Nikon D7200 vs Sony A6300: A Complete Comparison

Nikon D7200 vs Sony A6300: Let’s take a look at how the Sony A6300 stacks up against Nikon’s Semi-Pro DSLR, the Nikon D7200. Both the Sony A6300 and Nikon D7200 have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors so sensor size and resolution are basically the same. So, what’s the difference between the Sony A6300 and the Nikon D7200?

Sony A6300 vs Nikon D7200 Specs

The Sony A6300 is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera whereas Nikon D7200 is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera. The difference here lies in the body type. Mirrorless cameras are much more lightweight than their DSLR counterparts. However, DSLRs have been known to perform better than most mirrorless cameras. But, with recent advancements in focus speeds and design, mirrorless cameras serve as good alternatives to DSLRs. Take a look at the specifications before a detailed overview.

Nikon D7200 vs Sony A6300

Nikon D7200 & Sony A6300


Nikon D7200

Sony A6300

Megapixels 24.2 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C (DX) APS-C
Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
AA Filter None Yes
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No No
Lens Mount Nikon FX/DX Sony E
ISO 100 – 25,600 100 – 25,600
Expanded ISO 102,400 (B&W) 51,200
AF Points 51 425
Cross-type AF Points 15 425 phase
Continuous Mode 6fps 11fps
LCD 3.2″ – Fixed 3.0″ – Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,228,800 dots 921,600 dots
Touchscreen No No
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical EVF (2.3M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.94x 1.07x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 3840×2160 (30/25/24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes No
Memory Card Type SD + SD SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots Yes No
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 56 44
RAW Buffer Size 18 22
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/160
Startup Time 0.4s 1.4s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 1110 shots 400 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL15) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 23.8 oz (675g) 14.3 oz (404g)
Size 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0″ 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2015 2016

Alpha A6300 – Nikon D7200 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
LCD Screen Size 3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution 922k dots vs 1.229k dots
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 6.0fps
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Environmental Sealing Yes vs Yes
 AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
 NFC Connection Yes vs Yes
 Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Sony A6300 vs Nikon D7200: Size Comparison

The Sony A6300 is noticeably the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 16mm narrower, 40mm shorter and 27mm thinner than the Nikon D7200.

Weight is another important factor to consider when buying a camera. The Sony A6300 is much lighter (361g ) than the Nikon D7200 which is a big advantage for on the go photography.

Nikon D7200 vs Sony A6300

Nikon D7200 & Sony A6300 

Als, keep in mind that the lenses that you use with these bodies may affect the overall weight. However, since both the Sony A6300 and Nikon D7200 have the same APS-C sized sensor, their lenses with regard to similar focal length and aperture are similar in size and weight.

Nikon D7200 vs Sony A6300: Sensor Comparison

Both the D7200 and A6300 have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors. So, sensor size and resolution should not influence your choice between the two cameras.

Another key difference between these two cameras is that the Nikon D7200’s sensor lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. Removing the anti-alias filter increases the sharpness and level of detail but, at the same time, it increases the chance of watery overlays occurring in certain pictures.

Sony Alpha A6300 vs Nikon D7200 Sensor Comparison

Sony Alpha A6300 vs Nikon D7200 Sensor Comparison

As both the Sony A6300 and Nikon D7200 have the same sensor sizes, they provide the same level of control over the depth of field when used with same focal length and aperture.

Sony Alpha A6300 Advantages Over Nikon D7200

Articulating Screen Yes vs No
Number of Focus Points 425 vs 51
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 6.0fps
Weight 404 g vs 765 g
Low-Light ISO 1437 vs 1333
Price $898 vs $997
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160vs1920 x 1080

From the table, you see that the A6300 has more Auto Focus points. 425 vs 51 on the D7200. And, as for FPS, the Alpha 6300 has a continuous burst of 11FPS vs the 6FPS on the D7200. Moreover, the A6300 offers 4K resolution, has higher magnification and features an articulated LCD. It is also cheaper, smaller and lighter than the D7200.

Video: Sony A6300 Hands-on Review

In the video, Kai takes the A6300 to a vintage car show and a few conventions to test out the stills and video capabilities, and also chats about its flaws.

Nikon D7200 Advantages Over Sony A6300

LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs  3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.229k dots vs 922k dots
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Battery Life 1110 shots vs 400 shots
Headphone Port Yes vs No
Timelapse Recording Yes vs With optional app
Flash Coverage 12.0m vs 6.0m

As per the table, the Nikon D7200 has a larger display and a higher resolution screen. However, do not confuse screen resolution with image/video quality. The D7200 also has a faster shutter speed and better video audio control due to having a headphone port. The battery life on the D7200 lasts longer which means you get more shots. Furthermore, it has better flash coverage and features time-lapse recording.

Video: Nikon D7200 Hands-On Review

Video: Nikon D7200 vs Sony A6300

Video: Sony A6300 vs Nikon D7200 Photo Samples

To conclude, both cameras offer excellent performance. However, at the end of the day, you ought to look at the specs and decide which camera best suits your photography needs. To hear what people are saying, you can read Alpha 6300 reviews and Nikon D7200 reviews.

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