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

Nikon D5200 vs Olympus E-3

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Nikon D5200

80

Olympus E-3

40

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
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
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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3.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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" 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
129×98×78 mm vs 142×116×75 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
555 g vs 890 g
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Around 40% lighter
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$413.00 vs $890.00
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The best price we've seen is $477 cheaper (2.2x 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 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Olympus E-3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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
              D52006,400 ISO
              E-33,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 body only

              $1,014 with 55-300mm 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 significantly more expensive

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 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

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Olympus E-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-5

              Olympus E-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,680 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-30

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 with 14-42mm 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

              $749 body only

              $759 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $800 - $999 body only

              $1,385 - $1,799 with 12-40mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Placeholder

              Olympus E-1

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weight Significantly lighter
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

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