Nikon® D5100 / D5200 / D5300 / D5500 Fast Start

Lesson 7/10 - Bonus: Nikon® D5200 Update


Nikon® D5100 / D5200 / D5300 / D5500 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Bonus: Nikon® D5200 Update

Well, hello, welcome and if you're watching this video, chances are you own a nikon d fifty two hundred and hear a creative live we put together a really nice class for the fifty one hundred, and then the fifty, two hundred came out with just a few changes, so we've decided to do a little addendum to address the changes for the fifty, two hundred user. So what I would recommend if you don't own the fifty two hundred don't watch this video if you do watch this video, watch the regular class and then come back and watch this again just to kind of review the differences in the camera. So if you watch the regular d fifty one hundred class, you're going to see the d fifty, one hundred and some slightly different buttons. They have changed some very, very subtle things on the camera, so I want to compare the difference between the fifty one and fifty two so that you know what differences there are as you go through the class. All right, first off, there was about a year and a half difference...

between their announcement. The fifty, two hundred came out in late two thousand twelve, the big difference and the big reason for the upgrade in the camera is in the mega pixels now this doesn't change the operation of the camera, but, you know change is where the camera sits in relations to other cameras on the market so that was the big deal the other fairly big point and this is something I will be discussing in detail in this addendum is that there is now thirty nine focusing points rather than just eleven in the old fifty one hundred so the focusing has been upgraded pretty significantly they've also increased the frames per second the number of shots that you can shoot in the motor drive mode and they've added in ah little bit of a few more video options will say now it's a little bit limited as to when you can access this sixty frames per second cause it is with a one point two five crop so it's not the whole frame but it is one additional mode when you get into the video section after that we now have built in stereo sound in the cameron versus mano and so that's kind of a highlight differences of the fifty one hundred versus the fifty two hundred so let me go through some of those details and talk about them in particular to start with the fifty, one hundred has a mano mike right on the front and if you look at the top of the camera you'll see that the fifty two hundred has a stereo mike they both work is nice microphones but stereo sound is always better than mono sound now one of the big differences on the physical layout of the camera is the drive mode the drive mode is now an easy to access button on the top of the camera, so if you want to get the camera into the a self timer mode or single shot continuous mode, you can do it by pressing the top button and turning the back command I'll in the fifty one hundred, I will talk about it being in the information screen, the menu that you go in and adjust on the back of the camera. So this is a nice little addition because you can change this feature a little bit more quickly on the camera next up, if we look at the back of the camera, they've changed the shape of the touch pad on the back of the camera, then multi controlled I'll not real important no real functional change there but just a slight visual difference in change. Now, over on the side of the camera, you'll see that the function button on the fifty one hundred has thes self timer symbol on it. It was a quick way to use a self timer mode on the fifty one hundred because the dr menu the release mode was buried in the menu system, but now with the fifty, two hundred, there is a button on the top of the camera, so that function button is truly just a pure function bun, which is something that you can program whatever it is that you want it to be now with the fifty, one hundred, I believe there are nine options that you can select for that function button and with the fifty two hundred there are fourteen functions that you can program it so there's a few more options that you get with the fifteen hundred menu. Next up we have the display on the back of the camera has been revamped and nikon has kind of redone the layout. The information is the same it's the same data in the fifty one is it is in the fifty two but realized that was that what was spread across one side is now just down at the bottom so items are going to be in a different location so you may have to hunt a little bit for that information but it's all the same data and it should be right in there where you can find it quite easily the big difference as faras kind of in the menu settings and the operation of the camera has to do with what you see in the viewfinder and the focusing system. So the fifty one hundred uses eleven points, which is a fairly basic system by today's standards, and the fifty, two hundred is using thirty nine points, which is a pretty advanced system so let's get into talking a little bit about this now, actually, one other thing I remember is the grid system there is an electronic grid that can be turned on in the fifty, two hundred if you go into customs settings d too. So if you like a grid pattern because you do architecture, landscape photography and you want the horizon to be even, that might be a good reason for that. Or maybe you just like it for compositional reasons that could be turned on. If you're going to custom settings, d two could be turned on and off in there. There is also some warning information that you will see in the fifty, two hundred if you don't have a memory card in your camera. If your camera is in a black and white on ly mode, it will let you know that you were only shooting black and white. And finally, if you are having a low battery issue it's going to show you that right in the frame and the heads up display of the camera and that is not in the fifty one hundred, you cannot turn this off. It is just simply there in the fifty, two hundred if there is an issue with it now, the led information at the bottom of the frame is nearly identical. The only real difference is that there is a white balance little indicator that comes on when you are changing or when you have changed the white power he had the white balance is available in both cameras, but if you are doing for instance, white violence bracketing it would show you that in the view finder ok, so the big difference is the focusing and how do you change among all these thirty nine focusing points? Well, if you press the I button twice, you will enter into the info display mode where you can go in and change and you haven't auto focus area mode that you can get in and adjust the setting. So the press the I button twice navigate to what you see on the screen now to the a f area mode and you will be able to make changes. You will see those changes illustrated appear where the focusing points are shown a little bit larger. You get to see specifically which focusing points you have chosen and here are some of the options you can choose a single point which you can relocate anywhere you want on the back of the camera using the multi controller on the back of the camera a great one for sports is using the dynamic nine point area the nine points in the middle are very, very good they're cross type sensitive points, which means that they can pick up horizontal and vertical lines of resolution they're very good for tracking action now to use the nine point you have to be in the auto focus continuous mode which if you look on the info displays right one to the left of where the area motives and that does have to be in the continuous mode in order for you to see the nine points or be able to choose the nine points so you would need to change that to from a f s two a f c to be in the continuous mode and that's going to be also true with the twenty one points which is just a slightly larger target than the nine which one to choose? Well, I like to choose a target that fits on my subject quite nicely and so I prefer to choose the smallest one that I can work with and using one point is often too small that's why I want to choose the nine or the twenty one points but you can also choose all thirty nine point if you want the camera will focus on whatever is closest to you within those not thirty nine points so it can be a little bit of a problem in a crowded arena you may want to choose a smaller point system that fits specifically on your target there's also the option of three d tracking which can be good for tracking sometimes random kids moving around in a random pattern and then finally, you can choose auto area, which simply looks at all the points as well, and that is available and single and continuous, and so this is the big difference. As far as the operation of the camera is selecting these different focusing points for basic photography, I recommend single point a f, and for sports and action photography. I like using the nine point area, but we'll use the others if they seem appropriate for that situation. Now, as you dive through the menu system and walk through it in the class for the fifty, one hundred, there will be a couple of differences. When you get to customs setting menu a two, you're going to have a new option that's not in the fifty, one hundred, and all the other numbers will move by one number. In this case, a number two is the number of focusing points. You can change it from thirty nine points down to eleven. I don't have a good reason why you'd want to do it, but it can be done if you want to just realize that a three and for those who are all going to be moving up a number in the menu system that you see with the fifty, one hundred, the next one difference that you're going to see is d two in the custom menu setting the grid display that I talked about earlier can be turned on and off pretty simple option there either you like it or you don't and everything else in that d category will be bumped up a number as well in the setup menu, there is a new option in the accessory terminal if you happen to use the gps unit, you can go into control specifics about this if you're using a remote shutter you can control whether it takes photos or records movies and for the gps unit you'll set up the camera for using the gps unit to set the clock in your camera, which might be kind of convenient but it does draw power from your camera so any accessory that you hooked up you would control those features in this new accessory terminal section. Next up in the setup menu is the wireless mobile adapter now this is an optional w you won a from nikon which will enable you to transfer images to a nearby phone, for instance. And if you want to use this, you need to go in and connected up with your phone and in order to do that you're going to need to communicate back and forth by going into here to do it and that device sells for about sixty dollars and the gps unit by the way sells for about two hundred dollars further in the menu system in the shooting menu I also sensitivity settings we now khun select minimum shutter speeds if we're using a mode where the camera is selecting shutter speeds for us we can have it work with shutter speeds appropriate to the lens were using so if we have a telephoto lens it keeps those shutter speeds a little bit faster and so within there you can choose an auto setting and then you can adjust the auto setting to tweak it for slightly faster shutter speeds or slightly slower shutter speeds. And so if you are shooting sports photography in the program mode or the aperture priority mail or excuse me the shutter happens let me say that again the program mode or the aperture priority mode potentially using auto is so as far as the shutter speeds that the camera chooses, this now gives you some control over it and then finally the movie settings we have a new sixty I interlaced mode sixty frames per second interlaced this will be full hd it does use a one point two five crops so you're not getting the full frame in order to help process the information you can go in and you control the microphone gain how much it picks up sounds and so you can have a little bit more control over the manual control of the microphone and then you also do have manual exposure you have full manual exposure so you can select shutter speeds and apertures. If you turn that setting on in the menu for the movie mode. And that right, there is the complete list of differences between the fifty, two hundred and fifty, one hundred. So it's. Time for you to go watch the fifty, one hundred class. And then maybe when you're done, come watch this again, just so that you're all well briefed up on it. But there you go. That's. The difference between the fifty, two hundred and fifty, one hundred hope you like the class. Thanks.

Class Description

Join John Greengo for an in-depth step-by-step tour of the Nikon® D5100/D5200.
With a hands-on introduction to your camera's operations, detailed instructions on how all the menus work, and easy tips on how to shoot great photos with this specific camera model.

Please note: video addendum segments have been added to the course page with updated information on the D5200, D5300, and D5500.



I would recommend it to a complete novice. However, I did not get that much from it. While John is a great instructor he is not a Nikon owner or user. I am sure he knows how to the camera, but he is not into Nikon. He pretty much just went thru the manual. While he did mention how to use manual mode, he left some important concepts out of using manual mode. Namely that you need to adjust aperture, shutter speed and/or ISO until the meter reads something - he never really covered that. As I said, if this is your first real camera it would be a great course.