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Nikon Coolpix 5200


Nikon Coolpix 5200

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Nikon Coolpix 5200 and 4200 are very similar to the 3200, but come with a larger image sensor and higher resolution: 5.1 megapixel for the 5200 and 4.0 megapixel for the 4200. They both feature 3x optical zoom, 15 Scene Modes to cover most picture-taking situations, and a choice of Matrix, Center-weighted or Spot metering.

They add grid lines for the LCD monitor to help obtain a perfect horizontal. Sensitivity starts at ISO 64 for the 5200 and ISO 80 for the 4200. They use the SecureDigital (SD) memory card exclusively.

Other notable features:

  • Best Shot Selector to be used in difficult situations where camera shake may cause blurred images; the camera takes a number of shots and automatically selects the sharpest one. And if it is still blurry, Blur Detection warns you so you can take it again.
  • A low-light AF-assist Illuminator helps obtain focus lock in low-light situations.
  • Macro as close as 4 cm (1.6 in.).

We like the Nikon Coolpix 5200 for its easy-to-use features, Nikkor quality lens, compact dimensions and light weight.

Nikon Coolpix 5200
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Nikon Coolpix 5200 Home Page  
  Image Sensor 5200: 5.1 effective megapixels; 1/1.8 in. CCD
4200: 4.0 effective megapixels; 1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Zoom Nikkor  
  Focal Length 7.8-23.4mm (38-114mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Electromagnetically controlled preset aperture; Range: 2 stops (Wide F2.8, F4.8 [-1.5EV] ) (Tele F4.9, F8.2 [-1.5EV] )  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 4 cm / 1.6 in.  
  Auto Focus Contrast-detect through the lens AF; AF area selection is available, Auto; 5points, Manual: 99points; Center AF-assist illuminator; Single AF; Continuous AF  
  Shutter Speed 4 - 1/2,000 sec.  
  Exposure Control Programmed AE  
  Shooting Modes
Automatic Mode: Single, Continuous (5200: 2.5fps, 4200: 1fps), Multi-shot 16, Color options (Normal, Vivid, B&W, Sepia, Cool [Cyanotype])
15 Scene Modes including four with Scene Assist (Portrait, Night portrait, Landscape, Sports); Other Scene Modes (Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Museum, Fireworks show, Close up, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape)
Best Shot Selector
Movie with sound (TV 640x480/15fps) recordable until SD card is full
  Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps  
  Light Metering Matrix metering, Center-weighted, Spot  
  White Balance Auto with TTL control, 7-mode manual, Pre-set white balance  
  Viewfinder Real-image zoom optical viewfinder; Frame coverage: 75%  
1.5-in; 110,000-dot low-temp. polysilicon TFT transflective LCD with brightness adjustment;
LED backlight , Advanced brightness control; Auto gain-up at low-brightness; Monitor: can be off;
Grid line for LCD monitor
Frame coverage: Approx. 100% (through/freeze image); Approx. 100% (Playback image)
  ISO Sensitivity 5200: ISO64, 4200: ISO80;
Auto gain-up;
Can be controlled in Manual mode (5200: ISO64, 4200: ISO80; ISO100, ISO200, ISO400)
  Storage Media Internal memory: approx 12MB, SD memory card (not included)  
  Battery Rechargeable Li-ion battery (EN-EL5) x 1: (3.7V, min1100mAh), AC adaptor EH-62A  
  Included Accessories
No memory card
2 AA alkaline batteries
A/V Cable, USB Cable (One-Touch Upload)
Strap (Hand)
Software CD-ROMs (ArcSoft)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 88.0 x 50.0 x 36.5 mm /
3.5 x 2.0 x 1.4 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 155 g / 5.5 oz  
  MSRP 5200: US$499.95
4200: US$399.95

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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Coolpix 5200: Coolpix 4200:

Recommended Accessories:

  • Soft Case
  • Second set of 2 rechargeable NiMH batteries
  • Non-rechargeable CRV3 Lithium batteries as spare
  • 256MB SD Card
  • Battery Charger Kit
  • AC Adapter

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