Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D200

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

67

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Nikon D200

46

Nikon D200

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D200

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
200 ms startup delay
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 64.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 583 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the D200
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life Longer battery life 660 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 147x113x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 560 g vs 920 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Lowest price Cheaper $378.00 vs $1,301.33
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The best price we've seen is $923 cheaper (3.4x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D200

Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5100:500 ms
              D200:200 ms
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              D200:10 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              D200:1,600 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5100:273 ms
              D200:270 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              D200:5 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              D200:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D200 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D200.

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