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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

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Sony SLT A57

70

Sony SLT A57

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

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

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
 

differences

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
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$496.95 vs $605.14
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The best price we've seen is $108 cheaper (around 20% less)
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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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              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 significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 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

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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 significantly smaller sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $1,000 - $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 body only

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

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