Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

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Nikon D5300

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Nikon D5100

72

Nikon D5100

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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 D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Battery life Longer battery life 660 shots vs 600 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $449.00 vs $719.99
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The best price we've seen is $271 cheaper (around 40% less)
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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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 D5100 does so at a lower frame rate
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,338 ISO vs 1,183 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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Overall image quality Better image quality 83.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,037k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Size Slightly smaller 124x99x76 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 479 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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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
              D5100:1,183 ISO
              D5300:1,338 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D5100:80.0
              D5300:83.0
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              D5300:5 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D5100:0.51x
              D5300:0.54x

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 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 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $900 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D5100 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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              Roy D (5:57 AM, February 23, 2014)
              I agree with Hammad, I love my D5100, a little bit better specs don't wow me to upgrade. My camera does everything I want it to do. :) Cheers-
               
              Avatar for Hammad Khan Hammad Khan (0:17 PM, February 20, 2014)
              Owning D5100, I don't think I need to upgrade, considering the picture quality is about the same and there is no major improvement. I really like my Nikdon D5100 long battery life. It never runs of of charge even I use it for days.