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%
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
227 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 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

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 body only

$395 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$495 with 16mm 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-7

Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$599 body only

$1,829 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D300 Competitors

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 D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$749 - $997 body only

$1,029 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S

Pro DSLR

$1,291 body only

$1,899 with 18-200mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

discussion

Sony Alpha NEX-5
Alpha NEX-5
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