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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

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Nikon D40X

32

Nikon D40X

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40X

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.6mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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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 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.4 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $496.95 vs $840.00
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The best price we've seen is $343 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D40X

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Size Much smaller 124x94x64 mm vs 129x98x78 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 Slightly 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
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 520 shots vs 500 shots
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Almost the same
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 Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5200:500 ms
              D40X:400 ms
              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
              D5200:6,400 ISO
              D40X:1,600 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D5200:0.51x
              D40X:0.53x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5200:5 fps
              D40X:3 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $950 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 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 D40X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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 D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $379 body only

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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