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Nikon D5100 vs. D5200 specs comparison

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For some reason this post comparing the Nikon D5100 and D5200 specifications did not get published few weeks ago. Sorry for the delay:

Nikon D5200  Nikon D5100
Effective Pixels 24.1million 16.2million
Sensor Size 23.5mmx15.6mm 23.6mmx15.6mm
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW): compressed 14 bit
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
Compressed 14-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG (Baseline Compliant)
Picture Control Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Storage Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards SD
SDHC
SDXC
Card Slot 1 Secure Digital (SD) 1 Secure Digital (SD)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 95% Horizontal
95% VerticalApprox.
95% Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78xApprox. 0.78xApprox.
Viewfinder Eyepoint 17.9mm 17.9mm
Lens Compatibility at a Glance AF-S and AF-I CPU lenses only AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000sec. 1/4000sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed 30sec. 30sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 5frames per second 4frames per second
Scene Modes Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure Bracketing 3 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV 3 frames ±2 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Mirror Lock Up Yes Yes (for image sensor cleaning)
ISO Sensitivity ISO100-6400
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
ISO100-6400
Hi-0.3
Hi-0.7
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Focus Modes Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 39 11
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Flash Sync Modes Auto
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain with slow sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units CLS Supported
White Balance Auto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Auto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
White Balance Bracketing 3 shots in steps of 1 3 exposures
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Yes
Movie HD 1,920x1,080 / 60i
HD 1,920x1,080 / 50i
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Metering Method: Matrix
ISO 100–6400; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, monaural
Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Monitor Size 3in. diagonal 3.0in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution 921,000Dots 921,000Dots
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle
Vari-angle TFT-LCD
Wide Viewing Angle
Vari-angle TFT-LCD
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Auto Image Rotation
Calendar
Full Frame
Highlight Point Display
Histogram Display
Movie Playback
Shooting Data
Slideshow
Sound Playback
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images)
Zoom
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
GPS GP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
GP-1 GPS unit
Battery / Batteries EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge) 500shots (CIPA) 660shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately) EH-5a AC Adapter
Approx. Dimensions Width:5.1in.(129mm)
Height:3.9in.(98mm)
Depth:3.1in.(78mm)
Width:5.0in.(127mm)
Height:3.8in.(96.5mm)
Depth:3.1in.(78.7mm)
Approx. Weight (505g) camera body only 19.7oz.(560g) camera body only
 Price $796.95 $496.95
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  • enesunkie

    Didn’t know the D5200 got mirror lockup. Interesting.

    • timon_comment

      this list has some missing items or wrong, especially in the d5100.
      for the sake of salesmanship of the d5200 and distorted the d5100?

      d5100, File format: (imaging.nikon.com)

      NEF (RAW): 14 bit, compressed
      JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
      NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

      d5100 Memory card
      The following table shows the approximate number of pictures that can be stored on an 8 GB Toshiba R95 W80MB/s UHS-I SDHC card at different image quality and size settings.

      Mirror lock up
      d5100 Custom Settings menu
      In situations where the slightest camera movement can blur pictures, select On to delay shutter release until about 1 s after the shutter-release button is pressed and the mirror is raised.

      d5100 Rotate the live view switch.
      The mirror will be raised and the view through the lens will be displayed in the camera monitor.

      d5200 Lock mirror up (it is fully same as the d5100)
      Highlight Lock mirror up for cleaning in the setup menu and press.

      the rest omitted, no longer list

  • Aldo

    wow 1080 60i… not even my d800 can do that…

    • n11

      Unless you’re specifically shooting for broadcast, it doesn’t matter much.

      • Spy Black

        Unless you just want some slo-mo of your kids and such.

        • n11

          Err, you’re referring to 60p.
          60i = 60 interlaced fields.
          There’s two fields per frame (remember the weird horizontal lines in fast-moving objects in older videos?)
          60p means progressive, so the whole image is a single frame, 60 frames in a second.
          60p > 60i
          60fps > 30fps

    • scott800

      how can gopro, sony, fujifilm and others all offer 1080 60p, and Nikon can only pull 60i (not usable for cool slow motion effects )? . I guess i can start doing movies in 720p again like it’s 2003. Firmware possibility for d800/d600? I’m sure i don’t understand the video compression process well enough to complain…idk

      • Arkasai

        The sensors in DSLR’s are not designed for that, compare the D800 sensor to a RED Mysterium-X and you’ll see the RED’s frame is less than half the size of the D800, runs way hotter, needs internal fans, and external power. The other sensors that pull off high fps like the Nikon 1 or GoPro have point and shoot sized sensors.

        Engineering a full frame DSLR that also shoots like a cinema camera is like trying to combine a submarine and space station. It won’t be pretty and it’ll cost a lot of money. Canon’s 4K DSLR will be cheap for a cinema camera but it will cost way more than a 1Ds.

        • scott800

          Arkasai, I would totally agree except there are full frame/ and aps-c sensor cameras currently shooting 60p at 1080 that aren’t $12000? What about the Sony RX-1? or the Fujifilm x100s? With video, the image sensor of the D800 is using a fraction of its available pixels to compose a movie file. If the camera just used the DX or point and shoot (cx maybe?) area of the sensor isn’t that the same thing? sure, we’d get a crazy crop factor, but slow motion! 60p or 120p?

  • Miha Rupnik

    To be honest, no big difference except for 24 vs 16 MP and 39 vs 11 focus points. I like that they put 39 point AF in that body, but 24MP is overkill for most amateur users.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Florian-Hossfeld/100000909554473 Florian Hossfeld

      the 39 AF point (straight from the D7000) has more misses in terms of accuracy then the older 11 AF points – some users already reported back-front focus issues. The fact that Nikon did not integrate AF-Fine tune on the D5200 is a big bummer.

      • Miha Rupnik

        I own D600 with modified 39 point AF, and I love it! But if it uses unmodified 39 point AF then there could be some problems.

        But D5100/D5200 lacks AF tuning option, so there could be actually lens problems and not AF itself.

        I used Tamron 70-200 F2.8 on D5100 and I was disappointed, but when I fine-tuned that lens on D600 I love it more and more each day.

    • takacsgabor.com

      Is any lenses out there truly capable of resolving more than 16MP resolution on DX?

      • mmdccbslm

        yes! I use the Nikon 18-105 and the Sigma 18-250. the 18-105 is truly sharp.

        • jvm156

          the 18-105 was the worst lens i ever owned. i started using primes right after that and sold it when i bought my 28-80 2.8

          • mmdccbslm

            sorry. I don’t know what camera you had, but it is quite nice with my D5200. Very nice. I’ve done portraits and action shots.

  • timon_comment

    NikonRumors listed the d5100 specifications of have some missing items or wrong,

  • BernhardAS

    Hi Admin
    my “pet peeve” is annotations in tables without explanations. What do the three stars in “Lens Compatibility” mean???

  • Csaba Molnár

    Some correction – the CLS compatibility might be misleading – neither of the cameras support CLS with the pop-up flash. This is a bummer – now Canon’s Rebel series support wireless lighting. It used to be the other way around. More Nikons supported CLS – d70, d80, d90, d7000 (while Canon had the 60d and 7d). Of course, all cameras support CLS if you put a flash on it that has commander mode, but when it comes to camera specs, the d7000 and d300 is the only APS-C models that support CLS.

  • Maciej Długosz

    I own D5100. In D5200 they didn’t add an option to change white balance by using Kelvin scale (I miss that). And viewing through Live View mode (in Aperture Mode) is propably still as weird as it is in D5100: if You change aperture the DOF doesn’t change untill You make a photo (there is no active DOF preview). And with D5200 it’s propably (still) not possible to change aperture during filming. I also miss information about aperture on which the movie has been recorded (heck, if You check photos you get information what aperture was used after you made the shot, but why the hell movies don’t have that data included after being shot??). What a weird upgrade: extra pixels, stereo mic and 39 AF points. Not worth the +$300 price (in my opinion).

  • krikman

    Matters only 2 points:
    1. New AutoISO logic
    2. new AF module.

    And this is great achievement. Imagine what D7X00 will be…
    If only Nikon had competitive dx zooms, i.e. 16-70 f/4 dx and 35-135 f/4 dx that would be dreamkit…

    • Shawn

      Agree, as a current D5100 owner those are the two things I’m sad about not having.

      Yes (for the nay-sayers), I do need more cross focus points – focus and recompose doesn’t work for active subjects, doesn’t work at large apertures, and doesn’t work for TTL flash.

  • Photoguy2013

    Flash sync speed comparison?

  • Rob Young

    I would love to see this comparison expanded to include the D3100 and D3200. As a D3100 owner who is looking to upgrade in the next few months I would like to see side by side comparisons of those four models of camera.

    • ATRhys

      You can compare any camera you want side by side on DPReview
      http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/cameras

    • Rogy

      No reason to upgrade from d3100 to any of these in my honest opinion. Buy lenses instead buddy :]

      • Shawn

        Yes yes yes. My opinion these days is that anyone new should buy the cheapest lowest level SLR they can, and master the hell out of it. Buy lenses and a cheap off-camera manual flash setup and master them. Then save money for a fancier camera with more buttons. I agree the D3100 is a great place to start.

        Basically if I could do it all over again I would do exactly what I just wrote.

  • stormwatch

    Just to add something about Video mode on D5200. I have been testing D5200 now for about two months, and besides the fact that video mode is really good in terms of much lower aliasing, moire artifact and cleaner high ISO performance as well. It also has such annoying rolling shutter problem which can be easily seen even on the 17-18mm wide, not to mention going towards telephoto…I mean, with such a high density sensor and the way video is recorded it has to be some rolling shutter but D5200 has rolling shutter even with the slightest TILT movements not just panning. Nikon again managed to stop a cheap (now not so cheap) camera to be an ultimate reporters tool. First they did not put the full manual video mode on D5100, but D5100 is rolling shutter wise, the DSLR camera with the slightest rolling shutter artifacts up to date.

  • raizee

    The sensors are prolly pretty much equal. The main improvement is the focusing system. A shame the D5200 didn’t have CLS commander mode (the competitor from Canon has the Canon equivilant of this).

  • mmdccbslm

    for the D5200, the focus point/depth problem persists. you have to adjust your focal point if it’s off center of the frame. You have to be extra careful of motion because you WILL lose your shot while the camera decides what your focus point is. I’ll be upgrading to the D7100, next year or a D7200, maybe, as Nikon appears to be playing catchup-model-of-the-month with Canon(T3i/T4i/T5i/70D).

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