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Nikon D5200 USA release date?

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Initial post: Nov 23, 2012 4:03:11 PM PST
Nathan Trail says:
So yesterday I found out that Nikon came out with a pricey, updated version of the popular Nikon D5100. Now I have had my eyes set on the 5100 over the 3200 because of the flip out screen, but now with the 5200, I can have both a flip out screen and great picture quality. I know that the 5200 is set to release in the U.K. on December 6 for 720 British Pounds, roughly $1,150 (you can actually pre-order it on Does anyone know when the 5200 is set to release in the USA? I really want to get a new camera for Christmas but I don't want to the get the 5100 only to have an updated version come out at exactly the same time, regardless of price.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 9:28:16 PM PST
Shortfry says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 11:45:15 PM PST
EdM says:
According to Nikon Rumors, the D5200 will be released in the US in Jan, 2013, too late for Christmas, except as a "wrapped empty box" promise of real soon now. Be sure to act quickly and get on a pre-order list when it is first announced for here, as backlogs for new camera releases are not unusual. OR, you might get lucky ...

The US release is delayed from Europe and Japan, e.g. It might cost a bit less in US dollars, than it costs in Euros [or ¥] now.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 8:38:12 AM PST
T. Campbell says:
If you want to get on a pre-order list, I'd suggest you find yourself a small neighborhood "real" camera store (A Nikon authorized dealer which exists primarily to sell cameras, camera equipment, and is NOT part of any chain.)

The reason is that both Nikon and Canon have policies on not giving anyone preferential treatment on new products. That means while a lot of companies give the majority of stock to major dealers, Nikon and Canon make equal stock available to all "authorized" dealers. A small camera store would be entitled to the same inventory as a giant chain or Internet retailer. The difference is the giant store probably has a huge pre-order list and the small store probably has just a handful of people on the list -- so you'll get the product quicker from a small store.

I just helped a friend with this last spring. He was amazed that a small store had a new hard-to-get model in stock when all the major retailers were out of stock and had a huge waiting list.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 11:00:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2012 11:00:43 AM PST
® says:
I expect the price of the d5200 to be somewhere in between the D5100 and D7000 out the first 2 months of next year. Euro and pound prices are always higher then the dollar, also we are a free market with less tax and tariff (why we are in a trading debt to most country).

The true benefit of the D5200 is the Auto-focusing and metering system past down from from the D7000. You should be able to track things better for sport and bird in flight (BIF). Otherwise it is mostly the D5100 specs.

I am not sure why Nikon is ignoring one of the largest consumer market buying season.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 11:41:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2012 11:46:13 AM PST
Nathan Trail says:
I did some research to try and estimate the price of the camera and noticed certain patterns between Pound and Dollar prices (using retail prices):

Camera: UK retail price (UK converted price); US retail price
D7000: £1,099.99 ($1763.39); $1,199.95
D5100: £669.99 ($1074.06); $696.95
D800: £2,599.99 ($4168.04); $2,999.95

So it looks like since the UK price for the D5200 (body only) is £719.99, I would think that the US dollar price would be between $700-$800, the pattern being that the unconverted prices are basically the same with the exception of the D800, so even though everyone is using the converted UK price for a US price estimate, I doubt that will really be true considering that the D5100 never followed the UK converted price. I think what I'm saying makes sense?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 11:58:28 AM PST
® says:
that is about right, I might say $750-850, the D3200 came out as 699, and the d5200 is one up. Price will drop if they figured they overpriced it and nobody is buying.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 9:37:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 9:39:06 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 1:23:47 PM PST
Roger E says:
cheapest prices are in Feb and around for the best deal...

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 2:22:16 AM PST
Steven says:
Will the D5200 with the added telephoto lenses be able to take shots as the P510 at 1000mm? What are the recommended telephoto lens for this camera

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 11:58:45 AM PST
If that 1000mm is "full frame equivalent", and the D5200 is an APS-C sensor, then you would need a telephoto (1000/1.5) => 667mm. (If the D5200 is full-frame, you would, obviously, need a 1000mm telephoto; expect to mortgage your house for that lens)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 4:07:07 PM PST
Steven says:
Thank you Dennis for your reply. Question: I have the Nikon P510 (16MP) and it has a 24mm - 1000mm telephoto lens and the photos are so, so great. How can they sell this camera for $399. I realize its not a SLR but with the telephoto lens on it how much better will be pics be with the D5200? I am waiting for this camera but don't understand what the big difference in quality will be? Any thoughts?... Do you know about the P510, its such a great camera.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 9:26:38 PM PST
You are still conflating "full frame equivalent" and physical lens...

The P510 has a 1/2.3" sensor -- about the smallest sensor found on current P&S cameras. This sensor results in roughly a 5.6X field of view factor. That means that 24-1000mm equivalent is a REAL lens of only 4.29-178.57mm. That's about the size of long-zoom kit lens on an SLR (18-200mm -- full frame equivalent is around 28-300mm)

In full sunlight, with the camera set to lowest ISO, you probably won't notice sensor noise (this also presumes you are printing on 13x19" paper -- reducing the 16MP to 4x6" print will mask any noise as you are only using 1/8th of the data (2MP -- also close to a full HD TV display; even an 8x12" print is only using around 8MP).

Reduce the light and that minuscule 1/2.3" sensor is going to show its faults -- you might be lucky to use 400ISO... Most modern APS-C SLRs don't show sensor noise until you get to 1600ISO, and are usable to 3200 or faster...

You won't find a super zoom lens on an SLR (actually, that 18-200mm I mentioned is already considered a super zoom with an 11X zoom ratio). In the old days, a 3X zoom ratio was considered usable on a consumer lens (pro's wouldn't touch them). With modern computer optimized lens designs, a 3X is passable for professionals, and 5X is good for consumer lens... Anything longer trades off image quality for convenience (even with the computer optimization they have to compromise to get acceptable images at all positions).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 2:13:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 2:16:56 PM PST
Nathan Haas says:
The P510 is magnificent for the price. There are a lot of things you don't get with it, and they make up the balance. Polarization, color, uv, and contrast filters are all extremely useful. interchangeable lenses, fish-eyes, and macro lenses. Bulb setting for the shutter. Raw mode. Remote capabilities. Vastly better low light performance. The pixels on the P510 are tiny, and as such, they don't collect light as well as the larger pixels in an APS-C sensor.

What you do get with the P510 is a magnificent camera for someone who isn't going to sell their photos.

RE: Why isn't the D5200 available in the US now? Well, currently, they can make a lot more by selling it in Europe. Once it hits the US, importing it will be cheaper than paying EU prices. Only makes sense to keep people paying the Euro price for as long as they can.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 9:06:10 AM PST
Nathan Trail says:
UPDATE: It looks like you can get the D5200 in the USA in time for Christmas! Information is here:

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 3:30:25 PM PST
It's selling here

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 4:42:18 PM PST
EdM says:
@ Nathan and Marco: It is almost certain that these Nikon D5200 DSLRs are so-called gray market, lacking a USA warranty. In fact, Nikon will not service or support gray market goods in normal USA warranty fashion, if at all. This would be a "you pay your money and you take your chances" kind of deal.

"What is Gray Market?"

"... Nikon Inc. USA cannot provide service, support or downloads for products that have not been imported by Nikon Inc. USA."

"How do I know if my Nikon product is "Grey Market"?

"If the deal was just too good to be true, it probably was. One of the first indicators that a piece of Nikon merchandise might be Gray Market is if the price is considerably less than most other resellers.

"Additionally, a genuine Nikon Inc. USA product will include an Owners' Manual and Warranty Registration card in English. It will also include power cables (if applicable) designed for US style plugs..."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 4:57:00 PM PST
® says:
I agree with EDM, that is a Hong Kong site (digitalreview) and most people here are Amazon USA shoppers. It means I have to send it to HK for repairs, quite pricey and long turnover time. I done it before when I was studying abroad, but that just the international/Gray market facts.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 10:04:37 PM PST
al morris says:
Products listed on the Adorama web site and Amazon that are Grey Market are listed as Grey market.
The prices are a little lower but not so much so that you think it's too good to be true.

Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Telephoto Zoom Nikkor Lens with HB-26 Hood (Black) - Grey Market
SKU: NK70300AFGB MFR: 1928 G
(83 reviews)
42 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 © 2012 Adorama Camera, Inc.

Same product on Amazon but ships and sold by Adorama Camera
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Telephoto Zoom Nikkor Lens with HB-26 Hood (Black) - Grey Market
Price: $124.95
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Adorama Camera.
definitely listed as Grey Market by Amazon.

Adorama site declaration:
"Grey Market," also known as "direct import," are products legally imported directly into the U.S., and not through the manufacturer's authorized agent/distributor.
There is no difference in the actual products. However Grey Market products purchased from Adorama, are warrantied by Adorama for the same period as the U.S. warrantied products carry, for a period of one year. Grey Market products do not qualify for manufacturer's rebate programs.

So depending on where you buy it, the US seller may back the product or not.
Adorama has been doing business a long time and the professional photographers seem to have nothing but good things to say about them.

I really like the convenience of Amazon, and their prices, and they stand behind their stuff, especially if the supplying seller is going to stand up for their stuff.
You might save $5 on this lens if you go directly to the supplier, but I might order it from Amazon anyway.

The regular market (not Grey Market) price is:
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Telephoto Zoom Nikkor Lens with HB-26 Hood (Black) - Nikon U.S.A. Warranty
SKU: NK70300AFGU MFR: 1928
(53 reviews)


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 9:47:35 AM PST
EdM says:
It has now been announced for the USA and Amazon has a listing. As usual, availability can be iffy on new introductions. Some places might have initial distribution within a week.
Nikon D5200 24.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 4:39:20 PM PST
Wow! According to the manufacturer's description on the product page, it has a 124.1 MP sensor. I guess that's the reason it is $250 higher than the model it replaces.
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