Just a little over one month ago the good folks at DxOMark tested the Pentax K-5 IIs, and it received the highest grades of any digital camera with an APS-C sized sensor. Now DxOMark has tested the new Nikon D5200 DSLR and it takes top honors.
The Nikon D5200 has a 24 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, but it is not made by Sony like everyone thought. It is actually made by Toshiba, and includes some innovations that allow significantly better performance at high ISO.
DxOMark ranks the D5200 as the 10th best digital camera out there, one spot below the medium-format Phase One P40 Plus and one spot above the medium-format Pentax 645D. That is good company to be around! Certainly if one wants full-frame image quality but doesn't wish to spend full-frame money, the D5200 is an excellent choice. In fact, every Canon full-frame DSLR ranks below the D5200!
With a $900 MSRP (with a kit lens), the D5200 should be strongly considered by pretty much anyone in the market for a new DSLR.