Sony a200 vs Sony NEX-5T

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a200 and Sony NEX-5T. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Sony.

Sony a200 were released 2008 and Sony NEX-5T was released 2013. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a200 2008
Sony NEX-5T 2013

Type of camera

Sony a200 is a DSLR camera while Sony NEX-5T is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Sony APS-C") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a200 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Sony NEX-5T 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Sony a200 has a 10 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony NEX-5T has 16 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a200 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592
Sony NEX-5T 16 MP
16032768 pixels
4912 x 3264

Sony NEX-5T has a 60 % larger resolution than Sony a200. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony NEX-5T has a larger ISO-range than Sony a200. Sony NEX-5T has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Sony a200 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a200 100-3200
Sony NEX-5T 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a200
Lens compatibility chart for Sony NEX-5T

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a200 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Sony NEX-5T can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a200 3
Sony NEX-5T 10

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Sony NEX-5T. Sadly, the Sony a200 does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Sony a200 weighs 572 gr (equal to 1.26 lb) which is 107% heavier than Sony NEX-5T and its 276 gr (or 0.61 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a200 572 gr
1.26 lb
Sony NEX-5T 276 gr
0.61 lb

Sony a200 vs Sony NEX-5T Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a200 and Sony NEX-5T, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Name Sony a200 Sony NEX-5T
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Release Date and Price
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Release Year 2008 2013
Release Date 2008-01-07 2013-08-27
MSRP 599 USD 549 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Resolution 3872 x 2592 pixels 4912 x 3264 pixels
Megapixels 10 MP 16 MP
Image Processor Bionz Bionz
Image
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Built-in Super SteadyShot)
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 25
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Articulated LCD No Tilting
Screen size 2.7 3
Screen dots 230000 921600
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A Tilt Up 180 Down 50 TFT LCD
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic (Optional)
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.83 (0.55 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Frames per second 3 fps 10 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
H.264
AVCHD
Video resolution N/A 1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Memory Card Compact Flash
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Built-in (NFC & WiFi)
Remote Control Yes (Wired or wirelss (optional)) No
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony a200
Sony NEX-5T
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details NP-FM500H Battery
Lithium-Ion NPFW50 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 750 shots 330 shots
Width 131 mm 111 mm
Height 99 mm 59 mm
Depth 71 mm 39 mm
Weight 572 gram 276 gram