Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Olympus E-5

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

80

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Olympus E-5

45

Olympus E-5

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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-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
870 shots
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 519 ISO
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The D5200 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the E-5
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 18.0x13.5mm
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More than 50% 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
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Size Much smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 143x117x75 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price Much cheaper $579.00 vs $1,979.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,400 cheaper (3.4x less)
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 892 g
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Around 40% lighter
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 870 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.58x vs 0.51x
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Around 30% 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
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 11 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 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
              Cross type focus points Has significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $590 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

              $700 - $740 body only

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

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

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

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 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 significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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 - $1,148 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 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 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-5 Competitors

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              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,099 - $1,399 body only

              $1,770 - $2,200 with 12-40mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Much smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $999 - $1,019 with 12-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Olympus E-30

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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