Nikon D5300 vs D7100

Nikon D5300 vs D7100 : Which Should You Buy?

Nikon’s D5300, the latest update to their already class-leading entry/mid-level SLR, not only widens the gap between Nikon and their Canon competitors, it makes the choice to spend a little more money on the Nikon D7100 even harder. Below, I’ll briefly explain what has been added to (and what has been taken away from) the D5200 to derive the D5300, but I’ll primarily focus on the differences that remain between the D5300 and the D7100. Most entry and mid-level photographers will be perfectly happy with the D5300, but some types of photographers will need to consider the additional capabilities of the Nikon D7100.

NOTE: The D5300 has now been superseded by the almost identical D5500 (which lacks GPS, but adds a touch screen). Read the updated comparison of the D5500 vs D7100 here.

New In the D5300

If you’re deciding between this and the D5200, these are the things that are new in the D5300:

  • the Optical Low-Pass filter has been removed from the sensor for (potentially) sharper, higher resolution images
  • built-in Wi-Fi and GPS have been added
  • the processor has been upgraded to an Expeed 4
  • the top of the ISO scale has been increased by a stop, to 12800 / +25600
  • the ability to shoot 60 progressive frames per second at 1080p resolution
  • its a few milometers shorter and narrower, and about 50 grams lighter
  • the rear LCD is now a larger 3.2″ 1,037,000 pixel model

Nikon D5300 vs D7100: What’s the Difference?

To begin with, we can take a look at the most significant specs for the D5300 and the D7100.

Nikon D5300Nikon D5200Nikon D7100
Price (body)
$597$696 $797
Price (with 18-140mm kit lens)$897$1096$1097
Body MaterialSereebo, (carbon fiber reenforced plastic) body-chassis Plastic (separate body and chassis)Partial Magnesium Alloy Frame, Plastic
Sensor Resolution24.1 Megapixels
24.1 Megapixels
24.1 Megapixels
Anti-Aliasing Filter
(Reduces sharpness, prevents moire)
ISO Range100-12800
Total AF Points393951
Cross-Type AF Points9915
AF Motor In Body
(For Using Older AF Lenses)
AF Light Level Range-1 to +19 EV-1 to +19 EV-2 to +19 EV
Autofocus Fine Tuning
Shutter Speed Range1/4000th - 30 sec.
1/4000th - 30 sec.
1/8000th - 30 sec.
Expected Shutter Life100,000 Shots100,000 Shots150,000 Shots
Max Frame Rate5 fps5 fps6 fps
(7 shots in 1.3x crop mode)
Max RAW Burst
(buffer size)
6 shots, compressed 14-bit8 shots, compressed 14-bit7 shots lossless 12-bit
6 shots lossless 14-bit
Max JPG Burst
(fine, Large)

*this number is so much higher than that provided for the D5200 and D7100, it may be a mistake
35 33
Flash Sync Speed1/200th sec.1/200th sec.1/250th sec.
(1/320th* sec, or slower,)
Wireless Flash
(Built-in Commander)
Auto FP Flash Mode
(High Speed Sync)
Media Slots1 SD / SDHC / SDXC1 SD / SDHC / SDXC2 SD / SDHC / SDXC
LCD Size3.2"
1,036,800 pixels
921,000 pixels
1,228,800 pixels
LCD ArticulatedYesYesNo
Body Weight480g (no battery)
530g (with battery)
505g (no battery)
555 g (with battery)
675 (no battery)
Battery Lifenot provided500 shots
CIPA Standards
950 shots
CIPA Standards
Viewfinder Coverage95% Frame
.82x Magnification
95% Frame
.78x Magnification
100% Frame
.94x Magnification
Video CodecMPEG-4 / H.264
MPEG-4 / H.264
MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50i, 30, 25, 24 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps)
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30, 25, 24 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps)
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60i*, 50i*, 30, 25, 24 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps)
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)

*only in 1.3x crop mode
Video Length Limit29 min 59 sec.29 min 59 sec.29 min 59 sec.
Headphone JackNoNoYes
Internal MicStereoStereoStereo

Build Quality

Perhaps the most obvious difference between the D7100 and the D5300 is in their construction. The D5300 body is significantly smaller and lighter, with a body made entirely of polycarbonate, while the D7100 is heavier and built for durability, with a metal (magnesium alloy) back and top. Since the D5300 also uses a smaller battery, the carry-around weight of the D7100 is about 30% more than the D5300.

Whether this is an advantage or disadvantage depends on your photographic needs; some photographers (especially those with larger hands) prefer a larger camera with some ‘heft’ to it, while others prefer something more lightweight and easy to carry around, especially travelers and hikers. Needless to say, those who work in harsh conditions will also prefer the D7100’s weather sealing and heavier-duty construction, as a matter of practicality.

The Sensors : Exactly the Same

The success of the D800e may have led directly to Nikon’s decision to produce an APS-C camera without an optical low-pass/anti-aliasing (OLP/AA) filter, but whatever led to the fact, the D7100’s sensor is naked. Before the D800e, all of the major SLRs produced their sensors with an AA filter: essentially an extra layer in front of the sensor that blurs the image slightly, in order to reduce the jagged edges and moire 1 The Wikipedia article on moire patterns is very helpful, if you’re unfamiliar with the term. that have traditionally been associated with digital capture. With modern improvements in image processing software, though, Nikon was confident that the moire and jaggies could be avoided without the AA filter, so they opted to remove it and allow the cameras to capture finer image detail.

Now, with the success of the D7100, Nikon has also decided to remove the AA filter from the D5300’s sensor. Though this does provide the potential to for the camera to produce sharper images, don’t expect too much.

Comparisons of images produced by the D800 (AA Filter) and D800e (no AA Filter) have shown that the principle works; there are subtle improvements in fine detail in the D800e’s images. However, we should not expect such significant improvements in the D7100’s images. The receptors on the 24 megapixel sensor of the D7100 are already much, much smaller than those of the D800e. In fact, the D7100 and D5300 fit about 56% more pixels into the same sensor area than the D800e2 Further details and measurements can be found on DigicamDB. .

Why does that matter? Even with the much larger receptors of the D800, lens resolution has become a serious bottle-neck for image quality3 See this DxO Mark article for further details. . The dramatically higher pixel density of Nikon’s 24 megapixel sensors will tax lens resolution even more, meaning that the D7100’s images won’t get much sharper unless lenses get sharper first.

So, using the best quality lenses at their optimal aperture settings, photographers using a properly stabilized camera might see slight improvements in the sharpness in the center of their images, and in the best circumstances, also towards the corners. For most snapshots, though, there would be no difference between this and the D5200’s sensor.

Auto Focus Systems

Unlike most entry and mid-level SLRs, the Nikon D5300 has a very sophisticated autofocus system. While cameras like the Canon T4i and 60D have 9 autofocus points, the D5300 has 39, though only 9 of them are cross-type 4 If you don’t know why cross-type points are so important, I recommend watching the first half of our Photography Notes video . As you can see from the chart above, this autofocus system, which also incorporates color information, has been adopted from the Nikon D7000.

The D7100, however, shares the same AF system with the flagship Nikon D4 and the D800: 51 AF points, including 15 cross-type… the best system available in a Nikon body.

For all but the most dedicated action photographers, the system in the D5300 (and D7000) will be more than sufficient, even if you’re buying a camera primarily for shooting sports. If your paycheck, however, is going to depend on your focusing system, the extra several hundred dollars will be well spent on the D7100.

Nikon D5300 and D7100, backs


When it comes to speed, the differences between the D5300 and D7100 are more modest that you might expect. The D7100 does have a top shutter speed that is one full f-stop faster than the D5300’s (ie, 1/8000th vs 1/4000th). When it comes to shooting bursts of photos, though, the D7100 only provides an additional frame per second over the D5300’s 5 fps (unless you’re shooting in 1.3x crop mode, in which case it will give up an additional frame per second).

More importantly, though, the under-sized buffer in the D7100 does not allow longer bursts than the D5300; in fact, the D5300 comes out dead even. The D7100 and D5300 can both only shoot 6 14-bit RAW shots before the buffer is full (the D5200 could manage 8). Compare this to the 15 RAW shots allowed by a Canon 60D or 25 in a 7D5 with the most recent firmware upgrade. Originally, the 7D also shot about 15 RAW frames before filling the buffer , and it will be clear that neither Nikon is probably ideal for photographers who rely on the machine-gun method of action photography.

That said, shooting JPG changes things dramatically. The D7100 can shoot bursts of at least 33 frames (at 6 fps) while the D5300 may be able to shoot 100 or more frames (at 5fps).

Nikon D7100 and D5300, overhead view

The D5300’s Downfall

Flash. With the popularity of “Strobist” techniques over the past several years, flash photography has become increasingly important to amateur and semi-pro photographers, and this is where the D5300 falls short: it lacks high-speed-sync (Auto FP Flash, henceforth AFP) and external flash control with the built-in flash. External flash control may not be a big deal; many of us prefer to use radio-units instead… though the built-in IR system can be very useful with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS).

The lack of AFP, however, is a serious problem. Consider this situation: you’re shooting a portrait outdoors during the day, and you want to use a large aperture to blur the background… perhaps f/2 or f/1.4 . This will push your shutter speed beyond 1/1000ths of a second, much higher than the camera’s 1/200th sec. maximum sync speed. So, if you want to use a flash to soften the shadows or create a catch-light in the eyes of your subject, forget it: the flash will not sync. The same is true if you want to use flash for sports and a high shutter speed, and while you can purchase external command modules or radio transmitters for off-camera-flashes, there’s nothing you can buy to work around the lack of AFP. You’d need to buy the D7100 instead.

All the Little Things

There are a few other assorted differences that deserve mention here, but they’re mostly the same differences that we saw between the D5100 and D7000. First, the D5300 does not have an autofocus motor built into the camera body, so it will not be compatible with the full range of (old school) Nikon lenses, while the D7100 does posses the motor. And speaking of “focus”, the D7100 is capable of micro adjustments to correct for front or back-focus problems on lenses, while the D5300 is not.

As should be obvious from the images above, the D5300 has an articulated LCD screen, which some people find helpful for ground-level shots and video but others find a breakage hazard or amateurish.

Finally, if you are interested in video, the D7100 has been given a headphone jack for monitoring audio while you shoot. The jack is absent in the D5300 (and D7000).

Which to Buy?

The Nikon D5300 is a great camera, and I’d recommend it for the vast majority of amateur photographers with the exception of those who need superior flash capabilities.

To summarize, you should buy the D5300 if you:

  • want a great, all-around camera
  • shoot primarily with natural light or studio strobes
  • have smaller hands, or need the lightest body while maintaining high performance
  • need an articulated LCD screen for video or photos
  • want to shoot video at 1080/60p

Buy the D7100 if you:

  • are hard on your equipment and need a more durable body
  • use flash for action or fill and need high-speed sync
  • use Nikon’s CLS and want to use the built-in command module
  • shoot macro (or other focus critical work) and need to make micro adjustments to your lenses
  • shoot a lot of video and want a simple headphone jack on your camera

For the sake of simplicity I’ve tried to focus on only the differences that, in my experience, will actually be important. There are, of course, numerous differences between the two cameras, though, and some features may be more important to particular photographers.
If you think that I’ve left out something important, please feel free to let me know.

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If you have additional questions or comments, please let me know, below. I’ll do what I can to answer questions and clear up any confusion.

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Randall Mitchell

This is a great article – Thank you!. I am truly an amateur hobbyist and have enjoyed shooting with my D5300 for many years. Its been around the world with me to Japan, Ireland, Iceland and I have gotten some great shots. I try to stay away from “Auto” mode so I can learn more about the capabilities of the camera. While scenery and portraits are generally pretty good, I have been asked recently to shoot my daughters high school volleyball tournament. Shooting high action sporting events has been a challenge. I have an “older” VR lens, 80-200mm which is my primary. I cannot get the D5300 to shoot in burst mode (I’ll call my local shop to ask why), but I’m told its a deficieny of the camera, not hte lens. I also cant get the D5300 to get larger than f3.5. My manual setup is af-c, iso set at 6400 (as opposed to auto iso), f3.5, and I shoot vertically. Im finding timing to be most important to get the “ball in hand” shots. Another photographer next to me was shooting in burst, his camera sounded like a rapid fire machine gun ripping off bursts of 3 to 5 snaps, where as mine does the normal click-click-click.. By the time my D5300 takes two snaps, his camera rips 5 snaps. I did not see or ask what his camera was. I guess I cant get my camera to do that. My question is reading your article, it sounds like I probably should go with the D7100 due to the increased AF points and the ability to have a higher rate of frames. Am I understanding correctly? Any other tips to help this “newbie” with this project? Your insight and advice is most appreciated!

Gwen Hardie

Hi Matthew- what an amazing thread to read for someone who is trying to choose between a Nikon D7100 or D5300!! I need to take raw files of my paintings on a wall….using a tripod and tungsten lights, a Circular polarizer and gels to eliminate glare. I prefer to operate manual focus so I can magnify a section in live view and get it really sharp in focus. I dont need the camera for too much other than that though I will use it sometimes to make a video of public talks. the main thing is accurate reproductions of my work.I am thinking to use a prime lens Nikkor Lens AF 50mm f/1.8D in manual mode with the D5300..I understand that I wont be able to use it in Autofocus mode, so maybe the D7100 will be better suited to the lens …would there be any compromise in image quality? Many thanks for your attention!


Hi Matthew. I am trying to decide what to get my father-in-law as a replacement for his Nikon D3100. This camera is knackered and getting near it’s properly working cycle I think. He still uses it, nearly on a daily basis (but just as an enthousiast). He has the 18-55 and the 55-200 (and a couple of old manual lenses, but I don’t think he uses them much).

Since he’s helping me remodeling my house, I want to replace the D3100 for him. I am torn between two choices:


Both will probably also get a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (or D in case of the D7100), to get him started with a better lens.

Are both of these still good options these days? Or is there anything else you would suggest for his situation?

Thanks in advance!



Hi Matthew,
I have read everything and its sad that it doesn’t support high speed sync flash. If i buy Godox X1t-N trigger and Godox AD200 will it still work high speed or it will not support. I’m about to worried but confused so i want to confirm before buying.
Thanks in advance.


Hi Matthew, I own a D7100 as per your suggestion and now I am confused to buy which portrait lens to buy out of below.

50mm F/1.8G
85mm F/1.8G

I tested 50mm and I am okay with the performance.. but I heard great things about 85mm one. Could you please let me know which is best for D7100. Thanks!


Thanks in advance!


I think you suggested 85mm earlier too.. hence I wanted to know the advantages of this lens over a 50mm one


Thanks Matthew. I’m planning to buy a flash for Nikon D7100 to use for my lens 50mm 1.8g and I will buy 85mm 1.8g this thanksgiving. I would like to know a good and economic flash that works well with my current body and lens. Please advise. Thanks!


Thank you so much Matthew for your response . Does the flash suggested by you does everything same as sb-700? Didn’t play with any of the flashes yet and hence want to check if guided lights/remote capabilities all are covered with this flash. Thanks!


Great to know. Thanks Matthew, you are the best !


Hi Mathhew! you know what ? you are the reason I got a first good camera in the first place. I bought D7100 Nikon 6 years ago based on your recommendation and I was very happy with it. I bought 50mm 1.8 prime lens and 85mm 1.8 prime lens and clicked thousands of photographs seamlessly. I love my 85mm 1.8 lens! the only problem now is with the indoor party photographs and also the fall photographs that I took this year. wide angle capabilities are truly missing and I want to enhance my gear. I did some analysis and liked D850 full frame camera as there will be no crop factor and 50mm/85mm will be a bit okay for indoors. But as D850 is very expensive and everything is changing to mirrorless, I am thinking to wait a couple of years to get a good mirrorless. I am actually very confused and another reason is I don’t want to invest so much until I am very comfortable with the current gear! And I don’t want to go mirrorless at this point as I need to buy both camera and the lenses from scratch. I did some research and it comes down to 5 options!

1. D850 full frame camera – 2500$ (Please let me know if there are any other cameras that I should think of – both expensive and budget ones)
2. ultra wide angle prime lens – 20mm 1.8G ED – 800$ (thinking to use it in future even when I upgrade to full frame, please confirm if this lens works with full frame). With crop factor, this comes to 30mm and I want to take indoor photographs and fall photographs where I need little bit wide angle.
3. 28mm 1.8 G ED lens – 630$ . with crop factor this will be 42mm. Please confirm if this works with full frame camera if I upgrade in future.
4. 35mm 1.8G ED – 530$ – with crop factor this will be 52mm in D7100. Please confirm if this works with full frame if I upgrade in future.
5. 24-70mm 2.8 – 1450$ – expensive lens. But want to use it now and also in future. In D7100, it will act as 36 to 105mm. There are some friends who told 50mm 1.8G and 85mm 1.8G are better lenses than 24-70mm and they get great photos with prime lenses only. and there are other friends who told 24-70mm optics are pretty good and it beats the prime lenses as well and you will be very comfortable as it is an all round lens and you don’t need to change the lens every time.

if mirrorless , is the way to go , can I settle for ultra wide lens to save the bucks ? or spend little high to get a 24-70mm lens for every occasion ? Or spend a little high and get a full frame as it has other advantages ?

Could you please guide me. Thank you so much for your help Mathhew!


Thanks for your time and reply Matthew!

I took time to go through, to find deals to respond back for further suggestions :)

when you said Nikon F mount lenses work well with the Z cameras, are they really good that we don’t need to upgrade to Z lenses at some point of time except to reduce weight? I have seen some reviews and they mentioned we might get a vignette with F mount lenses. I haven’t tried and wasn’t really sure. Hence wanted to confirm.And just wanted to check if adapters along with F mount lenses make it heavy to hold the camera to take photos ? or it is okay.

One of my friends said that Nikon isn’t good with Mirrorless yet (Canon is better comparatively) and it takes probably couple of more years for Nikon to produce good mirrorless cameraIs. I have no clue and hence wanted to check if original Z7 is still good and produce similar results to D850 ?

I verified sigma 18-35mm and the reviews are great. is sigma 18-35 compatible with full frame cameras ? ( if I upgrade to D850 or Z7).

For D7100 sigma 18-35mm seems to be a great choice, but if I upgrade to full frame and if the lens is compatible, this lens might not be good for portraits..correct ? As 35mm is too wide for a full frame camera for portraits..

And when I checked slick deals , it seems sigma 18-35 has been on sale many times for 500 bucks.. are you aware of this deal ? is it better to wait for such deal or the current 6% off pricing is good ?

and do you think D850 can go down in price further or this is the maximum discount (2500$)that we can get.. ? I am thinking about all the options considering the thanksgiving deals.

your comment:

when you’re comfortable with all your gear and have decided on a mirrorless full-frame, high-quality lenses usually retrain their retail value well. If you get the 20mm, it will work with a full frame, but you’ll probably end up selling it, too… since it would require an adapter to work with a mirrorless camera


when you said high quality lenses, you referred to sigma 18-35mm vs nikon 20mm correct ? like sigma 18-35mm has better optics than 20mm ?

you are the one who guided with 85mm 1.8 vs 50mm 1.8 and confirmed 85mm has better optics. I went with your suggestion and took some great photos :)

And one final question along with the above..

how long do you think DSLRs (D850) will be in the market? if it stays for 5-10 years more, I am good with buying it if Z7 is not yet a clear equivalent to D850 as mirrorless is still in starting stages. Please advise..

sorry for the long message and questions. Awaiting your response. Thank you so much for your help Mathhew!!


Thank you so much for your patience and help in making me understand the minute details so I can make a better decision. You are the best!! I understood the points you mentioned and I am more leaning to buy a z7 instead of d850 now. I want to know your opinion on refurbished cameras and the 3 month warranty window. I don’t know if this a thanksgiving deal or just the regular price. Adorama has z7 refurbished for 2045$. Here is the link:

Do you think this is a great deal ? Is buying refurbished okay ?Though I am a bit Good at photography now I am not sure if I will be able to pin point if there are any issues with the camera within 3 months of warranty period. Some people say refurbished cameras are great as they have been extensively tested than the new cameras. Not sure if this is true as I don’t understand why they reduce the warranty period to 3 months instead of 1 year. Please advise.

Also , I have an indoor party coming up at my house on December 4th. If I order now and get this camera , is this a big learning curve or it’s easy to take photos on z7 with my old fx lenses. And does the Ftz adapter come for lower price if I buy a refurbished camera along with adapter ?

And are z lenses compatible with dslrs with adapter ? I am aware of ftz adapters about backward compatibility. And I am wondering if there is any such thing that does forward compatibility to adapt z lenses to dslrs. If that’s the case , I would consider buying a z lens and use it with dslr so that I can switch to mirrorless later . Please advise. Thank you for all your help and guidance!!


Thank you so much Matthew for your valuable suggestions as always. The reason I am thinking to go for z7 instead of sigma 18-35 lens in the meanwhile (with D7100 ) is eventually I need to sell the lens as it can no longer be used on mirrorless even with ftz adapter(DX lens). I realized that selling a camera /lens is not easy these days (mirrorless move) as no one contacted me even after I published an advertisement to sell D7100 and kit lens for 40% of my purchase price. So wanted to check if sigma 24-70 2.8 for Nikon f mount is good or not ? Another advantage is range for this lens as it translates to 36-105 for good portraits compared to 18-35mm and can be used on mirrorless in future with ftz adapter. I know it’s a little expensive around 1000$. is it better to go for Nikon 24-70mm(1500$) given the 500$ price difference ? My favorite option is mirrorless switch now but as it is expensive I want to check the below.

If I go for mirrorless (z7) I won’t have budget left in near future to buy any lenses. So my question Would be :

D7100+50mm 1.8 prime VS Z7+24-70mm Nikon 2.8 /Sigma 2.8 which one is better ? Which one can produce great images in comparison?

Also when I checked more reviews , some people mentioned auto focus issues of z7 in low light environment when compared with D850. Are they noticeable for not a professional photographer like me ? I do have plan to do some low light clicks in my close friends wedding soon. There will be a professional photographer :) but I am planning to click some photographs as well for the wedding :)

Sorry for my confusion and seeking advice multiple times. Decision would have been easier if there is no mirrorless confusion :) Request you to guide me in this regard. Thank you Mathhew !!


Sorry for my dumb question Matthew!! For comparing Nikon d7100 with z7. Actually, the only problem was budget and I was little scared and worried about using an expensive body with a mediocre (50mm) lens. As you said in 2014, the first thumb rule is to get a better lens with a good camera (than better camera with a Mediocre lens). I still remember that. By your suggestion I went ahead with d7100 and bought two lenses. I hope this is my last question regarding upgrade this time :) and sorry for asking a lot of questions. I was looking at z6 and some features are comparable to z7. Could you please let me know on what should I consider (z6 vs z7). and if you were in my place, could you please confirm on what would you go with out of below options.

Z6($1643.00 with ftz adapter)+ good Z lens for portraits ( pl suggest if there are any lenses like sigma 18-35 that you suggested for dslrs)


Z7($2543.00 with ftz) + existing fx 50mm and 85mm primes.

Thanks in advance Mathhew !! You have been so patient in answering all my questions.

If this is my last question for this upgrade(hopefully), a very happy thanksgiving to you and your family!


And i am not sure if I let you know about my preferences. I am interested in portraits as always for indoors and outdoors. I am little interested in low light as well but that’s not my preference. Thanks In advance Matthew!


Could you also please suggest the bundles for z7 and z6 that covers the most that are required. Thanks!


Hi Matthew,

Did you get my messages ?

I don’t see these messages when I open in another browser.. hence making sure


Thank you so much Matthew for your guidance :) you are the best! I would not have made a good decision without your inputs. I bought a z6 as I did not like the 1.7 crop on videos on z5 and I am planning to shoot a little bit of videos. (FPS was not a problem though :) ). I tried the camera with my 50mm today and the results are excellent !! I love the low light capabilities of z6. I need to try more but I am very happy with the camera. Ftz adapter is working seamlessly and just wanted to ask another suggestion :) now the 24-70mm 2.8 lens for f mount is 1596$ with vr and 24-70mm 2.8 z mount lens is 1999$. Given the seamless integration, is it good to go ahead with f mount version ? Or z mount is better than f mount lens and will have resale value as well? thank you so much for your patience. If I have a guru in deciding my gear, that’s you ! I am very grateful !! I am very happy to follow your website and guidelines! Thank you !!


And just to add one more option, Nikon has refurbished z 24-70mm 2.8 lens for 1471$. Thanks !


Thank you Matthew ! Unfortunately Nikon refurbished lens is gone pretty quick. I will look out for better deals on z 24-70mm 2.8 and will plan to buy. Thank you so much !


No problem at all Matthew !! Thank
You so much :)


How could you not emphasize the wifi and gps capabilities of the D5300 as compared to the 7100, which has none? That’s major to a lot of us both amateur and professional.


I have the D5300 and I want to buy the “new” af-s 200-500 nikon lens for telephoto.
Even if is technically compatible in stationary mode I want to take action pictures as wild birds or sports pictures as surf.
Do they match without problem on handheld mode only or should always use tripod to get sharp images? Or not even choose this lens…



I happened to check into a DSLR shop this weekend and had my hands on to D7100 and D5500. But the 5500 seemed so small for my palm which was a downer for me. Right now i have two options : D7100 with a 18-105mm kit lens and D5300 with 18-55 and 70-300 kit lens. Which one out of the both would you suggest or do you have any other options to suggest for the long run? . Eagerly awaiting your reply.



I am trying to decide between the d5300 and the d7100. I take sports photography for our local high school and need to upgrade. the problematic areas are local football fields with sub par lighting and gyms for volleyball and basketball. Can you help with this decision?


Does the d5300 have that crop mode too?

Dani P

Thanks for your article, very helpful!


I have decided to trade in my Sony Cybershot for a DSLR after using my sister’s Canon Rebel T5i. I have done A LOT of research and my head is still spinning quite q bit. There re so many choices! I had decided on the Nikon D5300 because it seemed that it would fit all my needs for photographing while hiking and capturing my dogs in action. After reading about the D7100, I am concerned that I may be missing out on potential aspects of moving targets while hiking (and of my dogs in action). I love photography and used to shoot and develop with an old 35mm film camera. I miss the manual input of creating my own photographs. I also have several possible side jobs that would be mostly portrait photography but some would be pets. Is there any reason the D5300 would not fit my needs? Thank you for an input.


Hi Matthew,
Loved your post and responses. Now would seek some advice, I am enthusiast level photographer and was almost sold on Nikon D500 but then felt that in future by it I think will be missing couple of things like
Auto focus motor – confines me to AF-S lense
AFP issue for portraits
Lens micro adjustment, if needed
1/8000 of shutter speed
Quick buttons to change settings instead of going to Menu and touchscreen all the time in 5500
Additional 1.3 crop factor could be used something for additional reach for wildlife
Capability of using center autofocus at F8

Do you agree that this miss in D5500 could held me back a little from growing into photography, I love what all rounder things they have added in new D5500 but going back D7100 looks more semi pro with more function and room to grow, would like to buy D7200 but my budget doesn’t allow that :( , please suggest would you recommend going for allround D5500 or D7100. I will persue more of wildlife and portraits. Thanks so much


Sorry for typo errors in the first few lines, I ment Nikon D5500 not D500.

david taite

Thank you Matthew , you have made up my mind d3500 it is so , and the availability of extra lenses is a plus thank you for your speedy response

david taite

Hi I’m looking for my first camara ,this would be used for mainly for wildlife , portrait and sports photos , I’m trying to decide between the d3500 and the p900 , as my first camara and not know much about phoyography any advice would be most welcome ,


Thanks for the article Matthew I’m trying to decide between 7100 and the 5300 leaning towards 5300 until I read in your article about shooting macro. I want to take photos of plants and insects in hd would the 5300 be fine? Thanks


Hello Matthew. My interest is taking pictures for Virtual 360 Panorama/Walking for Apartment Rentals (inside and outside-around house, building etc… )
Which camera and lens do you recommend for begginner with strong will to learn and make progress?

Wally Walter

Hi Mathew,

I own D5300. Am contemplating of going for Sigma 24-70 f/2.8. What are your views on its compatibility on performance? My interests are prone to landscape, portrait, street photography.


Wally Walter

Hi Mathew,

Thanks a ton for that exhaustive reply. Few more questions – would the lenses that you suggested be compatible for any upgrade of camera body I would do in future? Although I don’t plan to do so very soon.

And what are your thoughts on 18-300/ 18-200 f/3.5 (both Sigma & Nikon models). Are they really worth for some serious photography? As I said earlier, I am hobbyist cum amateur (and probably at this age may not think of moving into professional to make it as bread and butter). At times I wonder is it just my mental block or obsession or fascination to have something large zoom !

thx in advance once again

Wally Walter

With lots of search here and there, I am close to zero down on Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 or Nikon 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 for my D5300. Could you kindly lend your assessment on both of these? I had kept Tokina 11-20 also in bucket list, but ticked it off as I got to know it has some unacceptable flare issues.

Matt Fellows

I am not so sure the D7100 and the D5300 share BID sensors. I think the D7100 is using the Toshiba (TOS) 5105 (HEZ1 die) and the D5300 is Sony Exmor IMX193. Chipworks might have better information. Sony owns the BID CMOS space right now…the light efficiency of the Sony sensors is unparalleled…currently. If you flip the mirror up and the edge of the die is blue then Sony…black then Toshiba…I think that’s the easiest way to tell visually. Nikon does not really want you to know…me thinks…but iFixit and lots of folks tear everything down to the last screw…so there’s not much way to hide any more…and still have parts be serviceable/replaceable.

My experience thus far with D5300 is great color capture…even at absurdly high ISO…