Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Nikon D5200 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

75

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 Alpha DSLR-A580

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5200 does so at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 1,121 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Better image quality
84.0 vs 80.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 800 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 13.3 EV
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$496.95 vs $922.13
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The best price we've seen is $425 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
555 g vs 599 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
295 ms vs 302 ms
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for 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
              D52003.1"
              DSLR-A5803.3"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5200302 ms
              DSLR-A580295 ms
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D52000.51x
              DSLR-A5800.52x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D52006,400 ISO
              DSLR-A58012,800 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $569 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              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

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Color depth Has much less color depth
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $627 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

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