November 6, 2012

Nikon Announces the D5200, a New DSLR Featuring 1080 60i (Not 60p)

Nikon just announced a brand new DSLR, the D5200. While this camera should be a replacement for another in the lineup, it actually seems as if Nikon will continue selling the D5100 for some time. The externals between the 5100 and the 5200 are virtually indentical, but most of the changes have been to the internal hardware. This new camera features a 24 MP sensor and for the first time on a Nikon DSLR, 60i. Now, I got slightly excited for a moment, but read on for what this really means.

Here are the specs of the D5200:

  • 24 MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor, EXPEED 3
  • 3" 921k dot Vari-angle LCD
  • ISO 100-6400 (extendable to ISO 25600) (ISO 200 in Movie Mode)
  • 1920 x 1080, 60i (59.94 fields/s)/50i (50 fields/s)
  • 1920 x 1080, 30p/25p/24p
  • 1280 x 720, 60p/50p
  • H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Maximum clip time: 29 min 59 sec
  • D-Movie AF modes: Live View autofocus works when shooting movie clips
  • 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors in the center
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • Wireless Mobile Adaptor WU-1a can transmit images from the camera to an Apple or Android device
  • 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
  • Availability January 2013 in the US
  • Estimated price: $800-$1000 with kit lens

So what's the deal with 60i? Well, it's actually a bit of marketing, since you'll never be able to get 60p from a 60i signal. In fact, 60i is really a 30fps mode, since you have 2 fields which must be combined, therefore giving you 30 actual frames. This was a slight letdown when I first saw the specs, as I had thought for a moment that this was the first Nikon DSLR to give us 60p - which is great for slow motion.

Either way, this entire camera is a huge step up more in the photography aspects than the videography aspects. It does feature autofocus in video mode, but I would not expect it to be much better than the autofocus on the Canon T4i, which certainly leaves something to be desired -- even with Canon's new quiet motor lenses.

Since this is a world camera, the record time is still limited to 30 minutes internally. I would imagine the video encoding has not improved tremendously, but it does feature the same type of internal processing engine, EXPEED 3, as its bigger brothers, as well as a brand new 24 MP sensor. We are reaching a point where the increase of megapixels will start to seriously diminish the quality of the picture at lower ISOs. The more pixels the better for image quality, but at higher ISOs that image quality requires a ton of internal hardware noise reduction to match what the previous camera (which was 16 megapixels) has done. Nikon has actually been very good about this, so I would be surprised if this new camera wasn't at least in the ballpark of the old one.

US pricing is unknown at the moment since the camera was only actually unveiled in the rest of the world so far, but it will most likely slot right above the old model, which is currently going for under $600 with a kit lens. This would probably put the new D5200 right at $800-$1000 with the kit lens, depending on what they do with the old model.

Still interesting for video, but it will likely need manual Nikon lenses for full aperture control just like the previous model. You've also got a brand new menu interface, which may or may not mean anything for actual use. If you want to check out some of the stills from this camera, you can see them below (click for larger versions).

Link: Nikon Imaging -- D5200

[via Nikon Rumors]

Your Comment


In terms of photography, this is a great camera for the price (and it competes well with the t4i).

But in terms of video.....not so much. On paper, at least.

November 6, 2012 at 11:34AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This is ultimately inconsequential unless you're a low to mid-level photographer. Plus, it seems strange to use interlaced video as a tool to market this camera. Very strange indeed.

November 6, 2012 at 11:43AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


November 6, 2012 at 12:04PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Will ther be clean HDMI out?


November 6, 2012 at 12:18PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


It does not feature a clean HDMI out.

November 6, 2012 at 2:24PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

You can get 60p from 60i by interpolating lose half the resolution though obviously, so I'm not sure there's any advantage over 720 60p (you have more horizontal resolution, but less vertical resolution). I used to use After Effects to turn DVX 60i footage into 60p...I'm really glad cameras support actual 60p now.

November 6, 2012 at 1:53PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Yeah, it's really kind of pointless, the quality isn't really better than 720 in the end, and that doesn't include the time you spend on it. You're better off just shooting 720 60p.

November 6, 2012 at 2:23PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

The problem with the D5100 is that there is no control in video mode ... unless they changed that its not really for video use

November 7, 2012 at 1:19AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


and it sounds like they did

November 8, 2012 at 1:18AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I'm looking into buying a DSLR, mainly for video, and on a not so big budget. the D600 is on my wishlist but D7000 is the one I'll buy.
Do I need to consider the D5200 instead?

Thanks !!!

November 10, 2012 at 2:33AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Maximum Clip Length=29 min 59 sec
Does That Mean Only A Single Clip Can Be Recorded Upto 29min 30s,That Is Multiple Clips Of 29:59 Mins Can Be Recorded,Or Total Video Length Is 29:59 Mins??
Please Help I am a beginner in videography and want to buy the camera.

February 4, 2013 at 12:07PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Yes it has clean HDMI out. I've been testing the D5200 with my Ninja2 ...and the image quality is superb! The new Toshiba sensor is amazing. Even though its 24mp there's virtually no aliasing/moire.

Excellent DR, color and resolution. Even the AF (AF_F) is significantly improved and almost as good as the GH2/GH2.

Looking at the Prores HQ 4:2:2 from my Ninja has convinced me that this humble little newcomer's video image quality is better than my D800, hacked GH2's (by a long shot in terms of noise and color) and even the GH3.

February 13, 2013 at 5:37PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Please see my comment below.

February 16, 2013 at 6:55AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Francisco Alvar...

Skeptikal, please, you can't just throw that arround... PLEASE SHOW US IT'S TRUE!.

I'd be eternally gratefull. (excuse my english)

February 15, 2013 at 3:35PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Francisco Alvar...