Okay here we go
So to start I have been using Cannon for a number of years and love it... That said I am now moving to Nikon but still love both brands so I am neutral when choosing which camera. From what I know and from some of my own experience I will give you my best unbiased recommendation
There are two sites that I like to use when comparing cameras and they are snapsort and dpreview. NOTE: You will have to go to the included links and look at the specs yourself as it will show you better than I can
My summed version:
The site gave the D5200 a 85 and gave the 650D a 63. So they have chose the D5200 as the better camera.
When comparing cameras I personally look for the following (on this site):
Image Quality - Will you really be able to tell the difference? who knows kind of a fun fact though
Color Depth - I dont think I can tell the difference just another fun fact
Focus Points - IMO Very important as it will focus more accurate allowing you to capture every moment
Sensor Size - Less important for your needs but still
Megapixels - A little over hyped but still useful
Size - Important as you probably want a camera that is still portable if your coming off a compact point and shoot
Battery Life - Self explanatory
Things like touch screen, higher ISO, less noise at higher ISO, lenses available are all irreverent to me as I wouldnt use or need any of those features.
My summed version:
This site gives you more details and facts in a drier format than the one above but I like using this one to find the differences between the cameras:
Looking through it here I see the following important ones (to me at least):
Effective pixels - megapixles
Processor - eh not that big of a deal i dont think not at this level
Focus Points - amount
Lens Mount - different company soooo yeaaa lol
Viewfinder Coverage - Same
Continuous Drive - Kinda like burst mode
Again this site rates the D5200 with a 79% while the 650D is at a 77%
Camera Size:Comparison Link
This site is just fun to play around with and you get to see the size comparison between the two cameras and the button layouts and what not. Just play around with it here if you dont actually have the camera infront of you.
I have used both of these cameras a little bit and have the following to say about feel:
D5200 - The grip on the camera is a little cramped and doesnt fit my hand too well. That said I do have larger than normal hands but that would be my complaint with the camera. Also the focusing seemed to be faster and more snappy with this one over the 650D
650D - Grip here is find a little more rounded and not as deep if I recall correctly
Both - Finish on both are good no real problems I dont think either are rainsealed so dont go shooting in the rain lol
I recommend the D5200. Looking at raw technical specs I would think it is a stronger camera than the 650D. From personal experience I would grab the D5200 before I grab the 650D even if it is a little less comfortable.
A kit lens will work fine but if you have some questions on that ask and I will answer best I can
In the end though it is your call and I am sure she will be happy with either camera you get Edited by golfergolfer - 7/19/13 at 11:13pm