As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D5200's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5100 and the D5300) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the EOS 5D Mark IV)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 17.9 MP), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and has slightly more focus points (39 vs 11).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,037k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.55x), has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms) and has much more shutter lag (302 ms vs 200 ms).

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D5200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D5200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 11 vs 39

common strengths of the D5100 and D5200

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
3 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the D5200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the D5200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 39

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and D5200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
1 year newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D5200)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D5200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and D5200

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 39

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
2 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D5200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D5200)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)

common strengths of the D7200 and D5200

  • Many focus points: 51 vs 39
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months older
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the D5200)

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the D5200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 11 vs 39
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3200 and D5200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D5200)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D5200)

  • Significantly fewer focus points: 11 vs 39
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3300 and D5200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20 MP), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
3 years newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the D5200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.51x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the D5200)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and D5200

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
4 months newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5200)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Weather sealed
  • Shoots significantly faster: 7 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5200)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)

common strengths of the 70D and D5200

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
4 years older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the D5200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.51x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the D5200)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 39
  • Fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and D5200

  • None found

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
3 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D5200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 39
  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D5200)

  • Lower true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 555 g

common strengths of the D500 and D5200

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,399.00 vs $566.94

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
4 years older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the D5200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Shoots faster: 6.3 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the D5200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 39

common strengths of the 50D and D5200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $531.59 vs $566.94

Nikon DF

Nikon DF
1 year newer
$2,215 - $2,747 (body only)
$2,508 - $2,997 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the DF (vs the D5200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much longer battery life: 1400 shots vs 500 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DF (vs the D5200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the DF and D5200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (144×110×67 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)
  • Light weight: 765 g vs 555 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5200 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20 MP), records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (3" vs 3.7"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
1 year newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D5200)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the D5200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the A5100 and D5200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $362.87 vs $566.94

Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm X-A1
10 months newer

Significant advantages of the X-A1 (vs the D5200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (117×67×39 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the X-A1 (vs the D5200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the X-A1 and D5200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D5200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D5200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the A6000 and D5200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $566.94

Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the NX2000 (vs the D5200)

  • Much larger screen: 3.7" vs 3"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,152k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the NX2000 (vs the D5200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the NX2000 and D5200

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
1 year newer
$749 - $998 (body only)
$1,524 14-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH4 (vs the D5200)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH4 (vs the D5200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the DMC-GH4 and D5200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks