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Menus (contd.)

The D5200's custom settings are split into six alphabetical, color-coded categories, making it easier to remember a specific option and quicker to enter the custom settings menu at the correct position. You can still scroll through all custom settings options as one big menu if you wish. The camera places an asterisk (*) next to any custom setting that has been changed from its default position.

A green superscript one (¹) in the tables below indicates the default setting.

When you hit the first page of the custom function menu, you see an overview of the categories so that you can jump quickly to the correct section (autofocus, metering etc.)

Custom Settings Menu (a: Autofocus)

Option Values / Actions Notes
a1 AF-C priority selection  • Release
 • Focus ¹
Defines if camera must have focus lock before shutter release.
a2 Number of focus points  • 39 ¹
 • 11  
a3 Built-in AF-assist illuminator  • On ¹
 • Off
a3 Rangefinder  • On
 • Off ¹
Activates manual focus assist rangefinder

Custom Settings Menu (b: Metering / exposure)

Option Values / Actions Notes
b1 EV steps for exposure ctl.  • 1/3 step ¹
 • 1/2 step
Set the steps used for selection of ISO sensitivity.

Custom Settings Menu (c: Timers / AE Lock)

Option Values / Actions Notes
c1 Shutter-release butt. AE-L  • On
 • Off ¹
Define lock AE during shutter release half-press.
c2 Auto off timers  • Short
 • Long 
 • Normal ¹
 • Custom
     8s - 10 min
 • Image review
     4s - 10 min
 • Live view
     3 min - 15 min
 • Playback/menus
     8s - 10 min
 • Auto meter-off
     4s - 30 min
c3 Self-timer delay • Self timer delay
2 s
5 s
10 s ¹
20 s
Number of shots
c4 Remote on duration (ML-L3) • 1 min ¹
• 5min
• 10 min
• 15 min
Defines the length of time the camera will wait for a signal from the remote before cancelling remote control mode.

Custom Settings Menu (d: Shooting / display)

Option Values / Actions Notes
d1 Beep  • Off
 • Low ¹
 • High
d2 Viewfinder grid display  • On
 • Off ¹
Gridlines display in the viewfinder
d3 ISO display  • On
 • Off ¹
ISO display in the viewfinder
d4 File Number Sequence  • On
 • Off ¹
 • Reset
d5 Exposure delay mode  • Off ¹
 • On
Shutter release is delayed 1.0 sec to avoid vibration.
d6 Print date  • Off ¹
 • Date
 • Date and time
 • Date counter

Custom Settings Menu (e: Bracketing / flash)

Option Values / Actions Notes
e1 Flash cntrl for built-in flash  • TTL ¹
 • Manual
Set the mode for the built-in flash.
e2 Auto bracketing set  • AE bracketing ¹
 • WB bracketing
 • ADL bracketing

Custom Settings Menu (f: Controls)

Option Values / Actions Notes
f1 Assign Fn button  • Image quality/size 
 • ISO sensitivity ¹
 • White Balance
 • Active D-Lighting
 • HDR mode
 • +NEF (RAW)
 • Auto Bracketing
 • AF area mode
 • Live view
 • AE/AF lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • AF-ON

Define the function of the Fn button (front of the camera below the flash mode button)
f5 Assign AE-L/AF-L button  • AE/AF lock ¹
 • AE lock only
 • AF lock only
 • AE lock (Hold)
 • AF-ON
f1 Reverse dial rotation Exposure compensation

Shutter speed/aperture
Changes direction of rotation of the control dial
f8 Slot empty release lock  • Release locked ¹
 • Enable release
f9 Reverse indicators  • + ---- 0 ---- -
 • - ---- 0 ---- + ¹
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Michael Stewart

I have owned my 5200 since early 2013. I am not at all disappointed. Images are bright and sharp with good shadow detail, although I do find that in summer shots it tends to over expose slightly which of course is easily cured by adjusting the +/- adjustment one stop. I particularly like the ability to adjust colour balance on screen, immediately after taking a shot. V useful under artificial light. Daylight 'A' white balance setting is more than adequate outdoors. Shots taken with high ISO 2 or 3000 seem indistinguishable from those at 200 ISO This is a great advance over my earlier D70s.

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I currently have a Panasonic point and shoot camera and find that the kids are often blurry especially in low light, and also find that my outside shots are often either to bright or to dark. I've been thinking of getting a SLR for a few years now but want one that's automatic as Im usually taking pics of the kids and they generally move pretty quick, what would your recommendation be? D5200??

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Michael 59

I love my 5200 and recommend it. The 3200 and 5100 are also very good cameras. Any one of the three would be a good one to get.


The 3xxx series cameras have fixed displays, the 5xxx cameras have pivoting displays, and more toys, bells and whistles. 3/51xx are 16MP, while the 3/52xx are 24MP. I have a 5200, and I love it...

Michael 59

I recently upgraded from a D5100 to the D5200. Even though I've only taken snapshots here and there, I think the cameras image quality is great. I also have a D3200 which I bought for the higher MP. The 3200 takes beautiful pictures in my opinion, but lacks the bells & whistles I've got used to with the 5100. Even though the image quality in the 5100 was great, I liked the higher MP's, better auto-focus system, faster processor, and misc. other tweaks in the 5200. I still have the 3200 as a backup. The way I see it, The D5200 is like having all the great features "plus some others" of the 3200 and 5100 rolled into one camera. If you can afford the D5200, I recommend you purchase one. Something worth checking into is refurbs. Nikon as well as others sell those at a nice discount and they are inspected and practically like a new one. That how I got the one I have.


This is one of the best cameras in the world!

mumbai architect

Hi I am an architect and need to shoot interiors and buildings. I have been seeing D800E as a choice for the camera on the net. I don't have the budget to buy D800...Will D5200 suffice if I go for additional wide angle.? Please advise.


it will be suffice. just buy a wide-lens and there you go


One question on wide angle lens. The Tokina DX 11-16 is a DX lens. Reading about its specs on DPR the same say 17-24 equivalent. Why ? I though this "factor" of 1.5 applied when you mounted a FX a lens on DX ?


Is this better than D5100? I have D3100 and am planning to upgrade... but I am confused between D5100, D3200 and D5200...


D5200 has 39 focusing points, that made me a decision
D3200 & D5100 only offer 11
D5200 and D5100 offer an articulated screen display

sophi loren

I was confused in between nikon D5200 and Nikon D3200 and at last I go with Nikon D5200 for its ultimate power and obviously the ability of great videoing. DPreview really helps me a lot in this case. Recently I read a review aabout Nikon D5200 best buy and the writer really explain lots of intersting facts about D5200 ad alos offer a great price deal there. I think that will help you guys.

Review Link:

Enjoy with your Nikon and I really proud for my D5200

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sophi loren

I hope you will get help from that review :)

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Zac boy

Sophi loren How are you....?? I wanna ask you something...?


I don't get it, what is the actual dynamic range of this camera? Without the ADL it seems to be a pretty mediocre 10EV, with ADL extra high it's 13 EV. Is ADL actually extending the dynamic range of the captured information, or is it just some "clever" post-processing?

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I have the same question!


Was torn between the extra physical controls of the D7100 and the tilting screen of the D5200 along with its lighter more ergonomic feel in hand. Image quality between the two seems similar. I opted for the D5200 and so far happy I went for it rather than the slighlty larger D7100. Thought I'd spend the cost difference in better lens quality. The D7100 screw drive would have focused by old film Nikkor lenses, but I thought it better to move to newer DX lenses with the amazing VR which didn't exist when I used film.

Only grip is I would prefer a second dial, but the tilt screen was worth the compromise. I don't bother using the ridiculously high 24mp image size, instead opting for 'medium' which is about 16mp which is more than enough. A very happy camper so far. After defecting from Nikon film SLRs to Fuji compact bridges a decade ago, now very pleased with the compact feel of the D5200 and the images it produces with ergonomic ease.


I am trying to decide between the Nikon D5200 and the Canon T5i (700D).
I am *totally* confused by the JPG/Noise/ISO data on this page.

DPReview gives higher ratings to the Nikon, both for image quality and for noise. But, when I see the data above, I see the exact opposite. I must be mis-reading the data. I am only interested in the JPEG data. I don't like to use RAW - just takes up way too much space on my harddisk....

From what I see above, the Canon image seems much crisper - much much less noise. Can someone explain why DPReview gives the nod to the Nikon??

When I downloaded the sample image for both cameras, I also think the Canon seems so much crisper and sharper. Why would someone think the Nikon picture is better? They must be seeing something I am missing.

Any insight would be appreciated....

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Duncan Dimanche

big cloister of dead pixels visible in that last visible video sample…. in the center…argh


"particularly if you're prepared to move beyond either of the kit lenses to higher quality optics"

Which lens would provide better image quality providing a similar range like the 18-105?

Recommendations are welcome.


considering that You have plenty of pixels to crop from 24M, and pretty average performance of mentioned lenses on long end, I would rather use tamron's or sigma's 17-50s with 2.8 light. Both in proce range of about $300-$400. They will actually allow You to take benefit of such big number of pixels.



why is the D5200 better for sports than the D5300?

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