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

Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Nikon D5200

73

Nikon D5200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
84.0 vs 80.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$496.95 vs $4,337.04
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The best price we've seen is $3,840 cheaper (8.7x less)
Weight
Much lighter
555 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 50% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO vs 1,284 ISO
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The D700 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.51x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
197 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
1000 shots vs 500 shots
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2x 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
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              D5200:39
              D700:51
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5 fps
              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

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many fewer focus points

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