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

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

79

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

74

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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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 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
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format Higher 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
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 84.0 vs 80.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size Much 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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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $546.95 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $202 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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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
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting Shoots 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
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
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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 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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 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

              $597 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

              $339 - $567 body only

              $465 - $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 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 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

              $1,257 body only

              $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 body only

              $1,345 - $1,398 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

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