Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D5300

90

Nikon D3100

54

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
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO vs 919 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5300 does so at a higher frame rate
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
83.0 vs 67.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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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
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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 279 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5300's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
600 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
480 g vs 505 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$274.95 vs $559.95
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The best price we've seen is $285 cheaper (2x less)
Size
Smaller
124×97×74 mm vs 124×99×76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              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
              D530012,800 ISO
              D31003,200 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
              D53000.54x
              D31000.51x

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 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

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $370 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 - $747 body only

              $709 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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