Updated (October 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Samsung NX300

Nikon D5200 vs Samsung NX300

Winner
Nikon D5200

97

Samsung NX300

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
84.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX300

Screen size
Large screen
3.3"
Size
Really small
Mid size (122×64×41 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 36 lenses
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More than 5.5x more lenses available
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality
Better image quality
84.0 vs 76.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 1200 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 768k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.7 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 942 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.6 bits
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Samsung NX300

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
122×64×41 mm vs 129×98×78 mm
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3.1x smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.3" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
116 ms vs 302 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Focus points
More focus points
105 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NX300's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
280 g vs 555 g
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Around 50% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 5 fps
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80% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D520024 MP
              NX30020 MP
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D520024.2 bits
              NX30023.6 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 - $648 body only

              $698 - $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Larger screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Samsung NX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $292 body only

              $360 - $399 with 20-50mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $400 - $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX300M

              Samsung NX300M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $550 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX500

              Samsung NX500

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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