I had purchased a J2 for a light travel camera in 2012. Most of my overseas travel involve some sports activity. Bike trekking, Snow skiing, Fishing etc. So i thought the J2 was a good alternative to my D800 which is for work or when i'm traveling heavy. So when i got an email from my wife...ruined the J2 with a leaking camelback...please buy new camera! I was already on my way and could not bring the D800. So what to buy? After playing with a few options i went with the D5200, nice and light, 24MP, good control...but also plenty of fast pre-set options for snaps. It was coupled with the DX 18-55mm kit lens....not bad and very flexible. I also grabbed the Sigma DC 30mm 1.4, for a fast lens (not so happy with this though). After carrying the D5200 around on a bike through France, i can say its a GREAT light weight camera....VERY happy with the choice! The J2 was not super small and harder to use manual....really not small enough to have an advantage over the 5200. If it can't fit into your jeans pocket.....may as well have a DSLR!
#2. "RE: How i chose a D5200 as my travel camera" In response to Reply # 1
Hi Marty, My pleasure. My main point was my J2 was ok and produced some nice pics, but it really was still bulky and just a little harder to change settings vs the D5200 which is quite light and easy to use.
#3. "RE: How i chose a D5200 as my travel camera" In response to Reply # 0 Thu 25-Jul-13 04:48 AM by simonleung101
Los Angeles, US
You make a good point. If it's not small enough to fit in my pocket, I'd rather carry a small DSLR.
Mirrorless is not much smaller than a DSLR and, with the lens attached, it's not going to fit in my pocket. The only P&S option for me is the $650 Sony RX-100. I also looked at the V2 and couldn't convince myself to get one because, again, it's not going fit in my pocket. If I have to carry a bag, it's not going make any different if it is a mirrorless or a DSLR. Besides I have a lens collection at home to choose from. I actually see myself using a D5200 for travel.
#5. "RE: How i chose a D5200 as my travel camera" In response to Reply # 4
>Why aren't you happy with the sigma? I really like my DX AF-S >Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G Hi this is probably better in lens forum, but i bought and returned the sigma twice with very bad rear focus. Right at limit of adjustment on my D800, but D5200 i can't adjust. So using my heavier but nice nikon 35mm 1.4. on the D5200 at well. Still debating what to buy thats smaller and fast for the D5200. Rick