Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Sony NEX-7n

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

91

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Sony NEX-7

54

Sony NEX-7

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 NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 1200 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
84.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
39 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 13.4 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Cheaper
$496.95 vs $729.84
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The best price we've seen is $233 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Size
Significantly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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4x 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
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Lighter
350 g vs 555 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              True resolution Capture extremely high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D5200:84.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              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
              921k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5200:13.9 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              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
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D5200:24.2 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              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 Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5200:Pentamirror
              NEX-7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $575 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

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

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 - $699 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

              $360 - $378 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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