Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

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Sony NEX-F3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-F3

Size
Really small
Mid size 117x67x42 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
16,000 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 10x more lenses available
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 73.0
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Around 20% better image quality
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 500 ms vs 1500 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.3 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Focus points More focus points 39 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 1,114 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 500 shots vs 470 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-F3

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Size Significantly smaller 117x67x42 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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3x smaller
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-F3's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.7" vs 3.1"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight Lighter 314 g vs 555 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $417.09 vs $543.50
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The best price we've seen is $126 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D5200:921k dots
              NEX-F3:920k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D5200:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              NEX-F3:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D5200:24 MP
              NEX-F3:16 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 - $777 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $299 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $766 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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