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Old Jun 16, 2004, 9:56 AM   #1
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Hello,

Is it worth to buy a new Nikon Coolpix 5200? Why? Why not? Please share your experiences.

Actually, I am a film Nikon fan for a very long time. I have several film cameras and lenses as well. Last Dec, I bought Canon A60. It is not bad but I need something that can give good photos. I know that you would say, "Why not DSLR like D70?" For now I am not ready for the digital world. But I believe I will go into the digital world some day. Now I am trying to explore the digital world.

Thank you very much.
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 7:56 PM   #2
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Bought a 5200 about a week ago and returned it after running some test shots both indoors and outside:

We ran some comparison tests in my office against photos taken with an old Olympus SLR style 1.5 camera and found the color saturation better on the Olympus. The 5200 photos seemed to have a blue tinge. Also found more noise, less sharpness when the telephoto was extended. Outdoor photos of relatively close objects, 1- 20 feet, produced sharp photos Beyond that ,with the telephoto extended, backgound detail was lost. which I found annoying. We believe the limitations of the lens causes the problem, but it it only a guess. (For me, it was like taking off my glasses - I 'm nearsighted -- and looking at a forest., The trees in the forground are relatively sharp, but those in the background are soft.) Again, I found "the softness" annoying, others may not --- but I grew up using 35 mm.

Also had a few problems with skin tones in low light settings.

On the plus, it is a beautifully built pocketable camera, that takes some good, but not consistently good pictures. It just didn't meet my expectations for the money. And I was really hoping it would....




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Old Jun 18, 2004, 9:38 AM   #3
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Hello Maverick, thank you very much for your feedback.
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 2:09 AM   #4
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The 5200 takes horrinly red shot of people..



Look at my review.



Get a sony p100 or w1




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Old Oct 20, 2004, 10:48 PM   #5
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Hmmm...I find it VERY interesting that one person has a blue tint problem, and the next has a red tint problem. Makes me wonder if the problem is really in the camera?
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 10:10 AM   #6
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Nikon 5200 is an excellent alternative to film camera gives good quality pictures, but requires little setup job.
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 12:35 PM   #7
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Glad you're having great results with the camera. Unfortunately, I did not.

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Old Nov 15, 2004, 2:24 PM   #8
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With all the added features of the 8800, why not consider it?

Or, wait til market is saturated and you can pick up your 5200 very cheaply.



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