Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300

Nikon D5200 front
Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 front

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 Key Specs

Nikon D5200
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Increase to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 555g - 129 x 98 x 78mm
  • Launched May 2013
  • Replaced the Nikon D5100
  • New Model is Nikon D5300
Sony A300
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 632g - 131 x 99 x 75mm
  • Released January 2008
  • Replacement is Sony A330
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Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 Overview

Here is a in depth comparison of the Nikon D5200 versus Sony A300, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sony. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the D5200 (24MP) and A300 (10MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The D5200 was brought out 5 years later than the A300 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before diving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a short view of how the D5200 matches up against the A300 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D5200 over the Sony A300

 D5200 A300 
ReleasedMay 2013January 2008Fresher by 65 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Sony A300 over the Nikon D5200

 A300 D5200 

Common features in the Nikon D5200 and Sony A300

 D5200 A300 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera, you need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon D5200 features physical dimensions of 129mm x 98mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1") having a weight of 555 grams (1.22 lbs) while the Sony A300 has proportions of 131mm x 99mm x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") along with a weight of 632 grams (1.39 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the D5200 compared to the A300.

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D5200 and A300 is 66 and 64 respectively.

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to envision the difference between sensor sizing just by reading technical specs. The visual here will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D5200 and A300.

As you have seen, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Nikon D5200 to offer you more detail having its extra 14 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images more aggressively. The newer D5200 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 sensor size comparison

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D5200 Portrait photography information
Sony A300 Portrait photography information
has manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D5200 as a Street photography camera
Sony A300 as a Street photography camera
screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon D5200
Sports photography with Sony A300
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
max frames per second low (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
not so great battery (500 CIPA)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D5200
Travel photography with Sony A300
good MP (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
not so great battery (500 per charge)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
MP count low (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D5200 Landscape photography advice
Sony A300 Landscape photography advice
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
not so great battery (500 shots)
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D5200 Vlogging factors
Sony A300 Vlogging factors
selfie friendly screen
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external mic jack
no image stabilization
can't record video
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Nikon D5200 vs Sony A300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D5200 and Sony A300
 Nikon D5200Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon D5200 Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2013-05-16 2008-01-30
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 3 -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 -
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 3872 x 2592
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Max enhanced ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 39 9
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens support Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 309 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Range of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 921 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.52x 0.49x
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/200s -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Optional None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 555 grams (1.22 pounds) 632 grams (1.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions 129 x 98 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1") 131 x 99 x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 84 64
DXO Color Depth rating 24.2 22.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.9 11.4
DXO Low light rating 1284 538
Battery life 500 pictures -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL14 -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $595 $0