Nikon D5200 review

UPDATE: The HDMI output on this camera is uncompressed 4:2:2, for a leap in image quality over the internal 24Mbit codec! Check the forum for my ProRes noise grain sample shots

The Nikon D5200 is the best mid-range Nikon yet for video. What is more of a surprise is the relish in which it takes on the much more expensive 5D Mark III, Panasonic GH3 and Nikon’s own flagship the D800 and D4.

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Is the cheap Nikon D5200 a better option than D800 for video? No moire & aliasing and good detail

nikon-d5200

The Nikon D5200 is equipped with a new Toshiba sensor and appears to outperform both the new full frame Nikon D600, Canon 6D and even the Nikon D800 when it comes to video.

It looks like newcomer Toshiba didn’t get the memo “All DSLRs must suffer from moire and aliasing in video mode”.

Read moreIs the cheap Nikon D5200 a better option than D800 for video? No moire & aliasing and good detail

A detailed look at how the Nikon D800E performs for video

Nikon D800E

Go here to read DPReview’s look at the D800E movie mode vs the standard D800

Please bear in mind the situation can be improved dramatically by the right in-camera picture settings and Mosaic Engineering’s anti-aliasing filter for the D800, which is under development now (as of June 2012).

DPReview have updated their D800 review with comparison samples and image quality analysis versus the D800E. Along with a 2GB uncompressed file from the D800E recorded to a Blackmagic HyperDeck Shuttle 2, DPReview have posted several 1080p clips on Vimeo from the D800E.

Is the D800E a viable option for video or does the lack of anti-aliasing filter aggravate the moire issues of the D800 even more?

Read moreA detailed look at how the Nikon D800E performs for video

NAB rolling news update – Atomos firmware for native 24p on Nikon D800 / Canon C500 official specs sheet

Atomos Ninja

Download the firmware here

Atomos have released a firmware update for the Ninja ProRes recorder to make it Nikon D800 certified. It is now able to obtain a true native 24p progressive feed from the Nikon D800! No more interlaced. They say quality in this mode is very good. I don’t yet have a D800 (or the Ninja!) so can’t test this for myself but if any readers are willing to give this a go, be my guest.

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Mosaic Engineering working on Nikon D800 anti-moire filter

D800 and Mosaic Engineer anti-aliasing filter

Good news for Nikon D800 owners. Mosaic Engineering are currently working on anti-aliasing filter for the camera. Because the sensor line-skips to produce HD video, the custom-designed optical low pass filter should almost eliminate any moire and aliasing on the D800 if it works as well as it did on the Canon 5D Mark II.

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Nikon say “we will make our stills cameras for videographers”

Nikon video rig from Redrock

Above: Marketing ploy alert! RedRock Micro’s new ‘Nikon gold’ branded rig for shooting video on the D800

In an interview with the British Journal of Photography, Nikon are really talking sense. It has taken a few years! Let’s listen to what Nikon group marketing manager for the UK, Jeremy Gilbert has to say about the company’s direction with their DSLRs and video.

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First truly representative Nikon D800 video footage. DXOMark says sensor is ‘best ever’.

Nikon D800 1080p grab

Above: frame grab from Longshan’s Temple shot on the Nikon D800 in Taiwan. Click here to go to the Vimeo page and to download the original.

These findings have rather taken me aback.

Not only is the Nikon D800’s video quality far better than the Nikon D4 and more detailed than the 5D Mark III, the low light performance of the raw sensor data is nip and tuck with the Nikon D4 despite having double the megapixel count.

Even more surprising is that the D800 just scored the number 1 position overall on DXOMark… out-performing a PhaseONE digital back!

Needless to say this camera is now on my radar.

Read moreFirst truly representative Nikon D800 video footage. DXOMark says sensor is ‘best ever’.