Nikon D5200 Test – sunset

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How the Nikon D5200 deals with a great sunset

I saw this sky on the way home and thought it was an ideal opportunity to test my new D5200 and see how some of the Scenes and Effects deal with it. Nikon, like to other main manufacturers, put various effect options onto their cameras and sometimes it is difficult to know understand exactly what each of them do. of course the easiest thing is to use them in a given situation and examine the results.

Foe each of these photos, I used a Nikkor 12-24mm f4 AF-s lens. The shots were taken within seconds of each other, so I don’t think there was any significant change in light. I have put the details of shutter speed, aperture and ISO below each image so that you can see how each effect changes the camera settings to get the given shot. I had the camera on a tripod.

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Auto sunset - D5200 test

Auto (minus flash) setting. 1/40, F4, ISO 800.

This was on the Auto (minus flash) setting on the mode dial, which is directly below green Auto option. Obviously the sunset is to some degree emphasized by the redstone buildings, but I think this does a pretty good job. Hi Res Here

Nikon D5200 Test - Landscape setting

Landscape setting. 1/15, F6.3, ISO 800

This was on the Landscape setting, which has it’s own symbol on the Dial Mode. I think it picks out the sky better and gives slightly deeper colors. Hi Res Here

Nikon D5200 test -Silhouette

Silhouette setting. 1/25, F6.3, ISO 800

I guess the Silhouette setting (found under the Effects option on the Mode Dial) is not really appropriate, but I though it would give it a try anyway. The detail is lost, even if you try push it through Photoshop. Hi Res Here

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Nikon D5200 Test - Hi Key

Hi Key setting. 1/30, F4, ISO 2500

Again this is just a series of tests for the various settings, so Hi Key setting (found under the Effects option on the Dial mode) wouldn’t normally be a choice for this sort of shot. Whilst you do get more detail in the stonework, there is a lot of grain in the image. You can give it a bit more punch in Photoshop, but there is nothing to work with in the sky. Hi Res Here

Nikon D5200 Test - Lo Key

Lo Key setting. 1/60, F4, ISO 640

Well you certainly pick up the sky in Lo Key setting (under the effects option on the Mode dial), but lose all definition in the foreground. an Auto change in photoshop just makes the picture more blue. Hi Res Here

Nikon D5200 Test - Night landscape

Night Landscape. 1/10, F5.6, ISO 800

The Night Landscape setting (found under the effects option on the Mode Dial) should be perfect for this kind of shot and I think it does a pretty good job. It holds more of the reds than the Auto shot and keeps definition throughout. Hi Res Here

Nikon D5200 test - Sunset setting

Sunset Setting. 1/40, F4, ISO 800

The Sunset setting (under the effects option on the Mode Dial) certainly picks out more of the sky than Landscape, but at the cost of detail in the foreground. I guess that for this option, the sky is the priority, so I can’t complain. Hi Res Here

Nikon D5200 Test - Dawn/Dusk setting

Dawn/Dusk Setting. 1/30, F4, ISO 1100

The Dawn/Dusk setting (under the Effects option on the Mode Dial) should be perfect for this kind of shot. It gives a bluer, colder cast to the picture than the Sunset setting. Consequently you lose the reds in the sky. Hi Res Here

I think the camera coped pretty well with the task in hand. The Auto image was pretty good. In the final three, the Landscape was more yellow, the Sunset more red and the Dawn/Dusk picture more blue. Of course they could be dealt with in photoshop, but these are untouched images, saved as fine JPGs. Feel free to download them and have a good look.

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