As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and pro digicams. 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 is significantly less noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 919 ISO), has significantly better image quality (83.0 vs 71.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has much more color depth (24 bits vs 21.7 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 11.2 EV).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, has slightly more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms), lacks built-in panoramas, has a slightly shorter battery life (600 shots vs 820 shots) and has much fewer cross-type focus points (9 vs 19).

Nikon D3400

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2 years newer
$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)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the D3400 and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 480 g
  • Inexpensive: $479.00 vs $499.95

Nikon D5600

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3 years newer
$647 (body only)
$747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D5300)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5600 and D5300

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5500

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1 year newer
$549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the D5300)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the D5300)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D5500 and D5300

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,438 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

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1 year newer
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the D5300)

  • Many more cross-type focus points: 19 vs 9
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 12 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Much worse image quality: 71.0 vs 83.0

common strengths of the T6i and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D3300

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similar age
$447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D5300)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D5300)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Less dynamic range: 13.2 EV vs 13.9 EV

common strengths of the D3300 and D5300

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon Rebel T5i

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7 months older
$649 (body only)
$599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 24 bits
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,338 ISO

common strengths of the T5i and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly more color depth (24 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 11.6 EV), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a screen which flips out and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,925 ISO), has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 1,620k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Canon EOS 70D

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7 months older
$940 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 926 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 83.0
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the 70D and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D610

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similar age
$1,497 (body only)
$1,997 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Better image quality: 94.0 vs 83.0
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x

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 60D

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3 years older
$1,651 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D5300)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 83.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24 bits

common strengths of the 60D and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

Nikon D500

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2 years newer
$1,599 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,497 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D5300)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Weather sealed
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 39

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D5300)

  • Heavier: 860 g vs 480 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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2 years newer
$3,299 (body only)
$4,049 24-70mm lens

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

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

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)
  • Light weight: 890 g vs 480 g
  • Thin: 3" vs 3"

Nikon D750

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

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

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

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), can focus continuously while recording movies, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 13 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (600 shots vs 295 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 1,620k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

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3 months newer
$548 (body only)
$648 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

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS M5

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2 years newer
$929 (body only)
$1,249 - $1,280 18-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the D5300)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the D5300)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 295 shots vs 600 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the EOS M5 and D5300

  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 517 ISO), has much better image quality (83.0 vs 64.0), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has slightly more color depth (24 bits vs 22.1 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 11.7 EV).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 60 fps).

Nikon DL24-85

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2 years newer
$1,034

Significant advantages of the DL24-85 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DL24-85 (vs the D5300)

  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 600 shots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the DL24-85 and D5300

  • Built-in flashes
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Support external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

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3 years older
$698

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the D5300)

  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 600 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and D5300

  • Built-in flashes
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these