Mon 04-Mar-13 12:47 AM | edited Mon 04-Mar-13 12:48 AM by jbloom
>I say this in part because the D5200 tested significantly >better with DxOMark than the D3200, also with a 24mp sensor.
I'm not sure I would say "significantly," but I don't want to get bogged down in semantics. Being a sports guy, I tend to look at the low-light ISO numbers of DXOMark as a guide. For the D3200, D5200 and D7000, they are 1181, 1284 and 1167, respectively. The difference between the D7000 and D3200 is about 1/7 stop. Those are close enough to be considered essentially indistinguishable to me. The other metrics are similarly close. There have been small incremental improvements in sensors over the past few years, and I see no reason to think that will change. (Plus, of course, there is the possibility that Thom Hogan is right in thinking the sensor may be the same one as is used in the D5200, in which case the performance should be essentially the same, too.)