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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

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Olympus E-3

40

Olympus E-3

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 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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1200 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
Size
Much smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 142x116x75 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$496.95 vs $659.00
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The best price we've seen is $162 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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 size
Larger viewfinder
0.55x vs 0.51x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5200:6,400 ISO
              E-3:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D5200:0.51x
              E-3:0.55x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

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

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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
              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
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Olympus E-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-5

              Olympus E-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,667 body only

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

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 body only

              $1,500 with 12-60mm lens

              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

              $454 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $4,599 body only

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Size Much larger
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $4,000 with 24-105mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Live view No live view
              Lowest price Much more expensive

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