Nikon D5200 - Extended Review focused on Movie Mode
Nikon D5200, released a good deal of 2 months ago, hasn't yet been reviewed properly in terms of Movie Mode features, which greatly differ him from the predecessors and some other VDSLRs like Canons (650D, 700D, etc.).
What made me create an account and inspired to write this review was my own brandnew D5200 and the lack of any details on its Movie Mode.
A little bit of stuff on my background, so that to explain why I'm so anxious about this video-thing of D5200.
I am a videographer and has been shooting with VDSLRs for about 2 years.
I have used Canon T2i/T3i, Canon 60D and Panasonic GH2. Before getting to shoot videos, I had Nikon D80, my first DSLR. The very latter became the reason for me to be back on Nikon after all those panacanons.
Now let's get down to those Nikon D5200 features I mentioned.
First before most: Nikon D5200 has on-screen audio meters. That's true and that's very useful. The audio meters are located vertically on the left of the screen and assist with watching the levels very well.
Second thing: D5200 has a decent audio chip. Yes, it has. It also boasts 20 audio levels in manual audio submenu:
These two things mean that having set the audio levels to 11-12 you get almost hissless audiotrack right from your cheap Rode Video Mic (NOT even pro), connected to Nikon's 3.5 mm mic input. You can also use field recorders like ZOOM H2n which will provide even better quality at zero levels (the mentioned ZOOM has its own audio gain controls, so no Nikon's gain is needed). The mics noted have been tested on this camera and do give the described quality.
Third thing: Nikon D5200 will outplay any of your old Canons, maybe except for Mark III, in terms of moirelessness, detail and compression quality. The mentioned mix provides an ambitious videographer with the kind of decent quality he expects to get from the $1K camera (18-105mm included, of course).
Fourth thing: If you have a vary-aperture lens connected (like the included 18-105) and you use manual Movie Mode, you will NOT get exposure blinking when you zoom in and out, like you get on Canons.
Fifth thing: Very good low light performance. ISO 2500 and even higher are more than usable.
Now, so that you quit feeling that NikonFanBoyLag, we will proceed to the downsides. Those have been described many times, but I shall repeat them and add some more.
Downside #1: You can't change the aperture in Live View mode.
Downside #2: Active D-Lightning does NOT work in Movie Mode.
Downside #3: Rolling shutter is a problem. Not as bad as it had been on Nikon D90, but still quite noticeable, once you go further than 24mm. And, by the way, don't even try 25 and 24 fps. They are awful.
Downside #4: If you have a mic connected, you'll have some problems swivelling the screen in low-angle position.
Downside #5: Battery drains very fast. Get some spare ones like third-party Digital Power. Those show the battery level and actually work with the camera.
Those seem to be all the things which are remarkable of Nikon D5200 Movie Mode, and some of which hasn't been mentioned in reviews yet.
If I recall anything else, I will update the review. That's all for now.
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