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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
 

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
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
 
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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 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 83.0 vs 79.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
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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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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 130x97x71 mm vs 124x99x76 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price Cheaper $559.99 vs $649.98
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

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              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $476 body only

              $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              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.

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              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 body only

              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................... :(