Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5200






Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,338 ISO
Large screen
Screen size
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
200 ms shutter lag
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV


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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5300.


Nikon D5300 Competitors


Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$497 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$747 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Lowest price More expensive

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$549 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Touch screen Has a touch screen
GPS No built-in GPS

Nikon D5200 Competitors


Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$497 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$649 body only

$599 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range



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Ashish (4:43 PM, April 20, 2015)
In this site Which camera is costly then other is winner. For Example D5300 is costly then D5200 where as there features are slightly same, So D5300 is Winner from D5200
Kelly (10:13 AM, March 23, 2015)
I'm still not sure which one to buy. I don't need the gps and wifi, but may need the higer iso. I'm a hobby photographer and a student, so saving money is always a good thing. Though i want a good camera too. My main focus is portrait with natural light (inside and outside) and nature. Can somebody help me out?
Avatar for AM AM (8:59 PM, February 23, 2015)
I will be taking images of area rugs and some times closeups from close distance with D5300. which lens do you recommend. Thank you
Avatar for Cat Cat (0:54 PM, December 29, 2014)
I want to be able to do small rooms like bathrooms for Real Estate photography with an APS-C (D5200) camera. Which short lens do you recommend?

I like this 10mm-100mm but it's CX format. What does that convert to in APS-C?
Avatar for stevelink stevelink (7:18 PM, May 10, 2014)
Good comparison, EXCEPT for one thing that makes absolutely ZERO sense...How can you state that the D5200 has "slightly better image quality", when the newer D5300 has not only a more advanced image engine (Expeed4), but also no AA (OLPF) filter?? The lack of this filter alone allows for somewhat sharper images straight out of the camera! To my mind, that fact alone gives the D5300 an advantage over the (still very capable) D5200 in terms of image quality alone. And I've owned both, and can verify that the D5300 indeed has "slightly better image quality" (at least in terms of sharpness and detail rendition, given good lens and technique!) than the D5200. Thank you,
silent ninja (3:06 AM, February 24, 2014)
D5300 is superior and well worth the price. Hopefully it will be lower as the hype dies down. Has built in GPS and WIFI, No anti-alias filter, larger 3.2" LCD, auto focus is faster, 1080P HD video instead of 1080i, lighter and better battery.
Name (3:44 PM, January 30, 2014)
D5300 has no anti alliasing filter, has new Expeed 4 processor, and new carbon reinforced body not plastic as D5200. But DxO Labs result give relatively same image quality with D5300 is slightly better than D5200. Please read in Wikipedia: Nikon D5300 and DxO Labs
Tiago (1:45 AM, January 27, 2014)
When it comes to SLRs, price is definitely something to be taken into account. I won't upgrade from my D5200 only because of a slightly lower noise, 76 g less weight or a GPS. Besides, in terms of image quality, D5200 has been better evaluated than D5300...
Mitul Nakum (8:30 AM, January 22, 2014)
shutter lag : Nikon D5300 has 0.3 sec of shutter lag which is 300ms not 600ms
dandyman96 (7:17 AM, January 21, 2014)
Snapsort said they were ignoring the price when they made the rating. I don't understand their rating system. Very useful information, though....
Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (1:41 AM, January 18, 2014)
That would be it........

Seriously who would want GPS.............
daa1980 (3:53 PM, January 15, 2014)
I think this score has to be more with what camera has more to offer you in means of cost vs benefits. I guess 5300 is almost 5200 but is it worth almost 200 bucks for a bit o reduction on ISO and 30 fps more?... I think 5200 is more than good and the changes that 5300 are not fair enough for 799
Pourya (7:51 PM, January 06, 2014)
D5200 is compatible with 1920 x 1080 60i/50i movies :
dulo (8:00 PM, January 05, 2014)
Admin.. pliz fix this score on nikon dslr.. its confusing why nikon 5200 is better
Ali (3:04 AM, December 26, 2013)
D5300 is definitely the winner .
Avatar for Alejandro Valerín Alejandro Valerín (1:45 PM, December 09, 2013)
Completely agree with you. I "think" the 5200 is being considered superior because of its price, which is wrong, of course the 5300 is more expensive, has more features than the 5200. Very nice and useful information, poor judgement for the final rating.
Avatar for Edo Edo (8:04 PM, December 05, 2013)
Helpful information. However, I don't understand the final score of 86 over 85 when the 5200 has only 2 advantages over the 5300. The 5300 has 10 advantages, and is still considered inferior to the 5200?