• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Nikon D5300 advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Less expensive
    $679 vs $3596
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Sony A7R III advantages over Nikon D5300

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.51 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,523 vs 1,338 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    12 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.55x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.2 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    30 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
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • 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 panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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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.

  • Fantastic image quality; Improved dynamic range over its predecessor; Very good high ISO performance; Much improved real-world AF performance; Class-leading burst rates, even with RAW; Improved 5-axis in-body image stabilization; Better 4K video quality; 1080/120fps video; Dual card slots; Significantly better battery life.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash; Buffer clearing still slow despite UHS-II support.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $573
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony A7R III
Nikon D5200
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
  • $573
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony A7R III
Nikon D7100
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $573
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7R III
Pentax K-3
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony A7R II

Nikon D5300
Sony A7R II
  • $573
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R III
Sony A7R II
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon EOS R

Nikon D5300
Canon EOS R
  • $573
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R III
Canon EOS R
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
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