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The Nikon D5300 and Nikon D5600 are two entry-level DSLR cameras. Both of them are budget-friendly and easy to use which makes them a good choice for those with a limited budget or for novices in photography.
Although they are relatively cheap when you compare them to other DSLR models, the D5300 and D5600 can still make great photos and videos, so they are both on the top of the list of the most popular consumer cameras ever.
As you would have guessed by looking at model numbers, the Nikon D5600 is a newer model. It was released in 2016, almost three years after its predecessor - the Nikon D5300 (the D5400 was never released).
The D5600 is a great deal for its price, but how much better is it than its older brother? Should you spare a few bucks and opt for the older camera?
Check out this comparison and find answers to these questions.
Ready to get your hands on a Nikon D5300 or Nikon D5600? In my MPB review, you'll learn why buying a used D5300 or D5600 is a great option.
Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5600 – Features comparison
There are no differences in sensor size and resolution between the Nikon D5300 and Nikon D5600. Both models were built around a 24MP CMOS sensor (23.5 x 15.6 mm) with no optical low-pass filter. Additionally, they both have the same EXPEED 4 processor.
Although they share an identical sensor and processor, these two cameras differ in terms of the ISO sensitivity range. The D5300 has a native ISO range from 100 to 12,800, while its successor allows a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600.
The cameras also have very similar capabilities when it comes to other features. They allow 5 fps continuous frame rate and Full HD (1920x1080p) recording up to 60 fps.
Additionally, they both have Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection and 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensor).
Get a detailed comparison of these cameras in the video above by TechMizan+.
Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5600 – Body Comparison
Since they come from the same series, it is not strange that the D5300 and D5600 have a very similar design.
There are no substantial differences in size and weight between the two models. The Nikon D5600 is only a bit smaller (2%) and moderately lighter (3%).
While the D5300 has dimensions of 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0 inches and weight of 17.1 oz., its successor has a size of 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8 inches and weighs 15.0 oz.
Both cameras are relatively compact and light-weight, although you should bear in mind that neither of them is weather sealed.
While a few drops of water or snow should not do much harm to these cameras, they are not recommended to use in freezing conditions or during a storm.
Both cameras have a 3.2″ rear LCD screen (1.037k dots) that can be turned for 180 degrees. This allows you flexible shooting positions and makes your life a lot easier if you are a vlogger or selfie-lover.
The only difference in display is that the D5600 has a touchscreen instead of a conventional panel. This is really important because touchscreen technology makes focusing a lot easier.
Additionally, both cameras include an optical viewfinder with 95% coverage and 0.55 magnification, along with a built-in flash.
The optical viewfinder can be of help if you want to take photos in overly bright conditions. On the contrary, the built-in flash is handy if you want to take photos when it is very dark.
If you don’t find built-in flash useful enough, there is an option to attach external flash on both cameras.
Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5600 – Connectivity Comparison
First, we should say the Nikon D5300 has very good connectivity options. It has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, and it lacks only Bluetooth technology.
As everyone expected, the D5600 adds Bluetooth capabilities, but strangely – it ditches GPS tracking.
Additionally, both cameras have HDMI output so you can watch your photos or videos on an external screen.
If you are into video recording, it is useful to know that both models have a built-in microphone, but there is also a port for connecting an external one.
Still, none of them has a jack for external headphones or speakers.
It might be worth mentioning the D5600 has longer battery life. While the D5300 allows you to take 600 shots per battery charge, you can take 970 shots with the D5600.
Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5600 – Price Comparison
Both cameras have been on the market for many years, so there is an option for you to buy used models and save a lot of money. For example, you can find the D5300 for only $325.00. For this price, you will get a quite capable camera.
Should you buy the Nikon D5300, D5500 or D5600? Get an answer to this question in the video above by BVC Co.
Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5600 – Final Thoughts
If you are a beginner in photography and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on equipment before you overcome the basics, you can’t go wrong whether you opt for the Nikon D5300 or Nikon D5600.
Although the newer model has slightly better features for photography, there are not a lot of differences between these two models.
The D5300 has an advantage over the D5600 only because of the price and GPS tracking. The D5600 is better in any other category, but not in a mind-blowing way.
If you want to buy a new camera, then maybe it is better to opt for the Nikon D5600. In case you don’t mind buying a used one, the D5300 can also be a quite good solution.
Either way, you will have a decent DSLR camera that can take you into the world of photography. Additionally, each of these two cameras can fulfill your needs for creativity until you are ready to spend a few more bucks to buy a more professional camera.
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