• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800

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Advantages

Nikon D5300 over Canon 70D

  • Fast startup
    0.50 vs 0.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    39 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Canon 70D over Nikon D5300

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Less shutter lag
    0.075 vs 0.292 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.0 fps vs 1.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos and video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 1.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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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.

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers full-time continuous autofocus (with phase detect at every pixel in framing area) for video and Live View still shooting; Full HD (1080p) video recording with pro-level features and quality; Improved resolution and good high ISO performance; Excellent Wi-Fi remote shooting with full exposure controls; 3-inch articulating LCD touchscreen.

  • Image quality only improved slightly over 60D; Dynamic range still lags behind competing models; May not feature enough upgrades to convince people to step up from 60D.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Headphone jack

Compared to Sony A77

Nikon D5300
Sony A77
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 70D
Sony A77
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Canon 70D
Nikon D5200
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D5300
Canon T5i
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon 70D
Canon T5i
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • Longer battery life
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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