Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Nikon D300 vs Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

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

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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

differences

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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 10x more lenses available
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1000 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$398.00 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,302 cheaper (4.3x less)
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 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

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm 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

              $1,598 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 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 NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $587 body only

              $968 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 Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $352 body only

              $320 - $420 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 NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $809 with 18-200mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Weight Heavier

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