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 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.


  1. 1) Steve
    October 17, 2013 at 12:11 am

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

    • October 17, 2013 at 12:22 am

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

  2. 2) Faz
    October 17, 2013 at 12:23 am

    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.


    • October 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

      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. 3) Swapnil Ghiware
    October 17, 2013 at 1:12 am

    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?


    • October 17, 2013 at 2:18 am

      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. 4) Paul Overmeyer
    October 17, 2013 at 1:43 am

    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!!!! :)

    • October 17, 2013 at 2:16 am

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

  5. 5) Ale
    October 17, 2013 at 2:02 am

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

    • October 17, 2013 at 2:16 am

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

  6. 6) Shamsuddeen Sani
    October 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

    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?

    • October 17, 2013 at 2:23 am

      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. 7) Niel Lambrechts
    October 17, 2013 at 2:24 am

    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.

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      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. October 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

    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.

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      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. 9) raymod garcia
    October 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    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????

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      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. 10) raymod garcia
    October 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    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

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      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.

      • 10.1.1) raymond garcia
        October 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        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

        • SBR
          October 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

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

  11. 11) Pam
    October 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    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?

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      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…

      • 11.1.1) Pam
        October 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        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?

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          October 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

          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.

          • Pam
            October 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

            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. 12) Youssef Tarek
    October 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    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.

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      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. 13) Rick
    October 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    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 ?

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      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. 14) JVM156
    October 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    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

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      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. 15) Rachel
    October 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    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!

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      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. 16) LMO
    October 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    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.

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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

      • 16.1.1) LMO
        October 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        Thank you Nasim!

        • LMO
          October 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm


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

          • Shashi Tuppad
            May 9, 2014 at 4:16 am

            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.

            • Hafiz
              June 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm

              (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. 17) nitcha
    October 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

    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. 18) nitcha
    October 19, 2013 at 7:14 am

    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 .

    • 18.1) vaya
      December 6, 2013 at 10:10 am

      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. 19) nitcha
    October 19, 2013 at 7:17 am

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

  20. 20) Al
    October 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    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. 21) Nitcha
    October 21, 2013 at 2:30 am

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

  22. 22) Giulia
    October 22, 2013 at 12:33 am

    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. 23) Ajay
    October 26, 2013 at 12:34 am

    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. 24) Syed Faisal Ali Shah
    October 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    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
    Thanking you in anticipation.

  25. 25) Leo Williams
    November 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

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

  26. 26) Ilyas
    November 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

    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. 27) Jagannath
    November 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    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

  28. 28) mostafa
    December 21, 2013 at 4:00 am

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

  29. 29) Mark
    January 6, 2014 at 2:28 am

    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 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. 30) siddhant
    January 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

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

  31. 31) Shrikant
    February 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    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. 32) sebastian
    February 13, 2014 at 4:11 am

    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. 33) Sunny
    May 7, 2014 at 7:31 am

    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. 34) vipul bhatnagar
    May 15, 2014 at 4:06 am

    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..???

    • 34.1) Lance
      May 20, 2014 at 12:31 am

      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.

      • 34.1.1) vipul bhatnagar
        May 20, 2014 at 1:37 am

        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???

        • Lance
          May 20, 2014 at 2:05 am

          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.

        • Lance
          May 20, 2014 at 2:15 am

          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. 35) vipul bhatnagar
    May 20, 2014 at 5:20 am

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

  36. 36) Jeanne
    May 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

    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. 37) Akshaya
    June 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    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. 38) SUkanta Paul
    July 12, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Plz share comparison between nikon D5300 vs D7000…

  39. 39) Tom
    July 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

    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.

  40. 40) Vikas
    August 18, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I’m new to dslr, plz tell will weather I should go with nikon d5200 or d5300. I don’t need gps and wifi and videos , I just want it for wildlife photography. D5200 is rs 12000 less in market .

  41. Profile photo of Saurabh Bhargava 41) Saurabh Bhargava
    August 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Basin, I would really appreciate if you could explain the difference the new faster sensor would make in pictures taken by an amateur. Is D 5300 worth the additional money, over D 5200. Will 18-140 lens be good to start with? I have to decide between the two of these. Thanks

  42. Profile photo of Saurabh Bhargava 42) Saurabh Bhargava
    August 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Sorry Nasim for the typo

  43. 43) Ara
    September 9, 2014 at 10:35 am


    Need some advice from more knowledgeable and experience people here.

    I’m in search of a new camera and I’ve been reading reviews, researching the last couple of weeks.
    The choice is daunting to say the least. There are so many models, types etc not to mention all the different lenses.

    Some background:
    I’m relatively new to photography.
    First DSL: Nikon D40 with 18-200mm (it was stolen in Asia)

    Second camera: Powershot SX220HS ( I was still in Asia and didn’t have the funds at the time to purchase another DSLR)

    In Hindsight, I probably should have started with a P&S. Once you get used to the responsiveness of the DSLR, it’s not easy going back to a P&S… :)

    I would like some advice since I know there are people out there who have way more experience and knowledge about photography than I do.

    My budget is pretty low ($400-700) . I don’t mind buying used. I will be using the camera when I go to Asia this winter. I enjoy taking photos of landscapes, portraits, nature sometimes macros.

    I prefer as light and compact as possible. I used to have a Nikon D40 w/18-200mm and while it was great. It was a tad heavy and bulky (this would discourage me to taking camera out with me sometimes). Ability to shoot nice video is almost somewhat important.

    So far I’ve narrowed it down to the Nikon D3300, D5200.

    Plot twist, I remembered I have an old Canon 35mm film camera with two lenses which I bought years ago.

    Cam body: Canon EOS 500 QD
    First lens: 35-80mm 1:4-5.6 III
    Second lens: 75-300 EF 1:4-5.6 II

    I have several questions I was hoping you might be able to answer or at least shine some light on.

    1) How much do you think this Canon camera is worth (if anything) at this point? how much are the lenses worth?

    2) Can I use these lenses on a newer Canon body? like a SLI or T4i or T5i or any other new entry/mid level Canon camera? If so, I think it would make sense for me to buy a new Canon body and use these lenses (if they’re any good)

    3) Given my photography level (entry to low end intermediate), which camera would you suggest I purchase? I prefer to have something that’s not too heavy, don’t necessarily want to carry lots of lenses.


  44. 44) Rajeev Pillai
    September 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Nasim, I am new to the DSLR world, and planning to buy a D5300. Please advice which lens should I buy as I’ll be using it mostly for family functions and some family outings. Thank you!

  45. 45) Abhijeet
    October 16, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Hello Nasim,

    Greetings! First thing first, I would like to congratulate you for the magnificent work that you have been doing, bringing amateurs and professionals on a platform to share their experiences and views about photography.

    I, for myself, is an amateur photographer. This is the first time I’m venturing for a dslr and hence seeking your expertise in this matter. I’ll be obliged if you care to answer few of my queries.

    1. As an entry level dslr, which is the best choice between Nikon d5200 and d5300? Do remember that I’m not a succker for WiFi or GPS. Also keep in consideration the price factor. (Presently, the D5200 is almost INR 12,000 / USD 200 cheaper than D5300, without the kit lens).

    2. My dad is a photography enthusiast, atleast that’s what he thinks. Anyway, I do have his old Nikon F5(non functional) along with a couple of FX lenses(a 50mm prime and a 18-145mm telephoto in a working condition). Will these lens be compatible with a dx format camera? If yes, then what will be the crop factor that I should consider?

    3. Does FX lens have AF motor in them like DX lens? If not, will that factor affect the picture quality as DX cameras don’t have AF motor as well?

    4. Apart from the stock lens that my dad owns, do you suggest me to buy any more lens? I travel a lot and my primary interest is landscape / wildlife photography.

    Please do try to reply ASAP, as I’m planning to buy it within a fortnight. Will be eagerly awaiting your reply.


    • 45.1) bob
      October 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      all of these questions can be answered with a simple google search…

  46. 46) Pradeep kalra
    October 23, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Which camera I Should Buy…?

    D5300 OR D7000 I am Confused.. This is My First DSLR & I want Clear decision from your Side…

    Pls. help me to decide..


  47. 47) becki
    December 1, 2014 at 12:55 am

    im wondering where the answers are??

  48. 48) lily sorel
    March 15, 2015 at 10:09 am

    is the nikon d5300 touchscreen?

  49. 49) subhadeep pramanik
    June 22, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I have got a NIKON G lense(70-300) without aperture ring.Can you suggest whether I can use it with my d 5200 or will there be any noise?

  50. 50) joel
    July 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

    The biggest difference between the D5200 and the D5300 is the lack of AA filter which would apparently yield sharper images without said filter.
    The other advantage is, and this is HUGE for videography, is the capability to shoot slow motion properly because the 1920×1080 resolution now includes a 60fps option with the D5300.

    As far as still photography, I doubt there is anything worth noting that can’t be compensated for with a good skill set outside the realm of available technology.

    For low budget film enthusiasts, I ould wager that the D5300, with it’s new frame rate upgrade for decent slow motion, would be the one thing that is sorely missed on the D5200 model.

    Which kind of pisses me off since they couldn’t just get it right the FIRST TIME!

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