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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300

Portability
70
Imaging
69
Features
70
Overall
69
Nikon D3400 front
 
Nikon D5300 front
Portability
68
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 Key Specs

Nikon D3400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 395g - 124 x 98 x 76mm
  • Revealed August 2016
  • Old Model is Nikon D3300
  • Replacement is Nikon D3500
Nikon D5300
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 480g - 125 x 98 x 76mm
  • Announced February 2014
  • Old Model is Nikon D5200
  • Refreshed by Nikon D5500
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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Nikon D3400 and Nikon D5300, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras and they are both offered by Nikon. The image resolution of the D3400 (24MP) and the D5300 (24MP) is fairly close and both cameras offer the same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The D3400 was manufactured 2 years after the D5300 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before diving into a full comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the D3400 grades versus the D5300 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D3400 over the Nikon D5300

 D3400 D5300 
AnnouncedAugust 2016February 2014More modern by 31 months

Reasons to pick Nikon D5300 over the Nikon D3400

 D5300 D3400 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1037k921kSharper display (+116k dot)
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Common features in the Nikon D3400 and Nikon D5300

 D3400 D5300 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry around your camera often, you are going to need to consider its weight and size. The Nikon D3400 has exterior dimensions of 124mm x 98mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") and a weight of 395 grams (0.87 lbs) while the Nikon D5300 has specifications of 125mm x 98mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 480 grams (1.06 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon D3400 and Nikon D5300 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have at that time. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the D3400 and the D5300.

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the D3400 and D5300 is 70 and 68 respectively.

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to see the gap in sensor sizes simply by viewing technical specs. The picture below may offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the D3400 and D5300.

As you have seen, both of those cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the exact same resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of photos however you should really factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The younger D3400 is going to have an edge in sensor tech.

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D3400 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon D5300 Portrait photography highlights
81
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
80
has manual focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3400 as a Street photography camera
Nikon D5300 as a Street photography camera
68
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than average (395 grams)
above average high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
70
screen articulates fully
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D3400 Sports photography factors
Nikon D5300 Sports photography factors
70
megapixel count decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
great battery pack (1,200 CIPA)
has phase detect autofocus
max fps low (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
66
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
slow fps (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D3400 Travel photography factors
Nikon D5300 Travel photography factors
70
great battery pack (1,200 shots)
lighter than average (395 grams)
supports bluetooth
megapixel count decent (24MP)
built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly screen
80
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D3400 Landscape photography highlights
Nikon D5300 Landscape photography highlights
75
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (1,200 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse recording
77
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2")
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
no anti-alias filter
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon D3400
Vlogging with Nikon D5300
30
includes face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (395 grams)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
lack of external mic socket
72
selfie friendly screen
offers face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone support
lack of image stabilization
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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D3400 and Nikon D5300
 Nikon D3400Nikon D5300
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D3400 Nikon D5300
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2016-08-17 2014-02-12
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 4 Expeed 4
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 25600 12800
Highest enhanced ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 39
Cross focus points 1 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon F Nikon F
Amount of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3" 3.2"
Resolution of display 921k dots 1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT LCD TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.55x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/200s 1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 395g (0.87 pounds) 480g (1.06 pounds)
Physical dimensions 124 x 98 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") 125 x 98 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 86 83
DXO Color Depth score 24.8 24.0
DXO Dynamic range score 13.9 13.9
DXO Low light score 1192 1338
Other
Battery life 1200 images 600 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL14a EN-EL14,EN-EL14a
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures)) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Cost at release $397 $429