Nikon D3300 vs D5000 – Which is Better For You?

In this article, we compare the Nikon D3300 vs D5000. These amateur cameras from Nikon are regarded among the best amateur cameras out there. However, the question is which of them is better for you?

We understand that our photography needs are unique, therefore, we reveal the kind of photography these cameras are best suited for. Furthermore, we discuss their common features and then in simple terms show you how different these cameras are.

There’s so much detail about these cameras in this article that is sure to make you come to a decision concerning these cameras.

The next section gives you a brief comparison overview of these cameras. Mind you, it isn’t as detailed as the whole article. Therefore, we advise you to read that, and then read the next section, and the next until the end.

You can also make use of the table of contents to navigate through the article.

You might also be interested in this Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D5100 comparison.

Table of Contents

Comparison Overview – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

The Nikon D3300 is an entry-level amateur DSLR camera and the 4th camera in the Nikon D3XXX series. The Nikon D5000, on the other hand, is an upper-level amateur DSLR camera and the 1st camera in the Nikon D5XXX series.

Both cameras are not large cameras, but the D3300 is smaller than the D5000. It is also lighter which might be attributed to its carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer body.

While you can only get the Nikon D5000 in black body color only, the Nikon D3300 is available in black, red and grey body colors.

In terms of quality imaging, the entry-level camera has the edge. Its sensor performs better and will deliver better-detailed imaging as well. Shooting in varying light conditions will be easier with the Nikon D3300 than the Nikon D5000.

Also, it surpasses the D5000 in performance level on all fronts. This is thanks to its improved image processor. Even when it comes to recording videos, the D3300 does way better.

The major feature which the Nikon D5000 has in which the competition in this article doesn’t is an articulating screen. If we look even in the screen department, apart from the articulating screen, the Nikon D3300 does better in other aspects.

The tutorial guide which the D3300 has ensures that even first-time DSLR users can conveniently use this camera.

Price/Value Ratio – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

Which camera offers more value for money?

The D3300 offers more value for money than the D5000. It is cheaper, has a higher sensor resolution, better sensor performance, higher ISO range, better screen, faster continuous shooting speed, better video recording, longer battery life, and an improved image processor.

Comparison Table – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

  Nikon D3300 Nikon D5000
Announcement Date 7th January 2014 14th April 2009
Size Dimensions 124 x 98 x 76mm 127 x 104 x 80mm
Weight 430g 590g
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor Resolution 24.2 megapixels 12.2 megapixels
Anti-Aliasing Filter No Yes
ISO 100 – 12800 (expanded 100 – 25600) 200 – 3200 (expanded 200 – 6400)
Screen Size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen Resolution 921,000 dots 230,000 dots
Articulating Screen No Yes
Continuous Shooting Speed 5 fps 4 fps
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Battery Life 700 shots 510 shots
Microphone Port Yes No
Time-Lapse Recording No Yes

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What Situation is Each Best For? – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

Nikon D3300 Nikon D5000
When both cameras are compared as to which will do better for portrait photography, the Nikon D3300 comes out on top.  

This is because portrait photography demands well-detailed imaging and the D3300 provides this thanks to its higher sensor resolution.
Street photographers have to deal with capturing difficult angles a lot. Hence, they opt for cameras with features that aid them in their task.  
One of such features is the articulating screen which is found in the Nikon D5000 and not the D3300.  

Hence, street photographers will find the D5000 more helpful than the Nikon D3300.
For a camera to be efficient in capturing sports events, it must have features that enable it capture fast-moving subjects.  

The Nikon D3300 has a better low light ISO, faster continuous shooting speed and a longer battery life. These three advantages over the D5000 gives it the edge when capturing sports events.  
Since, wildlife photography involves capturing fast-moving subjects as well, the D3300 will do better in that regard as well.
The Nikon D5000 does not function as well as the Nikon D3300 for sports photography.  
Daily photographers tend to shoot for extended periods than other kinds of photographers. Hence, they require lightweight cameras that still deliver quality imaging.  
Of the two cameras in comparison, the Nikon D3300 fits the description better. It has a lighter weight, it is smaller and it captures high-quality images.  
Certain folks may prefer the D5000 over the D3300 for daily photography due to its large size.  
Just like portrait photography, landscape photography thrives on detailed imaging.  

Hence, the D3300 will suit you if you’re involved in landscape photography.  
The D5000 plays second fiddle to the D3300 for portrait photography.  

Check out the Nikon D3300 hands-on review below.

Common Features – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

The D3300 and the D5000 have the following similarities:

i. Sensor Format and Type

ii. Lens Mount and Lenses

iii. Viewfinder

iv. Built-in Flash

v. Hot Shoe (External Flash Shoe)

vi. Storage

vii. HDMI Port

viii. USB Port

ix. Bulb Shutter

Let’s discuss these features in detail.

Sensor Format and Type

The sensor is an important part of a camera. It is responsible for capturing light into the camera that is required for image production. Besides, it has a major impact on the final quality of your captured image.

The format and type of sensor which a camera employs determine to a large extent the sensor’s efficiency. Hence, manufacturers fit cameras with the sensor they feel is suitable for the camera’s category and level.

The Nikon D3300 and the Nikon D5000 are fitted with an APS-CMOS sensor; manufactured by Sony. This sensor is fitting for both amateur cameras.

The sensor format refers to the size category which a sensor belongs to. This is why you can find two sensors that have the same sensor format but different sizes. This is the case with the cameras in this article.

The APS-C format which is also called the DX-format by Nikon is commonly found in many amateur cameras and it is regarded as medium-sized. When compared to other formats, the APS-C is larger than the one-inch and four-third sensors but smaller than the medium and full-frame formats.

The type of technology used to make a sensor is referred to as the sensor type. The CMOS sensor employed by these cameras offers a major advantage of battery conservation when compared to the CCD sensor.

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Lens Mount and Lenses

The lens of a camera serves as the ‘eye of the camera’ as it is responsible for capturing the image. There are different types of lenses a camera can make use of, but this is dependent on another camera feature: The lens mount.

The lens mount is found between the lens used and the camera’s body. It is used to hold the lens in place and attach it to the camera. Because of this, the lens mount determines the types and number of lenses a camera can make use of.

The Nikon D3300 and the Nikon D5000 are fitted with the Nikon F Lens Mount which is found in many other Nikon cameras. The Nikon F lens mount allows these cameras to make use of 304 native lenses and 101 optical stabilization lenses.

A native lens that is highly recommended for these cameras is the Tamron Auto Focus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens.


The viewfinder is used for one function: To ensure that the image about to be captured is well framed. Capturing an image without using the viewfinder can cause the image to be out of frame.

The cameras in this article make use of an optical pentamirror viewfinder. The optical viewfinder type offers these cameras the advantage of battery conservation.

The case is reversed when a camera uses an electronic viewfinder: Battery power is used because the electronic viewfinder requires power to function.

A viewfinder made from a pentamirror material like the ones used by these cameras has a disadvantage. Unlike the pentaprism-made viewfinder, the pentamirror does not allow much passage of light through the viewfinder. Hence, the images transmitted aren’t as bright as those produced by a pentaprism viewfinder.

Both cameras have a viewfinder coverage of 95% which is impressive for amateur cameras. This ensures that the user has a wide field-of-view when framing the image.

The viewfinder magnification which refers to how large the transmitted image is, is different for both cameras. The D3300 has a magnification of 0.57x, while the D5000 has 0.52x magnification.

Built-in Flash

It is common once in a while or more frequently to shoot in low light conditions depending on your kind of photography. In such cases, captured images are bound to be low in quality due to the absence of adequate lighting.

However, cameras like these in comparison have a feature that ensures you can capture quality image even in low light conditions.

These cameras are manufactured with a built-in flash feature that is used to illuminate your subject and its surrounding: Thereby supplying the illumination that is needed for the production of quality imaging.

This feature reduces the need for photographers to purchase an external flash; it will cost you some extra change. Besides, external flashes come with their own weight thereby increasing the camera’s overall weight when attached.

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Hot Shoe (External Flash Shoe)

How do you even attach an external flash to these cameras? That brings us to the next common features of these cameras: The hot shoe.

The hot shoe is a platform usually made from metal that allows certain accessories to be attached to the camera.

Examples of accessories that can be attached to a camera via this feature include rangefinder, external flash, viewfinder, etc.

An accessory frequently used with the hot shoe is the external flash. This is the reason many call this feature the external flash shoe.

Although an external flash costs more and will add more weight to your camera, it is worth the price and weight.

It can provide better illumination than the built-in flash supplies. Also, it can be used in different positions which enhances the lighting supplied.


Like many DSLR cameras, these cameras employ the use of a memory card slot for storage purposes. While the card slot of the D3300 supports an SDXC card, that of the D5000 supports an SDHC card.

These cameras are fitted with a single card slot, whereas some cameras make use of dual card slots. Such cameras have more storage space, options, and flexibility.


The Nikon D3300 and the D5000 are manufactured with a mini HDMI port.

The HDMI port’s sole function is to enable the connection of a larger screen to a camera via an HDMI cable. When this is done, whatever is displayed on the camera’s screen is also seen on the larger screen.

This is of practical advantage when editing as it allows you to spot angles that need editing easily.

Furthermore, watching movies on a larger screen is a better experience than when you use the screen of these cameras.

Learn how to connect your camera to a larger screen via the HDMI port in the next video.

USB Port

Another port found in these cameras is the USB 2.0 port. The USB port connects your camera to a device, e.g. a laptop with the use of a USB cable. You can then send files to the device from your camera, or from the device to your camera.

Bulb Shutter

The bulb shutter feature found in both cameras ensure that the shutter is kept manually open to allow for long exposures. This in turn improves the quality of the captured image.

Unique Features – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

There are certain features that the Nikon D3300 possesses which the Nikon D5000 lacks and vice versa. In this section, we extensively discuss these features as we show you how different these cameras are.

Nikon D3300 Unique Features

The following are the features that the D3300 has that the D5000 does not have:

i. Microphone Port

ii. UHS Card Support

iii. Panorama

iv. Built-in Tutorial Guide

Microphone Port

Both cameras are designed to record videos and as such they are designed to record audio as well. They can do this thanks to their built-in microphones.

The issue with these built-in microphones which many have discovered is that they do not deliver quality audio as desired.

How can you get quality audio if it’s a big deal for you? Enter stage: An external microphone. Yep, with an external microphone, you can record quality audio as you shoot your videos.

However, there’s an issue with that: If your camera lacks the microphone port, you can’t make use of an external microphone.

This is where these cameras differ. While the Nikon D3300 is fitted with this port, it is MIA in the Nikon D5000.

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UHS Card Support

The D3300 has an ace up its sleeve when it comes to storage. Unlike the D5000, this entry-level camera supports the use of a UHS card (UHS-I precisely).

This card allows this camera to read, write, and transfer files at ultra-high-speeds of up to 104MB/s.


The Nikon D3300 can create a panoramic picture. If you don’t know what that is, it is simply a collection of different pictures stitched together to form one picture.

Built-in Tutorial Guide

The built-in tutorial guide feature attests to the fact that the Nikon D3300 is made for amateur photographers.

This feature teaches you how to operate the camera and how to set the camera when shooting. It also introduces and familiarizes you with camera terms.

If you’ve never used a DSLR camera before, this feature has you fully covered.

Nikon D5000 Unique Features

The following are the features that the D5000 has that the D3300 does not have:

i. Anti-Aliasing Filter

ii. Articulating Screen

iii. Time-Lapse Recording

iv. AE Bracketing

Anti-Aliasing Filter

The anti-aliasing filter also known as the low-pass filter is found in front of the sensor. Its job is to prevent the occurrence of moiré in captured images.

Moiré is the repeated pattern of lines or dots that appear on a captured image. It occurs when these patterns have a higher resolution than the camera’s sensor resolution.

Although the AA filter conveniently deals with moiré, it has negative effects which many photographers do not appreciate. This filter causes the captured image to lose detail and sharpness.

The anti-aliasing filter is found in the Nikon D5000, hence, it is less prone to moiré, but might not produce well-detailed images.

Certain newer cameras and those with high sensor resolution have little or no need for the low-pass filter. This is because newer cameras have incorporated sensor technological improvements that overcome moiré.

Articulating Screen

The articulating screen of the D5000 is not just a fancy design without practical applications. This screen can be titled, swiveled, turned and rotated.

It allows you to capture difficult angles that using a camera with a fixed screen won’t permit when in live view.

This is why street and wildlife photographers enjoy this than other photographers. This screen benefits vloggers as well and every lover of selfies.

Time-Lapse Recording

The Nikon D5000 is manufactured with a built-in intervalometer which allows it to create time-lapse videos. This feature lets you capture images at low frequency.

A time-lapse video is the combination of several pictures captured at different times of a specific subject to form a short video. Traffic in the city, sunsets or sunrise and growing plants are some video examples one can create with this feature.

A camera without a built-in intervalometer will require the purchase of an external trigger and software before time-lapse recording can be carried out.

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AE Bracketing

The AE (Auto-Exposure) bracketing feature allows the user to shoot in tough lighting conditions and HDR.

It automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to suit the current lighting condition of a particular environment.

In HDR, it is responsible for selecting the three exposures in which the images are captured in.

The D5000 has AE bracketing.

Unique Pros – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

In the common features section, we discussed features that both cameras had which performed at the same level with no difference.

However, in this section, we discuss features found in both cameras but with different performance levels. Here, we reveal the features wherein the Nikon D3300 has the advantage over the Nikon D5000 and vice versa.

Nikon D3300 Unique Pros

Which has a Higher Sensor Resolution D3300 or D5000?

The D3300 has a higher sensor resolution than the D5000. It has 24.2 megapixels, while the Nikon D5000 has 12.2 megapixels. Hence, there is a difference of 12.0 megapixels in favor of the Nikon D3300.

The difference in these cameras’ sensor resolutions also accounts for their different pixel pitch. The pixel pitch is the distance from the center of an individual pixel to the center of the nearest individual pixel.

The Nikon D3300 and the D5000 have a pixel pitch of 3.91µm and 5.53µm respectively.

Sensor resolution deals with the number of details your camera’s sensor can detect and produce. The sensor resolution of a camera is measured in megapixels.

A camera with a high sensor resolution will produce better-detailed images than one with low sensor resolution. Hence, the sensor resolution has a major influence concerning your camera’s resolving power; although it is not the only factor.

Which has a Better Sensor Performance D3300 or D5000?

The D3300 has a better sensor performance than the D5000. The overall sensor performance score of these cameras is 82 for the D3000 and 72 for the D5000. This shows that the Nikon D3000 has better sensor performance.

The performance of a sensor is determined by the aggregate of its color depth, dynamic range, and low light ISO. Many cameras including the ones in this article have been tested by the DXO mark in these three aspects.

But how did these cameras perform in the individual tests? Let’s briefly look into that.

The color depth deals with the sensor’s ability to produce distinct colors. While the Nikon D3300 has 24.3 bits of color depth, the Nikon D5000 has 22.7 bits.

The dynamic range refers to the sensor’s ability to detect detail in the lightest and darkest points within the frame. The D3000 and the D5000 have a dynamic range of 12.8EV and 12.5EV respectively.

Low light ISO refers to the sensor’s ability to produce clear images in low light conditions. With a low light ISO of 1385, the Nikon D3300 once again has the advantage over the Nikon D5000 that has a low light ISO of 868.

How does the Nikon D3300 perform in low light? Find out in the video below.

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Which has a Higher ISO Range D3300 or D5000?

The D3300 has a higher ISO range than the D5000. The D3300 has an ISO range of 100 – 12800, while the D5000 has an ISO range of 200 – 3200. It is quite obvious from this which camera has the higher ISO range.

Both cameras also have the option to expand their ISO range. When this is done, the Nikon D3300 still does better. It has an expanded ISO range of 100 – 25600, while the Nikon D5000 has 200 – 6400 expanded ISO range.

ISO measures how sensitive a sensor is to available light and how it makes proper use of it to produce a clear quality image.

The ISO of a camera is actually a range and not an individual score like the low light ISO. The wider the ISO range, the more sensitive the sensor is to capture clear quality images despite varying lighting conditions.

Which has a Larger Screen D3300 or D5000?

The D3300 has a larger screen than the D5000. It has a 3-inch screen which is 0.3 inches more than the 2.7-inch screen which the Nikon D5000 offers.

The display screen of a camera is used for many viewing functions. However, if the size of the screen is not large enough, viewing could become somewhat difficult.

This is why many would opt for the Nikon D3300 that has a larger screen than the Nikon D5000.

Which has a Higher Screen Resolution D3300 or D5000?

Not only does the Nikon D3300 have a larger screen, but it also has a higher screen resolution. It has a screen resolution of 921,000 dots, while the D5000 has 230,000 dots screen resolution.

The screen resolution is the number of details a screen can effectively display. A camera with a higher screen resolution will produce better-detailed display images than one with a lower screen resolution.

Which has a Faster Continuous Shooting Speed D3300 or D5000?

The D3300 has a faster continuous shooting speed than the D5000. The D3000 and the Nikon D5500 have a continuous shooting speed of 5fps and 4fps respectively for JPEG and RAW images. Hence, the Nikon D3300 is faster by 1fps.

These cameras can shoot images non-stop for a short time in a mode known as burst mode or continuous shooting mode.

In this mode, the camera’s continuous shooting speed determines how many images will be captured within a second.

Which has a Better Video Recording D3300 or D5000?

Although both cameras can record videos, the D3300 can records video better. It has a higher video resolution of 1920 x 1080 and captures this at a frame rate of 60fps. The video formats it shoots in are MPEG-4 and H.264.

The D5000, on the other hand, has a video resolution of 1280 x 720 at 24fps. It can only shoot in Motion JPEG video format.

Which has a Longer Battery Life D3000 or D5000?

The D3300 has a longer battery life than the D5000. It is fitted with a 1500mAh EN-EL14a battery that allows it to capture 700 shots after a full charge.

The Nikon D5000, on the other hand, uses a 1080mAh EN-EL19a power pack that can capture 510 shots before it goes off.

The above reveals that the D3300 offers 190 shots more than the D5000.

A camera that can shoot for long periods without going off is sure to please any user. Hence, many consider the battery life of the camera before making a purchase.

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Which has an Improved Image Processor D3300 or D5000?

The D3300 has an improved image processor than the D5000. While the Nikon D5000 runs on the original EXPEED, the Nikon D3300 enjoys the benefits of the newer and improved EXPEED 4: This is 3 generations of improvement at its disposal.

Hence, the D3300 has better noise reduction, color accuracy and faster processing speed amongst other benefits.

The image processor runs the camera and controls many of its operations and processing. Hence, it is sometimes referred to as the ‘brain of the camera’.

Nikon cameras make use of exclusive image processors belonging to the EXPEED image processor series. Newer cameras in most cases make use of newer versions of the EXPEED.

Which has a Lighter Weight  D3300 or D5000?

The Nikon D3300 is 160g (27%) lighter than the Nikon D5000. It weighs 430g while the latter weighs 590g.

A lightweight camera makes shooting for a long period easier as it is not much of a burden for the user. Hence, lightweight cameras that deliver quality images are preferred over weightier ones.

Which is Smaller D3300 or D5000?

The D3300 is 3 mm narrower, 6mm shorter, and 4 mm thinner than the D5000. It has a body dimension of 124 x 98 x 76mm, while the Nikon D5000 has a measurement of 127 x 104 x 80mm.

A smaller-sized camera also makes it convenient for one to shoot with it. Even packing it along for trips is easier as one can easily pack it into a bag.

Which is Newer D3300 or D5000?

The D3300 is 5 years and 3 months newer than the D5000.

Newer cameras benefit from technological advancements that were not available to older cameras.

These improvements are readily seen in the camera’s image processors and sensors when compared to the Nikon D5000.

Which is Cheaper D3300 or D5000?

When we compared the launch prices of these cameras, we discovered the D3300 to be 33% cheaper than the D5000. However, the latter is the more discounted camera as it has been in the market for a longer period.

The price of a camera ultimately determines if you purchase a camera or not. If the price is beyond your budget it is likely you’ll forfeit buying it and go for another one. Or you wait up and save a bit till you can afford it.

Nikon D5000 Unique Pros

Which has a Larger Sensor D5000 or D3300?

The Nikon D5000’s sensor is about 2% larger than the Nikon D3300’s sensor. It has a measurement of 23.6 x 15.8mm and 23.5 x 15.6mm for the D3300.

Due to the negligible difference, the crop factor and native aspect ratio of these sensors are the same at 1.5 and 3:2 respectively.

The larger the sensor, the more equipped it is to capture more light. A larger sensor also improves the color depth, dynamic range, low light ISO, and depth of field control.

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Which has a Larger Buffer D5000 or D3300?

The D5000 has a larger buffer than the D3300. It has a buffer capacity of 100 shots for JPEG and 10 for RAW images.

The Nikon D3300, on the other hand, has a buffer capacity of 16 JPEG and 6 RAW images.

Therefore, the Nikon D5000 has an additional 84 JPEG and 4 RAW image buffer capacity than the D3300.

What is a buffer you might ask? We’ll tell you.

A buffer is temporary storage where images captured in burst mode are stored before being moved to the main storage. Once the buffer gets filled, continuous shooting stops as the camera as to save the already captured images in the main storage.

Learn how to shoot in continuous mode in the next video.

Which has a Longer Flash Coverage D5000 vs D33000?

The D5000 has a longer flash coverage than the D3300. Its flash will cover a distance of 17.0m while the Nikon D3300’s flash will cover a distance of 12.0m.

This is possible when the image is captured at 100 ISO.

Unique Cons – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

Nikon D3300 Unique Cons

i. It is prone to moiré.

ii. It lacks an articulating screen.

iii. It cannot create time-lapse videos.

iv. It cannot shoot in tough light conditions.

Nikon D5000 Unique Cons

i. It cannot make use of an external microphone.

ii. It does not support UHS cards.

iii. It cannot create panoramic photos.

iv. It lacks a built-in tutorial guide.

Common Pros – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

  Nikon D3300 Nikon D5000
Supports RAW Format The Nikon D3300 can shoot in both JPEG and RAW formats.  

This means users of this camera will benefit from the better image quality which the RAW format offers.  
Besides, editing in this format is easier as RAW format is left in their uncompressed state.  

You’ll only need to be mindful of the storage space as RAW images take up more space than JPEG images.
Same as Nikon D3300
Has Face Detection Focus The face detection focus although an autofocus feature is not found in all cameras. However, it is found in the D3300.  
This feature automatically detects the human faces within the frame and then applies the right amount of focus required.  

When this is done, the faces captured are well detailed and expressive.  

Hence, portrait photographers relish this feature in their line of work.
Same as Nikon D3300
Live View This amazing screen feature allows you to use your Nikon D3300’s screen as a live viewfinder.  

You can frame and control your shots with your screen instead of the traditional viewfinder.  

This helps the user when capturing certain difficult angles.  
One interesting thing about using the screen as a viewfinder is that it allows you to see the location of your focus points. You can then alter it to suit what you want.
Same as Nikon D3300
Uses Phase-Detection Autofocus System The Nikon D3300 makes use of the phase-detection autofocus system instead of the contrast autofocus system.  

The autofocus system of a camera determines how the autofocus operates.  

The phase-detection autofocus system gives this camera the advantage of precision and faster autofocus acquisition.  

Furthermore, it has autofocus tracking which keeps the camera locked onto subjects while shooting images.  
Another function is continuous focusing which is used during video shoots. This allows the photographer to maintain constant focus.  

All these makes this AF system suitable for capturing fast moving subjects. Hence, this is useful for sports and wildlife photographers.
Same as Nikon D3300
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Common Cons – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

  Nikon D3300 Nikon D5000
No Built-in Image Stabilization The built-in image stabilization feature ensures that the captured images are not blurred.  
Blurred images are common with cameras that have a slow shutter speed such as the Nikon D3300. This is because they cannot accurately capture fast moving subjects.

Sadly, this camera also lacks this built-in image stabilization feature.  

Nevertheless, with the 101 optical stabilization lenses at its disposal, it can still perform this stabilization function.
Same as Nikon D3300
No Built-in Environmental Sealing There are certain environmental and weather conditions, wherein certain cameras like the D3300 cannot shoot in.  

Shooting in wet or dusty environments cannot be performed with such cameras.  

The built-in environmental sealing feature allows the camera to shoot in such tough environmental and weather conditions.
Same as Nikon D3300
Few Focus Points When we talk about focus points, we refer to points within a frame where additional emphasis can be added upon.  

As a result, such points are well-detailed thereby enhancing the overall image quality.  

The number of focus points possessed by a camera determines how effective the camera’s autofocus system.  

The Nikon D3300 has a few focus points as it has just 11 focus points. 1 out of these 11 is a cross-type focus point and it is located at the center of the frame.  

The difference between a cross-type and normal focus points is that the former can detect detail in horizontal and vertical directions. The latter, on the other hand, only detects detail in horizontal direction.
Same as Nikon D3300
Cannot Fine-tune Autofocus The AF micro adjustment feature allows certain cameras to fine-tune its autofocus. This enhances the quality of the image produced.  
The D3300 cannot carry out this function.
Same as Nikon D3300
Slow Shutter Speed The shutter speed of camera refers to the speed at which a camera captures an image.  

The Nikon D3300 has a shutter speed of 1/4000s which is regarded as slow. Hence, it may have some issues capturing fast moving subjects.  

Furthermore, a slow shutter speed makes it prone to produce more blurred images.
Same as Nikon D3300
No Built-in Wi-Fi Wireless connectivity has come to stay and the Wi-Fi is the leading technology in many devices that perform this function.  

Unfortunately, the D3300 lacks this feature. Hence, it is deprived of the following advantages:  

It cannot wirelessly connect to other devices. Hence, files cannot be wirelessly shared with other devices.  

The camera user cannot share images directly to social media platforms from the camera.  
It cannot connect to a Wi-Fi printer. Therefore, one cannot print images wirelessly.  

It misses out on the remote controlling function.
Same as Nikon D3300
No Built-in GPS The GPS feature is used in cameras for one major function: Geotagging.  
Geotagging allows the camera user to tag a captured image with the location of where it was taken.  

This is mostly used by wildlife and landscape photographers.  

The GPS feature is a no-show in the Nikon D3300.
Same as Nikon D3300
Lacks Touch Screen We all can agree that the touch screen feature on our smartphones has made operating mobile phones much easier.  

The same ease is what this feature offers when used in cameras. Cameras with this feature can be controlled with the display screen.  

As a result, such cameras have fewer buttons which enhances the body design and ergonomics.  

The D3300 lacks the touch screen feature. 
Same as Nikon D3300
Poor Shutter Life Expectancy The Nikon D3300 has a shutter life expectancy of 100,000 actuations. “What does that even mean?” You might ask. Let’s briefly answer that.  

Every camera has a shutter life expectancy which refers to how long you can use the camera before the shutter mechanism is faulty and requires a change.  
Or simply put, it is the minimum guarantee of shots your camera can capture before the shutter is faulty.  

For the D3300, 100,000 actuations is poor considering the number of shots some folks capture per day. 
Same as Nikon D3300
No Built-in Focus Motor The built-in focus motor allows the camera to perform autofocus functions with all its available lenses.  

This is not the case with the Nikon D3300 because it does not have this feature. 
Same as Nikon D3300
Slow Startup  When you press the D3300’s power button, it takes 400ms before it is fully operational and ready to use.  

Waiting for 400ms means you might miss out on some certain shots. Hence, it has a slow startup.  

This time of waiting is known as the startup delay.
Same as Nikon D3300
Lacks HDR Mode HDR mode is not found in the Nikon D3300.  

This mode is used when the photographer is unsure of the right exposure to use.  

Therefore, in this mode, the camera captures three images of the same subject but at different exposures.  

These pictures are then combined to create an image with the right blend of exposure.
Same as Nikon D3300
No Focus Peaking The D3300 cannot highlight what’s in focus when making use of its autofocus feature because it lacks focus peaking. Same as Nikon D3300
No Built-in Bluetooth One would think the Nikon D3300 will possess the Bluetooth feature considering it lacks Wi-Fi. However, it does not.  

This feature would have allowed this camera pair with Bluetooth devices.

Hence, it would have enjoyed many of the functions which the Bluetooth provides.
Same as Nikon D3300
No On-sensor Phase-Detect The on-sensor phase-detect feature is used in video autofocusing and live view.  

Its function is to enhance the camera’s performance when used in these modes.  
This feature is missing in the D3300.
Same as Nikon D3300
No Top LCD The Nikon D3300 does not have the top LCD feature.  

This little screen is found on the top of certain cameras. It contains basic camera controls and settings which the camera user can easily access without having to use the main display screen.
Same as Nikon D3300
Lacks Headphone Port The D3300 does not have a headphone port.  

Therefore, you cannot connect a headphone to this camera which is usually used for audio monitoring while recording videos.
Same as Nikon D3300
No Slow-Motion Videos The Nikon D3300 can shoot videos but it cannot create slow-motion videos. Same as Nikon D3300

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What Users Think About These Cameras – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

Nikon D3300 Nikon D5000
In terms of imaging quality, the Nikon D3300 was commended by all its users. The Nikon D5000 was praised for its imaging and detail especially considering how old it is.
The autofocus of the D3300 excelled even in low-light conditions. Some users complained that in low-light conditions, the D5000 struggled somewhat.
The print quality of the Nikon D3300 amazed many users as it was well detailed. The Nikon D5000 has a good print quality.
Many users of the Nikon D3300 appreciated the lightweight of the camera. Same as Nikon D3300.
Although the body design of the D3300 was applauded, some were not happy with the plastic feel. Many users of the D5000 were pleased with the body design and how it felt in the hands.
Amateur photographers were most thrilled with the built-in guide mode in the Nikon D3300.   The D5000 does not have the built-in guide mode.
This camera has creative filter which was a favorite among many users especially beginners. This feature was not discussed by users of the Nikon D500  

Nikon D3300 vs D5000 – FAQs

Is Nikon D3300 good for beginners?

The Nikon D3300 is very good for beginners. This is not just because it is marketed as an entry-level amateur DSLR, but because of some of its important features.

The D3300 is easy to use. Its body design and buttons, dials, and controls are organized and labeled with icons for simple understanding.

The image quality of the Nikon D3300 is equally amazing. Its 24.2 megapixels sensor that has no low-pass filter allows it to capture sharp images. And it can record 1080/60p video.

Above all, the D3300 is cheap and is readily affordable which suits beginners just well.

Is the Nikon D5000 still a good camera?

The Nikon D5000 is a good camera just for beginner photographers. If you had used any DSLR camera before, switching to the D5000 is not a good idea.

The D5000 is over a decade old and its 12-megapixel sensor resolution feels outdated in an era where smartphones easily double that number.

The Autofocus is embarrassing as it doesn’t perform well in low-light and will produce crappy images when used in such conditions.

The Nikon D5000 might have been good in its time, but it is becoming more of a relic as time progresses.

Does Nikon D5000 have autofocus motor?

The Nikon D5000 does not have a built-in autofocus motor. This is the case with other entry-level Nikon cameras such as the D40, D40X, D60, D3000, and even the D5100.

As a result, the D5000 cannot fully perform automatic autofocus functions without the use of a built-in autofocus-motor lens. You can only adjust the focus manually using the electronic rangefinder of the camera.

Furthermore, the absence of this feature means the DSLR camera isn’t compatible with Nikon’s full range lenses.

What lenses are compatible with Nikon D5000?

The following are the lenses that are compatible with the Nikon D5000:

i. Nikon 70-300 mm f/4-5.6G Zoom

ii. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

iii. Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D

iv. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED

v. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G

vi. Nikon 70-300 mm f/4-5.6G

vii. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

viii. Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-P DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

ix. Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED Auto Focus-S DX

x. Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D

Can you record video on Nikon D5000?

You can record video on the Nikon D5000. This upper-entry level amateur camera is equipped with the following video resolutions: 1280 x 720, 640 x 424, and 320 x 216.

The recording durations are 5 minutes for HD mode, and 20 minutes for the other video modes.

The D5000 records videos at a frame rate of 24 fps (frames per second) in monaural audio. It does not have stereo. When using this frame rate, fast-moving subjects might appear jumpy. This is common even with motion pictures in the cinema.

The absence of autofocus during video recording is one issue the Nikon D5000 has when it comes to recording video.

Final Words – Nikon D3300 vs D5000

Nikon D3300 Nikon D5000
The Nikon D3300 delivers impeccable image quality that is to a large degree higher than the category in which it belongs. Hence, it is suitable for both amateur and enthusiast photographers. The Nikon D5000 despite being an older camera still delivers imaging that is suitable for cameras within its amateur category.
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