Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D5300


Nikon D7000



Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,338 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder
Battery life
Great battery life
1050 shots


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5300.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.


Nikon D5300 Competitors

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$539 - $697 body only

$614 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
GPS No built-in GPS
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$389 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$480 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$539 - $697 body only

$614 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$580 - $697 body only

$939 - $997 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies


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Hather (6:23 AM, July 20, 2015)
It is "better" if you pay attention to "no OP filter" in D5300 that adds sharpness to images.They definitely feel more crispy (with appropriate glass) and ISO performance(under low light) is much better in D5300.
Wallen (6:17 AM, May 06, 2015)
It all boils down to what do you want to do with the camera. Based on my "real world" experience, the D5300 can definitely make better pictures than the D7000 "BUT" that will not show up unless you know what you are doing and you are printing images as big as a house. It is lighter and easier to use/frame an image in awkward positions but it "shoots sloooowly". I'm not talking about shutter speed or frame per second but about setting up a shot manually. It is very comfortable like a car whereas the 7000 is more like a truck. The D7000 is weather shielded thus can work in harsh conditions when matched with a weather-sealed lens and because it has more dedicated controls, it is way way easier to manipulate manually. So, If you want to "work with your camera", go with the 7000. if you are a hobbyist looking for that extra oomph from a set-up image or a family shooter, then the 5300 is a better choice.
Tom (7:48 PM, November 04, 2014)
"Better" image quality. Marginally better. Megapickles mean nothing if you don't have the glass to shoot through. Not attacking you just saying, the image quality will absolutely not be noticable.
mckinzey 711 (2:02 AM, August 06, 2014)
D7000 over the d5300. The image quality is minimal. The d5300 is a toy with a great sensor. If you want a real camera get the d7000. Remember these are just tools. The WiFi , the flip out screen and GPS aren't going to make your pictures look better. Also there is no focus motor built in! With the d7000 you can get a Nikon 50mm 1.8 AF lenses from 30-$100! With the d5300 you would have to buy the 1.8g and it's way more! The d5300 only has one scroll wheel in the back, it's ment for family pictures taken in auto or aperture mode. Trust me I went from a entry level to the d7000 and its night and day.
Dick (0:32 AM, July 12, 2014)
The D5300. Smaller, lighter, less expensive, better image quality, amazingly useful features like an articulating screen (for video) and built-in WiFi (eliminating the need to purchase any separate WiFi attachments).
Bonzo (6:09 AM, May 22, 2014)
So, what did everyone buy??
J. Scott Watson (7:31 PM, January 27, 2014)
All of your points are good ones -- the "gadget" enhancements on the 5300 are for tyros. But you fail to account for the dramatically improved images that result from the D5300's discard of the optical low-pass filter. The ability to control moire by CPU without that filter enables the sensor to capture more and better information, and the RAW output of the 5300 is undeniably better. I have both, and the 7000 must make way for the 7100 [also has no optical LPF] or the "7200" when released.
Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (10:56 PM, January 18, 2014)
K-30/k-50 Pentax

Cheaper and does well if not better
Avatar for Shaun Shaun (8:25 PM, December 12, 2013)
I too am to and throw but think I'm definitely going for d7000 😄 it's faster
Michell Santana (3:50 AM, November 11, 2013)
Look, the D7000 is better for students of photography and semi profissional photographer, because the advantages of the D5300 are for amateur, things like wi-fi, flip-out screen are funny, but if you wanna increase your knowlegde proficiency about photography it doesn't matter, and with D7000 you can use lenses without built focus motor, and believe me, you will save a lot of money with this, bacause lenses are expensives!!!
bicos78 (0:36 PM, November 02, 2013)
hehehe,serious Dilemma,but to me D7000 could be my choice,,,,,,
Gabriela (4:41 PM, October 23, 2013)
I'm in the same dilemma, I was sure about the D7000 then here comes the D5300, I even have the D7000 in my Adorama's Shopping Cart! Just can't hit the "Check out" button because of D5300 fault! Hope someone helps us :(
Avatar for Shrey Kumar Shrey Kumar (3:30 PM, October 18, 2013)
Hey Friends..
Need ur Help...

Which one should I buy D5300 or D7000???

* Willing to become Semi-Pro with just one camera
* Would also buy one prime and two zoom lens
* One time investment

Please specify in-detail about ur choice.
Thanks in Advance.
Your Suggestion is Highly Appreciated.