Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D60

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

79

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Nikon D60

32

Nikon D60

Runner-up
     
 

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 D60

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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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 562 ISO
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The D5200 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D60
Overall image quality Much better image quality 84.0 vs 65.0
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Around 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
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 D60

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Size Much smaller 126x94x64 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 260 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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
        500 ms startup delay
        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
        D60:1,600 ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D5200:0.51x
        D60:0.52x
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        D5200:302 ms
        D60:260 ms
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        500 shots
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D5200:Contrast detection
        D60:None
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D5200:5 fps
        D60:3 fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 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 D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 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 body only

        $389 - $506 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 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 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 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

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

        Nikon D5200 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 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 D60 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $548 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Focus points More focus points
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $569 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Size Much larger

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