Nikon D90 vs 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 (88×60×37 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
180 g

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Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix 5200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon 5200

Size
Significantly smaller
88×60×37 mm vs 132×103×77 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
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" 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
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
              5200Tunnel
              D90Pentaprism
              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
              5200480p @ 30fps
              D90720p @ 24fps

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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 D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix 5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $140

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

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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