Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

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Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 276 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Size Smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 540 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $319.00 vs $496.95
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The best price we've seen is $178 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 555 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3200 does so at a lower frame rate
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D3200:81.0
              D5200:84.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D3200:24.1 bits
              D5200:24.2 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D3200:24.1 MP
              D5200:24 MP
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D5200:500 ms
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200:276 ms
              D5200:302 ms
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3200:0.52x
              D5200:0.51x
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D5200:5 fps

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $490 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              True resolution Takes much lower resolution photos

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

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              Showing 25 comments

              Jasmin (7:54 AM, August 23, 2014)
              I always suggest Nikon D3200 + standard lens 18-55 mm for beginners in photography with DSLR technology, see more details about this impressive camera in this article http://goo.gl/T6hqhm (contain comparison between Nikon D3200 and D5XXX series).
               
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (3:07 AM, August 04, 2014)
              Pentax K-30 still rocks........
              Look it up here :)
               
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              Omar (11:42 PM, June 29, 2014)
              What is the different between entry level cameras and professional cameras
               
              Avatar for hallary hallary (4:49 AM, May 24, 2014)
              Amazon has the best digital cameras anywhere online. Need a discount code? Just google AZON DEAL BUDDY - They have a gold box on the site that will spit out a discount code of any app that you enter (just type in nikon d3200 or something). Really neat and I use it all the time and save big on digital cameras and other products using this tool.
               
              Vasu Agarwal (4:54 PM, May 08, 2014)
              I'd suggest you get the D5200. It gives you much more flexibility, better image quality and it is a wonderful camera
               
              nic (5:25 PM, April 30, 2014)
              there isent going to be much of a difference with a 8x10 pic with eather of these cameras compared to a
              $3200 d800 or a $6000 D 3 or any in the $5000 range . it when you start cropping and blowing up a postage sized image in a 8x10 . not to mention the upgrades you will have to make in your printer . computer etc to Handel the big mp files
               
              Avatar for KąŔẻẹm Sậlēh KąŔẻẹm Sậlēh (6:14 PM, February 12, 2014)
              it's always about the lens not the camera, this what makes the big difference, so yeah D3200 with 35mm f/1.8 lens is better than the D5200 with the lens kit.
               
              Jon (9:35 PM, February 11, 2014)
              I cannot deiced between these two, and the D3100. Some one please help.
               
              Avatar for SanPas SanPas (3:48 PM, November 14, 2013)
              Better late post than never -- go for the lens, and do consider FX compatible choices. A D600 type camera offering with a D700-class sensor is likely only a few years from reaching the $600-800 range.
               
              Avatar for VJ VJ (6:21 PM, October 19, 2013)
              Hi, i have been using point and shoot cameras. Now i am planning to buy first DSLR camera. i think of Nikon D5200. my query is i dont know which lens to go for its either 18-55 mm VR Lenses OR 18-55 mm AF-S DX VR-NIKKOR Lens. I believe only difference is AF-auto focus. which lense to go for? pls help
               
              sandeep (0:59 PM, October 10, 2013)
              hey can we take large poster size print out from nikon d5200...
              pixel to nahi fate ge paper pee
               
              Lawliet (2:49 AM, August 12, 2013)
              higher MP means more detailed, higher MP cams are usually for printing large photographs... the image quality is not based on MPs. you can take stunning pictures just using a 12mp cam. it's up to you to experiment on your cam :) really it's more of the photographer itself than the cam, but as you go along and as you improve in photography, you might also wanna upgrade your cam for more functions to use. anyways, if you are still new to photography, i suggest you should start in Entry Level DSLRs cuz the higher your cam is, the more its complexity. :) good luck.
               
              Avatar for Eslam Shiref Eslam Shiref (8:19 PM, July 26, 2013)
              Also how is D4 is the best camera while it have 16 mp ? image quality i still need to understand this thing please
               
              Avatar for Eslam Shiref Eslam Shiref (8:17 PM, July 26, 2013)
              guys i have question if D3200 24.2 mp and D5200 24.1 why D5200 higher image quality ?
               
              Avatar for Joe L'Indien Joe L'Indien (0:56 AM, July 14, 2013)
              Hi Brittany, hope it is not toooo late :-) I am not a professional photographer, I'm an amateur or rather a child with a toy :-) Since March 2013 I wanted to upgrade from a compact to a DSLR camera, and I bought the Nikon D3200. I'm not specialise in one type of photography, I picture everything and anything. At first I did not know what was the function of aperture, shutter speed etc...I'm just learning how to use a DSLR. Surely the D5200 is a higher level than the D3200, but you'll use all of these functions? I had the opportunity to show some of my photos to a professional photographer, he was very impressed! He told me "all DSLR are good cameras, but you need to know how to use them because it is the combination of the photographer and the camera that produce a good picture" :-) Hope this will help. Good luck!
               
              jose (3:42 PM, July 09, 2013)
              I'm looking for an entry level camera but I
              am really confused...which to buy either D3200 or D5200,

              Should I stretch up to D5200, (is it worth
              for money ????) or settle with cheaper
              D3200.( cross-type focus points –only 01)

              However I am not buying upgraded 2nd
              camera soon so is it better to spend $300 extra and buy better one d5200.

              thanks
               
              Avatar for Jàhîd Ïqbâł Månīć Jàhîd Ïqbâł Månīć (8:57 AM, July 01, 2013)
              I want to buy my 1st DSLR camera. But I am in trouble to decide which one to buy comparing D3200 or D5200. D5200 is currently pricing 549 euro with 50 euro cash back offer from nikon where D3200 is pricing 445 euro. Can anyone please recommend me a camera between these 2 considering the price and specification. It will be very helpful for me to choose. thanks
               
              Avatar for Bilal Asaad Bilal Asaad (5:47 PM, June 25, 2013)
              Hello,
              Is it right that D3200 doesn't display it's setting?? and you can't change it's setting such as the other types of Nikon DSLR cameras?
               
              Avatar for Rodolfo Farinas Rodolfo Farinas (1:42 AM, June 14, 2013)
              I hope is not to late for this, but I'm not a professional photographer and I can assure that many of the posters here telling you that the Nikons 3200 and 5200 are not for pros, they are not professional photographers either. Now the advise, a bought a d3200 from amazon and I was so impressed, you have to play with the camera, and have the manual handy while you play with it, I downloaded the PDF manual into my phone, and that way I don't have to carry the book with me. This camera takes crisp beautiful pictures, and it has a very good low light sensibility, meaning that you can take pictures without flash even in places (conditions) where there's not much illumination, and if you programmed the sittings right, you'll get very good pictures. How do you know which setting to apply? You have to play with the camera, and do a little reading from the camera's manual, and in a very short period of time, you'll know what you're doing, and how to get what you want. Now, I ended up returning the D3200, why? not because the quality or something wrong with it, simply because I take a lot or macro (very close) pictures at very small objects, and the D3200 lacks in the focus sometimes, it would give me a hard time trying to focus the picture. So I decided to buy the D5200 instead, which is almost the same camera as the d3200, but with the difference that it has more focusing points, and supposedly will allow you to focus on hard situations a little better. Also the screen is flip out. Not that it is a big plus for me, but it is a convenience when you need it. So I would recommend you either the 3200 or the 5200, both to me are better and more professional cameras, than the "super users and highly skilled photographers" posting pros and cons on many websites.
               
              Jon (5:37 AM, May 29, 2013)
              I'm looking for an entry level camera.



              Should I settle with D5200 with a basic 18-55 lens kit?

              or

              Should I go with a cheaper D3200 but equipped with a decent lens like 35mm 1.8?

              Thanks!
               
              Waqar Ahmed (8:04 AM, May 26, 2013)
              No dear they falls in Advance Beginners catagory
               
              Jimbo (4:26 AM, May 24, 2013)
              Hi Brittany
              Most of the "Beginner" DSLR cameras are way better than the majority of the film SLRs of old. They have good resolution and the ability to accept a variety of lenses. For what you are trying to do I would suggest the following: purchase a fairly sturdy tripod (a used one from a camera store possibly), a remote trigger for whatever camera you buy, either from the camera manufacturer or a genaric brand (you can get them on ebay). With these you can position and play with your toddler and snap the pictures remotely, no more chasing the kid around with a camera stuck on your eye as you run into a door jamb.
               
              Avatar for Brittany Nicole Boyer Brittany Nicole Boyer (6:11 PM, May 23, 2013)
              hello, I need some advice. I have been debating on what DSLR to purchase. I am a mother of a toddler (who is constantly on the move) as most parents know its hard to keep a child'd attention to take photos. I have been debating between these 2 cameras but I would like a second opinion. I know these are both entry level but I cannot afford anything more expensive. I was wondering if anyone has used these cameras or any other DSLR cameras in this price range and what your opinions were. I mainly take pictures of children and I just want to take great quality pictures without ending up with blurry faces. I want a camera that has great color quality without burning a hole in my wallet.. Please opinions will be greatly appreciated!!!!!
               
              Tintin (4:46 AM, April 14, 2013)
              If you are looking for a camera just to practice as a beginner or you just want to change into a DSLR from a point-and-shoot camera, then there are the entry level DSLRs like Nikon D3200. Nikon D5200 is not exactly just an entry level DSLR but its also not a professional DSLR. It comes somewhere in the mid range. It has few complex functions more than the D3200. You also mentioned you want to make money out of your photos. In that case you will have to look at a bit more professional cameras like Nikon D7000 or models above that. They have many more options to manipulate with focus points and lighting which will look good when you take print out or make posters of the photos. I only mentioned few Nikon cameras only. But the DSLR world is much elaborate than you can imagine. So be careful what you choose.