Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon Coolpix 5200

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon Coolpix 5200

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Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 5200

Size
Really small
Compact 88x60x37 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
180 g

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200. Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix 5200.

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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 1.5"
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2x larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 110k dots
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Around 8.5x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture around 5x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon 5200

Size
Significantly smaller
88x60x37 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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4.7x smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
180 g vs 505 g
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2.8x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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2.1x thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3200Pentamirror
              5200Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $222 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $580 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger

              Nikon Coolpix 5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Larger screen
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
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              Compact

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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