As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. 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 EOS Rebel T6)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 921k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 17.9 MP) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms), has much more shutter lag (200 ms vs 111 ms), is older (october 2013 vs march 2016) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
2 years newer
$326 (body only)
$397 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

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
3 years newer
$597 (body only)
$599 - $750 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
$509 (body only)
$599 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 (body only)
$549 - $750 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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
2 years newer
$295 - $549 (body only)
$338 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the D5300)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 480 g

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 months older
$500 - $599 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the T5i and D5300

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it 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"), has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), has much lower image quality (83.0 vs 93.0), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), 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
$864 (body only)
$1,580 18-135mm 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

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years older
$2,568 (body only)
$1,499 18-200mm lens

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
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 83.0

common strengths of the 60D and D5300

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year older
$999 - $1,029 (body only)
$1,399 - $1,999 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

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,497 (body only)
$1,997 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
$1,100 - $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

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
1 year older
$2,349 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the D5300)

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

common strengths of the D800 and D5300

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,979 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 96.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 25.6 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 none), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.67x), 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) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$444 - $448 (body only)
$525 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D5300)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D5300)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • 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
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer
$776 - $798 (body only)
$885 - $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 fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • 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
  • 24p support

Nikon D810A

Nikon D810A
1 year newer
$3,797 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D810A (vs the D5300)

  • Much longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 600 shots
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D810A (vs the D5300)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder: Optical vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D810A and D5300

  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Capture very high resolution images: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • 24p support

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80
2 years newer
$531 (body only)
$762 12-32mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 600 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the DMC-GX80 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • 24p support
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
10 months newer
$348 (body only)
$448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D5300)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the D5300)

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

common strengths of the A5100 and D5300

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies