Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Olympus E-3

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

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Olympus E-3

40

Olympus E-3

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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 Olympus E-3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
135 ms shutter lag
 
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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 571 ISO
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The D5200 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the E-3
Overall image quality Much better image quality 84.0 vs 56.0
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50% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 10.5 EV
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3.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.5mm
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Around 60% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
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
Size Much smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 142x116x75 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 500 ms vs 1200 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Weight Much lighter 555 g vs 890 g
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Around 40% 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 Olympus E-3

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 135 ms vs 302 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.55x vs 0.51x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life Longer battery life 610 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness 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
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D5200:6,400 ISO
        E-3:3,200 ISO
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D5200:Contrast detection
        E-3:None
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        5 fps
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D5200:0.51x
        E-3:0.55x

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $701 - $840 body only

        $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

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

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $830 - $966 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D5200 Competitors

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        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        GPS Has a GPS
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Lowest price More expensive
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $200 - $749 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 D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $670 body only

        $485 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        True resolution Much lower true resolution

        Olympus E-3 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus E-5

        Olympus E-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,775 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
        Size Slightly larger
        Olympus E-30

        Olympus E-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Olympus E-620

        Olympus E-620

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Much smaller
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Olympus E-520

        Olympus E-520

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Much smaller
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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