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

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5300

90

Nikon D5100

70

Runner-up

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 D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
660 shots vs 600 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$368.00 vs $569.95
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The best price we've seen is $202 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Movie format
Higher 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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
Focus points
Significantly 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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
200 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
480 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
Size
Slightly smaller
124×99×76 mm vs 127×97×79 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D510080.0
              D530083.0
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D51006,400 ISO
              D530012,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D51000.51x
              D53000.54x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 - $747 body only

              $709 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $482 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $733 - $897 body only

              $987 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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

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              Avatar for Jay Bird Jay Bird (1:43 AM, May 26, 2014)
              Would help your credibility if you got the specs right. The D5100 has a flip screen.
               
              Geyden Tamayo (1:37 PM, May 05, 2014)
              my D5100 Have Never been failed... if i could update it will be for a full frame camera!
               
              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.