Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5300 and Nikon D500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5300
Nikon D500

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5300 were released 2013 and Nikon D500 was released 2016. That is a 3 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 D500 Nikon 2016

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 D500 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

Nikon D5300 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D500 has 21 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 D500 21 MP 20668416 5568 3712

Nikon D5300 has a 16 % larger resolution than Nikon D500. 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 D500 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5300. Nikon D500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D5300 has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5300 100-12800
Nikon D500 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D500 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5300 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5300 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5300
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D500

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 D500 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5300 5
Nikon D500 10

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D5300 and Nikon D500 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 D500 weighs 860 gr (equal to 1,9 lb) which is 79% 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 D500 860 gr 1,9 lb