Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Sony SLT-A65

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

80

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Sony SLT-A65

72

Sony SLT A65

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 84.0 vs 74.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Startup delay Much less startup delay 500 ms vs 2800 ms
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5.6x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.6 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Size Smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 132x97x81 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 555 g vs 622 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.51x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 138 ms vs 302 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Lowest price Cheaper $498.00 vs $646.95
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The best price we've seen is $149 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D5200:24.1 MP
              SLT A65:24 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              Shared Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $783 - $797 body only

              $881 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $798 body only

              $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              Startup delay More startup delay

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              M2o3 (11:40 PM, January 07, 2014)
              I also bought A65 a year ago and i have no regrets about it , in fact i compared all the cameras that s on display i almost consume a day comparing all brand but sony is the winner to my knowledge, its easy to use and the image is not that bad as they claim. What i need in cameras is the rensponse when you click that shutter and find it in other cameras slow! No offense to nikon and cannon enthusiats
               
              Fernando (7:34 PM, April 01, 2013)
              I bought the A65 a month ago and am enjoying it every day. It is a hell of a bargain. Image quality is superb, it focuses and shoots faster than any camera I ever tried and that is upmost important in a camera. I am using a beer can lens from Minolta that cost me $100 and takes amazing images. I am also using a Minolta Secret Handshake lens which is amazing. I can not say enough about the A65 it is the best camera purchase I ever made.
               
              Zsolt (7:09 PM, January 31, 2013)
              Hello,

              I would like to raise the issue regarding the format of the image!!
              I almost purchased the d5200 last night, I already paid it on Amazon, when I saw it: The D5200 does not do 16:9!!!!!
              So I cancelled the order at 190 KM/h.
              I don't know how you are not listing this feature in your comparizons??!!

              Today, I assume, everybody is watching his pictures on the big TV screen, so this is VERRY important option. For me is the decision maker!!!


              All the best,