In this article I will compare the newly announced Nikon D5300 versus D5200 (the model being replaces), D7100 and Canon Rebel T5i (EOS 700D). The D5300 is an advanced entry-level SLR camera, which replaces the D5200 that was announced on November 6, 2012. It brings some new enhancements over its predecessor.
The first thing that I want to talk about before we jump straight into our in-depth comparison is the differences between the D5300 and D5200. I’m sure that there are many photographers who want to know whether or not the D5300 is worth the extra ~$150 price difference. As of the time of writing the Nikon D5300 costs approximately $800 and the D5200 costs approximately $650. Many novice photographers might be convinces to go with the cheaper option. I think that it’s wise to fully understand the differences between the two cameras before making a decision. After all, you don’t buy a DSLR camera everyday, and there might be some features that will convince you to invest more and get the more expensive model (and vice versa).
Nikon D5300 vs D5200 – The Differences
Nikon added many new features to this new model that certainly make the D5300 a more attractive option compared to the Nikon D5200. Here is a list of the differences between the D5200 and D5300:
- Newly Developed Sensor with No low-pass Filter — A newly developed 24.2 MP DX sensor without an optical low-pass filter (D5200 has a 24.1 MP DX sensor with optical low-pass filter)
The optical low-pass filter (anti-aliasing filter) is used to reduce the occurrence of moiré and false colors in photos. The removal of the OLPF increases the chance of moiré, but contribute to a sharper and more detailed image. The difference is not big as you might think, but it does help the camera to squeeze a bit more details out from the scene. Furthermore, next generation sensor, in almost all cases (although it depends on other parameters like pixel size), perform better than older-gen sensors
- EXPEED 4 image processor — compared to EXPEED 3 on the D5200. The new processor optimized for faster performance, better noise reduction algorithms, improved WB and image color reproduction and tone
- 12 or 14 bit NEF RAW compression— D5200 only offers 14 bit RAW
- Larger viewfinder — D5300 features a 0.82x magnification viewfinder, compared to 0.78x of the D5200. They FOV is 95%, same on both cameras
- New HDR painting (two framed different exposure) and Toy Camera effect modes
- Native ISO 12800 — compared to ISO6400 on the D5200, both can climb up to ISO25600 in extended mode
- 1080p60 video recording — 60p (progressive frames) / 30p and 24p in full HD 1080 video recording — D5200 features 60i (interlaced frames, lower quality) /30p and 24p. So the D5300 gains 60p instead of 60i.
You do have a 3.5mm mic input port on both cameras to connect and external microphone. Both cameras have built-in stereo mic at the top of the camera
- More thumbnails images view on the screen in calendar (4, 12, 80 vs 4, 9 , 72)
- Built-in WiFi — not available on the D5200
- Built-in GPS — not available on the D5200 (need to use the optional external GP-1 GPS receiver)
- Slightly smaller and lighter but nothing significant
- Longer battery life (600 vs 500 shots / CIPA) — the D5300 is compatible with both the EN-EL14a and the EN-EL14 (D5200 battery version)
- Bigger and higher-resolution LCD — 3.2″ 1.04M-dot vari-angle vs 3″ 921K-dot vari-angle
- Being offered in a new Gray color
- Improved ergonomics with rubber on the left side and more room and rubber area for the thumb at the back
Both cameras have the same light metering sensor, same Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX AF sensor with 39 AF points (9 cross-type), same shutter speed (3fps in’L’ mode and up to 5 fps in ‘H’ mode), same exposure compensation and bracketing.
No doubt that the D5300 improves where is should be improved and Nikon did a great job with the D5300. You get a new sensor (with no OLPF), image processor, larger viewfinder, 60p video recording, , WiFi + GPS, better battery life and better ergonomics. This is a very noticeable update and this certainly makes the D5300 on of the more feature-rich entry-level DSLR cameras on the market right now. Nikon improved upon what needs and expected to be improved in order to create a DSLR camera that withstand the competition in both the DSLR and Mirrorless industries.
Although you won’t find any innovative features here, something that is lacked in the DSLR business from quite some time, you do get features that you could only dream of having a few years ago. The Nikon D5300 is really an impressive entry-level DSLR camera.
D5300 vs T5i / 700D vs D7100
Now that you understand the differences between the D5300 and the D5200, it’s time to see how the D5300 stand against two other popular DSLR cameras, the D7100 and Canon Rebel T5i / EOS 700D. The D7100 is a mid-range DSLR, whether the Canon T5i / 700D is the equivalent to the D5300 on the Canon’s camp.
As of the time of writing, the Canon Rebel T5i costs approx. $650 (body only), which is $150 less than the D5300. Lets not forget that the 700D / T5i was announced almost a year ago (as of the time of writing) on March 21, 2013. The Nikon D7100 costs around $1150 (body only), which makes this camera the choice for enthusiast photographers who want and will take use of its advantages compare to the entry-level cameras offered by Nikon, including the D5300 among them.
I’m pretty sure that the main debate will take be with the D5300 and T5i / 700D. The D7100 might be an option for those of you who can afford buying it and those who find its features appealing for your personal shooting style and professional needs. If you are a novice photographer and it’s your first DSLR camera that you buy I recommend starting with either the D5300 or T5i and grow up from there. Don’t forget that you’ll also need to buy a lens or the kit offering (comes with one lens) that will push the price up. You might also prefer buying a second lens, even if you have the budget for the D7100. There are some amazing Nikkor lenses out there that will certainly help you in various shooting situations, where the camera can’t give you an answer for that. For example, you might consider buying an ultra wide-angle lens or a very fast prime lens to get that very smooth Bokeh effect and being able to shoot without a flash in low-light.
Whatever you consideration are, you should look at the whole package and make a smart buying decision — taking everything into account.
OK, now let’s take a look at the key differences between the three cameras..
|D5300||D7100||T5i / 700D|
|Announced||October 17, 2013||February 21, 2013||March 21, 2013|
|The reason that I am mentioning the dates is that some people prefer not buying a particular camera when a new model that replaces a specific model is predicted to be released. The 700D is probably the most likely to be replaced by a newer model.|
We can see that the 650D / T4i was announced on Jun 8 ,2012. The 700D was announced around 9 months after. This might suggests that a 700D replacement will be introduced even next month. I recommend following camera rumors websites, especially those related to Canon just to get a clearer picture regarding this.
|Build Quality||Carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic|
(instead of metal chassis and polycarbonate - weight less, but maintain high durability)
|Magnesium alloy top and rear covers (others polycarbonate)||Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber|
|Weather-sealing||N/A||weather and dust resistance, |
*equivalent to the D800 series and D300S
|The D7100 is the more robust camera in terms of its exterior design and weather sealing capabilities. It's built in high standards and will certainly will appeal better to outdoor photographers who are searching for a durable and weather-sealed camera. |
700D / T5i in the second place with its stainless steel chassis. The D5300 is in the third place with its Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic body which promote better durability against bumps.
|Dimensions||125 x 98 x 76 mm (4.92 x 3.86 x 2.99″)||136 x 107 x 76 mm (5.35 x 4.21 x 2.99″)||133 x 100 x 79 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.11″)|
|Weight||480 g (1.06 lb / 16.93 oz)||765 g (1.69 lb / 26.98 oz)||580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)|
|The lack of any type of alloy maked the D5300 weight less than the other two models and its also slightly more compact too.|
The D7100 is the largest and weights much more than the other two. I don't think that this should bother anyone, after all, non of them are pocketable and in some cases you might prefer the bigger and heavier body. This is useful when mounting heavy and long telephoto zoom lenses or when using an external accessory like a flash with or without a big lens in front.
So take this also into consideration as well.
|Official Battery Grip||No|
3rd party - check out the Xit Pro Mult-Power Battery grip which is compatible with the D5100, D5200 and D5300
check out the Nikon MB-D15 Grip
check out the Canon BG-E8 battery grip
|24.2 million pixels|
23.5 x 15.6 mm APS-C
No Low-pass filter
|24.1 million pixels|
23.5 x 15.6 mm APS-C
No Low-pass filter
|18 million pixels|
22.3 x 14.9 mm APS-C
With Low-pass filter
|D5300 and D7100 offer a resolution advantage over the T5i which result in 816 more pixel in width and 544 more pixel in height. I don't see this as an advantage, rather pay attention to the sensor performance and lens resolution resolvement power instead. |
Having said that, see pixel density in the next section.
Furthermore, the D7100 and D5300 lack the OLPF, whether the 700D/T5i has an OLPF. This should give the D5300 and D7100 a slight edge in terms of image sharpness if the two sensors have the same sensor, but the resolution difference and the lack of OLPF should certainly give the D7100 and D5300 an edge here in terms of image resolution and details.
The D7100 also has a unique features called 1.3x crop DX mode that result in image with double the focal length of that of a 35mm camera. On of the advantages of this crop mode is that the 51 AF points covers the entire frame horizontally which promotes a more powerful capturing capability. Bu using this crop mode you will be able to get closer to your subject which gives you a narrower angle of view which is 1.3x times longer than the DX one. You do however loser resolution and instead of 24.2MP you can shoot only 15.4 MP images. The camera can also shoot at 7 fps bursts in this mode as well.
|Pixel Density||3.92 microns||3.92 microns||4.3 microns|
|The Canon Rebel T5i / EOS 700D sensor utilize larger pixels due to its reduced resolution (lesser pixel density). This is not the only aspect that contribute to improved high ISO performance, but it's an important one. We've seen that the sensor technology and image processing is also important as well. So we need to observe the differences ourselves (via lab test reviews) in order to see which one performs better in low light and which one has the better IQ, regardless of the pixel size difference that we see here.|
Of course all three use a large APS-C Sensor, which regardless of the differences, would yield very high ISO performance compare to point and shoot or mobile phone cameras. This is one of the reasons people buy a DSLR in the first place, to enjoy its large sensor advantages, although there are mirrorless cameras like Sony NEX cameras that have the same sensor size but in a much smaller camera body.
|Image Processor||Expeed 4||Expeed 3||Digic 5|
|One of the advantages that the D5300 has over the D7100 is by utilizing a next-generation image processor, the EXPEED 4.|
It provided the camera the performance it needs for 1080p60 (progressive frames) video recording, improved contrast detection AF performance for both movies and live preview, reduced power consumption, improved NR and RAW interpolation algorithms.
The Digic 5 isn't Canon's latest, as it already introduced DIGIC 6 image processor that enabled improved low-light performance with less noise, improved AF perofrmance and AF lag, 60p video recording, improved video stabilization and faster burst.
The DIGIC 6 image process is used on some of Canon's point-and-shoot cameras like the PowerShot S120, PowerShot SX280 and PowerShot G16, and expected to be used on Canon's future DSLR cameras as well.
|ISO||100 - 12800|
(25600 with boost)
|100 - 6400|
(25600 with boost)
|100 - 12800|
(25600 with boost)
|AF Sensor||Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor|
39-AF points (9 cross-type)
|Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor|
51-AF points (15 cross-type)
|9-AF points (all cross-type)|
phase-detection AF (+contrast-detection) for Live View and Video (aka Hybrid CMOS AF)
|The D5300 and D7100 have the more advanced AF system, with the D7100 in the first place with its 51 point AF system. The D7100 can also take advantage of its DX crop mode that multiplies (1.3x) the focal length and allowing the AF points to cover almost the entire frame for more robust subject tracking performance and 3D tracking capability. The price that you pay is for reduced resolution, but gain non-destructive digital zooming capabilities (focal length multiplier) and an improved AF performance.|
I have been shooting for quite some time with the D7100, and it's blazing fast. It's so fast, that sometimes I thought that the AF is not working, it was that fast! :)
|All three offer large screens with high resolution, however the D7100 has a fixed screen (doesn't rotate) and the T5i feature a touchscreen with touch user interface for ease of use for novice photographers and for those who prefer using the touch user interface and shoot over the built-in eye-level viewfinder. I personally not one of those, but there are times that it's more convenient -- but it certainly a feature that I can leave without, do you? |
A fully articulated display will be very useful when shooting videos, and at times when you want to shoot above-head or below waistline shots that are harder to compose without it.
|I see the viewfinder as a very important feature in a DSLR camera. You find that most of the time you'll be shooting through the viewfinder. So the viewfinder should provide you with the best visual experience.|
The D7100 features the best viewfinder in this group. It has a pentaprism rather than pentamirror which provided brighter view, prevents dust and noisture to enter the viewfinder chamber, make manual focusing easier especially in low-light conditions, has longer shelf-life, more durable.
Modern cameras however improved the pentamirror design, but the D7100 does enjoy two other benefits, including larger viewfinder and 100% coverage.
The T5i has the smallest viewfinder and the same coverage as the D5300.
|Shutter Speed||30 - 1/4000 sec||30 - 1/8000 sec||30 - 1/4000 sec|
|The D7100 is the only camera in this group to offer 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed. This allows the camera to reduce the amount of light by one stop (less twice the amount of light compared to 1/4000 sec). This allows photographer to gain more precise control over the exposure, especially when using fast lenses, as well as allow fast action photographers to enjoy faster capture for freezing the action.|
Not anyone of you will take advantage of it, but those who shoot wildlife, birds or racing games should certainly pay attention to this option and you probably don't need me to tell you that.
|Pop-up Flash||Yes (12m)||Yes (12m)||Yes (13m)|
|Flash X Sync Speed||1/200 sec||1/250 sec||1/200 sec|
|Continuous Shooting||3fps (L)|
5 fps (H and 12-bit NEF/RAW)
4 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW)
5 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW)
* 7 fps in 1.3x DX crop mode
|Exposure Compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)||(2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
1080p60 (progressive frames)
3.5mm mic input
No headphone jack
1080i60 (interlaced frames)
3.5mm mic input
Headphone jack (sound monitoring)
3.5mm mic input
No headphone jack
|The Nikon D5300 offers 1080p 60fps progressive frames video recording which is not available on the other models. Unlike the D7100 60i, 60p records both the odd and even fields (all data), compared to 60i (interlaced) where the camera records the video in 30p and output the video in 60 fps by splitting a single frame into two frames, each one with either odd or even lines sequentially. 60p therefore result in better video quality that is more suited for video editing and when applying slow motion effect (reducing the playback speed), but the video file output will be larger of course, something to keep in mind.|
The D7100 however does have headphone jack for monitoring the sound quality. The T5i looks the least impressive on paper, but let's not forget that the D7100 lacks and articulating LCD, which is a feature that many enthusiast video shooters are looking for in an HDSLR camera.
Approximately 30 m/98 ft range
Max. 54 Mbps data rate
WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Eye-Fi SD Cards
GP-1/GP-1A GPS Unit
Canon GP-E2 GPS
|The D5300 has an advantage of having both Wi-Fi and GPS built-in the camera, no need to use your mobile phone's GPS or buy an extra accessory to enjoy Wireless connectivity. |
This makes it easier to transfer your images to a mobile device (e.g. smartphone, tablet) and share your images online. You need to pre-install the "Wireless Mobile Utility" app on your mobile device to enable the remote monitor and remote controller features on your Nikon D5300. The D5300 also has A-GPS support and allows you to create track logs with location information.
Certainly a big advantage for the D5300 here if these functions is those you are looking for in your next camera.
|Battery Life||600 shots||950 shots||440 shots|
|D7100 enjoys the best battery life of the three, much better than the D5300 and T5i/700D. This allows you to shoot more stills and videos on a single battery charge without worrying that the battery will die on you while shooting outdoors. You always have the option to buy a second battery, don't forget that.|
As you can see from the above comparison table, the Nikon D5300 has its cons and pros. It does feature a carbon-fibre reinforced body but lacks the stainless steel chassis as the Nikon D7100 and the T5i, nor it enjoys the weather-sealing capabilities of the D7100. It’s smaller and lighter, but does introduce improved ergonomic design over its predecessor, but probably will appeal less for advanced shooters who intend to use long and heavy telephoto lenses and mount an external flash. For this, a larger camera will provide better handling as it helps to better stabilize the weight of the camera against the heavy lens (e.g. 70-200mm f/2.8). Furthermore, the D5300 doesn’t have an official battery grip, although 3rd party offering does exist.
The D5300 features the latest EXPEED 4 image processor, which provide the camera the performance it needs for stills and video shooting. Having 39-point AF system is certainly a welcomed feature, at least if you compare it to the T5i that only comes with 9 point AF system. Having said that, the 700D / T5i does have an Hybrid AF system, which means that the camera utilizes phase-detection and contrast detection advantages together for video recording and Live View. This will help promote more accurate and faster AF performance in those situations, and for those who don’t shoot video with manual focusing. I personally don’t like shooting videos with continuous AF and prefer doing it manually for smoother transitions and more professional results — rather than relying on the camera’s built-in AF to make the best choice.
Having 1080p60 is great, especially when you have a fully articulated LCD and 3.5mm mic connector. On the other hand, the D5300 lacks headphone jack which exists on the D7100, and if you don’t care about this feature, I personally found the D5300 to offer the best features for video recording overall, but I think that enthusiast videographers won’t skip the headphone jack feature, as it is important for monitoring the sound quality. The sound quality is not less important than the visuals when it comes to videos, especially if you don’t intend to override the original sound with a soundtrack of your own. For an entry-level camera, Nikon was very generous in its video feature’s offering.
Nikon D5300 is also the only camera to offer both built-in GPS and WiFi solutions. This feature is important for novice photographers and those who are coming from point-and-shoot and mobile phone camera’s experiences. The built-in GPS will automatically geotag your photos with the location data where the image was shot. The built-in Wi-Fi will make it easier to transfer images to your smartphone and also gives you remote shooting control functionality over your camera. So for example, you can mount your camera on a tripod and see what the lens sees and control your camera settings, including the shutter release, from your phone using a dedicated app for Android or iOS devices.
The Canon Rebel T5i / EOS 700D seems like less attractive now that the D5300 is out. Among its advantages are stainless steel chassis, optional official battery grip, low-pass filter (if you see this as an advantage — less moire), larger pixels, higher maximum native ISO compared to the D7100, Hybrid AF system for Live View and video recording and Full articulated touchscreen display.
The Canon Rebel T5i sells for a very attractive price and will certainly appeal to buyers who don’t want to spend a lot on camera, and still want a camera that is capable of capturing high quality photos and have decent video features. The T5i certainly falls into this category, easily.
The think that many people are waiting for the Canon EOS 750D Rebel T6i to come out, and now that the D5300 is overall a better camera feature-wise, many people might wait to see what Canon will come up next before making a decision. I am not the type of person who like to wait. When I want and need a camera I buy it — I don’t read rumors and predictions news to find out when a new model comes out. I don’t say that it’s not smart to do so, but the Nikon D5300 is already an excellent next-gen entry-level DSLR camera.
Image Quality Comparison
The Nikon D5300 is a great entry-level camera that comes with lots of useful features. The question that still remains is how good is its image quality and high ISO performance. Luckily imaging resouce has uploaded new Nikon D5300 sample images in its comparometer image quality comparison tool. This helps us get a good understanding about how good the Nikon D5300 image quality is and whether, if at all, the image quality has improved over the D5200 (the older model).
Here’s a summary of my observation.
- The D5300 certainly produced sharper results, and the lack of OLPF helps to squeeze more fine details from the scene. It’s visible at 100% scale, but obviously hard to detect when scaling the image down
- D5300 high ISO performance is 1 stop better than the D5200. A step above, but not a huge difference.
- The D5300 high ISO performance is slightly better thab the D7100, and you can see that at ISO 6400, the D5300 is more resilient to chrome noise
- The D5300 high ISO performance is very close to the T5i. The T5i as a smoother image with slightly less noise, but that’s due to more aggressive NR — at least when you look at images at ISO 1600 and above. The T5i has a visible advantage with clearer images, but the different is very minor and only visible when you compare the two images at 100% side by side. Both cameras result in very good high ISO performance
Before we move on to the conclusion, I want to share a video with you by ‘CameraRec Tobby’, which will summarize some of the cons and pros of the D5300.
If you read the article through you can see that Nikon introduced an excellent entry-level DSLR into the market, and a well worthy camera that can withstand future competition. The features and performance that you get with the D5300 were once belong to mid-range cameras, and it’s great to see an entry-level camera that offers such a great performance and a wide range of useful features.
The Built-in GPS and Wi-FI will certainly appeal to new comers and beginners, however some of you probably wish that this camera had a touchscreen as in the T5i. The image quality and high ISO performance is excellent, and the AF sensor will certainly help out when shooting fast moving subjects. The 1080p60 will give you smooth video recording playback, but the D5300 doesn’t have on-sensor phase detection sensors as in the Canon 700D, which means that the AF will be less accurate and a bit slower compared to an Hybrid AF sensor.
The D5300 is not weather sealed nor it uses magnesium alloy body, but it is more durable than the D5300 and feels good in the hands. It’s optical viewfinder is relatively small, but still offers a good view of the scene and very useful when shooting in bright daylight.
There is little to complain about the D5300. If you don’t need a top LCD, class leading AF performance, headphone jack, high-speed sync (Auto FP Flash), weather sealing or built-in AF motor, the Nikon D5300 might be your best bet.
I think that beginners and even advanced photographer will find the Nikon D5300 to be great for their needs. A great all-around DSLR camera that improved a lot over its predecessor. If you are upgrading from the Nikon D5200, I think that you should look at the D7100 rather than the D5300.
If you want my opinion, I would pick up the D5300 if I didn’t have the budget for the D7100, and I would get the D5300 over the T5i without thinking twice. Have a different opinion? — post your opinion in the comment section below. Thanks for reading and please don’t forget to share and LIKE our Facebook page.
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