Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Nikon D300

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

33

Nikon D300

30

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
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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 NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$524 body only

$345 with 16mm lens

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

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$241 body only

$431 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Overall image quality Better image quality
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$530 body only

$577 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Overall image quality Better image quality
Cross type focus points Slightly fewer cross-type focus points
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$640 body only

$830 with 18-105mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D500

Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,997 body only

$3,067 with 16-80mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly larger

discussion

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