Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix 5200 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

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Nikon Coolpix 5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 5200

Size
Really small
Compact 88x60x37 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
180 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon 5200

Size Significantly smaller 88x60x37 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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4.5x smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 180 g vs 505 g
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2.8x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 2.9"
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Around 50% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $150.00 vs $272.49
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 1.5"
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2x larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm
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Around 9.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 230k dots vs 110k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a through-the-lens viewfinder Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The D3100's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5200:Tunnel
              D3100:Pentamirror
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              5200:110k dots
              D3100:230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5200:2.5 fps
              D3100:3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $792 body only

              $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix 5200 Competitors

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              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Larger screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3100.

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