• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D5200 advantages over Nikon D3300

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon D3300 advantages over Nikon D5200

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer battery life
    More info 700 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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.

  • Excellent image quality with lots of fine detail; Very good high ISO performance; Good dynamic range; Good print quality; Deep buffers with JPEGs; 1080/60p video; Uncompressed HDMI output.

  • AF struggles in low-light; Contrast-detect AF in live view is slow; Buffer depth is shallow with RAW files; No AE bracketing; No built-in Wi-Fi.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D3300
Sony A65
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D3300
Sony A58
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D5200
Canon T5i
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $642
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon D3300
Canon T5i
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $642
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
Nikon D3300
Nikon D5300
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Nikon D5200
Pentax K-S1
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $378
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D3300
Pentax K-S1
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $378
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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