sound. The videos look as good as the still pictures. The D5200 was a video disappointment but I am keeping it.

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5.0

Perfect camera for my needs!

By RUN 8

from Flat Rock, MI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

    I mainly shoot railroads & trains. The fast autofocus & controls meet my needs! My film cameras are now retired!

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    5.0

    Great investment

    By Yvette

    from Winder, GA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

      I purchased this product before leaving for vacation. I read the manual :( and learned about the features before using. I have a Kodak Easy Share and wanted something really nice. I am pleased to say that I really like my camera. Going to a camera class this Thursday to learn more.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nikon D5200 (body only)

      By Ava

      from Brigantine, NJ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Still learning

        Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

        Used camera for the first time this weekend. Love it

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        You will love this camera

        By Matt

        from Louisiana

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Hdr Capable
        • High ISO Performance
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

        I bought this camera as an upgrade from the Nikon 1 J1 and it pleases me so much. I only have one lens for this camera and I've only had it for two days but in those two days I've shot about 500 pictures on this thing. I love it. The lens I chose for this camera is the 35 mm 1.8/G because I needed something I could really use for varying situations and it makes a good combination with the 24 megapixels of the D5200 if I need to crop. Some pros of the camera are: HDR capability, high ISO range, some very good and usable special effects for in-camera editing, timelapse capability. Some cons: I don't know, maybe the slow shutter? There's little bit of lag, not too much though. It's a great camera that will provide room to grow for several years.

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        5.0

        Love it!

        By Newlywed

        from Indianapolis

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

          Just bought this camera for our honeymoon, a trip to Alaska! I didn't have time to read much of the manual and never had a DSLR before, but it was pretty intuitive and I'm happy with how our photos turned out!

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          • No

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          5.0

          D5200

          By Nellie

          from Independence, KS

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

            So far I love it...a little bummed one of my lenses isn't compatible but I had to get another as I had to send in my D70 for a repair.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Camera

            By Big Guy

            from New Jersey

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

              Upgraded from a D40. Although the D40 is a nice light weight camera it only has 6 million pixels which is difficult when one does a lot of cropping. The 24.7 milliom pixels is great, although photos will take up a lot more space on my PC.

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              5.0

              Great Upgrade from old D50

              By Lax Dad

              from Sherwood OR

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                We needed to upgrade, especially for under the lights sport photography.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Nice Upgrade

                By Hughtron

                from Dixon, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • 2" Long Usb Cord

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                I recently upgraded from a Nikon D40X that I've used for a little over seven years now, I lost a couple of pictures on the transfer to my computer and the battery suddenly died without much advance warning. I wanted something similar to what I have been using and didn't want to have to purchase new lens, speedlights, etc. The only thing really different were the batteries, but they came with the camera anyway along with a charger. Nikon suppies a very comprehensive instruction book and DVD along with new software for downloading photos and videos, and with some practice I feel very comfortable with it now. What I really like is the folding rotating viewscreen along with the ability to lock the mirror in the up position, along with more ISO speeds really opens up more options for shooting. Video wasn't something I would have specified on a DSLR, but I have used it, and it's nice to catch kids doing something in the middle of your photo shoot. Videos will, however, download a little bit differently on the computer than the photos. I'm very pleased with this new D5200 and I am looking forward to many enjoyable years of use with it.

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                5.0

                Good for entry level or more

                By Jeremy

                from New York City

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                  I bought a couple of these for my studio interns because they were compatible with the stop-motion software we use. They are actually very good cameras for the price. We first purchased some Sony NEX-6 cameras, but they were less intuitive menus and did not work with the software.

                  Tried some low-light work with them and they are pretty good up to ISO 1600. Wouldn't go past that, personally. They are well made and do the job I need them to do.

                  My only complaint is that there is only one dial (shutter speed) and no dial for aperture. This is super annoying! I have to hold a second button and then use the dial...why not just make a second dial? Seems very counter-intuitive, especially for anyone buying this camera to learn with.

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                  5.0

                  very nice camera for the price

                  By shan

                  from commerce,ga

                  Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                  It's high megapixel makes a very nice image. The autofocus is the best I have personally ever used. A very nice camera for the price. I also like the ability to link to a cell phone for faster sharing.

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                  4.0

                  Great upgrade from D5000

                  By eltona

                  from Slidell, La

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                    I was impressed with the lower noise at iso compared to my D5000. Also liked the added buttons to change settings faster. I felt like I needed an upgrade from my D5000 and I was not disappointed.

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                    5.0

                    The D5200 has met my needs and more.

                    By skeeter

                    from kalamazoo, mi

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                      the size and picture quality is great. the camera is easy to use and has great setting options

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good Travel Camera

                      By Uncle Earl

                      from Saratoga, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact for DSLR
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Dim viewfinder
                      • Short Battery Life
                      • Weak Af At Wide Angle

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                      After looking at the mirrorless systems in pursuit of a compact and flexible travel camera that can deliver gallery prints it seems the best performers (noise, sensitivity and resolution, eye level viewfinder) are as big and as heavy as a small DSLR. And I already have a great set of Nikon mount prime and zoom lenses to cover the range from 8mm FE to 300mm tele. And, although the D5300 has a bit better noise processing and no OLPF, the 24MP is plenty of resolution for super sharp poster size prints. And the 5200 noise at base iso is low while not quite as low as the D800. Very similar properties to the Sony A77 at the same iso sensitivity.So, pluses are good image quality, lightweight, compact size, good performance. The quiet shutter release helps with low shutter speed situations. Minuses are smaller and relatively dim viewfinder image, limited AF compatibility (for a guy with lots of old Nikon glass). Also, the magnified image in live view is not sharp so it makes it hard to achieve precise focus. In use with AF-S and AF-I lenses, the autofocus error increases below 24mm focal lengths. Not up to the D7000 or D800 which autofocus nicely down to about 16mm.The D5200 does eat up the battery pretty quickly, not surprising given the low capacity of 1AH.On balance, it meets my expectations, mainly because I'm willing to deal with the focus problems to get the image quality, size and weight benefits.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Camera!!

                      By stolkl

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                        - Extreme quality of image
                        - Love playing with Bracketing and the HDR feature
                        - High ISO is amazing!
                        - LCD Image Display is just perfect, with easy access to the features through the screen.

                        I have not used the camera as a Video device, so I cannot comment on this yet.

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                        4.0

                        Nice little DSLR

                        By Reed

                        from Spokane, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                        • Buffer Capacity Wrong
                        • No white balance button
                        • Only 1 Control Wheel
                        • Weak Manual

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                        Very nice, small DSLR. Lots of features crammed into a compact body. I chose this model because I needed a small camera to fit in a small tank bag on my motorcycle. Fantastic image quality in both raw and JPEG modes. Video quality is top notch as well. I would recommend this camera to most, but there are a few drawbacks to it that a buyer might want to be aware of before making a decision. 1) The lack of a second control wheel (which would be the Aperture wheel in Manual mode) makes it a little come cumbersome to use. You have to hold down the Exposure Compensation button while you spin the rear dial to adjust the Aperture... I sometimes hit the wrong button when trying to do this by feel. Then I end up changing my Shutter speed by mistake. 2) The lack of a White Balance button makes changing the white balance more complicated as well. 3) The fact that there is not an ISO button is not an issue, because you can use the function button for that. As a matter of fact, I think my camera arrived with ISO as the default setting for that button. 4) The buffer capacity is not what Nikon claims it is. The manual shows a buffer capacity of 35 shots in Large JPEG fine. I have not been able to get more than 11. This is probably not a big deal for most people in most shooting situations, but I have filled it up and had the camera slow down on me in 2 different situations.... shooting large groups on motorcycles riding past and photographing eagles grabbing fish. I have been working with Nikon on this for about a year now, but they haven't been able to explain it. They assured me that if I bought a Sandisk Extreme Pro 95mb/sec card that it would solve the problem. So I dropped $[$]on one of those and nothing changed. Every few months, I get an email from them saying my problem is still being researched in Japan and they will get back to me. 5) The paper manual that comes with the camera doesn't have much in it apart from the basics of how to attach a lens, turn on the camera and use menus and basic features. I remember my older Nikons came with thick manuals that went deeper into the advanced functions. It was nice to have that in my bag when I was in the field. 6) Buyers should keep in mind that there is not an internal focus motor in this model. When buying lenses you need to make sure you are getting AF-S lenses if you want to use auto focus. Most of the features I mentioned above are features that you get with more expensive models. This is a small, affordable, entry level DSLR, so you can't expect it to have every bell & whistle. I just wanted to mention the camera's limitations that I have run into. For the price I think it is a great camera... especially if the compact size is important to you.

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                        5.0

                        d5200 /Nikkor 18-300mm lens

                        By JnJ Sprinkler

                        from st louis mo

                        Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                        Bought this to replace my Canon 35mm film camera. It's easy to to learn and easy to use. Pictures are awesome.

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                        2.0

                        D5200

                        By Jeff

                        from Thomasville,Ga

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                          not compatible with all auto-focus lenses.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          GREAT UPGRADE

                          By BEANIEBENTLEY

                          from MIDDLETOWN VA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                              EVERYTHING FITS FROM MY D60 AND SO FAR SO GOOD

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                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              GOOD TO GO

                              By pixanator44

                              from New York/Europe

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Relatively Light

                              Cons

                              • 20 Min Video Clip Max

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Short Interviews

                              Comments about Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                              Why do some call the D-5200 a "starter camera"? It takes superb pictures and functions with nearly the same sophistication as an "advanced" camera. I use it primarily in the video mode as a second camera for documentaries, since it records NTSC and PAL, is relatively light and costs far less than most dual format cam-corders. Major drawback: 20 minute max on shooting duration. Not to be used for extended takes.

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