• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 32.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D5300 advantages over Canon 90D

  • Less expensive
    $459 vs $1349
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 3.23 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 57 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 90D advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1300 vs 600 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    45 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Newer
    Brand new vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    32.5 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    27 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $459
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Canon 90D
Nikon D5200
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $459
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 90D
Pentax K-3
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon T6s

Nikon D5300
Canon T6s
  • $459
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $773
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC
Canon 90D
Canon T6s
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
  • $773
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Canon 80D

Nikon D5300
Canon 80D
  • $459
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1093
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC
Canon 90D
Canon 80D
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $1093
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 77D

Nikon D5300
Canon 77D
  • $459
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • NFC
Canon 90D
Canon 77D
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
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