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 D5600 and the D3400) 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 slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 919 ISO), has slightly better image quality (83.0 vs 71.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has significantly more color depth (24 bits vs 21.7 bits) and has significantly wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 11.2 EV).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, lacks built-in panoramas, has a slightly shorter battery life (600 shots vs 820 shots), is older (october 2013 vs august 2016) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
3 years newer
$697 (body only)
$797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D5300)

  • Much less shutter lag: 111 ms vs 200 ms
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 970 shots vs 600 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5600 and D5300

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
2 years newer
$377 - $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
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3400 and D5300

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $377.00 vs $396.00

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$496 - $597 (body only)
$549 - $697 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
  • Good image quality: 84.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
similar age
$447 (body only)
$375 - $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
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Many fewer cross-type focus points: 1 vs 9

common strengths of the D3300 and D5300

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Good color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24 bits
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year newer
$749 - $801 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)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 71.0 vs 83.0
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the T6i and D5300

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 months older
$431 - $649 (body only)
$535 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

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

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 better image quality (83.0 vs 70.0), has slightly more color depth (24 bits vs 22.5 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 11.8 EV), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3") and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 8 fps), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism) and has slightly fewer cross-type focus points (9 vs 65).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
7 months older
$723 - $799 (body only)
$868 - $899 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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 83.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24 bits

common strengths of the 70D and D5300

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

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,530 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,221 - $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
  • Better image quality: 93.0 vs 83.0
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D5300)

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

common strengths of the D750 and D5300

  • Good dynamic range: 14.5 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years older
$929 (body only)
$1,168 18-135mm 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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 83.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • 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 D600

Nikon D600
1 year older
$1,650 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,980 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 94.0 vs 83.0
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the D5300)

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

common strengths of the D600 and D5300

  • Good dynamic range: 14.2 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years older
$849 (body only)
$1,119 18-200mm 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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 83.0
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 24 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.9 EV

common strengths of the 7D and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $849.00 vs $396.00

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
7 months older
$1,159 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,421 - $1,949 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the D5300)

  • Many more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 9
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 70.0 vs 83.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.4 bits vs 24 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.8 EV vs 13.9 EV

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and D5300

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (83.0 vs 65.0), has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20.7 MP) and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,449 ISO), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$449 - $498 (body only)
$579 - $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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 83.0
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 24 bits

Sony A7

Sony A7
similar age
$948 - $2,698 (body only)
$1,098 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the A7 and D5300

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 90.0 vs 83.0
  • Good color depth: 24.9 bits vs 24 bits

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 600 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the E-M10 II and D5300

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
1 year newer
$353 - $497 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D5300)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 5 fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 479 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the 1 J5 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $353.19 vs $396.00