I currently own a 3200 and wanted to rent the 5200 so that I could see how the body handled in comparison and if I wanted to upgrade to it. Together with the Nikon AF-S 24-70 & 70-200 f2.8 lens that I rented, I had a two camera setup to photography my friends live band performance at a street festival here in Chicago. I'll caveat this with the fact that I'm a bit more than a year in to really taking photography seriously. However, I run exclusively in Manual mode most of the time. The general picture quality on this camera is very nice and to be expected. Since this was a concert with rapidly changing light, I switched both the 3200 and 5200 to Aperture Priority mode and dropped them down to f2.8. I also had both set for continuous shutter release, ISO 400, single point focus, etc. were all identical. Both were using a 16gb SanDisk Ultra Extreme SD card (95mb/sec). On the clear shots, you can't tell a difference between the two bodies. However what I did notice was that the 5200 had a much harder time getting clear shots. In a burst I may get 2 or 3 (out of about 7) on the 3200 and then a handful of blurry ones from movement. On the 5200 it was very common to only get one and very rare to get a second one. Later that evening in the bar afterwards, I wanted to try out the camera body more and switched to my 50mm 1.8 AF-S. The bar was dark but had decent ambient colored light around (actually fun to photography in). No matter what settings I adjusted, I could not get the 5200 to take a decent low-light shot. They were all extremely dark and I had to really crank the ISO up to Hi-2 just to get a clear shot. When I switched to my 3200 with the 50mm 1.8 AF-S, I was able to nearly identical to sight shots at ISO 6400 and the colors were rich, beautiful and rarely grainy (I actually probably could have dropped the ISO down to 3200 and lowered shutter speed). Where this camera really shined was when I took it out the next day to photograph another friends amature softball league play. In the bright sun and fast movement, this camera performed really well. In fact I would almost say that it did better than my 3200. I still feel like my 3200 handles the burst photos better though. Other than the added added AF Tracking (3200 is 11, 5200 is 39), I wouldn't go out and replace my 3200 with this body. While it takes beautiful photos, I honestly think for general purpose and low-light the 3200 is a better camera.
Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera
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The Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera offers movie recording in 1080p up to 30 FPS with full-time autofocus and the option to record audio either in-camera or using an external microphone (mic not included). The D5200 also acquires precise focus quickly and easily with its 39-point autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors and offers a unique 3D tracking system to detect and memorize the color of your subject to effectively track its movements. The large 3.0" LCD with 180º swivel design gives great shooting position flexibility to the user. Control multiple off-camera Nikon flashes directly from the D5200 with Nikon's Creative Lighting System. This camera is suitable for everyday shooting, traveling, and events.