Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Nikon D200 vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D5000

Winner
Nikon D5000

53

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Nikon D200

47

Nikon D200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D200

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
200 ms startup delay
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D200

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
72.0 vs 64.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
868 ISO vs 583 ISO
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The D5000 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
590 g vs 920 g
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Around 40% lighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
510 shots vs 340 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
127x104x80 mm vs 147x113x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5000's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D200:200 ms
              D5000:400 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D200:10 MP
              D5000:12.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D200:2.5"
              D5000:2.7"
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D200:3,200 ISO
              D5000:6,400 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D200:None
              D5000:720p @ 24fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D200:1,600 ISO
              D5000:3,200 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D200:270 ms
              D5000:276 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D200:5 fps
              D5000:4 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D200:340 shots
              D5000:510 shots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D200:64.0
              D5000:72.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D200:583 ISO
              D5000:868 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 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 D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Nikon D200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D200.

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5000.

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