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

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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
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
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
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $496.95 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $302 cheaper (around 40% 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 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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Size Large Help
              D5200:129x98x78 mm
              E-3:142x116x75 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5200:6,400 ISO
              E-3:3,200 ISO
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $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

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $929 - $997 with 18-105mm 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 - $999 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

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $669 - $700 body only

              $845 - $970 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 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

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 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

              $1,787 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,290 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              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 OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Live view No live view
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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