Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Nikon D300

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

41

Nikon D300

38

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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
227 ms shutter lag

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

$691 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Startup delay Much 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
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 body only

$365 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

Nikon D300 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$899 body only

$670 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies
Thickness Slightly thicker
Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S

Pro DSLR

$1,337 body only

$2,500 with 18-200mm lens

Storage slots Has more storage slots
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$649 body only

Overall image quality Better image quality
Size Smaller
Weather sealed No weather sealing

discussion

Sony Alpha NEX-5
Alpha NEX-5
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Nikon D300
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