Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera

I remember the days when I was a total stranger to cameras, making pixel counts the most essential feature to look at when comparing cameras and when making a first impression with cameras. I know this experience can be identifiable enough to many, but there also came a time when that trend went off in emphasis on the more essentials such as lens, sensors, and even aesthetics. Today, like any DX series, the company Nikon came up with its newer model next to the Nikon D5100. Looking ahead to bringing back the atmosphere of megapixels, I am indeed glad to share with you my insights on the new D5200.

The Nikon D5200 shares a lot in common with its antecedent and even with some Nikon big shots like the D7000. While the D5200 maintained so much as an instance from what and how the D5100 looked like, the changes in the new model were somewhat more internal, and as for me, found these changes to make the entry-level SLR more for the ‘advanced beginners.’ For the outside, there’s hardly one spot to differ on except that a button is added to trigger drive mode—something an enthusiast would love to put twist upon. Outside this, the D5200 possesses much more improvements on the mechanical side, particularly a 39-point AF system, a 24MP sensor, and a 2016 pixel RGB color-sensitive metering sensor. Lastly, the D5200 is also complemented with an impressive EXPEED 3 processor for that presumably faster focusing speed, but we’ll deal more with the performance later on.

There are specifically some few things I’d love to talk about in this new entry-level SLR from Nikon. One big thing is that on the articulating display. Unluckily, we still do not have a touch capability for easy touch shutter controls and interface navigation procedures, but what made the display so good is that, aside from the 921k-dot resolution, the interface (or guided user interface) gets even more intuitive. With the interface comes with more graphical representations of what’s on the camera such as the status of the settings, all in one glance but with emphasis on the shutter speed, sensitivity, and aperture. The latter three are displayed in a dial wherein users get to control on the physical buttons, and thankfully, settings are easily controlled more especially because choosing the right setting under an unusual angle can be done.

Knowing how the interface itself gets friendlier to SLR beginners, it’s also good to note that the Nikon D5200 has a fairly plausible amount of juice to performance so as not to disappoint potential Nikon fans. Compared to its predecessor, the D5200 now has a faster continuous shooting rate at 5fps, and shooting videos is a lot more fun at full HD at a rate of 60 (or 50, depending on the region). More intuitive controls are also added, including an HDR mode, multiple scene modes and filters, plus a much larger ISO range ending up to 25,600 when expanded. On my experience, I found the Nikon D5200 to be a little bit troubled when focusing under low light, though in auto mode it assumes a longer shutter time to capture the details, even at ISO800 details are properly represented in a very pleasing manner.

More with the image quality, I am totally impressed as to how the camera does its job in terms to noise, chromatic aberrations, and other potential artifacts. Colors produced are almost life-like, and shooting under a dark-cast sky does not really ruin the object being in a ‘natural state.’ Shooting in RAW format is a breeze also, allowing users to enhance or correct the details or areas possibly unseen on a JPEG format. With the video, I notice there’s some kind of cropping happening when recording under a 60-frame rate, though this does not really matter much. Vibration control is also reliable enough, but I must be honest I thought the stereo speakers need more tuning.

Other things that make the Nikon D5200 more interesting are: wireless capability and remote control capability via an enhancement (ML-L3, WR-R10 or WR-T10), max shutter speed of 1/4000, and a long list of compatible lenses even from third-party providers. The D5200 is available for a reasonable price at more or less $800, and you can opt for a body-only kit or with a standard 18-55mm kit lens.

Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 35,000.00

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