Nikon D5200 vs D5300

In this article, I will show feature differences between the new Nikon D5300 and the previous generation D5200. What does the updated D5300 bring to the table and what are the key differences? Let’s take a look! Please keep in mind that this Nikon D5200 vs D5300 comparison is purely based on specifications. A detailed comparison with image samples and ISO comparisons will be provided in the upcoming Nikon D5300 review.

Nikon D5300 vs D5200

As I have already pointed out in my announcement article, the new D5300 has the same sensor as the D7100, without an anti-aliasing / optical low-pass filter, which should translate to slightly sharper images. While most of the features between the D5200 and the D5300 are very similar, the latter comes with a brand new EXPEED 4 processor that allows shooting videos up to 60 fps and comes with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities. And with all this, the new D5300 is also 80 grams lighter than its predecessor! Let’s take a look at how the two cameras stack up against each other in terms of specifications:

Nikon D5200 vs D5300 Specification Comparison

Camera FeatureNikon D5200Nikon D5300
Sensor Resolution24.1 Million24.1 Million
AA FilterYesNo
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor Size23.5×15.6mm23.6×15.6mm
Sensor Pixel Size3.92µ3.92µ
Dust Reduction / Sensor CleaningYesYes
Image Size6,000 x 4,0006,000 x 4,000
Image ProcessorEXPEED 3EXPEED 4
Viewfinder TypePentamirrorPentamirror
Focus MotorNoNo
Viewfinder Coverage95%95%
Built-in FlashYesYes
Flash Sync Speed1/2001/200
Storage Media1x SD1x SD
Continuous Shooting Speed5 FPS5 FPS
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 sec1/4000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability100,000 cycles100,000 cycles
Exposure Metering Sensor2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Base ISOISO 100ISO 100
Native ISO SensitivityISO 100-6,400ISO 100-12,800
Boosted ISO SensitivityISO 12,800-25,600ISO 25,600
Autofocus SystemMulti-CAM 4800DXMulti-CAM 4800DX
AF DetectionUp to f/5.6Up to f/5.6
Video CapabilityYesYes
Video OutputMOV, CompressedMOV, Compressed
Video Maximum Record Time20 min in 24p, 30 min in 30p20 min in 24p, 30 min in 30p
Video Maximum Resolution1920×1080 (1080p) @ 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p1920×1080 (1080p) @ 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
Audio RecordingBuilt-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Articulating LCDYesYes
LCD Size3.0″ diagonal TFT-LCD3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution921,000 dots1,037,000 Dots
HDR SupportYesYes
Built-in GPSNoYes
Wi-Fi FunctionalityEye-Fi Compatible, WU-1aBuilt-in
BatteryEN-EL14 Lithium-ion BatteryEN-EL14 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery ChargerMH-24 ChargerMH-24 Charger
Weather Sealed BodyNoNo
USB Version2.02.0
Weight (Body Only)560g with battery and memory card480g with battery and memory card
Dimensions128 x 97 x 79mm125 x 98 x 76mm
MSRP Price$799 (as introduced)$799 (as introduced)

Is the D5300 worth the upgrade? The Nikon D5300 seems like a solid upgrade for those considering to move up from the D3000 and D3100 or from the original D5000 and D5100 cameras. I would not upgrade if I already had a D5200, since most of the features remain the same. Unless, of course, I really wanted / needed the built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities.

If you would like to see the comparison between the Nikon D5100 and the D5200, check out this comparison article. A comparison between the D5300 and the D3200 will be posted shortly.

I posted some image samples from the D5300 earlier.


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Comments

  1. 1
    ) Steve

    When does your contest to win a new D5300 start? :-)

    • Steve, that’s a good idea, perhaps right after the X-E1 giveaway? :)

  2. 3
    ) Faz

    Hey Nasim,

    I am not sure why Nikon is releasing new camera’s with almost the same configuration. This approach isnt good at all from customers point of view. First, D610 and now D5300, doesnt really make sense. With canon releasing the 70D camera, which is a good upgrade, i dont see any point in upgrading to next one.

    Can we anticipate another version for D800 anytime soon? I am certainly interested in knowing if D800 would be phased out as Nikon is yet to offiically confirm the Left AF issue which still exists and has no Permanent fix yet available.

    Cheers
    Faz

    • Faz, I hate the fact that manufacturers spam the market with all these cameras just to spread the word and increase awareness. This confuses customers, since there are so many models to choose from. I really wish cameras were upgraded every 4-5 years!

      As for the D800, not expecting anything next year – probably in 2015-2016 timeframe.

  3. 4
    ) Swapnil Ghiware

    Thanks for the comparison, Nasim.

    I have a D5000 and I am looking to upgrade. D5300 looks like a strong option. However, I am also considering OMD EM5 (due to size advantages). Do you think the AF speed (e.g. for kids soccer games) of EM5 is comparable to D5300/D5200?

    Thanks!

    • Swapnil, for tracking subjects, the E-M5 is not as good as the D5300 – DSLRs are still the way to go for continuous shooting.

  4. 5
    ) Paul Overmeyer

    So wifi and AA filter the only noticeable major changes, well wifi we know now it will be on all the Nikon cameras in the near futures, finally!!!! :)

    • Paul, don’t forget GPS – an important gadget for many of us landscape photographers!

  5. 6
    ) Ale

    Correct this in the second paragraph:
    “..the latter comes with a brand new EXPEED 3 processor..”
    (EXPEED 4)

    • Thanks Ale, too many EXPEEDs got me confused LOL :)

  6. 11
    ) Shamsuddeen Sani

    Thanks for the great work Nasim. Its a shame that we still cant achieve flash sync speed more than 1/200. Are we also saying that there is no bulb mode here like in D5100?
    Cheers.

    • 1/200-1/250 is the limit of pretty much any focal plane shutter. If you want something faster, leaf shutter or high-speed sync are the way to go… And there is BULB mode on the D5300 – it was there on the D5200 as well.

  7. 13
    ) Niel Lambrechts

    Nikon is playing a dangerous game here that is not especially pleasing to anyone except a total newcomer!

    As an owner of a D7000 I would have to think very hard about my upgrade path now that EXPEED 4 + wi-fi is a reality. If I considered staying with DX I would immediately rule out the D7100 since even though it’s new it is at a disadvantage in terms of inheriting the latest technology to its little brother.

    Since I mostly own full frame lenses, I would want to upgrade to the D610 – but this also lacks the newest technology that a lesser family member just got – no wi-fi and no EXPEED 4. I know it’s entry level FF, but still, everyone knows its an “oil fix” only and I think many people will be displeased at the fact that it lacks the newer EXPEED 4 and fails to address other niggles like the flash sync speed.

    I’d definitely look at the D800 despite its higher high cost, but this is the one camera that probably do require an EXPEED 4 update, as presumably it will boost the FPS if even just by a little – or else to an extent the camera will be better suited for portraits and landscape photography, not wildlife. Its also probably mid life by now. If I do buy this, I would very likely use my D7000 for wildlife, but traveling with so much gear seems painful.

    Ultimately, I think that “prosumers” wanting to upgrade to FF at this point in the cycle will be best served to wait for next cycle of cameras to come out.

    • Niel, that’s why I always recommend our readers to skip at least one generation before deciding to upgrade. The D7200 will probably have built-in GPS and WiFi and we should see similar technologies in the D810 and other future cameras.

  8. With mirror less cameras hot on the hills of SLR sells I think both Cannon and Nikon are heading in the wrong direction. With small changes to existing cameras rather than showing true innovation. I think both companies should be focusing on the major difference between mirror less and SLRs- the ability to look through the lens of the camera. Another upgrade to the 5000 line and same small, dim viewfinder as before. I don’t want more mpx or wifi, although I admit GPS might be useful.

    I love my 5100 but the viewfinder is tiny and almost impossible to focus with. Personally I think they should have added a penta prism viewfinder with a 100% coverage, yes I realize they would have had to redesign the camera body and there would be a large bulge on top of the camera.

    Also, why not improve on the ergonomics and usability of the camera? They obviously see this as their videography camera of the range hence the swivel screen. So improve the ergonomics, more buttons better control in both normal and live view, ability to expose properly with older nikkor lenses. These would all be worthy upgrades.

    Any way, I see lots of innovation with Sony and Fuji and very little with Cannon and Nikon, shame I prefer SLRS as I was brought up with them and they just fit in my hands better than small mirror less systems. One good thing about the possible demise of SLRs is that they will get cheaper, I think soon we will be able to get an FX SLR for under £1000.

    • Mark, I still hope that Nikon and Canon are working hard on making changes. As I have pointed out in my other article, mirrorless will eventually eat into DSLR sales. DX is pretty much doomed after 3-4 years when mirrorless gets cheap, autofocus is fast and image quality is the same.

  9. 15
    ) raymod garcia

    Now that it seen like Nikon is upgrading D600, D5200 and so on every year, can some one tell why should I(or anybody) buy a Nikon camera knowing that within one year there will be an upgrade?. diminishing your investment(and buying a camera is an investment).

    Also, Nikon answer me this question: Why should I buy the D7100(Top of the DX based on Nikon adv), when I can get the D5300 with the same sensor, wifi, gps, minus internal motor and a few more bottom????

    • Raymond, but isn’t that true on everything today? Look at the iPhones, computers, tablets and other gadgets – they all have very short lifespans. Everyone wants to promote the latest and greatest and customers are buying…

  10. 16
    ) raymod garcia

    Nasim, need your help on making a decision, I was about to buy the D7100($1,200), but now that the D5300(around $750) is in the market and having a budget of $1,500, should I buy the D7100 and 50mm/1.8(got 35mm/1.8) or buy D5300 and a great lens for $750?. Please advice.

    Thanks in advance

    • Raymond, it is always a good idea to invest in better lenses, than better camera bodies. Unless you need the fast autofocus speed of the D7100 for things like sports and wildlife, the D5300 has a lot of value. Plus, you can afford a good lens for other needs.

      • 38
        ) raymond garcia

        Thanks Nasim for your advice, now what kind of lens should I buy?, I have 35mm/1.8, 18-55, 55-200. Can you advice on what lens to buy to go with the D5300??

        Thanks in advance

        • 45
          ) SBR

          Raymond, why not consider the sigma 18-35mm f1.8 ( you can let go the 35mm 1.8 as well ).

  11. 17
    ) Pam

    I have a D5100, which I bought a few years ago because it seemed so similar to the D7000 (same sensor), and I had tried a few D7000s, but had to return them for focusing issues. I still think the D7000 and D7100 are the better choice. I find the 5100 to be a little slower, and if I use flash, my kids always blink, despite the fact that I’m bouncing the flash. With the 7000, they never blinked. I am wondering if the 5300 is faster than the 5100? Thoughts?

    • Pam, flash has nothing to do with speed your the ability to capture kids with the camera. Yes, autofocus speed on the D7100 is faster than on the D5300, but that’s because it has a very advanced autofocus system. Other than that, you can capture great shots even with the entry-level D3200…

      • 33
        ) Pam

        Thanks Nasim. Yes, I realize that flash isn’t the most important element in capturing a shot. My kids are actually 19 and 23 now, so I’ve been capturing them for quite some time now! I should have been more clear. I’ve just noticed that with my D200 my kids never blink at all when I take a flash shot, nor did they with the 7000, but with the 5100, they do. So I figured it must be slower, and I was wondering if the 5300 might be faster. (My daughter has a D80, which I handed down to her, and they blink with that camera too, with the flash. It’s an amazing camera, though.) I love the light weight of the 5100, so I carry it a lot instead of the 200, but it does seem slower to me. I bought it for its low light capabilities, primarily. Maybe I should upgrade to the 5300? Do you think the 5300 would be significantly faster?

        • Pam, there is really no such thing as being “faster” – I think you need to check your camera/flash settings. Try to use off-camera flash instead of using the built-in flash.

          • 35
            ) Pam

            Nasim, I don’t use the built in flash. I have an SB600. There is definitely more lag in my 5100 than in my D200. I’m experienced with photography (serious amateur.) I’m just noticing that when I’m using the exact same settings on both cameras, my 5100 must have more lag than the 200, because my kids (who are notorious blinkers) do not blink when I use the D200 (nor did they when I had the 7000 for a short time), but they do when I use the 5100. So I have to assume the 5100 is “slower.” When I say slower, I mean there must be more lag. So I was wondering if the 5300 might be better in this regard.

  12. 18
    ) Youssef Tarek

    I have my Nikon D5200 And i really like it .. i don’y think that there is anyone who have D5200 would change it for D5300 Really No Differences .. This Update is an Epic Fail.

    • Youssef, it is a minor update – expected on a product that is only 11 months old :) Some people will like the WiFi and GPS features though…

  13. 19
    ) Rick

    Ok, I what about the “OIL on the sensor problems”. I just sent my D600 in under warranty for what will most likely be a cleaning from Nikon. This will most likely NOT correct the problem ! I also see oil spots now with my D5200 on the sensor and in PRINTS !

    It’s not hard to figure out why Nikon came out with the NEW D5300 and the D610 bodies. I’ve been using Nikon products for 30 years and this is first real BIG problem I’ve had with the company. I feel I’m out about $3,000 for the two bodies BUT Nikon will keep cleaning them after so many exposures ? Whats’s going on ?

    • Rick, I have not heard of many oil/dust issues on the D5xxx series cameras. Definitely not anywhere close as the D600. What you are seeing is probably dust, which normally appears on DSLR cameras when changing lenses or using zoom lenses that “breathe” air in and out to the DSLR. Just get it cleaned, or do it yourself – I have a nice tutorial on how to do it here.

  14. 20
    ) JVM156

    did no one else notice that the ISO range is doubled. this is the KEY feature i’ve been waiting for Nikon to put in for ages. The only Nikons til now that even comes close to canon in this are the $6000 D4/D3s

    • I would like to see how the camera performs in ISO 12800 compared to the boosted ISO 12800 on the D7100. I doubt that we will see much difference there…

  15. 21
    ) Rachel

    Hi Nasim,
    I’m looking to buy my first semi-pro camera and was considering the Nikon D7100 until I heard the D5300 is being released in the next few weeks. Which would you recommend out of the two? Thanks!

    • Rachel, the D7100 is clearly a superior camera with its advanced 51-point AF system. If GPS and WiFi are not important to you, get the Nikon D7100.

  16. 22
    ) LMO

    I just purchased the D5200. Is a gps important? I am new to DSLRs. I like the idea of built in wifi. I still have time to return the D5200 and get the D5300.

    • LMO, since you probably paid the same amount as the D5300 that sells as new, I would return the D5200 and get the D5300.

      • 36
        ) LMO

        Thank you Nasim!

        • 37
          ) LMO

          Nasim,

          Just another question, does the AA Filter make a difference? The d5300 doesn’t have one. Will that make a difference on my pictures?

          • 58
            ) Shashi Tuppad

            Thanks Nasim and LMO,

            I am in the same situation now. I am not a big fan of Wifi/GPS, fine with 5200. Is “AA Filter” really makes huge difference. and also concerned about built-in motor somewhere i saw that 5300 does not have it seems – is it true. your quick reply much appreciated.

            • 66
              ) Hafiz

              (Though Nasim will answer you as a master of photography, well i just try.) Actually Wifi/GPS’s are fun stuff for me but seriously I don’t need that. And removing THAT Filter, its really great for photography lover who walk a bit advance. Am I right Nasim? I bet. Oh, 1 thing, This web page, it’s a great deal to us…. Thank you thank you thank you… Have good moments…. take care.

  17. 39
    ) nitcha

    Will Expeed 4 boost burst performance , like writing speed and buffer size ? Nikon should more clearly state advantage of expeed 4 for this purpose or it doesn’t make much sense . wifi and gps are welcome additions , but wish they had also added touchscreen .

  18. 40
    ) nitcha

    I can’t see my comment although mail for conformation of subscribing on comments has been received . Please check it . Any way I am again posting my comment . I was just wondering what actual advantage will expeed 4 bring to user . Nikon should be more specific if it increases write speed and buffer capacity . Wish they had added touchscreen . I am still considering d5200 as d5300 is approx. 12000rs (approax 200 dollar ) costlier .

    • 51
      ) vaya

      I am also thinking about which camera to buy (5300 or 5200). With a 12,000 price difference, I believe 5200 makes a better choice. Wifi and GPS becomes an optional extra, when all we want is great photos. One difference I found was 5300 records movies at a higher rate, although I wonder what difference it actually makes. Without Low pass filter there is a slight improvement in clarity, but I could not tell between the same photos taken by both camera’s.

  19. 41
    ) nitcha

    oh I forgot to mention that I was reffering to cost in india . sorry .

  20. 42
    ) Al

    Very informative postings .
    Nasim, I like to ask your professional opinion on upgrading from d5100 to D5200 or D7100.
    Primarily I used D5100 for family gathering and kids doing sports.
    My D5100 seems to me that pictures are not crisp and shooting sports pictures are not focused enough.
    Thanks in advance for any input suggestions you may have.

  21. 43
    ) Nitcha

    crispness and autofocus speed will also depend on lens you are using

  22. 44
    ) Giulia

    Hello Nasim :)

    I look for a great DSLR for about 6 months and finally I had decided to take the D5200, but now I’ve seen this Update! I want to use the camera for taking pictures of moving people in quite dark rooms (dance school to be specific) but also for making films. But the D5300 costs a great deal more than the D5200 so I’m undecided which to take…

    It would be great if you could help me! And thanks in advance for your time!

  23. 46
    ) Ajay

    Hello nasim,

    I need your help in buying new dslr for myself. I’m looking for d7000. Now d5300 is also in market.
    What should I do?

  24. 47
    ) Syed Faisal Ali Shah

    hi nasim,
    i am engineer by profession but i have developed a love for photography , although i know nothing of mastery for portrait or landscape photography, however i want to buy a DSLR to start my passion for photography both landscape / portrait moreover i want to capture the moments of life through continuous shooting. , i have a budget of around $1500 AUD , can you help me in finding the value for Money DSLR + lense which should be multipurpose too ?
    i am confuse since june-2013 between Nikon D7100 vs Canon 70D. i was about to order D7100 with 18-140mm lense but my friend stopped me and showed me different websites again. I found your blog to be very honest and helpful in finding some direction.
    Will you help me or any body who is reading these comments ? if you want to email me my email is sfashah1973@gmail.com.
    Thanking you in anticipation.

  25. 48
    ) Leo Williams

    You saved me from having a heart attack. Thank you.

  26. 49
    ) Ilyas

    Hi Nasim,
    Now that the Nikon d5300 is out in the market, will you be publishing a full review article of this DSLR and its lens, the 18-140mm?

  27. 50
    ) Jagannath

    Dear nasim,
    I am a serious ameture photographer.In past i bought nikon F70 which got some technical problem & then i bought F80 after which digital era came & other accessories more than laks but now has no use.After that i bought sony compact with carl zeiss lense .But i now i wish to go for nikon5200 after reading its review & came to know it has a metal body.Could you advise me to choose as another good offer from Canon has come with 600D who offers a lens of 55-250mm free at the cost of 38k(in Rupee) along with 18-55mm lens.
    Waiting for your suggestion.Is it nikon D5200 or offer from canon 600D
    Regards
    Jbal

  28. 52
    ) mostafa

    does D5300 support high speed flash sync?
    what is the solution for no afb issue?

  29. 53
    ) Mark

    Dear Mr. Nasim
    thank you for giving us (the Newbies) your personal experience in DSLR..
    I’d like an advise.. I’d bought Nikon D7100 a month ago & afetr less than 500 imgs..it shows the same ugly problem of “Oil spots on the sensor” like the reputable D600 oil spot vacuum!!!
    I returned back to the market I bought from & after maintenance he admitted the same problem!!
    after long bothering negotiations I took most of the money I paid -10% !!!
    Now I’m a Nikon fan but I’m afraid form this experience..should I shift to Canon as some advised me? Is Nikon imgs are sharper detailed than Canon ones in the same category price?
    I can’t afford buying a Full Frame Cam… which model of Nikon/ Canon can give me the same quality of pictures with less noise in up to iso 2000 like the D7100 (without the sensor disaster of course)?
    Thank you & forgive me for the long introduction..

  30. 54
    ) siddhant

    hi i want to buy new dslr
    which is camera is good for wildlife photography
    canon 600d or nikond5200…?

  31. 55
    ) Shrikant

    Dear Nasim
    For someone like me who would love to get my hands on a dslr just for that shutter sound and the solid feel, your review is welcome education. However i currently own a canon xs200i and unsure if a dslr would be worth the investment to upgrade to. Seek your advice.

  32. 56
    ) sebastian

    5100 nikon camera and 5300 nikon camera are they the same body size? Can I use same battery grip from 5100 to 5300 nikon camera?

  33. 57
    ) Sunny

    I m a new user, and i want to start photography. I m really confused in buying Nikon D5200 & D5300. I know the fact the new is the best and also i Know about the price difference. So the Question is that which one should i go for ?? Please have some Professional and simple suggestions. With the 150 Dollars Difference between both, Which one is the Best.. Please Suggest :)

  34. 59
    ) vipul bhatnagar

    I am planning to buy my first DSLR. I am confused b/w D3300. D5200 and D5300…. out of D3300 and D5200, i droped D3300. Finally confused b/w D5200 and D5300… In my country, D5300 cost 46000 rupees and D5200 cost 34000 rupees… is d5300 worth to spend extra 12000 rupees or should i go for D5200..???

    • 60
      ) Lance

      Hi, current user of 7100 and 5300. I would say you should get the latest and greatest. If you prefer having a faster processor and of the wifi and gps capability. Frankly, though. the gps on the 5300 is slow and doesn’t always find a gps signal even during clear sky. Although, if your going for general photography then go with the 7000 or 5200 in my opinion of course.
      The 5300 and 7100 gives me fantastic pictures but of course you gotta factor in the type of lenses and capabilities.
      If your looking to save money then I would go with the 5200 with awesome lenses.

      • 61
        ) vipul bhatnagar

        thankyou for your comment….. actually i am not very intersted in gps….i just want a good camera for great photography…. thats why i was confused… i just need to know is there any difference in photo quality in d5300 and d5200 for which i have to pay around 12K rupees extra???

        • 62
          ) Lance

          The 5300 has slightly better photo quality but the results are hard to distinguish between the two. Unless your going to do some heavy intense editing then the differences will be apparent in contrast and the shadows. I’m not sure how much 12k rupees equates in US currency but if you have the money get the 5300. The GPS can be turned off as well as the WiFi to save battery. It is also good to have those components already built into the camera.
          The 5300 has better video recording capabilities. In my opinion i would opt for the latest version of anything…. Only because your going to either regret or continuously obsess whether or not you made the right decision.

        • 63
          ) Lance

          I would recommend the 35mm 1.8, 40 mm 2.8 macro, and a high quality wide angle lens. If your into wildlife photography then I would invest in the 70-300mm lens. I hope this was helpful.
          These lens recommendations are great for both models (D5200 x D5300).

  35. 64
    ) vipul bhatnagar

    Thank you so much for you help and recommendation… i am now clear about my selection…. thank you once again :)

  36. 65
    ) Jeanne

    Hello Mr. Nasim, so i have the D3000 and i was looking for update. I am 17 and i take photos most of landscapes, in your opinion does it worth the +120$ (in my country) for the D5300?? :)

  37. 67
    ) Akshaya

    I have searched the internet thoroughly and I was about to buy D5200, as it fits into my budget. But now because of D5300, I do have confusion in buying the better one. In my country D5300 is $166 more than D5200. So should I buy D5300 just because it is more sharp and have wifi ? Or shlould I buy D5200 and invest the rest of money in the lenses. Is WiFi is worth of extra money ? and what is the actual use of WiFi, other than selfies (on a lighter note).

  38. 68
    ) SUkanta Paul

    Plz share comparison between nikon D5300 vs D7000…

  39. 69
    ) Tom

    Hi Nasim, On the d 5300 with GPS can the co-ordinance position be transferred onto the photos to show where they have been taken? How good is the WiFi for remote control from say a drone?
    Kind regards, Tom.

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