Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 71.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.4 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 812 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Focus points More focus points 39 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lowest price Cheaper $546.95 vs $797.99
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The best price we've seen is $251 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH3

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Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens 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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-GH3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 540 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D5200:24 MP
              DMC-GH3:16.2 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D5200:500 shots
              DMC-GH3:540 shots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D5200:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              DMC-GH3:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5200:Pentamirror
              DMC-GH3:Digital
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5200:555 g
              DMC-GH3:550 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5200:3.1"
              DMC-GH3:3.2"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Size Large Help
              D5200:129x98x78 mm
              DMC-GH3:132x93x82 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

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

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,200 body only

              $2,398 - $2,400 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,499 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 with 14-42mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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