Nikon D5300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Movie format
High resolution movies
3840 x 2160 @ 30fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Overall image quality Better image quality 83.0 vs 74.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,338 ISO vs 791 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Slightly smaller 124x99x76 mm vs 132x93x84 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.8 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Longer battery life 600 shots vs 500 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $649.98 vs $1,697.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,048 cheaper (2.6x less)
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
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Weight Lighter 480 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH4

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 3840 x 2160 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
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Shoots higher resolution standard resolution video but at a lower frame rate
Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Focus points Slightly more focus points 49 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D5300:1,037k dots
              DMC-GH4:1,036k dots
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D5300:24.2 MP
              DMC-GH4:16.1 MP
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5300:13.9 EV
              DMC-GH4:12.8 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D5300:24 bits
              DMC-GH4:23.2 bits
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D5300:600 shots
              DMC-GH4:500 shots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D5300:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              DMC-GH4:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5300:Pentamirror
              DMC-GH4:Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5300:3"
              DMC-GH4:3.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5300:480 g
              DMC-GH4:560 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Size Large Help
              D5300:124x99x76 mm
              DMC-GH4:132x93x84 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

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

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

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

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 body only

              $1,230 with 20mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $847 - $898

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,790 - $2,100 with 12-40mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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