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

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
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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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
              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
              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
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              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D200:270 ms
              D5000:276 ms
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D200:340 shots
              D5000:510 shots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D200:5 fps
              D5000:4 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              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 - $657 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
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $950 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 - $469 body only

              $485 - $669 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

              $625 body only

              $900 with 18-105mm 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

              $2,200 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $629 - $847 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

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              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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