By Alexandra Burlacu | Nov 09, 2012 09:44 AM EST
Nikon has unveiled its new D5200 model, a 24.1-megapixel DSLR camera with an entry-level price point, aimed at hobbyist photographers.
The company introduced the Nikon D5200 at a launch event in London on Tuesday, Nov. 6, as the successor to the 18-month-old Nikon 5100. The new entry-level shooter will be available in three different colors - black, red, and bronze - and comes with a slew of higher-end features, including 39-point autofocus.
The Nikon D5200's 24.1-megapixel APS-C image sensor may seem similar to the one found in the Nikon D3200, but in fact it is brand new. The D3200 did not have the new model's 39-point autofocus system, nor the 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor. The RGB sensor pushes data to the camera's Scene Recognition System, which then optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance before the shutter is released. The 5200 also features a DX-format CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 3-equivalent image processing engine.
When it comes to ISO range, the Nikon D5200 ranges from 100 to 6,400, and can be expanded up to 25,600. The camera can shoot videos in up to full HD 1,920 x 1,080 60i/50i, and it also has a manual recording mode that lets more advanced users meddle with precise settings such as shutter speed. Meanwhile, the continuous shooting mode allows users to snap images at five frames-per-second (fps) and three fps, depending on case and preference.
"The Nikon D5200 is ideal for those who are passionate about photography and are keen to explore their creative potential," said Simon Iddon, Product Manager of DX Products at Nikon UK. "The versatile vari-angle is ideal for composing shots and for experimenting with the camera's superior features to enhance images and add an individual twist."
According to Nikon, the new D5200 DSLR will hit stores in December this year, in time for Christmas shopping. The camera will retail for an estimated price of £720/ €899 (about $1,148) body only, i.e. users will have to purchase lenses separately, according to their budgets and preferences. The price will go up to £819/ €1,029 (about $1,310) for the Nikon D5200 body along with 18-55mm VR lens. Nikon also notes that color availability may vary according to region.
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