The Nikon D5200 is a great camera and great things have been said about the images clicked by this camera. However, we are yet to find a good review of the movie mode. If you too are wondering as to how good the video mode of the Nikon D5200 is, read on to know more about it.
The movie mode of the D5200 is quite different from some of the older Nikon DSLR models and also from their competitors such as the Canon 650D and 700D.
The D5200 has a wonderful feature in the form of the On Screen Audio Meters. This is an extremely useful feature as it helps you in seeing the audio levels accurately at all times. These meters are found one on top of the other towards the left side of the screen.
Then, the D5200 is fitted with a great audio chip. In the sub menu of the audio (manual), it has a further list of sub menus as well.
As a result of these two features, you are assured to get a clear sound track when set to level 11 or level 12. This can be achieved with an inexpensive Rode Video microphone and you do not even have to get a professional mic. Just connect the mic to the mic unit (3.5 mm) and you are all set! If you want to use additional equipment such as the ZOOM H2n, you can do so as well. This will give you an even clearer audio track. (The mics mentioned here have been used on this camera and the results are verified.)
The video quality of the Nikon D5200 is far superior to most Canon models, save for the Mark III. The details, sharpness and compression are unparalleled. So you end up with the quality of movies you want and expect to get from a camera that costs $1000.
Next, let us talk about the lens. If you happen to own a vary-aperture lens, you can try using the manual movie mode. This way, you will not have to experience any blinking of exposure even if you are zooming. This is something that was commonly seen in the Canon cameras but is completely eradicated in the D5200.
The D5200 captures videos very well in low light conditions as well. The ISO performance is commendable both for videos as well as for still images.
While these features make the video recording option outstanding in the Nikon D5200, unfortunately there are some defects as well. Let us take a look at those.
1. When shooting in the Live View Mode, you cannot alter the aperture.
2. One of the strongest and most talked about features of the D5200, the Active D Lighting, is not compatible with the movie mode.
3. You are sure to face many problems with the rolling shutter. If you go closer than 24 mm, the flaws will appear to be more pronounced.
4. When you connect a microphone, you won’t be able to turn the screen too easily when placed in a narrow angle position.
5. Finally, the movie mode consumes a lot of power and so the battery drains out at a fast pace. Make sure you have spare batteries or an additional source of power if you plan to record videos for a long duration of time.
Apart from these problems, the Nikon D5200 records some great videos and so it is definitely a good camera for those who use DSLRs to capture videos and movies frequently. It has some great features and along with the videos, it helps you to capture the most stunning still images as well.