Quick Tour

Welcome to the Quick Tour. This section covers some of the basic functions, so you can start using your D5200 right away. If you’ve already used a Nikon dSLR, a lot of this may be familiar to you. In fact, if you upgraded from a D5100, the setup for the D5200 is very similar. If you are upgrading from a compact digital camera or another brand of dSLR, you probably should read the entire Quick Tour to familiarize yourself with the camera and menu layout.

You should have already unpacked the camera, charged the batteries, and inserted the memory card. If you haven’t done these things, do them now.


The D5200 can grab awesome shots right out of the box.

Getting Started

If you’re anything like me, you’re ready to get out there right away and start taking pictures with your new camera. The great thing about the D5200 is that you can start taking great photos right out of the box. The D5200 has some automatic shooting modes that choose the proper settings for you. All you really have to do is point the camera at something and shoot!

Mounting the Lens

If you bought the D5200 as a kit, it came with the NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. If you aren’t sure what all of these letters and numbers mean, don’t worry; all of that and more is covered in Chapter 4. The lens needs to be mounted to the camera. First, locate the white lens mounting index dots: one is located on the camera ...

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