As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless, boutiques and super zooms. The Nikon D5300's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3400 and the D5600) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6i and the Rebel T5i)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 921k dots), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and has much less shutter lag (200 ms vs 302 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 200 ms), is older (october 2013 vs february 2015), doesn't have a built-in focus motor and is thicker (3" vs 2.8").

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
2 years newer
$400 (body only)
$367 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 600 shots
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3400 and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 480 g
  • Inexpensive: $366.93 vs $399.00

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
3 years newer
$569 - $647 (body only)
$614 - $747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D5300)

  • Much less startup delay: 200 ms vs 500 ms
  • Much less shutter lag: 111 ms vs 200 ms
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5600 and D5300

  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year newer
$484 (body only)
$749 - $798 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the D5300)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 19 vs 39

common strengths of the T6i and D5300

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$499 - $529 (body only)
$549 - $564 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly thinner: 2.8" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the D5300)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D5500 and D5300

  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
similar age
$402 (body only)
$397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3300 and D5300

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year older
$463 (body only)
$534 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D5200 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 39

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much better image quality (83.0 vs 68.0), has much more color depth (24 bits vs 22.5 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 12.1 EV), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3") and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed and has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
7 months older
$799 (body only)
$899 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 926 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 70D and D5300

  • Extremely good image quality: 68.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24 bits
  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.9 EV

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,370 - $1,797 (body only)
$1,956 - $2,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D5300)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D750 and D5300

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 93.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.8 bits vs 24 bits

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
similar age
$1,099 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,900 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D5300)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D610 and D5300

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 94.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 25.1 bits vs 24 bits

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years older
$999 (body only)
$1,129 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D5300)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 854 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 24 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 83.0

common strengths of the 7D and D5300

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year older
$990 - $999 (body only)
$1,399 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the D5300)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the 6D and D5300

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 24 bits

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
2 years newer
$2,715 - $3,299 (body only)
$3,399 - $4,199 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the D5300)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the D5300)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and D5300

  • Fairly small: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $199.85 vs $399.00
  • Light weight: 890 g vs 480 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), records movies in 24p, has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 1000 ms) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$443 - $498 (body only)
$598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the A6000 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
3 years newer
$1,298 (body only)
$1,398 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
10 months newer
$398 (body only)
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • More focus points: 179 vs 39
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the A5100 and D5300

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 600 shots

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
3 years older
$450 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly lighter: 287 g vs 480 g

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the D5300)

  • Much more shutter lag: 670 ms vs 200 ms
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the NEX-5 and D5300

  • Incredible startup delay: 1000 ms vs 500 ms
  • Inexpensive: $449.95 vs $399.00

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer
$794 - $798 (body only)
$898 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5300)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 600 shots

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 2.7"), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs professional size (143×104×81 mm)), has a much longer battery life (600 shots vs 490 shots), is significantly lighter (480 g vs 849 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 42.2 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 12 fps).

Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II
2 years newer
$3,198

Significant advantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Many more focus points: 399 vs 39
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the D5300)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 490 shots vs 600 shots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Alpha a99 II and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 490 shots vs 600 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.2"
  • Built-in lens only
  • Lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the SLT-A68 and D5300

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 921k dots), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs large (140×103×137 mm)), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 9.7 MP) and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 12 fps) and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$430 - $697

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 600 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the P900 and D5300

  • Built-in GPS
  • Popularity: 282 vs 752
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000) (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000) (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 600 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000) and D5300

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these
  • Each supports an external flash