Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D300

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

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Nikon D300

65

Nikon D300

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 84.0 vs 67.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weight Significantly lighter 555 g vs 925 g
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40% lighter
Size Smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 500 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        D5200:500 ms
        D300:300 ms
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        D5200:39
        D300:51
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D5200:6,400 ISO
        D300:3,200 ISO
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        D5200:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
        D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon D5200 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

        Nikon D300 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D300S

        Nikon D300S

        Pro DSLR

        $1,695 - $1,908 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Color depth Better color depth
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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