Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

88

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

64

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 9.9 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 2000 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.3x4.6mm
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Around 13x larger sensor
Size
Smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 130x93x103 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 4.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
555 g vs 650 g
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More than 10% lighter
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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 12,800 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
0 ms vs 302 ms
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Almost the same
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$398.00 vs $496.95
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The best price we've seen is $99 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5200:Pentamirror
              DSC-HX300:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5200:555 g
              DSC-HX300:650 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5200:3.1"
              DSC-HX300:4.1"
              Size Large Help
              D5200:129x98x78 mm
              DSC-HX300:130x93x103 mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm 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 Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $278 - $288

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $345

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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