Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D5300

Winner
Nikon D5300

88

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Nikon D90

68

Nikon D90

Runner-up
     
 

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 D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Battery life
Great battery life
850 shots
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,338 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 83.0 vs 73.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,037k dots vs 930k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5300's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size Significantly smaller 124x99x76 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 480 g vs 703 g
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More than 30% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $649.98 vs $847.52
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The best price we've seen is $198 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 200 ms vs 208 ms
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.54x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 850 shots vs 600 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Built-in 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
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5300:500 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D5300:95%
              D90:96%
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D5300:Contrast detection
              D90:None
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5300:5 fps
              D90:4.5 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is much heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5300.

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

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