Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

101

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Nikon D5100

69

Nikon D5100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x96x78 mm
Weight
Light-weight
560 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Significantly smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
560 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$349.00 vs $2,372.93
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The best price we've seen is $2,024 cheaper (6.8x less)
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the D5100
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
95.0 vs 80.0
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Around 20% better image quality
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.51x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 13 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
209 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 40% 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5100:3.1"
              D800:3.2"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              4 fps
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 - $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,497 body only

              $1,897 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $899 - $1,099 body only

              $1,058 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $343 body only

              $385 - $403 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $4,297 - $4,597 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 body only

              $3,849 with 24-70mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,849 body only

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,310 - $1,345 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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