Sony A77 vs Nikon D5300 - need your opinion!

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kartikjayaraman
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Sony A77 vs Nikon D5300 - need your opinion!
Dec 16, 2013

So which one do you think is a better buy right now?

Sony A77 with 18-60 f/2.8 lens =$1400

Nikon D5300 with 18-140 lens = $1100

Both are great cameras, the Sony has a kick ass kit lens but is a 2 year old camera and due to an upgrade in 2014. The Sony sensor has noise issues above ISO 1600. No Wireless support

The Nikon has better sensor image quality (dxomark) but sucks in Live View (adjustments don't reflect) and the AF motor makes horrible sounds which get recorded in the video. Kit lens seems to be OK but not as sharp as the Sony kit lens.

Note: I already have 3 Sony glass (Minolta 50mm f/1.7, SAL70300G and SAL18250), no Nikon gear yet (This will be my first Nikon if I go for it)

Please provide your recommendations as to what I should go for. I primarily need a camera with a good quality sensor image, decent AEB and decent movie recording. Thanks!!

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