Nikon Releases Firmware Update for Lower End DSLRs and P7700


If you’ve got a Nikon D5100, D5200, D3100, or D3200 as well as a P7700, then you’ve got some updating to do. But no, you’re not getting a massive firmware update. Instead, this one has to do with juice.

The new firmware update brings with it more accurate battery life readings in addition to the battery life performance being optimized to allow the user to get more from one charge.

In all honesty, Nikon didn’t need this. When we reviewed these cameras, we found the battery life to be incredible. But now it’s even better.

Via Nikon Rumors

Review: Nikon D5200


Nikon’s D5200 is targeted at the middle end of the consumer pool–meaning that it will give you more features or is just for a more experienced user. As a previous owner of the Nikon D5100, it’s only natural that I’d review its successor. At its heart, this camera has a 24.1MP ASP-C sized sensor with a 1.5x crop factor–effectively multiplying a focal length. It takes SD cards, has a 95% viewfinder, can shoot at up to 1/4000th, 5fps shooting, 3D color matrix metering, has a maximum ISO output of 6400 natively, and has 39 focusing points.

Seriously, what’s not to love about a camera with this much power?

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Essentials: The Thrifty Time Lapser

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Thrifty Timelapser (1 of 7)ISO 1001-1000 sec at f - 4.0

Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.

Time lapsers love to get super technical and uber geeky about their creations. But we all need to start somewhere and some of us will need to reach for lower hanging fruit at one point or another. And as creatives, we also need to remember that it’s not always about the gear. By using a very minimalist kit, one can create a mesmerizing time lapse if they’ve got the vision and know how to execute it.

For the visionary, the modest creative, or the introductory shooter–here’s our specially curated essential kit.

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Which One is Sturdier? Canon T5i or Nikon D5200?

Because they can, SquareTrade recently created some content where they dropped a Canon T5i and Nikon D5200 in the rain and on the NYC concrete in front of B&H Photo Video’s store in NYC. But don’t worry! They destroyed perfectly good cameras all in the name of science!

The experiment was done to figure out which would suffer less damage in a fall. And at first it seems like Nikon really took the lead. However, the Canon T5i seemed to have just suffered a slight concussion.

It’s worth it to check out the video. But after you do, we encourage you to go hug your camera.

First Impressions: Nikon D5200

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At CES 2013, we had the chance to play with the slightly-late-to-the-American-shore Nikon D5200. The camera was announced everywhere else in the world but for some odd reason or another, Nikon decided to only now tell us more about it.

As a previous owner of the D5100, I know that the D5200 still targets the consumer who wants to grow with their camera. So what do I think of the upgrade?


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The Nikon D5200’s Sensor Is Made by Toshiba, Not By Sony


Interesting news: apparently, the sensor in the new Nikon D5200 DSLR is made by Toshiba. Why is this interesting? Quite simply because in the past Nikon has been putting Sony-made sensors into their higher-end DSLRs, and reviews have shown that these were (are?) class leading. So how come Nikon went to Toshiba for the D5200’s sensor? Well, maybe it’s not so much Nikon that went to Toshiba, but Toshiba that went to Nikon? Continue reading…

The Nikon D5200 Finally Reaches American Soil

Nikon D5200

I have previously reported the release of the camera but tonight it is finally available for United States customers. To quickly go over the specs of this mid size camera it has a 24.1mp DX format sensor which is capable of low light shooting up to ISO 6400. It came as a bit of a shocker when Nikon announced that the D5200 would come with the D7000’s fantastic 39 point AF system which is capable of 5fps at full resolution. You can find all of the specs and features in our original news release or on Nikons official page.

You can get the camera over at Amazon for just under $900 with the kit lens.

Nikon has also announced availability of it’s WR-R10 and WR-T10 wireless remote controllers for their DSLR cameras. This is very similar to their older remotes but this instead uses a radio instead of infrared. Images can be be taken from up to 66 feet away and unlike infrared direct line of sight is not necessary. This accessory is compatible with Nikons latest cameras like the Nikon D3200,D5200 and D600, if you would like to use this with older cameras with the 10-pin terminal you will have to get the WR-A10 adapter. DPreview has the writeup as well as pictures of the new accessories here.

Nikon Announces the D5200, the Newest Member of its High Megapixel Army

The D5200 has been announced and it along with the D3200, D600 and D800 is another Nikon camera with a high megapixel count. There are still some older models hanging around on their website, including the four and a half year old D90 that have less megapixels but it appears they foresee a future where moms are packing the big guns. The D5200 is locked and loaded with the 24mp sensor that has been previously released in the D3200.

The most shocking feature and improvement of this camera over the previous version is the fact that it has a 39-point AF system. The D5100 which this replaces has the typical 11-point AF system which is expected at this price point. The camera can also do 3D tracking and has the ability to recognize skin tone along with the typical face detection. I should also add that the 39 points appear to have a good spread in the viewfinder compared to the D600. The camera appears to have a new feature where in live view you can take sequential images without the mirror slapping up and down for each frame, this has always been an odd trait of live view shooting. Continue reading…