Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 50D vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

73

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Canon EOS 50D

62

Canon EOS 50D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
84.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.3 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
131 ms vs 302 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6.3 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
640 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
84.0 vs 63.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.4 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 822 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$496.95 vs $750.00
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The best price we've seen is $253 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              50D:197 lenses
              D5200:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              50D:3,200 ISO
              D5200:6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              50D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D5200:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              50D:0.59x
              D5200:0.51x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,138 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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