Nikon D5200 borrows D7000’s 39-point AF system, introduces all-new 24-megapixel sensor

Nikon D5200

Much to the chagrin of Nikon enthusiasts, the Japanese cameramaker’s third DSLR of 2012 has turned out not to be a successor to the D7000. Instead, we’re seeing a refresh of the D5100, which actually brings a couple of the D7000’s core strengths down to a lower price point and lighter form factor. The D5200 benefits from the same 39-point autofocus system as the D7000, including the 9 cross-type sensors in the middle, as well as the same 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor. The latter will be responsible for delivering better automatic white balance and exposure values than you can expect from the humbler D5100.

Nikon isn’t replacing the D5100 entirely, that model will continue to be sold, along with the finely-aged classic that is the D90,…

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