Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Sony SLT A58

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

79

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Sony SLT A57

65

Sony SLT A57

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 785 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 75.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 132x98x81 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $546.95 vs $845.69
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The best price we've seen is $299 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 555 g vs 618 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 550 shots vs 500 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5200:3.1"
              SLT A57:3.2"
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,060 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,103 body only

              $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price More expensive

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