Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

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Nikon D5300

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Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
83.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Lowest price Significantly cheaper $319.00 vs $649.98
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The best price we've seen is $331 cheaper (2x less)
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Size Slightly smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 124x99x76 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3200 does so at a lower frame rate
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,338 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 83.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.50x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5300's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Longer battery life 600 shots vs 540 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Slightly lighter 480 g vs 505 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D3200:81.0
              D5300:83.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D3200:24.1 bits
              D5300:24 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24.2 MP
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D5300:500 ms
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3200:505 g
              D5300:480 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3200:0.50x
              D5300:0.54x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D5300:5 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5300.

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              Avatar for Roger Martin Roger Martin (3:26 PM, December 03, 2013)
              I have had or used nearly every Nikon DSLR ever made.The D5300 is under rated.
              I have now used it for 1080P 60 Video and high ISO (12800) stills.

              I would consider it a huge upgrade.
              The D5300 is much sharper
              The image is much richer.
              The 1080P 60 Video is suberbly smooth with very sharp images
              High ISO is amazing.
              The LCD is so much better that it is a great focusing tool when zoomed in.