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Nikon D600 vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D600

98

Nikon D5200

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
94.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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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
Smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 850 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$546.95 vs $1,357.48
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The best price we've seen is $811 cheaper (2.5x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 1,284 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D5200
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.51x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Better image quality
94.0 vs 84.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 24.2 bits
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 500 shots
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80% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
260 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.5 fps vs 5 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D520013.9 EV
              D60014.2 EV
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5200302 ms
              D600260 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $596 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 - $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              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
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $619 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,374 - $1,497 body only

              $2,297 with 28-300mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $870 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,930 body only

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Focus points More focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              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
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,423 - $2,619 body only

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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              Avatar for Kevin Lozar Kevin Lozar (1:36 PM, June 09, 2013)
              hi

              Please watch my nikon d5200 video test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjzIJ1Hxgxs