• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D7000 advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.79 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer battery life
    More info 1050 vs 600 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    10 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
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D5300 advantages over Nikon D7000

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,338 vs 1,167 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    20 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 19 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.8x vs 5.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking

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 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Better than average noise vs. detail handling at high ISOs; Very good dynamic range in JPEGs, excellent in RAW files; Lots of high-end features in a relatively compact body; 6 fps burst mode.

  • Viewfinder not as accurate as specified; Viewfinder doesn't show ISO unless adjusting; No live histogram in Live View mode; No phase-detect Live View AF mode.

  • 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 Canon 60D

Nikon D7000
Canon 60D
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $624
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoots 60p video
Nikon D5300
Canon 60D
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Wi-Fi
  • $624
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • Top deck display

Compared to Pentax K-5

Nikon D7000
Pentax K-5
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon D5300
Pentax K-5
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D7000
Canon T3i
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Nikon D5300
Canon T3i
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D7000
Pentax K-3
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $754
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $754
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5500

Nikon D7000
Nikon D5500
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5500
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
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