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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

79

vs

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

74

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Runner-up
     
 

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 Alpha DSLR-A580

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.3 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 
Differences | Recommendations | Cast your vote | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

Report a correction
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
Help
Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5200 does so at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 1,121 ISO
Help
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
Help
Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 15
Help
Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
Help
Around 70% more lenses available
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 80.0
Help
Around 10% better image quality
Size Much smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
Help
Around 20% smaller
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
Help
Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 800 ms
Help
Around 40% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13.3 EV
Help
0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 23.8 bits
Help
Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.1" vs 3.3"
Help
Around 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 555 g vs 599 g
Help
Around 10% lighter
Nikon D5200 Learn more about
the Nikon D5200

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

Report a correction
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
Help
Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 500 shots
Help
More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
Help
40% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
Help
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
Help
The DSLR-A580's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.51x
Help
Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 295 ms vs 302 ms
Help
Almost the same
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Learn more about
the Sony DSLR-A580
vs

recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Nikon D5200 Nikon D5200 79
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save

        vs

        74 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Overall image quality Good image quality Help
        D5200:84.0
        DSLR-A580:80.0
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        D5200:13.9 EV
        DSLR-A580:13.3 EV
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        D5200:24.2 bits
        DSLR-A580:23.8 bits
        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"
        DSLR-A580:3.3"
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        D5200:302 ms
        DSLR-A580:295 ms
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D5200:0.51x
        DSLR-A580:0.52x
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather

        dxomark

        DXOMark

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        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

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        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

        $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
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        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

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $641 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

        Nikon D5200 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Much worse image quality

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,103 body only

        $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

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

        appearance

        Nikon D5200 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
        Nikon D5200 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
        Nikon D5200 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        discussion

        Nikon D5200
        D5200
        Nikon

        Report a correction
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
        Alpha DSLR-A580
        Sony

        Report a correction

        Showing 0 comments