Nikon D5100 vs. D5200

Started Jun 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
KennyXL Contributing Member • Posts: 787
Re: Nikon D5100 vs. D5200

Herve5 wrote:

JCB123 wrote


The D5100 uses the excellent 16 MP sensor it shares with the D7000, while the D5200 has a newer 24MP sensor. The 16MP sensor provides a remarkable ability to pull shadows up in post that the higher res sensor cannot quite match. I think image quality is a close call. So I think the question is how much value is the extra resolution worth to you vs the ability to pull shadows. If you don't regularly make very large prints but occasionally need to pull shadows then the D5100 might actually be preferable.

On this issue, is it correct to consider halving the D5200 resolution would improve its signal-to-noise ratio, ending with a 12 Mp image that would improve shadows "somehow" like a D5100 16 Mp?

All else being equal, if you have larger pixels on the same sensor surface area, then I imagine noise would be better handled.  However, if you just take a D5200 sensor, but only use half the sensor (i.e. the other half is just sitting there idle) then you just get a 12 Mp image with the same noise performance as a regular D5200 sensor, but with half the image size.

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