Nikon Coolpix 5200 Review
The Coolpix 5200 follows the basic, simple design ethos established with the Coolpix 700 and 800 series back in the 90's, and gradually refined in subsequent generations of Nikon compact cameras. The styling is fairly traditional, and unlike many similar ultra-compact models there is a decent handgrip. The entire body is clad in lightly textured cool aluminium with chromed accents (the only exception is the grey band that runs around the sides and top of the camera, which is made of plastic). The lens, when retracted, is not fully flush with the body, but the smooth lines and lack of unecessary adornment means the Coolpix 5200 looks clean and slips easily into a pocket or purse. Control layout is logical and takes no risks, making the 5200 an ideal first digital camera for anyone making the move from a 35mm film compact. Very nice indeed.
In your hand
Despite its diminutive dimensions, the Coolpix doesn't feel too small in your hand, and - unlike many ultra-compacts - it doesn't seem like it's going to slip out of your hand every time you use it. The controls are a decent size and very well positioned, and all the most important ones can be accessed using one hand. Nikon should be congratulated for avoiding sacrificing handling and usability in the race to produce the smallest camera possible.