Nikon D5200 vs D5300, what’s the difference?

The Nikon D5300 : A good deal, or a result of strategical marketing ?

Nikon announced today the release of the updated version of the Nikon D5200 : The Nikon D5300. The Nikon 5000 series started back in 2009, and the initial plan was to update the models every two years, but since the Nikon D5200, the company has apparently increased the number of release dates, leading up to the current release of the new Nikon D5300. As a reminder, we already gave our opinion on the Nikon D5200 last year (a model that didn’t really live up to its name).

Nikon D5200 vs D5300

Introduction

I may be very familiar and experienced with Nikon products, but the current model that has been released isn’t that satisfactory. After the Nikon D600 fiasco (the updated Nikon D610 having been released the year after), the company seems to be repeating history – it has only been a year since the Nikon D5300 and yet again only one year later, an updated model is available. Is this a coincidence, seeing as I had previously stated that the Nikon D5300 wasn’t worth all the hype ? In any case, I can bet anything that if the previous product had sold more in numbers, we would have had to wait another year for the Nikon D5300.

Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D5300 Specs comparison:

Nikon D5200 Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5300
Body type Compact SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000 4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels 25 megapixels
Processor Expeed 3 Expeed 4
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, 100 – 6400 (25600 with boost) Auto, 100 – 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Number of focus points 39
Lens mount Nikon F
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″ 3.2″
Screen dots 921,000 1,037,000
Touch screen No
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.78×  0.82x
Photography features
Shutter speed 30 to 1/4,000 seconds
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up) Yes (Pop-up)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Continuous drive 3 fps 5 fps
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps),
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps)
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Wireless Optional
Battery Life (CIPA) 500 600
Weight (inc. batteries) 555g

480 g

GPS Optional BuiltIn
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Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5200 : Differences and similarities.

The sensor

Both are identical – an APS-C CMOS sensor (24 Mpix, 6000×4000) – but with a slight difference. The new Nikon D5300 doesn’t have a low-pass filter to get rid of moiré. It’s actually incredible : so many engineers and resources used to eliminate moiré since the D800E model, and all of the sudden, it’s taken away from us. A part from the filter being taken away, the sensor is exactly the same as the previous one ; even the number of photosites is the same.

The image processor

The expeed 3 has been replaced by the Expeed 4 – personally, this updated version of the software isn’t what makes this Nikon stand out at all – it’s the same old stuff really.

The viewfinder

The Nikon D5300 and D5200 have the same pentaprism with around 95% frame coverage.

Flash-Syncrho Flash

Both cameras have the same flash, with maximal sync mode at 1/200s.

Frame rate

5 frames per second for both models.

ISO sensitivity

The latest Nikon D5300 has higher sensitivity – 12800 ISO (previously 6400 ISO) – this is obviously a big step forward, and very helpful if no flash is used.

LCD Control panel display

D5300 Screen

I’ve already talked about this extensively before – and finally, Nikon has released a product with a 3,2 inch LCD screen, with much higher defition (1,037,000 pixels).

On the previous points mentioned, not much has really changed. Now lets see the new things that come with the Nikon D5300 :

GPS

As with the screen, it’s a shame that a GPS wasn’t included in the Nikon D5200. On a personal note, I’m not a big fan of gadgets, but for some people (those who enjoy road trips and traveling across the globe), having an integrated GPS is a must ; for example, it’s a great and innovative way to categorize photos or place them on a Flickr map ! But I don’t know if this new GPS is more responsive and up-to-speed than the Nikon GP-1 module that could be bought as an option with the previous models (slow connection speeds to satellites, and certain battery drainage).

Wi-Fi

Personally I don’t see the point in having this sort of thing on a camera, especially when the SD chip can be taken out and put in to a computer. I can already see those facebook and iPhone fans posting hundreds of photos directly from their cameras to facebook. But with all wireless technology, the Wi-Fi requires a lot of power. Plus, if the GPS is turned on at the same time, one can only imagine how long the EN-EL14 battery would last (the Nikon website doesn’t even touch upon this issue).

Conclusion

Yes, there has been some improvement if you compare the Nikon D5300 with the Nikon D5100 (seeing as the D5200 model was essentially useless). It won’t be because of the pixels that I’d buy the camera, but rather the GPS (although the mystery of how much battery life it would consume is yet to be solved), the 3,2 inch screen and the attractive display panel (and maybe the absence of a low-pass filter). In any case, I would advise anyone wanting to buy this camera to hold on to their money for a bit – better to wait for some concrete technical verdict on the camera’s functionality (the image processor and sensor) and most important of all, if the model doesn’t have any defaults (as most new products tend to have).

Read Real Reviews on Amazon: Nikon D5200 | Nikon D5300

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