D5200 is second model in current Nikon DSLR lineup, just above D3200 and below the newly announced semi-pro D7100. In terms of features and especially size or ergonomics it is pretty much the same as both its predecessor the D5100 or the current base model D3200. Since I already published D3200 review and D5200 is rather similar camera, I will cover only the differences and overall user experience in this review.
Compared to its predecessor, the D5200 has a new 24 MP sensor, more advanced focus system with 39 AF points, 2016 pixel color sensitive metering sensor and stereo microphone for video recording. The Auto-ISO option is also upgraded and now allows automatic setting of minimum shutter speed based on the lens focal length – pretty important for zoom lens users. Movie aficionados will love the option of manual setting of shutter, aperture and ISO during movie recording. Everything else is practically the same as on D5100.
We live in interesting times from as far as the gear is concerned. Compact camera market is being squeezed between smartphones and mirrorless models, so all the major companies are trying to develop high IQ models. Therefore, large-sensor compacts are popping out like mushrooms after the rain and I like it that way. Today, Nikon has announced the new Coolpix A – compact camera the size of Sony DSC-RX100 but with APS-C sensor and a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent).
Nikon has announced the D7100 – the new mid-range DSLR with APS-C sized sensor. Main advantages over the now more than two years old D7000 revolve around the new 24 megapixel sensor without anti aliasing filter, 51-opint auto focus system and the ability to shoot up to 7 frames per second in crop (2x) mode. The recommended Nikon D7100 price is around $ 1,200 body only and $ 1,600 with 18-105 F/3.5-5.6 VR lens. The shipping will start in about a month.
Nikon and I seem share a common belief in a thing called a second chance. A year ago Nikon 1 V1 hit the market as company’s first mirrorless offering. It took pictures, but that’s about it. It didn’t appeal to advanced users, and the not-so-advanced crowd also avoided it due to various reasons. Hence this autumn’s price reduction; it plummeted from insane $899 all the way down to around $299 in some stores. Low sale figures are not the only reason responsible for the price drop; shops had to get rid of the supplies before the all new V2 came out. And it’s good they have because the V2 is a completely different and quite desirable camera.
Nikon stirred a lot of dust introducing D800 and D800E models earlier this year. The main reason was massive jump in resolution: at 36 megapixels, D800 is highest resolution camera on the market (except medium format) and a huge shift since its predecessor – Nikon D700. D800E differs itself from regular D800 by lack of anti-aliasing filter. In practice, images will appear slightly sharper but with more chance to get moire effect. In every other aspect, both cameras are the same.
Its main rival is Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which I reviewed a few months ago and you can read about it here. Since the late Photokina fair there is also Sony A99 which with its SLT technology and few unique features is a beast of its kind.
Those of you who regularly follow rumor blogs knew all about this camera days ago… Nikon did a bad job at keeping its latest camera a secret. Now it’s finally official – the affordable full frame D600 is announced. It sports 24 megapixel sensor inside a body very similar to that of D7000. Starting retail price is $ 2100 for body only and $ 2700 for 24-58 f3.5-4.5 VR kit lens bundle.
Photokina is the world’s biggest and most anticipated imaging fair that takes place every two years in a German town of Cologne (Köln). Industry leaders, traders, professionals and amateur photographers will all gather at September 18 to view and try the latest photographic equipment on the market. I have prepared a short list of expected announcements and rumors. Some cameras or lenses might be announced before the show, but the public will be able to see them for the first time at the fair.