Nikon D5300

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Nikon D5300

90

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Pentax K-30

86

Pentax K-30

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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 Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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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 1,129 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
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
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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 79.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Battery life
Longer battery life
600 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Weight
Significantly lighter
480 g vs 650 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.54x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
162 ms vs 200 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
130x97x71 mm vs 124x99x76 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$369.99 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $229 cheaper (around 40% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies

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              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (0:39 AM, November 02, 2013)
              I guess Nikon is going with the Canon route................... :(