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

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.1 MP vs 9.9 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Focus points More focus points 39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
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 (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
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 Cheaper $398.00 vs $646.95
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The best price we've seen is $249 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              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
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $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

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              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

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $376

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

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