Best Entry-Level Digital SLRs: Nikon D5200 and Canon EOS Rebel T5i

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Nikon-D5200-DSLR-ReviewNikon D5200

Nikon’s D5200 digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera blends creative features and DSLR versatility to inspire new ways for you to capture photos and Full HD (high-definition) video. You’ll appreciate its wide range of in-camera special effects, creative modes, and the easy-to-use interface that lets you visualize every setting to show you exactly what’s changing with each adjustment.

“The Nikon D5200 is intended for the customer who wants to capture and share their life, their experiences, and their adventures in new and original ways,” said Bo Kajiwara, vice president, Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The D5200 features Nikon’s latest innovative technologies along with an easy-to-use feature set that enables users to unleash their creativity, and truly test the boundaries of a photographer’s imagination.”

The compact camera features a 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that enables you to capture precious memories in lifelike brilliance, while a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD swivels and rotates so you can get the shot from creative perspectives—or even take a self-portrait.

The D5200 is optimized for creativity and streamlined for flexibility: just select an effects option on the mode dial to apply filters and effects for both photos and Full HD video. Creative modes include: selective color to highlight three colors within a monochrome scene; color sketch to create a vivid drawing from a scene; miniature effect; and night vision for very low-light scenes. You can also emphasize silhouettes or enable High Dynamic Range (HDR), which takes two shots at different exposures and blends them into one amazing image. And six settings of picture controls automatically manipulate tone and color. With the D5200, the creative techniques pros spend years mastering are at your command.

The camera covers an ISO range as high as 25,600, and its scene recognition system automatically draws data from the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize the scene prior to capture, resulting in adjustments to exposure, autofocus and white balance without you having to change a setting.

The D5200 also includes Nikon’s latest innovations for creating videos with virtually no choppiness. D-Movie mode features Full HD 1080p 60i recording for visibly smoother sequences, while full-time servo AF (autofocus) and subject-tracking AF work together to keep moving subjects sharp. Plus, face-priority AF instantly detects and tracks up to 35 faces in a scene. There’s also a built-in stereo microphone that can be controlled automatically or manually via 20 incremental steps. So whether you shoot short clips or cinema-style movies, the D5200 makes it easy to take your projects to the next level.

After you’ve captured your photos and video, you can instantly share them when you add the optional WU-1a wireless mobile adapter. Using this adapter, your imagery can be transferred to a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi and then shared online as usual: e-mail them or upload them to your favorite social networks and photo-sharing sites. You can even use your smartphone or tablet as a remote monitor to see what the camera sees and fire the shutter—perfect for getting into photos!

Nikon’s D5200 DSLR comes in a choice of black, red, and bronze bodies for $899.95. The price includes the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 VR lens.


Canon-EOS-T5i-ReviewCanon EOS Rebel T5i

Canon recently unleashed the new flagship of its popular Rebel line—the EOS Rebel T5i—to feed your artistic passion with its amazing imaging features. You’ll be impressed at how simple and intuitive it is to make photos you’ll cherish. It all starts with an 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s own Digic 5 image processor. They combine to give you an extensive ISO range of 100–12,800, which is expandable to ISO 25,600, to produce crisp, detailed images even in low light.

A continuous shooting speed of five frames per sec allows you to capture fast action, while nine cross-type autofocus points help ensure crisp focus throughout the frame. Notable is the T5i’s hybrid autofocus system, which enables speedy and accurate autofocus when you’re shooting in live-view mode so you never miss a shot.

“Built to make advanced photography creative and fun, the EOS Rebel T5i digital SLR camera gives users exceptional image quality and fast, intuitive operation along with creative functions to help advance photographic expression,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications, Canon USA.

In addition, the camera is compatible with Canon STM (stepping motor) lenses for smooth, quiet autofocus performance that doesn’t stop with photos. When recording Full HD movies with STM lenses, you’ll only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded—not the lens’s operation. Plus, EOS Full HD movie mode with movie servo autofocus makes shooting high quality movies easy.

A bright, vari-angle 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD monitor puts composition control and touch access to creative functions, like seven effects filters, directly in your hands to maximize creativity. The effects are viewable in real time, so whether you’re adding saturation to a landscape or applying a vintage touch to a portrait, you can experiment with the filters and preview the effects on the LCD. Effects include art bold, water painting, grainy black and white, soft focus, toy camera, fisheye, and miniature. Plus, a new mode dial with scene modes was added, so you can focus on your subject while the camera determines the optimal settings.

More advanced shooters can benefit from handheld night scene, HDR backlight control, and multi-shot noise reduction modes; with the latter, multiple images are taken and combined in-camera to help create the best quality image.

Canon’s EOS Rebel T5i retails for $749.99 body alone, $899.99 bundled with an EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM kit lens, and $1,099 with the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens.

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  1. The T5i is a great entry level DSLR and it was just released last week and has all the great and latest features.

    Another great camera for beginners is the Canon SL1 which will be released late April of this year. It is the smallest and lightest DSLR of today but still has all the top features.