As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 is also often compared to boutiques, 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 EOS Rebel T6)

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 slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16.1 MP), has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.61x), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 300 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
3 years newer
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 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 D3400

Nikon D3400
2 years newer
$309 (body only)
$395 - $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)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly 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
  • Popularity: 177 vs 225

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$475 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • 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

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

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
3 years older
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D5300)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D5300)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the D7000 and D5300

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 39
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year newer
$549 (body only)
$729 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
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
7 months older
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the D5300)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the D5300)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D7100 and D5300

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Focus continuously recording movies

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a screen which flips out, has an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (600 shots vs 240 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it is significantly larger (prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs compact (109×62×33 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen, is older (october 2013 vs september 2018) and is thicker (3" vs 1.3").

Ricoh GR III

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5 years newer
$900

Significant advantages of the GR III (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (109×62×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the GR III (vs the D5300)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the GR III and D5300

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $899.95 vs $409.00

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
3 months newer
$699

Significant advantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the D5300)

  • Much shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 600 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the G1X Mark II and D5300

  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $699.00 vs $409.00

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 slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 21 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, has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 200 ms), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism) and has much more shutter lag (200 ms vs 197 ms).

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D5300)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 600 shots

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: $1,149.00 vs $409.00

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years older
$555 (body only)

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"
  • Significantly 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)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
5 years older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 39

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and D5300

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 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"
  • Significantly 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 $409.00

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
1 year older
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the D5300)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the D5300)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D800 and D5300

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $1,299.00 vs $409.00
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
5 years older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

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)

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

common strengths of the D700 and D5300

  • Inexpensive: $1,590.99 vs $409.00
  • Built-in flashes

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), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16.3 MP), records movies in 24p and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5300)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • 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
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and D5300

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-A5

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4 years newer
$499 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-A5 (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (117×68×40 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.6" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the X-A5 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the X-A5 and D5300

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $409.00

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
3 months newer
$1,299 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X-T1 (vs the D5300)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Weather sealed
  • Smaller: Standard size (129×90×47 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-T1 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the X-T1 and D5300

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80
2 years newer
$493 (body only)
$616 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the D5300)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-GX80 and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $493.06 vs $409.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony a6400

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5 years newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the a6400 and D5300

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $898.00 vs $409.00

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
1 year newer
$488 (body only)
$462 - $498 14-42mm lens

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

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.67x vs 0.54x

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

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-G7 and D5300

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $461.69 vs $409.00