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Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

Nikon D90

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,284 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
84.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
850 shots

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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 703 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$496.95 vs $724.25
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The best price we've seen is $227 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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
Much 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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D52003.1"
              D903"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D520095%
              D9096%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D52006,400 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $579 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              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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