• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 15.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 50D advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.99 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.3 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D5300 advantages over Canon 50D

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Better color depth
    24.0 vs 21.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,338 vs 696 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 15.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    3 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    39 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 45 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 43 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality similar to more expensive DSLRs (like the D7100); Great dynamic range; Responsive all-around performer; Excellent Full HD video-shooting quality; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Built-in GPS; Compact and lightweight size; 18-140mm kit lens performs well for its type and has a very versatile focus length range.

  • AA-filterless sensor makes it more prone to moire; Burst speed slows with highest quality 14-bit RAW images; Live View mode not as good as some competitors; No external headphone jack; GPS receiver not very sensitive.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung GX-20

Canon 50D
Samsung GX-20
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • HDMI out
  • $1400
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5300
Samsung GX-20
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1400
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-7

Canon 50D
Pentax K-7
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5300
Pentax K-7
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Canon 50D
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D5300
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 50D
Nikon D7100
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Better color depth
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 50D
Pentax K-3
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1024
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $1024
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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