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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

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Pentax K200D

45

Pentax K200D

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
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
125 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 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
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
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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
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
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
Weight
Lighter
555 g vs 690 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
Size
Smaller
134x95x74 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              500 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D5200:95%
              K200D:96%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5200:6,400 ISO
              K200D:1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5200:5 fps
              K200D:2.8 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D5200:500 shots
              K200D:80 shots
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D5200:0.51x
              K200D:0.55x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm 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

              $350 - $400 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Light sensitivity Much 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

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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

              Pentax K200D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 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 K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $442 with 18-55mm lens

              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

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $930 body only

              $812 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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