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

Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Nikon D5200

72

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
 

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
 
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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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x 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
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
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 Significantly 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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $679 - $847 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

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 - $1,197 body only

        $1,394 - $1,430 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 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 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

        $547 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Overall image quality Much worse image quality
        Color depth Worse color depth

        Nikon D700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,997 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,359 - $1,360 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,180 - $2,199 body only

        $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Focus points Many fewer focus points
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

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