As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless, super zooms 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 significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 17.9 MP), has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

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 february 2015), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
3 years newer
$530 - $597 (body only)
$569 - $785 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
$394 - $447 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)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 39

common strengths of the D3400 and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $329.00 vs $394.00

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year newer
$785 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

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
  • Significantly 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
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 months older
$500 (body only)
$539 - $1,335 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

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 D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year older
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D5300)

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

common strengths of the D5200 and D5300

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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year newer
$769 - $997 (body only)
$868 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D5300)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D5300)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

common strengths of the D7200 and D5300

  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 39

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 17.9 MP), has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 6.5 fps), has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year older
$999 - $1,022 (body only)
$1,412 - $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 focus points: 11 vs 39

common strengths of the 6D and D5300

  • Built-in GPS
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $999.00 vs $394.00

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
7 months older
$935 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 5 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 70D and D5300

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

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)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 39

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 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
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.54x

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D300 and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,799.00 vs $394.00
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,240 - $1,397 (body only)
$1,719 - $1,897 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D5300)

  • Much 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
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

common strengths of the D750 and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $1,239.99 vs $394.00

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,660 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D5300)

  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 5 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the 7D and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $394.00

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 none), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.71x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 11 fps).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$425 - $548 (body only)
$517 - $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%
  • 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

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
10 months newer
$448 (body only)
$479 - $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

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $448.00 vs $394.00

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year newer
$920 - $1,398 (body only)
$1,596 - $1,598 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 600 shots

common strengths of the 7 II and D5300

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Many lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to super zoom competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 9.7 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and is older (october 2013 vs march 2015).

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
2 years newer
$339 - $399

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)
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 600 shots
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 480 g

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
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
1 year older
$281

Significant advantages of the L810 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L810 (vs the D5300)

  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 600 shots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the L810 and D5300

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 480 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to compact competitors include: it has a significantly 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), much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 400 ISO) and shoots faster continuously (5 fps vs 0.8 fps).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs super compact (100×53×23 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (3" vs 0.9") and is much heavier (480 g vs 150 g).

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

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
4 years older

Significant advantages of the SD980 IS (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (100×53×23 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the SD980 IS (vs the D5300)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the SD980 IS and D5300

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3.2"