Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K-x

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

79

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Pentax K-x

63

Pentax K-x

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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 Pentax K-x

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
97 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 811 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 84.0 vs 72.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 420 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Cheaper $546.95 vs $734.81
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The best price we've seen is $188 cheaper (around 30% less)
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Weight Slightly lighter 555 g vs 580 g
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Almost the same
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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 97 ms vs 302 ms
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3.1x less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Much smaller 123x92x68 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.56x vs 0.51x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Thickness Much thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D5200:95%
              K-x:96%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D5200:500 shots
              K-x:420 shots
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D5200:Contrast detection
              K-x:None
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5200:5 fps
              K-x:4.7 fps

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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 significantly larger screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

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

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Live view No live view

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