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)
$796 - $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
$400 (body only)
$345 - $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
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 480 g

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$538 (body only)
$549 - $599 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
$465 (body only)
$419 - $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
$799 - $853 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
$432 - $649 (body only)
$560 - $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 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, has in-camera HDR and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it is significantly more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism) and has a slightly shorter battery life (600 shots vs 1100 shots).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
7 months older
$723 - $799 (body only)
$829 - $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
$1,471 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,126 - $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
$780 (body only)
$1,255 75-300mm 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)

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year older
$1,180 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,690 - $1,799 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

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

  • Good dynamic range: 12.1 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Built-in GPS

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
1 year older
$2,495 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,979 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 96.0 vs 83.0
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (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 D800 and D5300

  • Good dynamic range: 14.4 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
similar age
$1,480 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,663 - $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
  • Significantly better image quality: 94.0 vs 83.0
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (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 D610 and D5300

  • Good dynamic range: 14.4 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×82 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 much better image quality (83.0 vs 80.0), has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has much more color depth (24 bits vs 23.8 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 13 EV).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 1,347 ISO), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$539 - $548 (body only)
$579 - $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

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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
10 months newer
$448 (body only)
$478 - $548 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 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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 80.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 24 bits

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
3 years newer
$1,398 (body only)
$1,498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 39
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

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
  • Flip-out screens