If you are considering getting the new Nikon D5200, B&H Photo has put together a nice D5200 bundle with a free battery and free battery grip.
The third-party battery grip will allow you to use two batteries, thus extending your shooting time. It also makes the camera larger, which many photographers prefer. The D5200 is a relatively small dSLR, and many users find that the extended grip makes shooting in portrait orientation easier. But in addition to that, it may keep your pinky from “falling off” the bottom when shooting with the camera in “standard” orientation, as well as help the feel and balance of the camera when using larger / heavier lenses.
I am busy working on my Full Stop camera guide to the Nikon D5200, Nikon D5200 Experience, which I hope to have finished by late February. As with all my guides, it is an e-book user’s guide that goes beyond the manual to help you learn the features, settings, and controls of this versatile camera. Most importantly, it explains not only how but also when and why to use the various features, controls, and custom settings in your photography.
The D5200 is a bit more advanced than its D5100 predecessor due primarily to the upgraded autofocus system. The D5200 now has the 39 point AF system of the D7000, which proved to have a steep learning curve for many users. Nikon D5200 Experience fully explains how to take control of this powerful autofocus system and its Autofocus Modes and Autofocus Area Modes.
Simulated view of the Nikon D5200 viewfinder, showing the 39 autofocus points. Background image shown at 75% opacity to better view the AF points.
If you wish to purchase your D5200 from Amazon, it is now also available there in a variety of colors and kits: