Nikon's new 24.1 megapixel DSLR has the wraps taken off at Best For Reviews
Just two weeks after the launch of its V2 compact system camera, and six weeks since the launch of the D600 at Photokina, Nikon has revealed a second enthusiast-targeted camera in the D5200 digital SLR. It will be available in the UK at some point this December in a choice of black, red, or, more unusually still, a brown-ish ‘bronze’. Pricing is a suggested £719.99 for the body or £819.99 with 18-5mm VR lens.
“It’s the successor to the D5100, which will continue, and is aimed at the advanced beginner,” Nikon UK’s Product Manager Simon Idden told us, adding that the D5200’s imagined user is the photo hobbyist, male, and aged 25-50 years old. “They’ll typically be in the higher earning bracket,” Simon believes, adding that the camera’s focus is on creative expression rather than everyday snapshots – so isn’t aimed at absolute beginners.
Claiming to offer superior image quality from any angle – a reference to its flip out LCD screen – the D5200 features what Nikon says is an entirely new 24.1 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, one of its benefits being a greater dynamic range when compared with the D3200. It also comes with a sensitivity range extendable from ISO100 to ISO25,600.
The three key new additions the manufacturer believes should be pitched to customers are a new Expeed 3 image processor, a 39-point AF system, plus 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor. An Advanced Scene Recognition system recognises the situation and subject precisely prior to shooting, there is improved AF tracking capability and the ability to follow subjects in three dimensions, while the graphical user interface has been re-vamped.
Video capture is Full HD with selectable frame rates, and, while the built-in microphone is stereo, there is still the ability to add an accessory microphone. Carried over from the D5100 is a special effects mode, while there are 16 scene modes. In terms of accessories the D5200 can be used with the WU-1a wireless transmitter to connect to a ‘smart’ device (iOS and Android). Nikon has also unveiled a new wireless remote set that includes a WR-T10 transmitter and receiver, with the further option of an optional WR-A10 ten pin terminal adapter – though pricing and release date for these is yet to be set.
Nikon is also running a couple of Christmas promotions, offering cashback on the J1, J2, D3100, D3200, D5100, various lenses and Speedlights, or, alternatively, the chance to eat out with a ‘gourmet card’ and win a holiday if buying a Coolpix compact. UK Group Marketing Manager Jeremy Gilbert also reveals that Nikon has invested £3 million in TV advertisements, and promises “continuous coverage” right up until Christmas, adding: “We know it’s going to be competitive this Christmas, so want to give customers a compelling reason to buy Nikon.”