Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Sony SLT-A77

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

80

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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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-A700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The D5200 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the DSLR-A700
Overall image quality Much better image quality 84.0 vs 66.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.9 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size Much smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight Significantly lighter 555 g vs 768 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 180 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 650 shots vs 500 shots
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30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.1"
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D5200:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A700:1,600 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D5200:Contrast detection
        DSLR-A700:None
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        5 fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $721 - $840 body only

        $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,147 body only

        $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 - $680 body only

        $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon D5200 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Focus points Many fewer focus points
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $749 - $1,148 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
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        True resolution Much lower true resolution

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Live view Has live view
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth

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