Nikon D5200 review

A more affordable alternative to the D5300

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon D5200 with the Pentax K-30, Nikon D5100, Canon EOS 650D and Nikon D7000.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon D5200 review

These results show that the Nikon D5200 produces a similar signal to noise ratio in its JPEG images to the Nikon D5100 and Canon EOS 650D, but a weaker ratio than the Nikon D7000 at most sensitivity settings. At lower ISOs, the D5200's JPEGs have a weaker signal to noise ratio than the Pentax K-30, but at ISO 6400 and above, the Nikon takes the lead.

Nikon D5200 review

As you can see the Nikon D5200 beats all these competing cameras, including the Nikon D7100 and Canon 700D, apart from the Nikon D5300 at the higher sensitivity settings. In theory this means that the camera produces cleaner images, but the banding seen in images taken at ISO 3200 and higher is likely to be more problematic.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon D5200 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon D5200 are slightly stronger than its JPEG images, sitting above the Nikon D5100 at most sensitivities, and above the Nikon D7000 at ISO 400 and ISO 3200-12800. It also beats the Pentax K-30 at ISO 400 and above. The Canon EOS 650D beats the D5200 at every sensitivity.

Nikon D5200 review

Just like the JPEG files, the D5200's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) beat the Nikon D7100, Canon 700D and Nikon D5300 for the vast majority of its sensitivity range. However, banding is an issue at high sensitivities and the D5300 and D7100 have better detail resolution.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon D5200 review

Results for dynamic range are competitively stronger than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Nikon D5200's JPEG images showing the greatest dynamic range at lower ISOs, before slipping below the Nikon D7000 at ISO 1600 and above, and then dropping off more at ISO 3200 and above, where it also falls slightly below the Nikon D5100 and roughly level with the Canon EOS 650D. It stays roughly level with thePentax K-30 at ISO 3200-6400, before beating it at ISO 12800 and above.

Nikon D5200 review

The D5200 impresses here proving it is capable of recording a wide range of tones in a single image. While the Canon 700D's dynamic range may look poor in comparison with that of the Nikon D5200, Nikon D7100 and Nikon D5300, it produces images with a pleasant level of contrast that look great straight from the camera.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon D5200 review

Dynamic range in TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon D5200 are very impressive, beating the Pentax K-30, Nikon D5100, Canon EOS 650D and Nikon D7000 throughout the sensitivity range, except at ISO 25600 where it drops ever so slightly behind the Canon.

Nikon D5200 review

The D5200 competes well with the other cameras for raw (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution24.1 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)505 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height98 mm
Width129 mm
Depth78 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD5200
Product NameD5200 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA350K001
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Discover new perspectives with the inspirational D5200.

From breathtaking photos to smooth Full HD movies, this D-SLR can't wait to bring out your creative side.

The flexible vari-angle monitor empowers your vision with unique views. The 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor captures finely detailed images, and the advanced 39-point autofocus system is always on target. Nikon's amazingly accurate 2,016-pixel light metering sensor ensures exact exposures in even difficult lighting conditions.

You can render special effects for movies or stills in real time, and Nikon's wireless mobile adapter lets you send your creations straight to a compatible smart device for instant sharing.

Package Contents
  • D5200 Digital SLR Camera
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX NIKKOR Lens
  • EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (with Terminal Cover)
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • AN-DC3 Strap
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • EG-CP16 Audio / Video Cable
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • User's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year