Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Nikon D5100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Winner
Nikon D5100

67

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 450 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.7"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$368.00 vs $629.93
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The best price we've seen is $262 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
560 g vs 583 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D5100920k dots
              DSC-HX200V921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5100Pentamirror
              DSC-HX200VTunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5100560 g
              DSC-HX200V583 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D51003.1"
              DSC-HX200V3.7"
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D510011
              DSC-HX200V9
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              D5100127×97×79 mm
              DSC-HX200V122×87×93 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $971 with 55-300mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $393 - $498

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $509

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

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