Updated (October 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D40X

Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D40X

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

Nikon D40X

32

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,284 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
84.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40X

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 516 ISO
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The D5200 has excellent image quality: 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the D40X
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
84.0 vs 63.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.4 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$413.00 vs $850.99
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The best price we've seen is $438 cheaper (2.1x less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5200's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D40X

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Size
Significantly smaller
124×94×64 mm vs 129×98×78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
243 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Weight
Slightly lighter
522 g vs 555 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D52006,400 ISO
              D40X1,600 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D52000.51x
              D40X0.53x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 - $747 body only

              $709 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $745 - $897 body only

              $989 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

              Nikon D40X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $459 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,429 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $624 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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