Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D3200

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5300 and Nikon D3200. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5300
Nikon D3200


These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5300 were released 2013 and Nikon D3200 was released 2012. 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 D5300 Nikon 2013
Nikon D3200 Nikon 2012

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 D5300 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D3200 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)


Nikon D5300 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3200 has 24,2 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 D5300 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000
Nikon D3200 24,2 MP 24064000 6016 4000

Nikon D3200 has a 0 % larger resolution than Nikon D5300. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D5300 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3200. Nikon D5300 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D3200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5300 100-12800
Nikon D3200 100-6400

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 D5300
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3200

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D5300 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3200 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5300 5
Nikon D3200 4

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D5300. Unfortunately Nikon D3200 does not support recording movies and movie clips.


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 D3200 weighs 505 gr (equal to 1,11 lb) which is 5% heavier than Nikon D5300 and its 480 gr (or 1,06 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5300 480 gr 1,06 lb
Nikon D3200 505 gr 1,11 lb