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Precise subject acquisition

Faithfully reproduces the shooting scene as you see it — high-precision Scene Recognition System that analyzes a subject more finely with the 2016-pixel RGB sensor

The Scene Recognition System determines the subject's situation accurately prior to shooting and enables highly precise auto control. The D5200 analyzes brightness and color information of the shooting scenes more finely with Nikon's original Scene Recognition System that utilizes the 2016-pixel RGB sensor, which has been incorporated in higher-end models. And applies that information to autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash and auto white balance control. In 3D-tracking, it is possible to track even a moving subject accurately. Also, in subject identification, smaller subjects compared with the D5100 can be detected which contributes to the improvement of subject identification performance in auto-area AF. Furthermore, the D5200 detects up to 35 human faces utilizing the image sensor when using face-priority AF during live view and movie recording, and playback zoom of people's faces for still images.

Scene Recognition System

Accurate light source identification with Scene Recognition System — auto white balance

The D5200 utilizes color and brightness information of the shooting scenes acquired by light source identification of the Scene Recognition System for auto white balance. It identifies the light source by referencing the in-camera database for auto white balance. In this way, it can determine the ideal white balance even with difficult light sources.

Captures even fast-moving scenes — high-density 39-point AF system

The D5200 incorporates the Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module, the same as that used in the D7000. With their high density, the 39 focus points, the top level among models in this class, that widely cover the image area acquire and track even fast-moving subjects such as sports or action accurately. Nine cross-type sensors cover the most frequently used center area to deliver higher subject acquisition and focusing performance. There are selectable AF area modes according to the scene — single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (9 points, 21 points and 39 points), 3D-tracking and auto-area AF. In 3D-tracking mode, the camera keeps tracking not only a subject in a changed composition but also a moving subject. This is very convenient when shooting a fast-moving subject. Combined with the Scene Recognition System utilizing a 2016-pixel RGB sensor, the D5200 shows further improved subject-tracking performance in 3D-tracking and subject-identification performance in auto-area AF.
You can also choose to shoot with 11 focus points for quicker focus-point selection. Additionally, in the viewfinder, it is possible to display grid lines that are effective for rigorous composition.

Bright and easy-to-see viewfinder
Viewfinder display (framing grid)

Four selectable AF-area modes according to the subject in optical viewfinder shooting

The D5200 offers four AF-area modes. You can choose how the focus point for autofocus is selected according to the subject in viewfinder shooting.

-Single-point AF mode

Ideal for stationary subjects. You can focus on the subject selecting one of the 39 focus points according to your composition. It is effective to focus on an aimed point in situations such as shooting a flower or portrait.

Single-point AF mode

-Dynamic-area AF mode

Suitable for capturing an erratically moving subject. Select one of the 39 focus points. If the subject briefly leaves the selected focus point, the camera will focus based on information from the surrounding points.
Selectable when focus mode is set to AF-A or AF-C.

9 points
Choose when there is time to compose the photograph or when photographing subjects that are moving predictably.
21 points
Choose when photographing subjects that are moving unpredictably.
39 points
Choose when photographing subjects that are moving quickly and cannot be easily framed in the viewfinder.
9 points
21 points
39 points

-3D-tracking mode

Suitable for shooting a moving subject. Pursues your subject using all 39 focus points. Once focusing is achieved with a selected focus point, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject according to its movement while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
Selectable when focus mode is set to AF-A or AF-C.

3D-tracking mode

-Auto-area AF mode

The D5200 detects the main subject using all 39 focus points and automatically focuses on it. The D5200 can recognize human skin tone using "subject identification" of the Scene Recognition System for improved human subject acquisition.

Auto-area AF mode

Note: Only the selected focus point is shown on actual images. Also, if you select focus points in a peripheral area of an image when "9 points" or "21 points" is chosen, the number of focus points actually used may be less than 9 or 21.

Captures the decisive moment — release mode button that supports quick selection of release mode and approx. 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting

The release mode button is located next to the mode dial. The release mode setting menu is displayed on the LCD monitor by pressing the release mode button so that quick switching of modes is possible. For release modes, the D5200 employs quiet shutter-release mode, "Q", that allows shooting with reduced mirror movement sound. This is effective for occasions such as a ceremony or when taking pictures of insects or a sleeping child. Also, the D5200 realizes high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 5 fps, while approx. 3 fps is also selectable, which is optimal for capturing natural facial expressions. The number of shots in continuous shooting is up to 100 in JPEG. It does not miss a moment of a subject's movements or facial expression. The shutter unit is tested for approx. 100,000 cycles with the shutter actually loaded to prove its high durability.

Release mode button
Release mode setting menu
Approx. 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting ensures you capture decisive moments.

Shooting with the mirror in the up position is achieved in live view — newly designed, independently driven mirror mechanism [NEW]

Nikon newly designed the high-speed and highly precise sequential control mechanism for the D5200. It contributes to high-speed continuous shooting at up to approx. 5 fps with a release time lag of approx. 0.09 s*. This new sequential control mechanism drives the mirror independently. In live view shooting, the shutter is released with the mirror in the up position. Because the impact of the mirror's up and down movement is eliminated, smooth and quiet shooting can be expected in single-frame and continuous shooting (low-speed/high-speed).

  • *Based on CIPA Guidelines.

Live view shooting that enables accurate focusing using the large, east-to-see 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, vari-angle LCD monitor

The D5200 incorporates a large, easy-to-see, 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA), 170° viewing angle, movable vari-angle LCD monitor that realizes comfortable live view shooting. Approx. 100% frame coverage of the LCD monitor is effective when you want to compose your image firmly before shooting in a situation such as landscape or portrait shooting. Simply rotate the live view switch on top of the camera to shift from viewfinder shooting to live view shooting. The position of a focus point can be moved using a multi selector to focus on the desired point.

7.5-cm (3-in.), 921k-dot (VGA), 170° viewing angle LCD monitor

Three focus modes — selectable focusing that suits your subject

-Single-servo AF (AF-S)

Suitable for a stationary subject such as landscapes, architecture or flowers.

-Full-time-servo AF (AF-F)

Convenient for shooting a moving subject which is usually difficult to focus on, such as a person or pet. Available in both live view mode and movie recording. Camera focuses continuously as the subject moves.

-Manual focus (MF)

Manual focusing. Suitable for a subject for which autofocus is difficult, such as an animal in a cage or a person in the shade with the sun in the background.

Four AF-area modes in live view — selectable according to your subject

-Face-priority AF

Suitable for focusing on someone's face such as for a commemorative photo.

-Wide-area AF

Suitable for handheld shooting such as for a landscape. Focus point can be moved to a desired point within the frame.

-Normal-area AF

Convenient for shooting with pin-point focus such as for a close-up of a flower and other small subjects. Using a tripod is recommended for more precise focusing.

-Subject-tracking AF

After focusing is activated, focus point tracks the subject automatically. Suitable for a moving subject such as a child or pet.

Recommended combination of focus mode and AF-area mode

Single-servo AF and normal-area AF
Suitable for a stationary subject
Full-time-servo AF and subject-tracking AF
Suitable for a moving subject

Camera selects the optimal scene mode automatically — Scene Auto Selector (only available in live view shooting)

In live view shooting, if you point the camera at your subject, the camera automatically identifies the scene and selects the most appropriate scene mode from Portrait, Landscape, Close up and Night portrait*. Smooth shooting is achieved without setting the scene mode for each subject.

  • *When mode dial is set to Auto or Auto (flash off) and using AF.
Scene Auto Selector (Landscape)

-Scene Auto Selector employed on the D5200

Note: Selected when the camera identifies situations not covered by Portrait, Landscape, Close up or Night portrait mode, or for scenes suited to Auto or Auto (flash off).

Flicker reduction function

Flicker and banding visible in the monitor under fluorescent or mercury vapor light during live view or movie recording can be reduced using the flicker reduction function. When "Auto" mode is set in the flicker reduction menu, the camera can automatically identify the light source frequency for the appropriate exposure control. You can also manually switch between 50 Hz and 60 Hz according to your local area.