Nikon D5200 Imatest results

Nikon D5200 test report: meusurement results

The measurements for our Nikon D5200 test have been carried out with the aid of Imatest. For the test method and explanation of terms, see FAQ. Conclusion and sample imagess are shown in our Nikon D5200 review.

Sensor resolution

The Nikon D5200 provided with a Nikon 50 mm f / 1.8, a jpg file (standard picture style with sharpness 6) with an average resolution of 3200 lines per picture height. To ISO 1600 remains the resolution contstant around 3400 LW / PH, to take up to 2300 LW / PH at ISO 25,600 decline thereafter.
A RAW file into Lightroom yielded 2800 LW / PH, the difference lies in the operations that the camera itself performs (noise reduction, sharpening) and leading to a seemingly higher resolution, or. sharpness. Also at the RAW files starts by taking an increasing level of noise. Ex-resolution above 1600 ISO We measure to apply, so the resolution of RAW files without noise reduction in the resolution was not caused by the noise.
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Dynamic range

The total dynamic range is 12 stops in an ISO 100 RAW file. That is excellent, at 100 ISO score only the Nikon D600 and Nikon D800E as well. At 6400 ISO, the dynamic range of the APS-C sensor more or less equal to the dynamic range of a Canon 5D MK3 full-frame sensor. We measure the dynamic range in RAW files without applying noise reduction. By using noise reduction you get even better results: In jpg files we measured a dynamic range of 11 stops (ISO 100) and 9 stops (ISO 6400). That is very good. If you carefully contrast, sharpening and noise reduction optimizes RAW files, it is possible for RAW files to achieve better or equal to that of the jpg files. Usable dynamic range
For the test method and explanation of terms, see FAQ.


Comparison of the noise in jpg files with the measured noise in RAW files without noise reduction shows that the jpg files noise occurs at all ISO settings. From experience we know that if the noise is less than 2.5%, can be without the noise and disturbing. A photo printed on A3 + Below are examples of a photographed at different ISO settings gray card. The crops show a detail if you would show full size.'s Picture on your screen By applying noise reduction, an even better result can be obtained for RAW files. In comparison with the Canon 7D, the Nikon D5100 especially shows less noise at high ISO settings. Below you see some image crops at 100%, where you can compare the Nikon D5100 noise with the Nikon D5200 noise.

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Color accuracy @ daylight

Daylight color accuracy (Delta E94)

Skin tones5.06.4
Natural Colors3.24.7
Bright Colors4.16.6
White Balance3.73.7

The Nikon D5200 delivers RAW files with good color rendering. The above illustration shows the color errors of a 100 ISO jpg image is taken in the neutral picture style in daylight. The further the ideal color (square) is removed from the color of the camera (round), the greater the color difference. For perfectionists: our RAW files in Lightroom were converted, we obtained more accurate results than the jpg files. But the differences are very small: we had the recordings and the test card really love to see side by side for the test method and explanation of terms, the differences, see FAQ.

Color accuracy @ tungsten light

Tungsten color accuracy (Delte E94)

Tungsten lightRAWjpg
Skin tones1615
Natural Colors1514
Bright Colors1213
White Balance2014

In artificial light you can both jpg and RAW files, not blindly rely on the auto white balance, as is clearly seen in the results shown for a 200 ISO jpg file. See our Nikon D5200 review for our conclusion.

Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
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