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

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms), has much more shutter lag (200 ms vs 111 ms), has a slightly shorter battery life (600 shots vs 820 shots) and is older (october 2013 vs august 2016).

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
2 years newer
$300 (body only)
$359 - $397 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

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 480 g
  • Inexpensive: $299.99 vs $445.00

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
3 years newer
$529 - $647 (body only)
$629 - $797 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$496 (body only)
$549 - $569 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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,438 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 84.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.1 bits vs 24 bits

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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 71.0 vs 83.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.7 bits vs 24 bits

common strengths of the T6i and D5300

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 months older
$435 - $649 (body only)
$529 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 61.0 vs 83.0
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 24 bits

common strengths of the T5i and D5300

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
similar age
$405 (body only)
$349 - $397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D5300)

  • Less dynamic range: 13.2 EV vs 13.9 EV
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the D3300 and D5300

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 83.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24 bits

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 68.0), has slightly more color depth (24 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 11.7 EV), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3") and takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20.7 MP).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,338 ISO vs 2,303 ISO), has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 1,620k 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
$750 (body only)
$800 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 926 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 83.0
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the 70D and D5300

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

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
2 years newer
$1,649 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,397 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)

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,376 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,956 - $1,997 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)

  • 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
$105 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,303 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

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
  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 83.0
  • Good color depth: 23.5 bits vs 24 bits

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years older
$799 (body only)
$1,160 28-135mm 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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 854 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 83.0
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 24 bits

common strengths of the 7D and D5300

  • Good 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 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
2 years newer
$2,809 - $3,199 (body only)
$3,399 - $4,099 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the D5300)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the D5300)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and D5300

  • Fairly small: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Light weight: 890 g vs 480 g
  • Thin: 3" vs 3"

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 13 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (600 shots vs 295 shots).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$445 - $448 (body only)
$409 - $498 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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer
$748 (body only)
$848 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5300)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • 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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • 24p support

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
2 years newer
$929 (body only)
$1,049 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the D5300)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the D5300)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 295 shots vs 600 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the EOS M5 and D5300

  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP

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
$469 - $697

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the P900 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Built-in GPS

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
2 years newer
$339 - $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"
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 600 shots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror