The new Nikon D5300 and D5100 and D5200 are all now intriguing options in Nikon’s DX DSLR range, but which is best for your needs? Our extensive Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200 comparison looks at what each camera can offer.
Our resident Nikon guru, Rod Lawton, of our sister title N-Photo, examines all three cameras, looking at their sensor specifications on down to their construction and battery life.
When Nikon announced its brand new D5300 DSLR, it also announced the existing Nikon D5200 and D5100 models would carry on. This gives buyers a tricky choice.
All three Nikon cameras are aimed at creative amateurs and people upgrading from compact digital cameras, all three share a compact, lightweight design with flip-out LCD display, and all three offer quite sophisticated photographic controls and effects.
So here is a blow-by-blow Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200 comparison of key specifications so that you can see the differences and decide what’s most important to you.
Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 01 Sensor
• D5100 16.2 megapixels
• D5200 24.1 megapixels
• D5300 24.2 megapixels (no OLPF)
All three cameras have DX-format CMOS sensors, but where the older D5100 has 16.2 million pixels, the D5200 and D5300 both have 24 million pixels.
It’s a sizeable increase, but in real-world shooting you’ll need the best lenses and perfect shooting technique to see the difference.
The Nikon D5200 and D5300 are not quite the same, though. In the D5300 the OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) has been removed to make very fine detail sharper still.
These filters are used to prevent moire interference effects with fine patterns and fabrics, but Nikon has decided that at this level of sensor resolution the gain in sharpness offsets any increased risk of artefacts.
Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 02 ISO range
• D5100 ISO 100-6400, expandable to Hi 2 25600
• D5200 ISO 100-6400, expandable to Hi 2 25600
• D5300 ISO 100-12800, expandable to Hi 1 25600
The Nikon D5200 kept the same ISO range as the Nikon D5100, despite the increase in resolution, which would normally reduce high ISO performance.
The Nikon D5300 goes a step further, expanding the normal range to ISO 12800, but keeping the maximum ‘expanded’ value of 25600.
Nikon says this has been made possible by the D5300’s new and more powerful Expeed 4 processor, and cites the high ISO performance as one of the new camera’s key attributes.
PAGE 1 – Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 01 Sensor & ISO range
PAGE 2 – Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 03 Image processing & 04 Continuous shooting
PAGE 3 – Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 05 Autofocus& 06 Viewfinder
PAGE 4 – Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 07 LCD display & 08 Effects
PAGE 5 – Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 09 Movie modes & 10 Wi-fi and GPS
PAGE 6 – Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 11 Construction & 12 Battery life
PAGE 7 – Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: 13 Price
PAGE 8 – Nikon D5300 vs D5100 vs D5200: What we think
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