Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

79

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Nikon D90

68

Nikon D90

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 D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 84.0 vs 73.0
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Around 20% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
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 12.5 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Size Smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $546.95 vs $848.08
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The best price we've seen is $301 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight Significantly lighter 555 g vs 703 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.51x
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More than 50% larger viewfinder
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 850 shots vs 500 shots
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70% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 208 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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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
              D90:300 ms
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D5200:95%
              D90:96%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5200:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D5200:Contrast detection
              D90:None
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5200:5 fps
              D90:4.5 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              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 slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

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