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Nikon D5200 Review

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This Nikon D5200 Review Brought To You By…..

This Nikon D5200 review comes to you from someone who has used one for over 5 years. Not only have I used the camera almost daily for that time, but I have also made quite a deal of money from the photos I’ve taken with the D5200.

My name is Barry Callister, I am a nature photographer from New South Wales in Australia. To see some of the photos I’ve taken with my Nikon D5200, please visit my Website or my Facebook Page.

Nikon D5200 Features

The D5200 has many features, including:

  • A 24.1 megapixel DX Format CMOS sensor (a 1.5x crop sensor)
  • Nikon F Mount (use AF-S or AF-I lenses to activate Auto Focus with the D5200)
  • The Expeed 3 Image Processing engine (equivalent to higher-end models such as the D4)
  • An ISO range of 100 to 6400, expandable to Hi 1 (ISO 12800), and Hi 2 (ISO 25600).
  • Active D-Lighting, which preserves details in highlights and shadowy areas (it’s kind of like having a flash when you don’t have one!)
  • A 39-point AF system
  • A 7.5cm (3″) LCD screen which opens horizontally from 0° to 180°, and flips vertically from +180° to -90°.
  • Full HD video recording (it does not shoot in 4K)
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For more information on the features of the Nikon D5200, please go to this Nikon Product Page.

Why I Chose the Nikon D5200

At the time I was looking for a DSLR, I was a musician. I wanted a camera that could record good-quality video, that was reasonably-priced, not too hard to use, and would last me a long time.

I found it does shoot great HD video, thought the Auto Focus is not great. However, you can easily get around this by using manual focus.

After a while, I began shooting Nature Photography with it and found it to be great for Bird Photography. The crop sensor gets you that little bit closer than a full-frame camera would.

I have used it to shoot landscapes, waterfalls, flower photography, portraits, macro photography and so much more. It’s an incredibly versatile camera and very reliable.

Should You Buy a Nikon D5200?

The Nikon D5200 is often called an entry-level DSLR, but it’s not. It is actually an intermediate-level DSLR. However, though it is not a pro-level camera, it does take fantastic photos and video, and it is built tough enough to handle a bit of moisture and dust.

Having dropped my D5200 on numerous occasions, I can also say that it is built to handle some abuse!

If you are a Nature Photographer, someone who just likes to take casual holiday snaps, or you want to get great photos of your kids playing sport, then this camera is perfect for you.

You are not going to shoot weddings for high-paying clients with this camera, or shoot high-end portraits. If that is your plan, I suggest investing in a full-frame camera.

The Nikon D5200 is perfect to start learning DSLR photography and it will take you way beyond that as well.

Thank You For Reading This Nikon D5200 Review

Thank you for reading this review today. If you have any specific questions about the Nikon D5200, please leave a comment below, or email me via the Contact Page here at Photographer’s Freedom.

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