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Good: Unbelievable quality at 100 iso with a decent lens
Bad: nothing at all
Comment: I was a keen D5100 owner for about a year when this one launched. I did my usual thing, which is to wait about six months first, for any faults to emerge and get corrected by Nikon. Rumors circulated that autofocus on the left hand side of the image were off, on one or two early releases of the camera. That seems to have been fixed by Nikon on newer releases, as no one has reported such a fault in four or more months.
I bought mine a month ago, and being a D5100 owner before, the two models share quite a lot of stuff, so the learning curve wasn't too bad. Getting the best out of the new autofocus system (pinched from the D7000) took a while, there are quite a few modes, but I tend to use single point for many things anyway so that was a short lived 'curve' item.
The image, overall, on a large computer screen, is not much different to those from the D5100, since you are already looking at 16Mp images there. That said, if you, like me, intend to re-visit your images and experiment with cropping out areas which make better compositions, which were not apparent to you when you viewed the image, first time round, or even when shooting it, you will love this one.
You can take reasonably well sized crops out of the original, and still be left with over 16mp from the original 24.
The camera operates very smoothly, and if you are a sports fan, shoots at five frames a second in high mode, three in low mode. Either mode offers full quality, it is NOT a cropped result in high speed mode, in case you wondered! (unlike the D7100 which IS cropped to give the higher speed).
Several reviews, and DXo, have concluded this camera does produce slightly sharper shots than the next one up in the range, the D7100, which is great if you are a keen photographer and would rather spend the extra five or six hundred pounds on better lenses or travel expenses etc.
Finally, and sadly, I fear that because this camera is 'classed' as 'advanced beginner' most of the reviews you will find, take the kit option, ie, paired with the 18-55mm lens. Now, this is a shame, because Nikon have far better lenses out there. Spend a little more and you'll get an 18-105mm lens, which, ignoring the extra reach for a moment, is optically a better lens all round.
DXo have the D7100 on a review where you can see test results using a few different lenses, and the interesting thing is, if you work at this the other way around, and choose a lens, and look at that lens paired with different cameras, the resolution that lens provides changes! (with a 18-55mm) on a D40 the resolution is 16 lpm, on a D5000 it is 21 lpm, on a D7100 it is 26. The lens remains the same, but the resolving power of the lens increases when you change the camera body.
This means that, whatever lens you have, it will do better when hooked up to the D7100 or D5200 (and remember, the D5200 outperforms it in tests, very marginally, but it does outperform it).
When reading reviews then, bear in mind that this is a superb camera, capable of giving you great results with the right lens on it. Frankly, if you have the money for a D7100 but you don't yet have good lenses, I would use that money by going for the D5200 and a really good lens - I won't push a particular lens at you, since you may be a wide, standard, or telephoto (oriented) shooter, so you need to do some research, buy the D5200 as a body only, and pair it with the lens that best fits your interests. You could still end up spending less than the cost of a D7100 with that relatively poor 18-55mm lens.
I wish some reviewers would take a good lens and re-do their reviews on the high res cameras of today - the high res sensors perform better than the lens that comes with it as a kit, and that gives us a misleading story.
Finally, I love the LCD screen, I shoot macro and landscapes mostly, and for those it is a huge help (while shooting I mean) as you can have the camera inches from the ground on a tripod, and still see the image from standing height. Love it, buy one today!
Comment: Cant comment just yet, but this camera is certainly on my "Wishlist"
I currently use a D5000 and the D5200 is the obvious upgrade for me.
Comment: amazing ;)
Good: easy to use
Bad: Not much really possible the lack of an autofocus motor in the body limits your lens-selection flexibility.
Comment: Excellent first time camera easy to use, compact and lightweight.
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Good: silent, fast and accurate focus, light weight
Bad: taking long time to respond after live view shooting...
Comment: Perfect entry level camera!!
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