Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D5300

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5200 and Nikon D5300. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5200 were released 2012 and Nikon D5300 was released 2013. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D5200 Nikon 2012
Nikon D5300 Nikon 2013

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D5200 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D5300 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Both these cameras has the exact same resolution. Nikon D5200 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5300 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D5200 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000
Nikon D5300 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000

ISO range

Nikon D5300 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5200. Nikon D5300 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D5200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5200 100-6400
Nikon D5300 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Neither of these two cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own and often they rely on the cameras providing this autofocus motor but since these two camera models does not have this either it will result in no autofocus is possible.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5200
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5300

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D5200 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5300 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5200 5
Nikon D5300 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D5200 and Nikon D5300 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D5200 weighs 555 gr (equal to 1,22 lb) which is 16% heavier than Nikon D5300 and its 480 gr (or 1,06 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5200 555 gr 1,22 lb
Nikon D5300 480 gr 1,06 lb