Nikon Coolpix 5200 Review
Announced in February 2004 (alongside an otherwise identical 4MP camera, the Coolpix 4200), the Coolpix 5200 represents the latest in a long line of ever-smaller Nikon compact cameras that stretches all the way back to the late 1990's. Although the Coolpix 5200 echoes the basic design of the previous generation of Nikon Compacts (the 3200 and 4200), it is a good deal smaller, thanks no doubt to the use of an all-metal (Aluminum) body, rather than Nikon's more usual plastics. Nikon has managed to squash an impressive amount of power into the 5200's diminutive body (which is only a shade larger than a credit card), including an all-new ED glass 3x zoom lens, automatic red-eye removal, 15 (count 'em) scene modes, scene-assist functions (with overlays to ensure you put the subject in the right part of the frame) and a 30 frames per second movie mode. Here's just a few of the Coolpix 5200's headline features:
- 5MP resolution
- 3x Nikkor ED zoom lens with aspherical element
- In-camera automatic red-eye removal
- 15 scene modes
- 640x480 pixel, 30fps movie mode
- Best Shot Selector - takes a series of shots and chooses the sharpest for you
- White Balance and exposure bracketing
|Street price|| US: $480
|Sensor|| 1/1.8 " CCD, 5.26 million total pixels
5.1 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 2,592 x 1,944
2,048 x 1,536
1,600 x 768
640 x 480
640x480 @ 30 frames per second
38 - 114mm equiv. (3 optical zoom) ED Nikkor
|Focus|| TTL Contrast detection AF
5 area automatic selection
99 area manual area selection
1.6-inch/4cm closest focus (macro mode)
|Sensitivity|| Auto (ISO64-200)
|White Balance|| Auto
|Image parameters|| Contrast (3 levels)
Sharpening (3 levels & off)
Saturation (3 levels)
|Continuous||2.5 fps, up to 21 frames|
Auto, Manual on/off, Red-eye reduction: on/off, Slow sync: on/off
Range (Auto ISO): W 0.3 - 4.5 m (1.0 - 14.5ft), T 0.3 - 3.5 m (1.0 - 11.5 ft)
|Storage|| Approx 12MB of internal memory
|Viewfinder|| Real Image Optical
Approx coverage 75%
|LCD monitor|| 1.5 " TFT, 110,000 pixels
approx 100% coverage
|Connectivity|| USB 1.1
|Power|| EN-EL5 rechargeable Lithium Ion (supplied with charger)
(optional AC adapter*)
Best Shot Selector
|Weight (no batt)||155 g (5.5 oz)|
|Dimensions||88 x 60 x 36.5mm (3.46 x 2.4 x 1.44in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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