Sony a230 vs Nikon D5600

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a230 and Nikon D5600. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Sony a230 is manufacturered by Sony but Nikon D5600 is from Nikon. Both Sony and Nikon are well known brands though.

Sony a230 were released 2009 and Nikon D5600 was released 2016. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a230 2009
Nikon D5600 2016

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony a230 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D5600 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a230 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D5600 75 mm
Nikon DX 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)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Sony a230 has a 10 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5600 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a230 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592
Nikon D5600 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Nikon D5600 has a 139 % larger resolution than Sony a230. 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

Nikon D5600 has a larger ISO-range than Sony a230. Nikon D5600 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Sony a230 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a230 100-3200
Nikon D5600 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Sony a230 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5600 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5600 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a230
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5600

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a230 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5600 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a230 2,5
Nikon D5600 5

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 Nikon D5600. Sadly, the Sony a230 does not support this.


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 a230 weighs 490 gr (equal to 1.08 lb) which is 5% heavier than Nikon D5600 and its 465 gr (or 1.03 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a230 490 gr
1.08 lb
Nikon D5600 465 gr
1.03 lb

Sony a230 vs Nikon D5600 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a230 and Nikon D5600, 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.

Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Name Sony a230 Nikon D5600
Manufacturer Sony Nikon
Release Date and Price
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Release Year 2009 2016
Release Date 2009-05-18 2016-11-10
MSRP 549 USD 700 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Resolution 3872 x 2592 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 10 MP 24 MP
Image Processor Bionz EXPEED 4
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 9 39
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 2.7 3,2
Screen dots 230400 1037000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A TFT LCD monitor
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.83 (0.55 35mm equiv.) 0.82 (0.55 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Frames per second 2,5 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 10 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
Video resolution N/A 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Built-in 802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC
Remote Control Yes (MC-DC2 (wired), WR-1/WR-R10 (wireless))
GPS No Yes
Optional through GP-1/GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Sony a230
Nikon D5600
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion NP-FH50 rechargeable battery & charger
EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 230 shots 970 shots
Width 128 mm 124 mm
Height 97 mm 97 mm
Depth 68 mm 70 mm
Weight 490 gram 465 gram