For anyone who is considering this for professional work, it does not do high speed sync. If you do any daylight flash work, you'll have to use a ND filter as your flash sync speed will be too slow.
Pat Cullinan Jr: Richard,
For your sake please consult with a large-format pro or other grizzled adept about "the greater low-light ability that a larger sensor would otherwise give."
Len speed remains constant.
All the best,
Pat, a f/1.8 on a full frame or APS-C would gather the same amount of light, but the full frame will have less noise at the same ISO. Therefore, as Richard said, full frame sensors do have better low light ability. This lens would let APS-C shooters shoot at f/1. 8 ISO 100 while full frame shooters would have to shoot at f/2.8 ISO 250 to get the same exposure with their zooms.
These photos look terrible. Blurry and lacking contrast. I hope this isn't an example of what this new camera can do.
Shamael: and we still wait for a d400. maybe the new 20 mpix sensor from sony will inspire nikon ....
What do you expect in a D400 that this D7100 does not have?
FDPirate: No PC sync port, it's not worth buying.
That's like saying a car isn't worth buying because there's no place to hitch up your horse. If you're still dependent on outdated technology, that's your problem. Don't blame the world for moving on.
NikonScavenger: I have been shooting with the same D300 since I got it as a wedding present half of a decade ago. I liked it so much I bought a used one in "like new condition" as a backup.
The AF in that camera is flawless. You have to TRY to take out of focus photos.
I received a D7k when it first came out and the camera was pure effing garbage. It. Would. Not. Focus.
I'm not an amateur, I know how to set up all the dozens of menus. I've probably logged 55k worry-free action, still portrait, telephoto wildlife shots with my D300 in all manner of conditions. The backup is the same at about 10k.
I could not get the D7k to work. Nikon couldn't either. It also had a dust/oil problem. I sold it.
I have no real alternative to the D300 anymore. I don't think the 7100 is the camera to replace it.
Perhaps you got a bad D7K body. That doesn't mean they're all bad. Mine is fine and focuses perfectly. The D7100 is a massive upgrade over the D300 in every way.
Anesh: Guys, can you please help me. I am currently caught between a choice between the D5200 and Pentax K-30. Can you please give me your honest opinion on which seems to be the better camera.
The D5200 looks good on paper with all it cred and the Pentax enters the Mid segments of the DSLR range.
One thing that has me pondering is why does the D5200 with all its features classed as an entry level camera and the Pentax a mid level.
In South Africa the Pentax retails for $1032 and the D5200 should retail at $1147.
Thanks for your time.
The K-30 has weather proofing, image stabilization, a better viewfinder, and a bit faster shutter. These are all advanced features not found in entry-level cameras.
The D5200 has 50% higher resolution, 39 focus points (vs. 11 on the Pentax), a flip-out screen, in-camera HDR, continuous focus when shooting movies, and an external mic jack. Frankly these are also features not previously found on entry-level cameras, but Nikon has raised the bar here and is redefining entry-level.
The D5200 will have slightly better image quality due to the higher resolution and newer sensor, you'll also have a lot more accessory, lens, and flash options with Nikon, as it's a more popular brand.
jspringer17: Need advice! thinking about purchasing either the Nikon D 7000 or the Nikon D 5200.my question is, is it worth waiting for the 5200 to come out or do you think the 7000 is a better overall camera for the money? Please help!
The D7000 is capable of much more advanced photography though D5200 will have better image quality. The D7000 has some advantages like a focus motor for cheaper lenses and high speed sync, as well as weather sealing. The D7000 replacement will be out this year, but that could be 3 months or 9 months, nobody knows right now.
Heie2: It would be nice if Pentax's superior products (i.e. K-30) were even at bare minimum given equal treatment - K-30 blows this out of the water, especially when you consider how much Nikon will make it cost compared to the K-30's <$650 body price rofl
And yet the K-30 review took nearly 6 months and this will probably take two more weeks? Three if DPR is being lazy? Hopefully the K-5II/s will be reviewed in time to help decide whether it's a good choice for summer 2013...
DPR - "Fair and Balanced."
D5200 body only is $699 at the manufacturer's suggested retail price, the K-30 is $750. Now, many vendors are selling the K-30 at less than MSRP because it's been out for a while. Wait a bit and the D5200 will drop too. So your point about price fails.
Second, in what way does the K-30 blow the D5200 out of the water? It has weather proofing, image stabilization, a better viewfinder, and a bit faster shutter.
The D5200 has 50% higher resolution, 39 focus points (vs. 11 on the Pentax), a flip-out screen, in-camera HDR, continuous focus when shooting movies, and an external mic jack.
They're a bit different, but the Pentax certainly doesn't blow the D5200 out of the water. It has advantages and disadvantages.
Now, the real reason nobody cares about Pentax is that Pentax is an amateur brand. They don't offer full frame cameras, so anyone buying a Pentax APS-C and lenses is admitting to themselves that they're never going to be a pro, and most people want to keep their options open.
Prince25: Hi, I'm trying to make up my mind on which DSLR to purchase for my first ever DSLR. I am confused if I should wait for this Nikon D5200 or just get a Canon 7D instead. I'm planning to shoot both videos and photos in night time setting. I also want to shoot a time lapse of the night time sky. Any suggestions will be helpful. Thanks! :)
D5200 has a built-in intervalometer for time-lapse photography. It's also got the latest focus, metering, and sensor technology while the 7D is almost 3 years old. D5200 is also higher resolution for more detail. The 7D has no advantage here.
Anck: Hi there, pls clarify me, 1.does D5200 has got manual exposure for video. 2.is there autofocus motor given in D5200?. 3. Is it that vital one to have a dedicated ISO button? ! .4. Wats d difference btwn 1080i and 1080p while shooting videos ! Kindly guide me friends, need to buy this dslr for nature nd portrait photography nd also mainly for movie making as d5200 is capable of full hd videos !
No autofocus motor, yes manual exposure for video.
missymoo: I meant to say D5200 in my earlier post any ways can someone give me a comparison on the D5200 and the D90 I want to know which is better this new D5200 sure sounds good but I'm not a professional and get muddled with the tech terms so need some guidance. Thanks
In terms of image quality, the D5100/D5200 are quite a bit better, but the difference is less noticeable if you don't make large prints or you only post photos on the internet. If you already own a D90, you would be better off buying a new lens than upgrading to either of these. In fact the D90 has some advantages over them, such as a focus motor drive, faster shutter, and high speed sync. Those are very important features for some people that the D5100 and D5200 lack.
The D90 can use great and inexpensive lenses like the Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF, or the 50mm f/1.8 AF. The D5100/D5200 can't focus with those lenses, and requires you to purchase much more expensive AF-S lenses.
For day time flash portrait photography, the D90 can take better photos than the newer ones as it supports high speed sync. With compatible flashes, you can shoot all the way up to the fastest shutter, to darken the sky while the flashes light your subject. D5100/D5200 can't do it, they're capped to 1/250 shutter
tongki: D90 is a dinosaur compare to D5200, you don't need brain to decide which one is better
D90 has a focus motor drive and supports high speed sync. Those are very important features for some people that the D5100 and D5200 lack. For daylight flash photography, the D90 will still take better photos than the newer ones.
harley13: Very Awesome camera good capabilities would have cost $20,000 20 years ago
Would have cost $20 million 20 years ago.
yonsarh: I dunno guys, but for me, D5100 IQ is way looks better in my monitor...
There are no sample shots shown here from the D5200. So what are you talking about?
drazorsek: Has there been an update on release? I was expecting to see this before Christmas but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. :-)
Wonder what the hold-up is?
It's already being sold in other countries, not sure why the US is late.
waveoner76: I've never owned an DSLR (or SLR for that matter) & I'm very interested in the D5100. As a beginner, should I opt for the D5200? or save $$ & purchase the older D5100, which i can buy for $699 USD with 2x lenses & case.
The D5100 is still an excellent camera. The D5200 doesn't have anything so important that it would make the D5100 obsolete. Those lenses you mentioned that you can get for $699 are kit lenses, they're the cheapest lenses you can buy and the quality is the worst. You'd be better off buying a D5100 body by itself, then buy better lenses. I suggest a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 and a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 to begin with. Don't be tempted by lenses like the 18-250mm, while they seem great at first, they have tiny apertures that means they don't let enough light through and you'll have to use longer shutter speeds and risk motion blur. Don't buy any lens with smaller than an f/2.8 aperture.
If this camera supports high speed sync (Nikon calls it Auto FP) I will be sold. Sadly, the D5100 didn't, but I'm hoping this one will. After all, the 39 focus points was a nice surprise. As it is, I regretted buying my D5100 when I realized I was limited to 1/250 flash.
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom: now if this only came with that AF screw thingy.. this will be my one and only Nikon DSLR camera forever..
True, the cost difference to buying lenses with a built-in focus motor really ends up making this a more expensive camera. Thinking maybe 6 months ahead, you could buy a D7100 and two AF lenses for the price of a D5200 and two AF-S lenses.
EmmanuelStarchild: Aside from the jump in megapixels, I don't see a good reason to buy this camera. My internet pictures won't look any better.
If you only post pictures on the internet, you might as well use your phone camera. Why are you even here?