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

Nikon D5000

Winner
Nikon D5000

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Nikon D200

46

Nikon D200

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D200

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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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
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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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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
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
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 Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        D200:200 ms
        D5000:400 ms
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D200:1,600 ISO
        D5000:3,200 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D200:None
        D5000:720p @ 24fps
        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

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $277 body only

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen size Has a much 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

        $378 body only

        $556 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

        $1,699 with 18-200mm 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

        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $589 with 18-135mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D200 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

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

        Nikon D5000 Competitors

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

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