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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

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Nikon D300

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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
Focus points
Many focus points
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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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
Size Smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 555 g vs 925 g
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40% lighter
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
Lowest price Cheaper $543.50 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,156 cheaper (3.1x less)
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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 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
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
              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

              $720 - $747 body only

              $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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 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

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $915 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 - $774 body only

              $200 - $595 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 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

              $1,549 - $1,699 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $687 with 18-200mm lens

              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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