Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

82

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Nikon D5200

73

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

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
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 500 ms vs 3100 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 78.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points More focus points 39 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 555 g vs 732 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $496.95 vs $1,175.00
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The best price we've seen is $678 cheaper (2.4x less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.51x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift 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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 124 ms vs 302 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Viewfinder coverage Much 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 A77's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 11 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D5200:500 shots
              SLT A77:530 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $650 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $400 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Battery life Longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $898 - $1,048 body only

              $1,498 - $1,649 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $2,596 - $3,198 with 28-75mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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