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Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200

Portability
71
Imaging
45
Features
33
Overall
40
Nikon D40 front
 
Nikon D5200 front
Portability
66
Imaging
65
Features
77
Overall
69

Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 Key Specs

Nikon D40
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 522g - 124 x 94 x 64mm
  • Launched December 2006
  • Replacement is Nikon D3000
Nikon D5200
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Raise to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 555g - 129 x 98 x 78mm
  • Revealed May 2013
  • Old Model is Nikon D5100
  • Later Model is Nikon D5300
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Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Nikon D40 versus Nikon D5200, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras and both are produced by Nikon. There is a large difference among the resolutions of the D40 (6MP) and D5200 (24MP) but both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The D40 was revealed 7 years earlier than the D5200 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before we go into a in-depth comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the D40 grades vs the D5200 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D40 over the Nikon D5200

 D40 D5200 

Reasons to pick Nikon D5200 over the Nikon D40

 D5200 D40 
RevealedMay 2013December 2006More modern by 77 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon D40 and Nikon D5200

 D40 D5200 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon D40 offers physical dimensions of 124mm x 94mm x 64mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.5") along with a weight of 522 grams (1.15 lbs) whilst the Nikon D5200 has proportions of 129mm x 98mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1") along with a weight of 555 grams (1.22 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the D40 compared to the D5200.

Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the D40 and D5200 is 71 and 66 respectively.

Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to visualize the difference in sensor sizes purely by viewing a spec sheet. The pic underneath may offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D40 and D5200.

As you can see, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Nikon D5200 to render extra detail because of its extra 18MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The more aged D40 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 sensor size comparison

Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D40 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon D5200 as a Portrait photography camera
53
you can focus manually
above average flash sync speed (1/500 seconds)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
does not have liveview
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
79
focusing manually
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detection focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D40 Street photography info
Nikon D5200 Street photography info
58
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
69
fully articulated screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D40 Sports photography information
Nikon D5200 Sports photography information
39
nice sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (6MP)
61
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low battery power (500 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D40 Travel photography features
Nikon D5200 Travel photography features
47
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse function
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
69
MP count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
low battery power (500 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D40 Landscape photography info
Nikon D5200 Landscape photography info
47
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (6MP)
missing Time Lapse function
70
focusing manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low battery power (500 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D40 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D5200 as a Vlogging camera
9
no video recording
71
selfie friendly screen
has face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic jack
does not have image stabilization
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Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D40 and Nikon D5200
 Nikon D40Nikon D5200
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D40 Nikon D5200
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2006-12-21 2013-05-16
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.5mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 367.4mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 6 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Maximum resolution 3008 x 2000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 39
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F Nikon F
Number of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 2.5" 3"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x 0.52x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 17.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/500s 1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 522 grams (1.15 lb) 555 grams (1.22 lb)
Physical dimensions 124 x 94 x 64mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.5") 129 x 98 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 84
DXO Color Depth score 21.0 24.2
DXO Dynamic range score 11.0 13.9
DXO Low light score 561 1284
Other
Battery life - 500 photographs
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL9 EN-EL14
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $500 $595