Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330

Nikon D5200 front
Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 front

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 Key Specs

Nikon D5200
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Push to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 555g - 129 x 98 x 78mm
  • Announced May 2013
  • Previous Model is Nikon D5100
  • New Model is Nikon D5300
Sony A330
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 529g - 128 x 97 x 71mm
  • Released May 2009
  • Older Model is Sony A300
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Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Nikon D5200 and Sony A330, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by companies Nikon and Sony. There exists a noticeable gap among the image resolutions of the D5200 (24MP) and A330 (10MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The D5200 was unveiled 4 years later than the A330 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the D5200 grades versus the A330 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D5200 over the Sony A330

 D5200 A330 
ReleasedMay 2013May 2009Fresher by 49 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony A330 over the Nikon D5200

 A330 D5200 

Common features in the Nikon D5200 and Sony A330

 D5200 A330 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera, you'll need to think about its weight and measurements. The Nikon D5200 features external 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 A330 has proportions of 128mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8") having a weight of 529 grams (1.17 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select at that moment. Below is the front view size comparison of the D5200 and the A330.

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D5200 and A330 is 66 and 67 respectively.

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to imagine the difference in sensor sizing simply by looking through specs. The photograph below may provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the D5200 and A330.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different megapixels. You can expect to see the Nikon D5200 to result in greater detail having an extra 14 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images far more aggressively. The more modern D5200 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 sensor size comparison

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D5200 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A330 as a Portrait photography camera
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect focus
supports RAW formats
manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
MP count low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon D5200
Street photography with Sony A330
screen can move to multiple angles
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon D5200
Sports photography with Sony A330
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking focus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low battery pack (500 per charge)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has phase detect autofocus
max fps low (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
bad battery pack (230 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D5200 Travel photography factors
Sony A330 Travel photography factors
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
low battery pack (500 per charge)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (230 shots)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D5200 Landscape photography factors
Sony A330 Landscape photography factors
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
low battery pack (500 per charge)
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.7 inch)
MP count low (10MP)
bad battery pack (230 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon D5200
Vlogging with Sony A330
selfie friendly screen
features face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes mic port
lack of image stabilization
can't shoot video
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Nikon D5200 vs Sony A330 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D5200 and Sony A330
 Nikon D5200Sony Alpha DSLR-A330
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model Nikon D5200 Sony Alpha DSLR-A330
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2013-05-16 2009-05-18
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 3 Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 3872 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 39 9
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens mount Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Available lenses 309 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 2.7"
Resolution of display 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.52x 0.49x
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 10.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/200 secs 1/160 secs
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) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Optional None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 555 gr (1.22 lb) 529 gr (1.17 lb)
Dimensions 129 x 98 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1") 128 x 97 x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 84 64
DXO Color Depth score 24.2 22.4
DXO Dynamic range score 13.9 11.5
DXO Low light score 1284 535
Battery life 500 pictures 230 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL14 NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $595 $545