• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1440.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D5200 advantages over Nikon P610

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    78 mm vs 106 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon P610 advantages over Nikon D5200

  • Less expensive
    $399* vs $500
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Newer
    5 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $534
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon P610
Sony A65
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D3200

Nikon D5200
Nikon D3200
  • $534
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Nikon P610
Nikon D3200
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $534
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon P610
Sony A58
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX60

Nikon D5200
Canon SX60
  • $534
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon P610
Canon SX60
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • RAW file ability

Compared to Nikon B700

Nikon D5200
Nikon B700
  • $534
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon P610
Nikon B700
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • RAW file ability
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