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

Nikon D5300

Winner
Nikon D5300

90

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Nikon D90

68

Nikon D90

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
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Battery life
Great battery life
850 shots
 

differences

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 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points
Many more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Smaller
124x99x76 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
480 g vs 703 g
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More than 30% lighter
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
200 ms vs 208 ms
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$599.00 vs $669.95
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The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5300:500 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5300:5 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 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 significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is much heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              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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