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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

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Nikon D40X

31

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"
Weight
Light-weight
522 g
 
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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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
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 24.2 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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
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
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
        Lens focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D5200:6,400 ISO
        D40X:1,600 ISO
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D5200:Contrast detection
        D40X:None
        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

        $720 - $797 body only

        $810 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $585 - $647 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 D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $449 - $520 body only

        $545 - $696 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 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $759 - $1,050 body only

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

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,147 body only

        $1,447 - $1,470 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

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        Disadvantages

        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
        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

        $390 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 D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $249 body only

        $343 - $408 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        $840 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
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $970 body only

        $1,465 with 18-135mm lens

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

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