Nikon D5300

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Nikon D5300

90

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Nikon D3300

78

Nikon D3300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,338 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
83.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3300

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,385 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.3 bits
 

differences

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
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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Cheaper
$439.00 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $160 cheaper (around 30% less)
Size
Slightly smaller
124x98x75 mm vs 124x99x76 mm
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Almost the same
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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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Focus points
Many more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
              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
              D3300:24.2 MP
              D5300:24 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
              D3300:400 ms
              D5300:500 ms
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3300:0.55x
              D5300:0.54x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 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 significantly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Nikon D3300 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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              Showing 14 comments

              Avatar for Anis Mahmud Khokon Anis Mahmud Khokon (3:06 PM, December 11, 2014)
              nikon 5300 or nikon 3300 ...which one would be best choice ? can someone suggest me? please
               
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (4:33 AM, December 10, 2014)
              Do you really want a 3 page story?
               
              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?!