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

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

80

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Pentax K200D

45

Pentax K200D

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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 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
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
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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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 Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        500 ms startup delay
        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

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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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $657 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $400 body only

        $485 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $715 body only

        $950 with 18-105mm 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

        $390 - $449 body only

        $450 - $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

        $270 - $387 body only

        $401 - $569 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
        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 body only

        $500 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

        Nikon D5200 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 - $1,098 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

        $549 - $575 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
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $625 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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        Disadvantages

        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 K20D

        Pentax K20D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $530 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Pentax K-5

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,527 body only

        $825 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Weight Heavier
        Pentax K-r

        Pentax K-r

        Entry-level DSLR

        $550 body only

        $811 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Pentax K-x

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

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