Should I get a D5200?

Started Jun 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
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WT21 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,023
Should I get a D5200?

I'm looking for an affordable DX crop DSLR, and am wondering which one would be best for me. Criteria:

  • Body not much more than $400 (maybe up to $500)
  • For use mainly in event shooting -- indoor kids plays and recitals, gymnastic meets and some outdoor group gatherings
  • Therefore, good high ISO and a reasonable AF system
  • I prefer more direct controls over less
  • Smaller is preferred to bigger, but as I also have mirrorless systems, I don't need the smallest possible.
  • I don't care at all about movie mode or swivel LCDs
  • I don't care about the older Nikon lenses that need an in-body motor. I'll only be using a few specific lenses with this body.

I am thinking a used D5200. I did consider a used D7000, but there are too many reported issues (no idea if they are real or not, but enough chatter to turn me off), and then the D7100 gets out of my price range. I think the D3000 series might be too basic for me, even though the prices are very tempting.

Am I missing anything?

Thanks for any help.

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