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In May 2004, Nikon released the Coolpix 5200, promising outstanding image quality in a compact body. The camera features Nikon's special ED lens designed to reduce chromatic aberrations while providing clear and color-rich pictures. With the Coolpix series and its popular "Scene" and "Assist" modes, Nikon has become known for making photography easy and rewarding. At about $400, the Coolpix 5200 is a bit above the average price for current competing 5 megapixel compact cameras.

In our review, we are going to test the Coolpix 5200 to see if it can deliver what Nikon promises. Will it sacrifice image quality for body size? Is the image quality and camera performance good enough to warrant the $400 price tag? We are going to find out...

Nikon Coolpix 5200 Specifications
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  • FFS - Thursday, July 29, 2004 - link

    ANANDECH Please stick to HARDWARE REVIEWS
    There much better sites over Internet for DigiCams reviews... You just could not compete with there competence.
    Do not make the same mistake as TomsHardware guide did.
    What would be next - Games... :(((
    That is my POINT OF VIEW
    And I'm also very disappointed (to say at least)
    Thou not about english, my is not perfect as well.
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  • WooDaddy - Friday, July 23, 2004 - link

    Ok.. I guess..

    You might not what to make up a phrase like that and instead just call it what it is; play to record transition. That's the term that is widely accepted and would prevent confusion.

    From other reviews I've seen on the 5200, this 'feature' exists and there are timings for this as well. Maybe try a full press .. or read the manual. Nikon probably uses a different method for switching between play and record modes. Each manufacturer is different... and their customers know this.

    It's upsetting that I have to look to other reviews to validate or invalidate what you're written.

    (Also, it's "Timing", not "The Times". Simple 8th grade grammar. And yes, I'm pissed again..)
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  • stephencaston - Friday, July 23, 2004 - link

    WooDaddy: When I say shooting priority, I am not referring to Shutter Priority. I am referring to when a half-press of the shutter button will switch the camera back to shooting mode from playback mode, menus, etc. Shooting priority means the camera's priority is to take pictures as opposed to reviewing pictures or changing menu options.

    Sorry for the confusion
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  • WooDaddy - Friday, July 23, 2004 - link

    You know I had to say something...

    Better, has potential. A few comments though:

    The garbage dumpster in the parking lot... Come on man. That's a horrible subject. You can do better. Would you show that to your friends and say "Hey look at this cool picture!". I think not.

    Shooting-priority - There is no such thing. You probably saw it somewhere but it is a poorly chosen marketing term. There are only four types of exposure based shooting: aperture, SHUTTER, manual and full auto. Think about it.. Shooting-priority. Shooting priority over what? Not shooting? It's a marketing term gone awry.

    Even though you are showcasing the Nikon, you should still have a reference point from another similarly marketed camera from another company. I mentioned this in my last post. Even though this is not a camera roundup, it still applies here as well.

    I can tell from your subjects (the subjects in your photos) and your commentary that you are still new to photography as a whole. A REALLY OUTSTANDING book is Photography by Barbara London and John Upton. It's about $86 but it is a great book for beginners and pros alike. It's the standard textbook that all photographers use. If you want some suggestions for subjects, I can be of help. PM me and I promise not to bite.

    The final word didn't really convince me. The features you mentioned as being good are features that most 5mp have or should have and nothing that stands out. Try out the Minolta G500 as it is a similar camera. Compare them and I bet you'll see what I mean. Also, use dpreview.com. Compare their reviews to steves-digicams and imaging-resource.com. You'll see the WIDE difference between them from dpreview.com. The level of professionalism and inherent photography skill vs gadget love is obvious. I want you to decide which side you want to be on. It seems like you'd like to be a dpreview editor but I think based on AT's focus, you might just want to focus on prices, features and that's it. Most of us know about dpreview and will go there.

    It'll take some time, but you'll get there...

    And I promise, I'll be less harsh as time goes on. Us photogs can be ruthless ;)
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  • LoneWolf15 - Friday, July 23, 2004 - link

    For about $100 less, one can get the Fuji Finepix S5000, which has lower resolution (3.1MP) but compensates by having a 10x optical zoom, aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual, as well as a digital TTL viewfinder. It has 6MP resolution with interpolation, which I wouldn't use, but I think you get more for the money overall. Reply

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