ThomasSwitzerland: I am fully satisfied with my D5100, still having another D5000 as backup and second camera for telephotos in order not to change lenses. I would not buy the D5200.
I do not see a mandatory upgrade. But, for someone not having this line of cameras, the D5200 will be very interesting, worth buying.
To me, the 5000er series has excellent weight and ergonomic handling, and you get fantastic pictures. Over the many decades, from analogue to digital, Nikon seemed the right long term choice for me. I am not a Nikon fan as I use so many makes. Just a statement from an investment point of view.
Guidenet,Many thanks for the suggestions.My understanding these are FX lenses?That would mean we are looking at , 36ish , 52ish and 42ish focal length?
The question here would be if one invests in these great lenses...is it a better deal to buy a used D700 for the price of the D3200?
What lenses are you using.I am looking for wide, 24mm (or 28) prime with f-stop of 2 or better. For the life of me I could not find it.
Yehuda_: The statement about the LX7 lens being faster than the XZ-1 is not accurate.
The XZ-1 starts at F1.8@28mm (effective), reaches F2@60mm and by 90mm it's at F2.2.The LX7 starts faster F1.4@24mm and reaches F2.3@90mm.I don't know how fast it loses the F1.4.
Anyway this is really splitting hairs - Both cameras are much the same lens speed.
Regarding the much talked about Sony RX-100 - the lack of a hotshoe is a real deal killer imho. External flash bounced off the ceiling yields much cleaner, nicer, higher quality images(you can stay at ISO 100) allows much faster shooting, freezing kids running indoors.This holds true regardless of your system (be it an LX7, CSC camera or the best DSLR).I wrote a post about it in the past.Google "xz-1 + yinyan cy20 = fun" and you'll see what I mean.
And another point - I wish people stop comparing the S100/RX100 to the XZ-1/LX7 cameras. The slow lens @ tele renders the S100 et al as very slow lensed cameras (with no external flash to compensate)
I have the Sony RX-100 and you can bounce the flash.
It is flexible and with your left index finger you can easy bend it backward and the flash bounce. If you increase flash compensation to +2 it works really good. I use it all the time.(similar flash to NEX-7)