• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D5300 advantages over Samsung NX30

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $679 vs $832
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,338 vs 1,014 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 12.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 600 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    210 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 21 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Samsung NX30 advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 76 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    654g vs 1035g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.64x vs 0.55x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.8 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    12 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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.

  • Very good image quality at low to moderately high ISOs; Blazing fast single-shot autofocus; Fast 9fps burst with RAW and JPEG files; Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC; Good build quality; Tilting EVF; Articulating touchscreen monitor; Bundled with Adobe Lightroom 5 software; Excellent value.

  • Dynamic range not as good as the best APS-C models; Slow buffer clearing even with fast UHS-I cards; Buffer depth with RAW files is underwhelming; Native lens selection is still fairly limited.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $662
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Samsung NX30
Nikon D5200
  • $865
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $662
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Samsung NX30
Nikon D7100
  • $865
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Nikon D5300
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $662
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Samsung NX30
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $865
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Bluetooth

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $662
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Samsung NX30
Pentax K-3
  • $865
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Nikon D5300
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $662
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
Samsung NX30
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $865
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification
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