• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D5200 advantages over Canon 70D

  • Less expensive
    $550 vs $1049
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More pixels
    24.1 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    39 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lighter weight
    827g vs 1233g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 65 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 70D advantages over Nikon D5200

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer battery life
    920 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.30 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Newer
    20 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    14 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.5x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

  • Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers full-time continuous autofocus (with phase detect at every pixel in framing area) for video and Live View still shooting; Full HD (1080p) video recording with pro-level features and quality; Improved resolution and good high ISO performance; Excellent Wi-Fi remote shooting with full exposure controls; 3-inch articulating LCD touchscreen.

  • Image quality only improved slightly over 60D; Dynamic range still lags behind competing models; May not feature enough upgrades to convince people to step up from 60D.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D5200
Nikon D7100
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $940
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Headphone jack

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 70D
Sony A65
  • $940
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $443
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon 70D
Sony A58
  • $940
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $443
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5200
Pentax K-3
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $940
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Canon 70D
Nikon D5300
  • $940
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer battery life
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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