Nikon has needed an update to the aging D5100 for most of 2012 after they cannibalized sales with the 24 megapixel D3200. The D5200 handily leapfrogs the D3200 by using the same 24.1 megapixel sensor but gaining the D7000's 39-point autofocus, a 3-inch articulated LCD, stereo mics and a slightly faster 5fps burst mode. The video mode has also been boosted to 1080/60i. These specifications actually best the D7000 in some respects, but Nikon has left out the larger viewfinder and dual control wheels we've come to expect of prosumer models. Overall, the D5200 is a solid, if unsurprising, new offering in the Nikon lineup that competes nicely with Canon's T4i. Pricing is still an unknown, but expect the kit to fall somewhere around the $900 mark. Nikon will also be releasing red and chrome colors.
Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.
It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.
Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.
Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.
Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.
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