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Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100

Portability
68
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72
Nikon D5300 front
 
Nikon D7100 front
Portability
59
Imaging
66
Features
80
Overall
71

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 Key Specs

Nikon D5300
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 480g - 125 x 98 x 76mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Old Model is Nikon D5200
  • Refreshed by Nikon D5500
Nikon D7100
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expand to 25600)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 765g - 136 x 107 x 76mm
  • Launched April 2013
  • Replaced the Nikon D7000
  • Renewed by Nikon D7200
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Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Advanced DSLR and they are both produced by Nikon. The resolution of the D5300 (24MP) and the D7100 (24MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The D5300 was launched 10 months later than the D7100 so they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras have different body design with the Nikon D5300 being a Compact SLR camera and the Nikon D7100 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go right into a in depth comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the D5300 scores versus the D7100 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D5300 over the Nikon D7100

 D5300 D7100 
LaunchedFebruary 2014April 2013More recent by 10 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon D7100 over the Nikon D5300

 D7100 D5300 
Display resolution1229k1037kSharper display (+192k dot)

Common features in the Nikon D5300 and Nikon D7100

 D5300 D7100 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Display dimensions3.2"3.2"Equal display sizing
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon D5300 provides physical measurements of 125mm x 98mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") having a weight of 480 grams (1.06 lbs) and the Nikon D7100 has measurements of 136mm x 107mm x 76mm (5.4" x 4.2" x 3.0") and a weight of 765 grams (1.69 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the D5300 and the D7100.

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the D5300 and D7100 is 68 and 59 respectively.

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to envision the contrast between sensor measurements simply by checking specs. The visual here will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the D5300 and D7100.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same exact megapixels so you can expect similar quality of pictures though you may want to consider the age of the products into consideration. The fresher D5300 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 sensor size comparison

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon D5300
Portrait photography with Nikon D7100
80
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection focus
saves RAW formats
79
focusing manually
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D5300 Street photography information
Nikon D7100 Street photography information
70
fully articulated screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
60
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather proof
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D5300 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon D7100 as a Sports photography camera
66
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
70
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
max fps very slow (6.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D5300 Travel photography factors
Nikon D7100 Travel photography factors
80
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
66
weather proof
MP count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D5300 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon D7100 as a Landscape photography camera
77
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3.2")
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have low pass filter
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
77
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
MP count good (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
exports RAW files
weather proof
has dual storage slots
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D5300 Vlogging highlights
Nikon D7100 Vlogging highlights
72
screen is selfie friendly
has face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic support
does not have image stabilization
30
provides face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone jack
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
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Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D5300 and Nikon D7100
 Nikon D5300Nikon D7100
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D5300 Nikon D7100
Class Entry-Level DSLR Advanced DSLR
Released 2014-02-12 2013-04-25
Body design Compact SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip 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 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 12800 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 39 51
Cross focus points 9 15
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon F Nikon F
Amount of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Resolution of display 1,037 thousand dot 1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech TFT LCD monitor Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x 0.63x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 24 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 480 grams (1.06 pounds) 765 grams (1.69 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 98 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") 136 x 107 x 76mm (5.4" x 4.2" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 83 83
DXO Color Depth score 24.0 24.2
DXO Dynamic range score 13.9 13.7
DXO Low light score 1338 1256
Other
Battery life 600 images 950 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL14,EN-EL14a EN-EL15
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2 or 10 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Storage slots Single 2
Cost at launch $429 $800