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

Nikon D5300

Winner
Nikon D5300

88

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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
Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
 

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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 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 479 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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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 600 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D5300:1,338 ISO
              D7000:1,167 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D5300:83.0
              D7000:80.0
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $629 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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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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              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.