I like my Nikon D5200. But it has some bugs. Serious ones. For example:
Hard-hang the entire camera
This doesn’t appear to cause any permanent damage, but you will either have to wait a couple of minutes for it to finally recover on its own, or yank the battery to hard reboot it. The only thing that works while it’s hung is autofocus. Which is weird.
The following steps assume a Nikon D5200 at factory settings. There are other ways to trigger this, variations of the steps below, and there could be ways to prevent it – I haven’t tested it that extensively.
- Press the “Menu” button.
- Scroll down to the last tab (“Recent Settings”).
- Within that tab, scroll down to and select the “Choose tab” option and switch to “My Menu”.
- Select “Add items”.
- Choose the “Shooting” menu.
- Add any item. e.g. “Active D-Lighting”.
- Hit “OK”.
- Hit “Add items”.
- Scroll all the way down past the last item (“Movie settings”). Or alternatively hit up once (to wrap around) and then down again. Doesn’t really matter what you do so long as you hit down while “Movie settings” is selected.
I’ve reproduced this with multiple D5200 bodies. But Nikon Support, while friendly and seemingly genuine, claim they cannot reproduce it at all.
AF-C focus-priority simply does not work
The camera operates exactly the same whether set to focus or release priority – it takes the shot regardless of whether it’s in focus or not.
This is actually a well-known issue throughout the interwebs, and affects all recent Nikon bodies (D3200, D600 & D800… and presumably the D7100, though I haven’t checked). It’s in violation of common sense and the camera’s own manual.
I reported this to Nikon Support also, but got someone different from the prior bug, whom was vaguely condescending and ultimately useless.
Use of the AE-L/AF-L button for AF-ON is unreliable
This is the most insidious bug by far. This results in genuine data loss, because it’s easy to trigger in normal use and it can be very hard to tell, at the time, that it’s occurring. I have lost many shots because of this bug.
- Open the LCD.
- Use the AE-L/AF-L button to autofocus.
- Take a photo.
- While the image is on the LCD for review, half-press the shutter button in order to return to shooting.
- Press AE-L/AF-L again.
Nothing happens. Autofocus does not function.
I suspect that this bug arises from the fact that the AE-L/AF-L button is overloaded – during image review mode it is used for locking/unlock photos. So while it’s an annoying overloading – I have never in my life wanted to “lock” a photo, and that it happens randomly by accident is quite irritating – there’s not actually any confusion here, since in step 4 you put the camera back into shooting mode. The LCD is off at that point. Yet still AF-ON doesn’t function. Furthermore, it doesn’t even operate to lock/unlock the image – the button is completely impotent.
- Keeping the LCD closed so the image is never reviewed (or disabling image review in the settings).
- Waiting for the review period to time out naturally.
- Turning the camera off and then on again.
- Turning the LCD off using the “Image Review” button (or whatever it’s called – the play symbol inside a rectangle).
Again, I reported this to Nikon Support, got yet another new person, and they claimed they couldn’t reproduce this. They gave me the usual boilerplate of “your camera needs to be sent in for service”, which is condescending and a waste of time.
Addendum: None of these bugs are fixed in the 1.01 firmware update just released today (November 14th, 2013). Sigh.
Addendumum: 1.02 finally fixes the menu hang and the AF-ON issue (I’ve tested this myself). Yay! Now just waiting for AF-C focus-priority to actually work, and I’ll be set.