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 D5500 and the D5600) and Canon (such as the Rebel T5i and the EOS Rebel T6i)

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 D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$488 - $597 (body only)
$549 - $697 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

  • 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 D5600

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

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 970 shots vs 600 shots
  • Has a built-in focus motor

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
$420 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D5300)

  • Much 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 D3300

Nikon D3300
similar age
$426 (body only)
$392 - $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"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the D3300 and D5300

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 83.0
  • Good color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24 bits

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 months older
$428 - $649 (body only)
$520 - $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

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year newer
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 19 vs 9

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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly more color depth (24 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 11.6 EV), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a screen which flips out and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 2,359k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
7 months older
$615 - $899 (body only)
$869 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Weather sealed
  • 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
$1,499 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,150 - $2,397 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
  • Much 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

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
2 years newer
$1,699 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,597 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D5300)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 39
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D5300)

  • Larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Significantly 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
  • Built-in GPS

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years older
$500 (body only)
$1,390 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 D610

Nikon D610
similar age
$1,497 (body only)
$1,971 - $2,447 28-300mm 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
  • Much 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)

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year older
$1,175 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,730 - $1,899 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"
  • Less dynamic range: 12.1 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the 6D and D5300

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $1,175.00 vs $420.51

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 higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), can focus continuously while recording movies, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (600 shots vs 350 shots).

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 lens), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$548 (body only)
$626 - $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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
1 year newer
$479 (body only)
$598 14-42mm lens

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

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

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

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 600 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the DMC-G7 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer
$948 - $998 (body only)
$1,091 - $1,148 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%
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 39

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
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and D5300

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), 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) and records movies in 24p.

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
$249 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the D5300)

  • Much larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the P900 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in GPS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
2 years newer
$414 - $447

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No 24p support
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Inexpensive: $413.98 vs $420.51