Great Beginners/ Advanced Beginners Purchase
When I purchased the D5200, I had never owned a DSLR or even a point and shoot, but I had done thorough research and figured out that this was the camera for me. This camera far exceeded my expectations: the 24 MP captures immense detail, the 1080p/60 fps recording is awesome (the fps is high enough to even get a little slow mo action going), the flip out screen is nice for those up high/ down low shots, and the list goes on. I was (and still am) very happy with my purchase, and my photography skills have gotten better as I have kept shooting. It might be time to step it up to the 7000 series and (eventually) to a full frame (D600?) ..
Flip out screen
1080p/60 fps video (with full shutter/aperture controls)
Color choices makes it more fun
Perfect fit in the hand
Nice button placements
Nice Image Quality
-BUFFER SIZE - only 6-7 RAW photos before the buffer gets filled.. This may not be a problem for everyone, but for people doing action/sports photography, this is kind of a drag
-ISO noise - seems evident at even as low as 800 ISO
-Live View kind of lags a little bit: takes a bit to switch to LV, a while to focus, etc.. but its LV so what can you expect..
-Flash button gets pushed alot accidentally while trying to change ISO, or just when changing grip
-Can't change aperture size while in Live View
In the end, the cons are just small things, and the pros greatly outweigh them. This is still an awesome camera
April 5, 2014
Excellent Entry Level DSLR
If you are looking for a decent entry level DSLR, this is it. Very good picture quality, compatible to wide variety of Nikkor lenses to suite your requirement. Camera has just the perfect grip and user friendly inter-phase and so high value for your money. It's better than D5300 and D7100 even, if you consider the specs and the difference in price.
March 14, 2014
Amazing Product For An Amazing Cost
I am a beginner action sports photographer. I got this camera as a gift and immediately started shooting. Its fast burst mode and easy settings interface make it a perfect camera. I recommend this camera to anyone getting into photography and is looking to pursue it seriously.
March 3, 2014
Great DSLR camera - fantastic features for cost.
Get to really know the D 5200 as it has lots of fast features to use. Once you are aligned with camera operations, you can get 4 to 5 lenses - with the savings from NOT buying the FX bigger brothers.
Start taking fantastic pictures AFTER you are able to really know your camera.
February 4, 2014
Looks small and lite but packs a big punch
I started shooting Nikon in 1968 and after Fe2s',FG-20, N8008, N70, F4, and F5 this is serious relief. A bit reluctant to join the digital revolution but glad I did. This camera is great for beginner or pro and the features have all been listed in previous reviews. I have logged, indexed and mounted probably 10000 images with a typewriter and word processor now its recorded for me. I'm not a fan of the menu system myself, but its a small inconveinence. Anyone wanting to transition from film to digital this is a good start. Next stop for me is the FX format.
December 25, 2013