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

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

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Nikon D5100

67

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
Great color depth
Color depth
25.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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
Much cheaper
$359.90 vs $3,106.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,747 cheaper (8.6x 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
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              4 fps
              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

              $309 - $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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

              $439 - $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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,345 - $1,373 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
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

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

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