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

Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D200

Winner
Nikon D5000

53

Nikon D200

46

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

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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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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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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
72.0 vs 64.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
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 cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
510 shots vs 340 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Significantly lighter
590 g vs 920 g
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Around 40% lighter
Size
Smaller
127×104×80 mm vs 147×113×74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$781.73 vs $1,492.01
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The best price we've seen is $710 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D200200 ms
              D5000400 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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D2002.5"
              D50002.7"
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D2003,200 ISO
              D50006,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D20010 MP
              D500012.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D2001,600 ISO
              D50003,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D200None
              D5000720p @ 24fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D200270 ms
              D5000276 ms
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D200340 shots
              D5000510 shots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D2005 fps
              D50004 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D20064.0
              D500072.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D200583 ISO
              D5000868 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $669 body only

              $962 with 55-300mm 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $718 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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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

              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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