Yesterday, Nikon announced its latest upper entry-level dSLR: the D5200, which replaces the D5100 and offers several features that, at least on paper, put it on par with the more expensive D7000. So, with such a vast array of choices on the market, it is only natural for a first-time buyer to ask one simple question: which one should I buy?
Well, let’s try and answer that question.
D7000: Weather-sealed metal and plastic
The D7000 wins, hands-down
Newer is better
D5200: Expeed 3
D5100: Expeed 2
D7000: Expeed 2
Newer is better again
All square here
The D5100 looks decidedly basic
The D7000 kills the competition
D5200: 1/4000th to 30 sec
D5100: 1/4000th to 30 sec
D7000: 1/8000th to 30 sec
The D7000 is one stop faster
D5200: 3” 921k dot, articulating
D5100: 3” 921k dot, articulating
D7000: 3” 921k dot, fixed
The D7000 loses
Same here, too
The D7000’s the speed demon
D5200: +/- stops
D5100: +/- 5 stops
D7000: +/- 5 stops
All tied here
D5200: 12, 5 custom
D5100: 12, 5 custom
D7000: 12, 5 custom
All the same
D5200: full 1080p HD up to 60fps
D5100: full 1080p HD up to 30fps
D7000: full 1080p HD up to 24 fps
Resolution may be a tie, but the D5200 is far faster
D5200: single SD
D5100: single SD
D7000: dual SD
The D7000 is class of the field
Weight with battery:
The D5200 wins by a nose
Needless to say, upon a close examination of the spec sheet, there really aren’t all that many differences between the three cameras, at least on paper. In real life usage, though, the old D7000 kills the competition if you’re a serious shooter. Amateurs looking for a first dSLR? It’s more about what you’re willing to spend as a beginner probably won’t be able to exploit the vast AF grid and 24 million pixels (the two real advantages of the new camera) to their full potential for awhile at least.
Want a D5200? Unfortunately (and very unlike Nikon), price and availability are TBA.
Want to buy photo gear in the Cleveland area? Well, there’s Cleveland-based Dodd Camera, with its downtown superstore. In addition, there are many smaller Cleveland metro area chain stores in the Cuyahoga County area, too. Dodd is an authorized Nikon dealer.
For more info:
Nikon’s future lineup (I predicted the D5200 in September)
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