Nikon D300 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
230 lenses
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

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

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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

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,184 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Thickness Slightly thicker
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$1,173 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Size Smaller
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S

Pro DSLR

$1,899 with 18-200mm lens

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

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$776 - $898 body only

$906 - $998 with 16-50mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Size Larger
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $498 body only

$500 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly larger
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$382 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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Nikon D300
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