• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D5300 advantages over Nikon D3300

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.8x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Nikon D3300 advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Less expensive
    $497 vs $747
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Lighter weight
    662g vs 1035g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    7 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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 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

User reviews

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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.

  • Excellent image quality with lots of fine detail; Very good high ISO performance; Good dynamic range; Good print quality; Deep buffers with JPEGs; 1080/60p video; Uncompressed HDMI output.

  • AF struggles in low-light; Contrast-detect AF in live view is slow; Buffer depth is shallow with RAW files; No AE bracketing; No built-in Wi-Fi.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
Nikon D3300
Nikon D7100
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D5300
Sony A58
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Nikon D3300
Sony A58
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $802
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D3300
Pentax K-3
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $802
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T5

Nikon D5300
Canon T5
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Nikon D3300
Canon T5
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer battery life
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Nikon D5500

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5500
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D3300
Nikon D5500
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
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