• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D5200 advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $747
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    7 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos and video

Nikon D5300 advantages over Nikon D5200

  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer battery life
    More info 600 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    20 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.8x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

  • Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

  • 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 Sony A65

Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $417
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5300
Sony A65
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $417
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D5200
Nikon D7100
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D5200
Canon T5i
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $635
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon D5300
Canon T5i
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $635
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5200
Pentax K-3
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $753
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $753
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5500

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5500
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5500
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
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