Friday, 1 March 2013
Ok, so I've been testing the Nikon D5200 in recent days and what started out with satisfaction concerning image quality has gradually gone sour. My first day of shooting was outdoors in harsh winterlight and lots of it. And there I must say the camera held up well, although there were some annoyances such as pronounced rolling shutter artifacts that seems quite a bit worse than my Canon DSLRs and the lack of histogram and such in liveview. The last couple of days I've been testing low light performance and looking closer at image sharpness and have not been so pleased. For the sake of comparison I dug out my old Canon T2i/550D to check out how much Nikon has managed to do in this price bracket in the three years since the old Canon was released. This test was done quickly and there was a slip-up that meant that the Canon image was shot at F2.8 and the Nikon at F4. The Nikkor lens I used is pretty much equally sharp at both settings, but there is slight CA in the Canon image due to this. Also, any jitter is purely my bad. The conclusion for me is that the 3 year old Canon beats the Nikon in the noise department, albeit not by much. But if you intend to denoise, the Canon's noise patterns are much easier to get rid of with minimal image degradation. As for sharpness there is practically no difference, and if you get yourself one of these, I'm guessing the old T2i/550d will hold up just as well in sharpening as the Nikon does. Dynamic range? Even though the Nikon sensor should deliver 2 stops more at low ISO's, the difference seems minimal in the actual footage with perhaps a slight edge to the Nikon.