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
 

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
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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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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        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

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        Shared Competitors

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        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 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 T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 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
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 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 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 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

        $547 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
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 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 Coolpix 5200 Competitors

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        Nikon Coolpix 3200

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        Compact

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

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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