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Reasons to buy the Nikon D200

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
64.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Size
Smaller
132x103x77 mm vs 147x113x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
250 ms vs 270 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
668 g vs 920 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$545.00 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $204 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              3,200 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D200:11.5 EV
              D80:11.2 EV
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D200:5 fps
              D80:3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              D80:61.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D200:22.3 bits
              D80:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D200:583 ISO
              D80:524 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $790 body only

              $900 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D80.

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