Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D5300

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Nikon D5300

90

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Nikon D7000

83

Nikon D7000

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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
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Movie format Higher 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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,338 ISO vs 1,167 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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Overall image quality Better image quality 83.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,037k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 124x99x76 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 238 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Weight Much lighter 480 g vs 780 g
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Around 40% lighter
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
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 600 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              13.9 EV
              Focus points Lots of focus points Help
              39
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5300:500 ms
              D7000:400 ms
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $815 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,147 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

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              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D7000.

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              Showing 11 comments

              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.