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NikonD5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
 
4.7

(based on 91 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (62)
  • Easy to use (56)
  • Large clear LCD (56)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (49)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (44)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (53)
  • Family photos (46)
  • Travel (46)
  • Wildlife (37)
  • Low light (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66), Yes (9)

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

I would you buy this product again

By nach

from los angeles

Verified Buyer

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

its cool and i am able to make good pictures

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5.0

Economical Camera and takes superb shots

By Andrew

from San Jose, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

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):

    In the past, I have done everything from macro photography, formation-flight pictures (while taking) and telephoto-style photography from my D100...and this one is far better for all. The only thing that I did not find out that the zoom feature ONLY works on the internal-motor (s or f) lens, not the standard g-lens. I would purchase this camera again in a heartbeat! No questions asked.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Starting to love it

    By AZGeminiJon

    from Arizona

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

    Only have it a few weeks, one former Nikon AF lens was not compatible. Did not know that, but with the short lens, lots of cool features and functions, very fast, love the large, moveable screen. Will have more thoughts once my new lens arrives.

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    5.0

    Never happier

    By Holy City Photog

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Iso Performance
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This was bought to replace my Pentax K-x (from 2009). After setting it up and taking some test pics I was immediately blown away by the iso performance (and of course the rest of the camera). On my old camera I could see noise at 1600 and greater, and based on recommendations I set my AutoISO top range at 6400. After test images I found that 6400 is in fact stable. This means using a wide open 1.8 aperture I can get excellent pics in low light without having too slow a shutter speed. Aside from this, the camera is a dream. I really enjoy settings like min ISO shutter speed setting, and the bracketing. The auutofocus is great, and overall I love the new camera. I bought the 35 f/1.8 and 18-200 for starters and am very happy with my setup. (I also followed Ken Rockwell's guide for setting it up and would recommend this. He is a bit over the top at times, but this guide was spot on)

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Quality Pictures

      By PhotoGuy

      from Ft Lauderdale, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Lot To Learn

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Video

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

      Even though it is a bit daunting getting through the instruction manual, the camera takes great pictures. I especially bought this camera for the video aspect as I have 2 additional NIKONS that aren't video capable. I'd recommend this camera to anyone who desires to take still and videos.

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      • No

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      5.0

      one of the best for cost

      By bisco

      from VA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        as good for photos as some very very expensive cameras

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        Camera.

        By Laney

        from New York

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

        Good camera. Great pics.

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        5.0

        Great deal

        By dbcolumbia

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Just upgraded from the D5100 when the D5200 went on sale. It is EXCELLENT. Fast, snappy, great auto focus, sharp images. I can't say enough good things about it, although I am decidedly an amateur photographer - not a professional.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great camera - I would buy again.

            By manfredtex

            from Fair Haven, NJ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              The camera has some really great features. And B&H customer service was phenomenal. I did make 1 mistake in choosing the 50mm FX lens not realizing this body would magnify the lens focal length by 1.5. Otherwise very pleased with the camera and quality.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Perfect Camera for what I want to do.

              By Richard

              from Jacksonville, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

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

                Excellent camera. Bought this camera body as an upgrade from the D3200 and have been pleased with it since taking it out of the box. A little relearning where things are from the previous camera but have not had one letdown on any of the pictures Ive taken. Enjoy having the EC bracketing.
                Nikon makes a great camera, B&H makes shopping for cameras and accessories pleasant. Great service!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Fantastic Camera!

                By Sammyx21

                from Batesville, Indiana

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I use it for sports photography and it works great! The sports mode is great, and I can use it for portraits as well!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great camera for the price

                  By Bob

                  from Thomasville, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have a Nikon D3100 and the D5200 is a great step up. The buttons are in better places and the movable LCD screen is great.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent value

                    By John

                    from Central PA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Images Quality
                    • 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

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

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

                      I wanted a lighter weight body and did not need all the features of my Pro Nikon body. I am very pleased with the capabilities of this camera. Besides being light weight, it has straight forward features that fit 99 percent of my pro shooting. I do recommend it highly.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Like a track spike

                      By Mountain Man Matt

                      from Seattle, WA

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                      • Short Life

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This has Been an amazing camera. I made an entire movie on it, and it blew me away with it's video quality. I used it in -10 to 110 degrees fahrenheit and it stood up to the extremes well. The picture quality is stellar. An abundance of detail and great color depth in every picture. The performance in low light is fantastic! Compared to other cameras in it's price range it is one of my favorite cameras and quite possibly the best. If you are looking for a camera that does it all well, look no more. The body is a rock too. The only downside is that there are more than 500 hot pixels making it a butt to remove them all from pictures in post. Within a year this camera is almost useless. (at least for me) There are over 500 hours of video logged on to it which is most likely why, the sensor is just fried. I was hoping it's life would be much longer, however it served me well as a performance do it all camera. I really wish she would have lasted a few more years. (There goes $)...If you are looking for a absolutely killer camera I would highly recommend this one. And If you are looking for a Dslr for video, I would recommend this gal's bro am the d5300. ("tougher" sensor and better video). So no matter what visual media task you have at hand the d5200 camera will destroy them all.. at least for a while.

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                      5.0

                      Powerful DX chip

                      By Gregg

                      from Athens, Ohio

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

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

                        Powerful camera - easy to use. Would recommend. Fits my large hand fairly well.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Mid-range Performance

                        By Behemoth

                        from Oregon

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Noisy At High ISO

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I've read user reviews that this is an entry level camera, but next to a couple missing buttons for quick settings, it will perform just as well as the D7100 in most cases, and is probably surprisingly close to older high end models. Read the reviews (not only the ones here, but on the web).I'm not sure why someone said features are missing in a review I read, but most people change ISO, Shutter, Aperture, etc, and every setting I use that's available on my old D200 is on this camera for the most part.I purchased this camera when it was initially released in 2013, and used it to shoot Uxmal in the Yucatan. It's much lighter and smaller than the D7100, and the sensor performance is every bit as good when you look at upgrading from just about ANY older model. This camera outshoots a D200 IMO, and weighs less by far.If you are considering this camera, I would look harder at the D5300 for the price due to 1 major difference, which is the same reason I would look at the D7100. The low pass filter which performs anti-aliasing has been removed on the D5300/D7100 providing crisper fine detail. (Also full 1080p video, but I don't shoot video with an SLR so that's not a factor for me)If you're going to put your camera on auto, don't buy any SLR. If you're looking to update your older model with something that performs very well without spending $2k+ look at the D5200 as well as the D5300/D7100 models.Overall a very impressive low cost DSLR.

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                        5.0

                        Best DSLR Camera Ever!

                        By Ms Laura

                        from Newport Beach, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I studied this camera and read all the tech reviews and by far, this was a big winner for me. The Camera does it all...and beautiful pictures...great auto settings. Amazing!

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                          • Yes

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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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                            • No

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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

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                                • Yes

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