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    any Nikon camera owners out there

    thinking of retireing my kodak z650.

    costCo is running a 2 lens package deal

    They have a D5200 bundled with a 18-55 & a 55-300

    also a D3200 bundled with a 18-55 & a 55-200

    both are listed at 24.x MP; and the price diff. is about 170.00

    question is : is the D5200 worth 170.00 more than the D3200 & Why

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    I have a D80 so I'm a little behind the time as far as advances in digital cameras are concerned. The internet is a great place to research these kinds of things. Just google Nikon D5200 vs D3200 and I'm sure you'll find your answers. The two lenses sound great for a package, of course that depends on what type of photography you're into. Good luck.
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    You can go to the Nikon forum @ Fred Miranda or try Nikonians.com for dedicated Nikon chat.

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    Found a couple of online reviews, The 5200 stores higher resolution RAW files 14 bit vs, 12 bit for the 3200.
    The 5200 has better sound & auto focus. Plus the 55-300 lens packaged with the 5200, retails for 150.00 more than the 55-200
    that comes with the 3200. so it seems that the D5200 package is a better deal.

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    I knew you'd figure it out. What kind of photography are you into?
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    I just got a D3100 for xmas this year. It's my 1st DSLR and I still have a lot to learn. I think David(The Boardsmith) had a D5000 for sale that was a great deal. Maybe try contacting him.
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    I have a D5100. Here in the UK, it is about 30% cheaper than the D5200, which isn't worth the extra cash, IMO.

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    I've been shooting Nikons for 20+ years, sometimes paid, mostly not.

    The D3200 and D5200 are built on the same basic platform, so they're more alike than different. Both are the smallest body style, which is great if you want something compact and light (when you move up to the bigger bodies, you get a better viewfinder and more intuitive mechanical controls). The key advantages of the D5200 over the D3200 are a bit faster frame rate, slightly better sensor, better AF system, and the articulating flip-out screen. The tele zoom in the D5200 is a bit better, too.

    If the price difference isn't too hard to take, I'd choose the D5200. To save a bit more, I'd be inclined toward a D5100, rather than the D3200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Burls View Post
    I knew you'd figure it out. What kind of photography are you into?
    Nothing special, no commercial use or special effects. just spur of the moment tourist stuff. It seemed that the price
    point of the D5200 package was a good , since I could upgrade to 24 MP from the 6.1 MP of the Z650 & get a 55-300 lens
    as well.

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    I think you'll find either one to be a major upgrade from your older point and shoot. The pixel count is really the least of it.

    Especially if you want to try shooting RAW rather than JPEG, you might consider picking up Adobe Lightroom. It's a complete photo management system, with excellent image processing, too.

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