Nikon D3300 vs D5300: which DSLR should you choose?

On paper, the entry-level Nikon D3300 is very similar to its bigger brother, the Nikon D5300, making it a tough buying decision. Our careful Nikon D3300 vs D5300 comparison helps you choose wisely.

Nikon D3300 vs D5300 which DSLR should you choose

Buying an entry-level DSLR from Nikon is not as straightforward as it sounds. Should aspiring enthusiast photographers stepping up from a compact go for the most basic DSLR in the range (the Nikon D3300) or pay a bit more for a camera with a few more features, namely the Nikon D5300? If you're agonising over this choice, read on for enlightenment...

The Nikon D3300, announced at the CES show in January 2014, boasts a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor without an optical low-pass filter to enable more detailed, sharper shots (more on this later).

Another key improvement from the D3200 is an expanded ISO range (up to 25,600) and faster continuous shooting of up to 5 frames per second.

Meanwhile the Nikon D5300, announced last October, also has a 24.2Mp sensor without an optical low-pass filter, expanded ISO range of 25,600, 5fps continuous shooting mode and so on... see the problem?

The main areas where it trumps the Nikon D3300 are more AF options, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and a flip-out, 'vari-angle' screen. Oh and the rear LCD has a few more pixels...

That said, there is obviously the crucial difference of price. The Nikon D3300 price tag for the body plus a compact 18-55mm VR lens stands at around £500 ($645), while the Nikon D5300 with the same lens will set you back about £150 more.

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So the fundamental question we need to answer is whether the differences between the Nikon D330 vs D5300 that really justify the D5300's extra spend...

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Nikon D3300 vs D3200 vs D3100 01 Sensor

Nikon D3300 vs D5300: 01 sensor

The Nikon D5300 has a 24.2 megapixel, DX format CMOS sensor that lacks an anti-aliasing filter. Although this can increase the risk of 'moire' distortions when photographing certain patterns, it's a small risk, and is outweighed by the benefits of greater resolution.

Despite being cheaper, the Nikon D3300 has a similar 24.2 CMOS sensor, which also lacks the anti-aliasing filter.

SEE MORE: Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200 - 13 key differences you need to know about

Nikon D3300 vs D5300: 02 image processor

Both cameras use the Expeed 4 image processing system. Expeed 4, which is also used on Nikon's higher-end SLRs, enables faster image processing, five frames per second rapid shooting, and better control of image degradation, or 'noise' at higher ISO settings.

Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200 02 ISO range

Nikon D3300 vs D5300: 03 ISO range

Sorry folks, it's getting boring, but you've guessed it, both the Nikon D3300 and D5300 have a native ISO range of ISO100-12,800, which can be expanded to 25,600.

Keep the ISO below 1600 and you'll enjoy relatively clean, low-noise shots in low light conditions, but it's good to know you've got all that extra sensitivity if you need it.

Nikon D3300 vs D5300: sensor, processor, ISO
Nikon D3300 vs D5300: autofocus, continuous shooting, rear screen
Nikon D3300 vs D5300: connectivity, build quality, battery life, kit lens
Nikon D3300 vs D5300: conclusion


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