Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Pentax K200D

Nikon D5200 vs Pentax K200D

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

Pentax K200D

45

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 Pentax K200D

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
125 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

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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 561 ISO
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The D5200 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the K200D
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
84.0 vs 64.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.4 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Battery life
Much longer battery life
500 shots vs 80 shots
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Around 6.5x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5 fps vs 2.8 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 690 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Pentax K200D

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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
125 ms vs 302 ms
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2.4x 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
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
134x95x74 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D52006,400 ISO
              K200D1,600 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D5200500 shots
              K200D80 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $615 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $709 body only

              $1,020 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $308 - $312 body only

              $379 - $446 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

              Pentax K200D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 body only

              Live view Has live view
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $504 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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