Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Nikon D5200

71

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 146x123x82 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Weight Significantly lighter 555 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $646.95 vs $2,796.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,150 cheaper (4.3x 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 1,284 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D5200
Overall image quality Better image quality 95.0 vs 84.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.51x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 209 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 24.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 500 shots
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80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 13.9 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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 Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5200:13.9 EV
              D800:14.4 EV
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D5200:84.0
              D800:95.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D5200:24.2 bits
              D800:25.3 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D5200:24.1 MP
              D800:36.2 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              D5200:39
              D800:51
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5200:5 fps
              D800:4 fps
              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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $783 - $797 body only

              $881 - $897 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 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 D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm 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 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm 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 DF

              Nikon DF

              Pro DSLR

              $2,747 body only

              $2,935 - $2,997 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a GPS
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

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