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Nikon announces second 24-meg hobbyist DSLR

Nikon Australia has announced a new enthusiast’s DSLR, the 24-megapixel Nikon D5200.

The 24-megapixel Nikon D5200 features a side-articulated LCD screen.

The third camera in its series following the D5000 and the D5100, the Nikon D5200 offers a step up in image-quality, with a 24.1-megapixel APS-C (DX) CMOS sensor and high ISO sensitivity (100-6400, extendable to 25,600).

The Nikon D5200 shares an AF system, metering sensor and scene recognition with the Nikon D7000 series. The 39-point AF system and nine cross-type sensors deliver sharp images and precise focussing. The 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor provides precise data to the camera’s Scene Recognition System, which optimises exposure, autofocus and white balance immediately before the shutter is released.

The Nikon D5200’s versatile 7.5cm (3-inch) vari-angle LCD monitor provides freedom and flexibility to take shots and movies from virtually any position.

Wirelessly transmitting images from your camera to an Apple or Android smart device is possible by using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. It is even possible to control your camera remotely from your smart device.

In addition to 16 Scene modes, there is a range of seven special effects: Selective Colour, Miniature, High and Low Key, Silhouette, Colour Sketch and Night Vision, which can be applied in real time to images and movies through Live View so you can see what your final creation will look like before you shoot it.

In addition, in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) and D-lighting capture detailed images of high-contrast scenes, increasing creative possibilities.

Key features:
– DX-format, 24.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor with EXPEED 3;
– Vari-angle LCD monitor: 7.5cm (3-inch), 921k dot vari-angle screen;
– Compatible with Wireless Mobile Adaptor WU-1a to transmit images from the camera to Apple or Android smart device and remote shooting;
– High ISO (100-6400) extendable to 25600;
– 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors in the centre;
– 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor delivers highly accurate metering;
– Scene Recognition System optimizes exposure, autofocus and white balance immediately before the shutter is released;
– Continuous shooting at 5fps;
– High dynamic range (HDR): Gives detailed shots of high-contrast scenes by combining two shots taken within a single shutter release;
– Active D-Lighting: Retains details in highlights and shadows for well-balanced images;
– D-Movie: Full (1080p) HD movies with smooth (up to 60i/50i) recording and a built-in stereo microphone;
– D-Movie AF modes: Live View autofocus works when shooting movie clips, keeping subjects in sharp focus;
– In-built stereo-microphone for improved sound quality;
– Updated user interface;
– 16 Scene modes: Automatically adjusts camera settings, including Picture Controls and Active D-Lighting;
– Effects mode – seven effects including Selective Colour and Miniature, which can be applied in pre-shoot, for more creative movies and stills;
– Compatible with WR-R10 Wireless Remote transceiver and WR-T10 Wireless Remote transmitter;
– GPS compatible: Records the exact location of the camera when a picture is taken by using the optional GP-1 unit
– Available in three colours: black, red and bronze;
– Lightweight body (505g).

Local release dates and pricing have not been supplied, but the D5200 will be available in Europe in December. (The lack of a release date for the local market might indicate back orders could be pending until after Christmas.)

To access the 5-page Nikon Australia press release in PDF form, click here.

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