Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix A vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

88

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Nikon Coolpix A

75

Nikon Coolpix A

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
84.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix A

Size
Really small
Mid size 111x64x40 mm
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.8 EV
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
Weight
Light-weight
299 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon Coolpix A

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Size
Significantly smaller
111x64x40 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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3.5x smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
299 g vs 555 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 50% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
302 ms vs 582 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Better image quality
84.0 vs 80.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 1,164 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              Coolpix A:80.0
              D5200:84.0
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              Coolpix A:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              D5200:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              Coolpix A:13.8 EV
              D5200:13.9 EV
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              Coolpix A:16.1 MP
              D5200:24 MP
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              Coolpix A:23.4 bits
              D5200:24.2 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

              Nikon Coolpix A Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $453 - $697

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $850 - $1,299

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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