Nikon D780 vs Nikon D5300

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D780 and Nikon D5300. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D780
Nikon D5300

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D780 were released 2020 and Nikon D5300 was released 2013. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D780 Nikon 2020
Nikon D5300 Nikon 2013

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D780 has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon D5300 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D780 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
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

Nikon D780 has a 25 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 D780 25 MP 24337152 6048 4024
Nikon D5300 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000

Nikon D780 has a 1 % 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 D780 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5300. Nikon D780 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D5300 has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D780 100-51200
Nikon D5300 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D780 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.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D780
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 D780 can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5300 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D780 12
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 D780 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 D780 weighs 840 gr (equal to 1,85 lb) which is 75% heavier than Nikon D5300 and its 480 gr (or 1,06 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D780 840 gr 1,85 lb
Nikon D5300 480 gr 1,06 lb