As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. 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 significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 921k dots), can focus continuously while recording movies and has much less shutter lag (200 ms vs 264 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms), is older (october 2013 vs january 2015) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
3 years newer
$597 (body only)
$579 - $719 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

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
2 years newer
$326 (body only)
$398 - $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
  • 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: 382 vs 354

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year newer
$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 D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$499 (body only)
$549 - $709 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 D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year older
$359 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D5200 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 39

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 months older
$500 (body only)
$539 - $630 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 67.0), has much more color depth (24 bits vs 22.2 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 12 EV), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3") and takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 17.9 MP).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,303 ISO), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
2 years newer
$1,549 - $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 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years older
$2,594 (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

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,419 - $1,697 (body only)
$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

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
5 years older
$56 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the D5300)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D700 and D5300

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,303 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 80.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.5 bits vs 24 bits

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
6 years older
$1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D5300)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 679 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 24 bits
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the D300 and D5300

  • Extremely good image quality: 67.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year older
$949 - $999 (body only)
$1,449 - $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

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 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 1700 ms) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and has slightly fewer focus points (39 vs 179).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$444 - $548 (body only)
$599 - $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
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony A7

Sony A7
similar age
$798 (body only)
$800 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the D5300)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Weather sealed
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x

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 more startup delay: 1700 ms vs 500 ms

common strengths of the A7 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
2 years newer
$898 - $998 12-60mm lens

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-G85 (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 Lumix DMC-G85 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-G85 and D5300

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

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
10 months newer
$448 (body only)
$500 - $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)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3"

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

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer
$754 - $898 (body only)
$858 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5300)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • 24p support
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
similar age
$480 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3"
  • Significantly lighter: 210 g vs 480 g

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the A5000 and D5300

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $479.99 vs $499.95

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs large (140×103×137 mm)), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 9.7 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), records movies in 24p and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and is older (october 2013 vs february 2016).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$479 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the D5300)

  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 600 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

common strengths of the P900 and D5300

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 600 shots
  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $479.00 vs $499.95

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
2 years newer
$333 - $339

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D5300)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 600 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and D5300

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 480 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 3"