As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and compacts. 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 records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and has much less shutter lag (200 ms vs 251 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms), has a slightly shorter battery life (600 shots vs 820 shots), is older (october 2013 vs january 2015) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
3 years newer
$580 - $597 (body only)
$569 - $697 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
$519 (body only)
$639 - $649 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 D3400

Nikon D3400
2 years newer
$326 (body only)
$447 - $469 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
  • Popularity: 310 vs 324

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$499 (body only)
$579 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 D7100

Nikon D7100
7 months older
$711 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the D5300)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the D5300)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

common strengths of the D7100 and D5300

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 months older
$500 (body only)
$539 - $859 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 better image quality (83.0 vs 70.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has much more color depth (24 bits vs 22.5 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 11.8 EV) and has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3").

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,925 ISO), 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) and has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
7 months older
$922 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
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

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
$1,329 - $1,697 (body only)
$1,821 - $2,197 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

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,195 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D5300)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly 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 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years older
$2,360 100mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D5300)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 600 shots
  • 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 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
7 months older
$1,095 - $1,799 (body only)
$1,449 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

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

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 5 fps

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

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly heavier: 910 g vs 480 g

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and D5300

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,082 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 70.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.4 bits vs 24 bits

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
similar age
$880 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,426 - $1,997 24-85mm 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)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

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

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 a slightly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 921k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 15.8 MP) and has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 1000 ms).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 10 fps).

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
3 years newer
$749 (body only)
$849 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the D5300)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 39

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the X-T20 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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4 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the D5300)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the D5300)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 235 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$400 - $448 (body only)
$470 - $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 smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
5 years older
$400 (body only)
$480 14-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G1 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (124×84×45 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G1 (vs the D5300)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the DMC-G1 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Incredible startup delay: 1000 ms vs 500 ms
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
1 year newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,174 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX8 (vs the D5300)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX8 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-GX8 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
1 year newer
$458 (body only)
$498 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G7 (vs the D5300)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a touch screen
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.67x vs 0.54x

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G7 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-G7 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to compact competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 1.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 110k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 3.1 MP) and much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 400 ISO).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs super compact (65×45×35 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs digital), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 30 fps).

GoPro Hero6 Black

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4 years newer
$551

Significant advantages of the Hero6 Black (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (65×45×35 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the Hero6 Black (vs the D5300)

  • No built-in flash
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3.2"
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Hero6 Black and D5300

  • You can plug a microphone into both of these

Nikon Coolpix 3500

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11 years older

Significant advantages of the 3500 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller: Compact (114×60×32 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3"
  • Much lighter: 250 g vs 480 g

Significant disadvantages of the 3500 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower true resolution: 3.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3.2"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the 3500 and D5300

  • Each has a built-in flash