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Reasons to buy the Nikon D200

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 64.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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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Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 250 ms vs 270 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 147x113x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 668 g vs 920 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $589.00 vs $1,301.33
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The best price we've seen is $712 cheaper (2.2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D200:200 ms
              D80:500 ms
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              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
              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

              $850 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 body only

              $449 - $477 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

              $275 body only

              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 D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D80 Competitors

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

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