Nikon D5300

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Nikon D5300

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Nikon D3300

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Nikon D3300

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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
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3300

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,385 ISO
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3300

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,385 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
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The D3300 has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 700 shots vs 600 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.55x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 24.3 bits vs 24 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Size Slightly smaller 124x98x75 mm vs 124x99x76 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $546.95 vs $649.98
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The best price we've seen is $103 cheaper (around 20% less)
Weight Lighter 430 g vs 480 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 500 ms vs 2000 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.8 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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 82.0
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D3300:1,385 ISO
              D5300:1,338 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D3300:82.0
              D5300:83.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D3300:24.3 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
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3300:430 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
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5 fps

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              competitors

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              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $476 body only

              $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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 significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is much heavier
              Size Is significantly larger

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              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              krvlucky (4:40 PM, October 29, 2014)
              there is one chice for beginners ..... aoiunt and shoot camera which shoots raw has large optical zoom and hot shsoe for flash ...... addl features some panorama 3-d and hdr the latter is most important ...... if u r ok without raw some sonycameras may suit you ...... nikon and canon also have some models
               
              H.M.Maruti (6:52 AM, October 22, 2014)
              d3300.
              because
              slightly lower noice at high iso.
               
              Avatar for Vivek Kashyap Vivek Kashyap (4:54 PM, October 21, 2014)
              d3300
               
              SaM (6:49 PM, September 21, 2014)
              which one is better 5300 or 3300
               
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (8:45 PM, September 09, 2014)
              Just the 5300....
               
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (8:44 PM, September 09, 2014)
              Pentax :)
               
              AishwaryaA (6:22 AM, August 07, 2014)
              Hi, I wish to buy an entry level DSLR and I am pretty confused between which one to buy. The comparisons are rather confusing, would be great if one could advice me on what to buy?
               
              Avatar for Hossein Hossein (2:03 PM, June 20, 2014)
              just 5300!
              and i really don't know why did nikon do this!!!!
               
              JoJo (2:57 AM, May 03, 2014)
              Do they both have a flip-out screen? or just the 5300?
               
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (2:28 AM, March 14, 2014)
              Nope
               
              Carlos (0:09 AM, February 25, 2014)
              It's wrong, the D3300 has no focus motor!!
               
              Avatar for Jared PJ Sim Jared PJ Sim (6:57 AM, February 17, 2014)
              D3300 has built-in focus motor?!