Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200

Canon EOS 300D front
Nikon D5200 front

Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 Key Specs

Canon 300D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 645g - 142 x 99 x 72mm
  • Launched September 2003
  • Also referred to as EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital
  • Replacement is Canon 350D
Nikon D5200
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Raise to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 555g - 129 x 98 x 78mm
  • Announced May 2013
  • Old Model is Nikon D5100
  • Updated by Nikon D5300
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Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 Overview

Following is a detailed analysis of the Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by companies Canon and Nikon. There is a sizeable difference between the image resolutions of the 300D (6MP) and D5200 (24MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The 300D was brought out 10 years before the D5200 which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before diving straight to a complete comparison, here is a concise overview of how the 300D matches up vs the D5200 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 300D over the Nikon D5200

 300D D5200 

Reasons to pick Nikon D5200 over the Canon 300D

 D5200 300D 
AnnouncedMay 2013September 2003More modern by 118 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size3"1.8"Larger display (+1.2")
Display resolution921k118kSharper display (+803k dot)
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Common features in the Canon 300D and Nikon D5200

 300D D5200 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Canon 300D has outside dimensions of 142mm x 99mm x 72mm (5.6" x 3.9" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 645 grams (1.42 lbs) while the Nikon D5200 has dimensions of 129mm x 98mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1") along with a weight of 555 grams (1.22 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you choose at that time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the 300D compared to the D5200.

Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the 300D and D5200 is 63 and 66 respectively.

Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 top view buttons comparison

Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reviewing specifications. The picture below will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the 300D and D5200.

Plainly, the 2 cameras come with the identical sensor size but different MP. You should expect to see the Nikon D5200 to offer you more detail having its extra 18MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The more aged 300D is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 sensor size comparison

Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon 300D
Portrait photography with Nikon D5200
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview
MP count low (6 megapixels)
manual focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 300D Street photography features
Nikon D5200 Street photography features
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
fully articulated screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 300D Sports photography features
Nikon D5200 Sports photography features
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
no liveview
max fps very slow (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
MP count low (6 megapixels)
resolution is good (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low battery power (500 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 300D Travel photography factors
Nikon D5200 Travel photography factors
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
MP count low (6 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
low battery power (500 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 300D Landscape photography factors
Nikon D5200 Landscape photography factors
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen is somewhat small (1.8 inches)
no liveview
no image stabilization
MP count low (6 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low battery power (500 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 300D as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D5200 as a Vlogging camera
no video shooting
display is selfie friendly
has face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone port
does not have image stabilization
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Canon 300D vs Nikon D5200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 300D and Nikon D5200
 Canon EOS 300DNikon D5200
General Information
Company Canon Nikon
Model Canon EOS 300D Nikon D5200
Also called as EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital -
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2003-09-04 2013-05-16
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.7 x 15.1mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 342.8mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 6 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 3072 x 2048 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Max boosted ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 7 39
Cross focus points - 9
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S Nikon F
Number of lenses 326 309
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 1.8 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 118 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x 0.52x
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m (ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 seconds 1/200 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Optional
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 645g (1.42 pounds) 555g (1.22 pounds)
Physical dimensions 142 x 99 x 72mm (5.6" x 3.9" x 2.8") 129 x 98 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 55 84
DXO Color Depth score 21.0 24.2
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 13.9
DXO Low light score 544 1284
Battery life - 500 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - EN-EL14
Self timer Yes (10 sec) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $54 $595