Nikon to Announce the D5200 within the Next Few Weeks

Nikon has done quite a refresh of its DSLR lineup so far in 2012. It released the D4 as a flagship camera and the D800/D800E as a high-megapixel camera for pros, the D3200 as an entry-level camera for consumers, and the D600 as a more-affordable full-frame DSLR. The company isn’t done yet: Nikon Rumors reports that within the next few weeks, Nikon will be announcing a fifth DSLR: the D5200.

The DX-format camera will replace the current D5100 as the mid-range DSLR for consumers and enthusiasts. Here’s a chart of Nikon’s current DSLR lineup, and an indication of where the D5200 will go:

Specs for the camera include a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, the same EXPEED 3 processor as the D3200, an ISO range of 100-6,400 (expandable to 25,600), the same 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor as the D600, 5fps continuous shooting, and a 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen that packs 921K dots. By comparison, the D3200 only offers an expanded ISO of 12,800, a 420-pixel RGB metering sensor, and 4fps continuous shooting.

As another indication that a refresh to the D5XXX line is due: the D3200 and D5100 are selling for the exact same price of $596.95 over on Amazon.

  • harumph

    24-megapixel sensor seems excessive for the market category that this camera is aimed at. I don’t think mid-range or entry-level consumers want to deal with file sizes like that.

  • Amadeusz Leonardo Juskowiak

    Everything about consumer level care is how big zoom you get (kit lens) and how pink is your DSLR body… Oh wait, they want more megapixels then their friends, but what for?

    Another question is why D600 is Pro/Compact? Why it replaces D300S? We need pro DX. D600 is Consumer/Advanced, plastic all over.

  • Ken McCurdy

    There targeting the ‘how many megapixels do you have?’, but I can’t shoot consumer. The same group who has to have the newest iphones.

  • Rasmus Helenius

    But then again, how many consumers would buy this over the 3200 if it had less megapixels?

  • Rasmus Helenius

    Maybe the 7100 will fill the D300S slot?

  • Antonio Carrasco

    nope, there are quite a few pros or advanced amateurs who are getting these cameras and creating some great stuff. Kindly remove your head from your rear. Thank you.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    This is the part where we start betting whether it’ll have a touchscreen or not.

  • harumph

    So D600 isn’t pro because the body is (partially) plastic, but you want a “pro DX”? So if you took the D7000 and put it in an all metal body, then that would be a pro camera and the D600 wouldn’t? The D600 is pro because it’s full frame. “Pro DX” is kind of a contradiction in terms. The FX is primarily what designates it as pro. And yes, I am well aware that people take amazing pics with cropped sensor cameras, but that’s beside the point.

  • Amadeusz Leonardo Juskowiak

    I guess you don’t remember Nikon, saying that there will never be fullframe digital camera and DX is only proper sensor size. Back then, all DX cameras were pro.

    DX is somehow a must in sports photography – you can use it instead of teleconverter, DX gives you 1.5x magnication without loosing light (which you loose when you TC). You can use FX camera and crop picture using built-in crop mode, but you loose much of resolution (which is sometimes needed – some agencies will not buy a pic if its smaller then ie 8MP, even if newspaper will print it in poor quality).

    Holga is pro, because it is full frame.

  • harumph

    Wow, relax. I didn’t say you couldn’t get good results with it. That’s ridiculous.

  • harumph

    I can’t tell if you’re just trolling or if you’re actually serious with that nonsense.

  • Amadeusz Leonardo Juskowiak

    Just dig into history of DX and FX… BTW I don’t doubt FX is useless, no, never. I’m just saying its not like Pro=FX, Amateur=DX, its Pro=Durability, Amateur=OnceInAWhileShooter

  • harumph

    So again, you’re saying that a metal-clad D7000 would be “pro”, but a D600 should be classified as “consumer”? And the history is meaningless, because we’re talking about constantly advancing technology. The idea that full frame doesn’t mean “pro” simply because, once upon a time, full frame digital didn’t exist is just silly.

  • Keri

    There is no way the D300S can be replaced by the D600, i don’t get the point in the D600 myself.

    I too need a D300S replacement, I shoot sports so need a crop sensor, but need a faster shutter speed and better fps than my D90. I need an upgrade path and D7000 isn’t it – have access one and use it all the time, it is better than a D90 but isn’t worth buying coming from a D90.

  • Prabawa

    @twitter-20938870:disqus so if an argument has been discussed ad nauseum in one website, we can’t discuss the same issue anywhere else on the world wide web?

    @facebook-818200496:disqus good point. Nikon kinda drew themselves into a corner by making an entry level camera having 24MP. It’s only downhill (at least in terms of noise and -probably- buffer sizes) from now on.

    @harumph:disqus i don’t think the entry-level consumers (i.e. family, friends) would be overly concerned about file sizes. They only use the camera sparingly, in memorable moments, and using JPEG only at that.
    The hobbyist which is beginning to dabble in RAW and shooting everything from five different angles, however, might have second thoughts :)

  • fahrertuer

    Not the body alone.
    Shutter rated to 200k+ actuations. Good weather sealing instead of the slight weather sealing that the D7000 offers. Stuff like a PC port. Maybe even clean, 100% HDMI output

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Pro DX is an oxymoron. DX/APS-C is actually a hack technology originally created so that the camera companies could offer DSLRs to the masses for a lower price. It was a workaround that some pros and advanced amateurs happened to embrace.

  • 323232323

    wow you telling us something new….. not.

  • K Hawkeye

    Seems like all most of you do is argue about market needs, megapixels and pro or consumer models. Do any of you get out and photograph subjects?

  • pete n pete

    Whilst everyone argues about what is “pro” and what is “amateur”, let’s ponder this one: a good photographer can use an “amateur” camera to take a great shot, and someone who doesn’t know up can take a terrible shot with a flagship pro level camera.

    The device is simply an extension of the photographer.

  • Joe Prete

    After a while, all the Nikons look the same!!

  • chaz

    to a degree.

  • Dexter

    I am so tired of this statement. OK, we all know pros can get better results than amateurs. I am not professional race car driver, but I will post better lap times in a Corvette than I will in my wife’s minivan. Regardless of my skill level, a better camera will help me get better results. So, if you feel you need to keep stating this to feel superior, then, by all means, please continue. Otherwise, I think it’s become a rather cliche statement.

  • J. Dennis Thomas

    Haha. I always wonder the same thing…

  • pete n pete

    True statements may be cliches to some, but that doesn’t minimize their veracity.

  • pete n pete

    Sure, you have to have a modicum of knowledge, but a nice camera in and of itself doesn’t make you a pro.

  • Sean

    This is true. However, I have always noticed how my D700 captures focus faster and it’s controls are laid out better than my old D80. One camera responds better and faster over the other, and therefore is better suited to many situations a working professional finds themselves in. Sure I’ve shot weddings with my D80, but when I upgraded to the D700, I found my ratio of great shots to okay shots vastly increased.

    So yeah, while it’s the photographer that takes the great shot, a camera that is well-laid out and finely crafted allows the photographer to think more about the photo and not “dammit! my camera didn’t grab the focus/exposure/etc. quickly enough”.

  • joe b

    d7000 or 5200, what will be more profesional?

  • srinusrinu70

    what u said is true but, let me guess thats going to rule the future! my opinion here is DX/APS-C technology is not a perfectly a perfect technology, they have managed it to compile and perform analogously with fx sensors. all i say here is for further 15 or 20 more year research on them will fulfill the prediction which is unpredicted!!

    cheers …..bosses of photography!!