As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and pro digicams. The Nikon D5300's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5600 and the D7000) 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 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)
$519 - $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

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 D7000

Nikon D7000
3 years older
$1,668 18-105mm lens

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

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
2 years newer
$309 (body only)
$399 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
  • Inexpensive: $309.45 vs $397.00

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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year newer
$629 - $939 (body only)
$997 - $1,017 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
  • Significantly 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
  • Larger than average 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 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20 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 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 - $1,020 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 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)
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 480 g

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
7 months older
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5300)

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

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 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years older
$1,099 (body only)

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)
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
similar age
$899 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,890 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D5300)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D5300)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the D610 and D5300

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 480 g
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years older
$562 (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
$2,318 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

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 58 lenses).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 120fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$365 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 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

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $365.00 vs $397.00

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer
$673 - $748 (body only)
$784 - $848 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%
  • 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
  • Inexpensive: $672.59 vs $397.00

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
10 months newer
$398 (body only)
$450 - $498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly 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: $398.00 vs $397.00

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
3 years newer
$699 - $749 (body only)
$760 - $799 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the D5300)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 39

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the X-T20 and D5300

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in GPS

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5300 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 1.8"), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 3.9 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 400 ISO), has a screen which flips out and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
similar age
$698 - $1,097

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX10 (vs the D5300)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX10 (vs the D5300)

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 600 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX10 and D5300

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 420 shots vs 600 shots

Canon PowerShot G3

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11 years older

Significant advantages of the G3 (vs the D5300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G3 (vs the D5300)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3.2"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower true resolution: 3.9 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the G3 and D5300

  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror