Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Nikon D300 vs Sony NEX-7

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 227 ms vs 670 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life Much longer battery life 1000 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 10x more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 1000 ms
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3.3x less delay when turning on
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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5x smaller
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weight Much lighter 287 g vs 925 g
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3.2x lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2.9"
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Around 50% thinner
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 69.0 vs 67.0
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Almost the same
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 12 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 796 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The NEX-5 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        D300:922k dots
        NEX-5:920k dots
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        NEX-5:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $285 body only

        $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Nikon D300 Competitors

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        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Cross type focus points Slightly fewer cross-type focus points
        Focus points Slightly fewer focus points
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D300S

        Nikon D300S

        Pro DSLR

        $1,695 - $1,908 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Weather sealed No weather sealing

        Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $400 with 16-50mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 body only

        $749 - $890 with 16-50mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,074 body only

        $1,080 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Weight Heavier

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