• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $1088 Average Retail $1400 MSRP
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • $1000 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon D5300 over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    0.50 vs 2.80 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    11 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    39 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.8x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Sony A65 over Nikon D5300

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Less shutter lag
    0.138 vs 0.292 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos and video

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 Nikon D5200

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $1088
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $679
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $679
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D5300
Canon T5i
  • $1088
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $791
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Sony A65
Canon T5i
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $791
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 70D

Nikon D5300
Canon 70D
  • $1088
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • GPS
  • $1532
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Sony A65
Canon 70D
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1532
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $1088
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $1084
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A65
Pentax K-3
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
  • $1084
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Nikon D5300
Pentax K-S1
  • $1088
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A65
Pentax K-S1
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
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