Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Nikon D300

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

40

Nikon D300

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Really small
Size
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Thin
Thickness
1.5"
Light-weight
Weight
287 g
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$400 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay More startup delay
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Startup delay More startup delay

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$541 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Color depth Better color depth
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$600 body only

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Thickness Slightly thicker

discussion

Sony Alpha NEX-5
Alpha NEX-5
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Nikon D300
D300
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