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

Nikon D5200 vs Nikon Coolpix A

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Nikon D5200

86

Nikon Coolpix A

73

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
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
Weight
Light-weight
299 g
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.8 EV

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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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Lighter
299 g vs 555 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.00 vs $496.95
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The best price we've seen is $98 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
302 ms vs 582 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
True resolution
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
Slightly 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 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              Coolpix A13.8 EV
              D520013.9 EV
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              Coolpix A582 ms
              D5200302 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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

              $370 - $448

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

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $473 - $575

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

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $819 - $870

              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 Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

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

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Larger screen
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 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

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $629 with 18-55mm lens

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

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