The Nikon D5200 must be coming soon – just look at the prices for the D5100

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The Low prices for the D5100 point to the imminent release of the Nikon D5200.

The Nikon D5200 predecessor, the D5100

There is nothing like a fire sale of a current model to suggest that a newer version just around the corner. The prices for the D5100 have been steadily dropping for the past six months and that, combined with the growing rumor frenzy about the forthcoming D5200, can only suggest strongly that the launch of the Nikon D5200 is imminent.

However, if you can’t wait, the  Nikon D5100 is still a class act and is dirt cheap with great deals everywhere.

Buyers in the UK can get a D5100 with 18-105mm VR lens from Jessops for only £580, whilst the body alone is offered for £425. If you prefer Warehouse Express, you can get a D5100 with 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm Lenses for under £700.

In the USA there is a huge range of deals on offer. Amazon is offering a D5100 for $550 and with an 18-55mm lens for $650 whilst Buy.com offer a twin lens 18-300mm kit for $840.

Tigerdirect.com are in a similar bracket, selling a D5100 with 18-55mm lens for $650. Even the smaller dealers are getting in on the act with Cameta.com, offering a body for under $550 and some great kit deals for between $610 and $1,580.

Surely all this activity around the D5100 suggests that the Nikon D5200 is just over the horizon? I know some people think that the sales of the D5100 have been affected by the launch of the superb D3200, but Nikon aren’t so foolish to scupper one of their top models with another. You can be sure that they knew what was going to replace the D5100 well before they launched the D3200.

 

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  11. Ryan

    Simple question here for the professionals, apologies in advance,(It may not be as simple to answer). I’ve done considerable research and can’t decide whether to invest in the new d3200, the d5100, or wait it out for the new d5200. Any help appreciated

    thanks,
    Ryan

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    1. JBayston

      Hi Ryan,

      good question! And, as you say, no simple answer.

      My first inclination would be to wait until Photokina in Cologne ( begins 18th September ) and see what Nikon bring to the table. Rumors are rife that they will either launch the D5200 or the D7100, or both.
      There is no doubt in my mind that the D3200 is a better all round camera now than the D5100, in terms of spec. That 24MP file is just awesome. Depending on what you want the camera for, you might be more interested in the full HD video and external mic socket or the 4FPS and 1/4000 shutter speed. These are the same as the D5100, but it has only a 16MP file size.

      Price wise, there is no difference, with the D3200 and D5100 both costing around costing around $650/£520 with an 18-55mm lens.

      Of course, if you are not in a hurry, you may want to wait until the D5200 is out. It will have to be an improvement on the D3200 just to keeps it’s place in the market. But, even if it is launched in the next few weeks, you may have to wait a while to get your hands on it, where as the D3200 is available right now.

      Another alternative might be to look at the Nikon D7000. It is more expensive at around $1000/£770, but the build is much better – magnesium alloy rather than plastic. It also offers 39 point focus system, 6FPS and a twin memory card slot.

      So to recap I would say: If you need it now, buy the D3200 – it’s a great camera. If you can wait to see if Nikon will launch anything next month ( and are prepared to pre-order) then wait. If you don’t want to wait, but want a camera that is built to last, take a look at the D7000.

      I hope that helps…..

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      1. sourabh

        hi J,

        i also want to buy one DSLR, i am not sure when d5200 is going to launch as there is no such tentative date is there.

        can you help me out in deciding which one is better between d3200 or d5100? i feel d3200 has a new technology however, d5100 has an edge with its many features (HDR, bracketing etc.)

        can you please help?

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        1. JBayston

          Hello,

          sorry about the delay, we just wanted to check a few things before we answered you. In our opinion the Nikon D3200 is much better than the D5100 – particularly in terms of dynamic range and bracketing. The D5100 does auto-bracketing, but you can manually bracket on the D3200. Set the camera to base exposure then -1 stop(ev) then +1 stop(ev): that will give you the same result if you were auto bracketing. The D3200 has such a great dynamic range you could easily go -2 stops (ev) and +2 stops(ev) and you will get a bigger and better HDR image when the 3 images are combined into one. Hope this answers your question, please let us know how you get on and send us some images.

          best regards..

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    2. Chaya

      I won’t repeat the waetlh of information the other kind reviewers have already given. I’ll just focus on why I decided to cough up the extra $100 to get the SB-800 instead of the less powerful SB-600. Compared to the SB-600, the SB-800 has the following extra features: 1) Much more powerful, as reflected in the GN. 2) Slightly faster recycle time with the standard four AA batteries. It also comes with a battery holder that holds a fifth battery which cuts down recycle time by 1/3 to 1/2. 3) The SB-800 has non-TTL auto and auto aperture modes. (More on this later.) 4) In wireless remote mode, the SB-800 can act both as the master and slave, whereas the 600 can only be a slave. 5) It comes with a useful diffusion dome, which won’t even fit on the SB-600. 6) The SB-800 package also includes two colored gel filters. 7) The SB-800 can do repeating flash (in the same exposure), for a strobe effect. Basically, both the 600 and 800 support Nikon’s latest flash technologies, i-TTL (supported by the D70 and D2H only) and CLS (creative lighting system), in addition to all the TTL (through the lens) flash modes Nikon introduced in the past. The 600 is really a prosumer-level flash that’s either TTL or manual, whereas the 800 is pure pro-grade with a lot of modes and options. The manual, evidently written by a Japanese manual writer, attests to its sophistication; understanding the manual will really require a Ph.D. in yoga so you don’t stress yourself out. The 800 s auto modes are what won me over in the end. The auto modes can set the flash output automatically on Nikon bodies that do not support any TTL (through the lens) mode. On those bodies, with the 600 you’d have to resort to manual, which is simply a pain in the butt, not to mention prone to error. The two non-TTL auto modes on the 800 are auto aperture and auto. You’ll need to study the manual very carefully to figure out the difference; I still haven’t, but I’m already enjoying the auto aperture mode. The availability of auto modes also means the 800 can be used on a wide range of Nikon bodies than the simpler 600. If you are deciding between the 600 and the 800 like I was, ask yourself the following questions: 1) Do you have an extra $100-$150 to spend? If yes, the 800. 2) Do you plan to use the external flash a lot? If yes, the 800. 3) Do you have Nikon bodies (usually older manual ones) that do not support TTL (you can find out in the camera’s user’s guide)? If yes, the 800. 4) Do you plan to do a lot of wireless flash photography and take full advantage of Nikon’s Creative Lighting System? If yes, the 800. 5) If you want to get a diffusion dome that fits the flash, get the 800. In the end, I think the SB-800 is a better long-term investment than the SB-600, despite the higher price. It’s much more powerful and flexible, and even though it’s an overkill for me right now, I imagine when my flash photography improves (and I’m trying very hard right now), it’ll prove a very worthy investment. Feel free to drop me an e-mail at hotmail with any questions. BTW, if anyone knows of a good web forum that discusses how to use Nikon’s flash modes and the CLS, please let us know. Thanks.

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    1. JBayston

      You are in the right place. We shall get the information as soon as it is out. join the mailing list to be sure to get the news first!

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    2. Nhureyy

      I just recently bohugt this flash for my D100. My wife wanted me to take a bunch of photos of her grandmother’s small antique objects pieces of jade, little carvings on ivory, some vases, etc. I have never been happy with the D100 s built-in flash, and my local camera shop suggested the SB-800 over several other Nikon models (after I told them I would also use it for photographing pets and some indoor photography while sightseeing). This flash is great. First of all, the color is natural The photos I have been taking of jade, ivory, small glass objects, and even my pets (and my wife as a test subject) come out evenly exposed with no hot spots, especially when using the diffusion dome and pointing the flash up at the ceiling (when mounted on the camera, the flash can be turned, and tilted 90 degrees in about 10 degree increments). Second of all, it is FAST. It contains 4 AA batteries, with the option of adding a 5th in a small addition (so you can trade off between weight and recharge time). With all 5 batteries installed and fresh, it can keep pace with my camera’s rate of 3 pictures a second for 5-6 flashes. After that, it needs less than a second to be ready to go again. Third of all, it makes using a flash brain-dead simple, At least attached to my D100 (and presumably the D70). It automatically adjusts itself based on the characteristics of my lens, the zoom, the distance to subject, backlighting, etc. I can still manually futz with settings if I want, but I don’t have to to get a great shot. One accessory I would consider a must’ for the flash is the 4 foot cable that lets you use it off-camera. Especially since my main purpose is to take photos of small objects, having side-lighting is crucial to bringing out the relief on things like carved jade. It doesn’t come with the flash.

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