Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Nikon Coolpix 5200 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90

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Nikon Coolpix 5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 5200

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

differences

Advantages of the Nikon 5200

Size
Much smaller
88x60x37 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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5.4x smaller
Weight
Much lighter
180 g vs 703 g
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3.9x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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2.1x thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$150.00 vs $669.95
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The best price we've seen is $520 cheaper (4.5x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 1.5"
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2x larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
930k dots vs 110k dots
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Around 8.5x higher resolution screen
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
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm
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Around 10x larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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80% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentaprism 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 D90's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5200:Tunnel
              D90:Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              5200:480p @ 30fps
              D90:720p @ 24fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix 5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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