We have loved the D5100 ever since it was officially launched and even before it hit the market. It is one of the first truly affordable DSLR cameras that offered great video quality and the option to plug in an external audio jack to record audio when shooting videos. But as Nikon has upgraded the other entry level DSLR the D3100 with the D3200 and pumped in an enormous amount of megapixels (24 to be precise), word is that the nearly 2 year old D5100 is also going to be replaced with a new DSLR. The D5200 is going to replace the D5100 soon. When exactly? Well there is still no official word on the same but as Nikon has the released the replacement of the D3100, with a mighty megapixel count and practically burned the entry level segment, and also released a go between the professional D800 and the semi-professional D7000 with the D600 (recently released with 24.3 megapixels) the market is now ready for an upgrade of the 16.2 megapixels D5100.
Since the specs of the D5200 are not aware yet, we can delve into some hypothetical discussion on the areas that the D5200 can address to.
First is the megapixels count. With the D3200 already offering 24.2 megapixels a camera slightly topping that in the entry level should have a sensor that churns out at least the same amount of megapixels; else the entry level enthusiasts will ditch the camera even without reading the remaining specs. As such an upgrade from the current 16.2 megapixels sensor of the 5100 to something better with the D5200 is expected.
Currently the D5100 has 11 AF points, the same as the D3100 and the D3200. This is something that can be ideally increased to ensure a better control over the frames being shot. AF during video modes help to keep the focus on the subject by tracking it. As such more AF points mean a better control over the focusing. Some users who have used the D5100 in live view mode when shooting videos have found that the camera can be slow at times to focus properly, especially when the subject is moving about. This is something that Nikon should look into when addressing the problems of the D5100.
The live view switch of the D5100 is positioned at location where it is almost mistaken for being an aberration. The main mode dial at the top panel now has an extension that allows the user to switch on an off the live view mode. We can really benefit from this to be placed a bit more tastefully and ergonomically so that we can find out where it is.
Again the video recording button which is now available on the D5100 just on the left of the power on/off button allows the photographer to use it only when he is on live view mode. This can be made a little less obvious so that users can seamlessly switch from shooting stills to shooting videos without having to play around with more than one buttons.
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