Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Nikon D300

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

41

Nikon D300

39

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%
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

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

Fujifilm X-A10

Fujifilm X-A10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 with 16-50mm lens

Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Built-in flash Built-in flash
External flash No external flash support
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$853 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$680 body only

$730 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S

Pro DSLR

$1,286 body only

$1,755 with 18-200mm lens

Storage slots Has more storage slots
Movie format Shoots movies
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$899 body only

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

discussion

Sony Alpha NEX-5
Alpha NEX-5
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Nikon D300
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