Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D – Which Should You Choose?

It is always more than a dilemma of having to choose a new camera. More so if you are new in this camera business. In this article, we make it simpler and present you with two options: The Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D.

Don’t be scared, our extensive yet easy to comprehend comparison on these amateur cameras will make it easier for you to make a choice.

We discuss all the features, advantages and disadvantages of these cameras you need to know to make your final decision.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

Table of Contents

Comparison Overview – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

Once you pick the Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D, you’ll immediately discover that the 600D is bigger than the D5300. Another feature that might be visible to your eyes is that the screen size of the D5300 is larger than the 600D.

In terms of weight, you might not notice that the Nikon D5300 is significantly lighter than the Canon 600D. Apart from the difference in button layouts and design, these are the major differences you’re bound to notice.

The Canon 600D was announced on the 7th of February 2011 and is available in black body color only. The Nikon D5300 is a newer camera that was announced on the 31st of October 2013. It is readily available in black, red and grey colors.

When you use these cameras you’ll discover that both cameras are truly capable amateur DSLR cameras. However, the Nikon D5300 surpasses the Canon 600D in nearly all aspects. It delivers better image quality, it is better at connectivity functions and can be used effectively in nearly all kinds of photography.

Price/Value Ratio – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

Which camera offers more value for money?

The D5300 offers more value for money than the 600D. It is cheaper, performs better on so many accounts. In addition, it has the following unique features which are not found in the Canon 600D: Built-in WiFi, built-in GPS, time-lapse recording, and smartphone remote control.

The 600D’s performance may not fully justify its price yet it falls within the price range for cameras in its category.

Comparison Table – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

  Nikon D5300 Canon 600D (Rebel T3i)
Announcement Date 31st October 2013 7th February 2011
Size Dimensions 125 x 98 x 76mm 133 x 100 x 80mm
Weight 480g 570g
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6mm 22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor Resolution 24 megapixels 18 megapixels
Lens Mount Nikon F mount Canon EF/EF-S mount
Image Processor EXPEED 4 DIGIC 4
Battery Life 600 shots 440 shots
ISO 100 – 12800 (25600 expanded) 100 – 6400 (12800 expanded)
Continuous Shooting Speed 5fps 4fps
Screen Size 3.2 inches 3.0 inches
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes No
Built-in GPS Yes No

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What is Each Best For? – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

Nikon D5300 Canon 600D (Rebel T3i)
Portrait photography requires a lot of attention to detail. Therefore, most portrait cameras are well equipped with the capacity to render highly detailed images.

No other two factors greatly influence a camera’s image detail like the sensor’s size and sensor resolution.  A larger sensor with high resolution tends to do better as a portrait camera.

It is to this effect we reckon the Nikon D5300 to be more suitable for portrait photography than its competition in this comparison as it does better in these regards.
The Canon 600D (aka Rebel T3i) is better at flash photography. It has a wider flash coverage than the Nikon D5300.

Most importantly it possesses a flash sync port that is absent in the D5300. This allows the usage of multiple flashes at a time.
The comparison of both cameras reveals that they are nearly evenly matched in terms of street photography.

The only reason the Nikon D5300 has the upper hand over the Canon 600D in this photography type is its larger sensor. 
The 600D doesn’t perform as well as the D5300.  
Capturing speed and high level of sensitivity is important in sports photography.

Hence, any camera used in this kind of photography must have a fast shooting speed when used in burst mode, a high low-light ISO value, enough focus points, and a good battery life.

The Nikon D5300 does all these better than the Canon 600D which makes it the obvious pick as the better sports camera.
The 600D doesn’t perform as well as the D5300.  
Portability is of the essence to any photographer engaged in daily photography.

The Nikon D5300 is lighter and less thick than the Canon 600D. To this end, most daily photographers would opt for it instead.
The 600D doesn’t perform as well as the D5300.

However, some folks just prefer larger cameras naturally and may opt for the Canon 600d.  
There are four major reasons the Nikon D5300 is better suited for landscape photography than the Canon 600D.

First of all, it has a higher sensor resolution. The second reason is its larger sensor size. Thirdly, its wider dynamic range possession. Lastly, the built-in GPS feature.
The 600D doesn’t perform as well as the D5300.  

Watch the Nikon D5300 review and tutorial below. 

Common Features – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

Contrary to what some might think, the Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D still share certain features. Such thought is justified since both cameras have different manufacturers.

Despite the unmistakable differences between the two, the D5300 and the 600D have the following similarities:

i. Viewfinder
ii. Sensor Format and Type
iii. Articulating Screen
iv. Built-in Flash
v. Hot Shoe
vi. Microphone Jack


The viewfinder in a camera has a sole function. Its job is to aid the photographer in proper shots and frame control.

The type of viewfinder used in a camera determines the extent to which the camera can easily perform this function.

Therefore when choosing a camera, one has to decide if he/she wants a camera with an optical or electronic viewfinder; or a viewfinder that is made from a pentamirror or pentaprism material. The viewfinder type and the material used have their significance which we explain further below.

The major difference between an optical and electronic viewfinder is found in just two words: “Power Consumption”. For the electronic viewfinder (also known as a digital viewfinder) to function, it has to make use of the camera’s power derived from its battery. This affects the battery, as it is used up faster than if it were to be an optical viewfinder instead.

Usually, amateur DSLR cameras do not possess amazing battery longevity which is why they are not usually fitted with electronic viewfinders. Camera manufacturers like Nikon and Canon do this to save the battery’s life.

The material used to make the viewfinder has its significance. A viewfinder allows light to pass through it so that images can be seen by the photographer during framing and shot control. More flow of light means the photographer sees clearly which allows for better framing and control.

When we consider this and examine both materials used in making a viewfinder, we find out that the pentaprism has the advantage over the pentamirror viewfinder. This is because the pentaprism viewfinder allows the passage of more light through it. The pentamirror is usually found in amateur DLSR camera instead of the pentaprism.

Another thing is that most viewfinders are eye-level viewfinders. An eye-level viewfinder is one that has to be put close to the eye if framing and control are to be done. This is unlike those that are held at arm-length. The advantage it offers is that one can easily frame and properly control shots even when the sun is shining bright.

Having said all these, what kind of viewfinder do these cameras use? Well, the Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D make use of an optical pentamirror eye-level viewfinder. This is commonly used by cameras within their category and level.

This similarity is further extended to the viewfinder’s coverage as both cameras have 95% field coverage. There is a slight difference though in terms of magnification as the D5300 has 0.55x magnification while the 600D has 0.53x magnification.

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Sensor Format and Type

Both cameras are fitted with the APS-C sensor format also called DX-format by the Nikon Company. They also sport the same CMOS sensor type. The APS-C CMOS sensor is usually found in most amateur DSLR cameras.

The sensor used by a camera is of great importance as it is one of the factors that determine the extent of the camera’s sensitivity. Besides, the sensor used by a camera also affects the lenses that can be used with the camera. The size and weight of the lenses that can be used are bound to be the same provided the lenses used have the same focal length and aperture.

The ratio of the sensor’s width to its height is known as the native aspect ratio. The D5300 and the 600D have the same native aspect ratio of 3:2.

Articulating Screen

An articulating screen is a feature that offers you a flexible shooting experience. An articulating screen simply put is a screen that can be tilted, turned and swiveled.

The Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D are both fitted with a fully articulating screen: In other words, you can fully turn the screen to face yourself as you continue taking pictures and making videos.

The flexibility this feature provides during shooting makes both cameras good for street photography since it requires shooting at difficult angles.

Vloggers are also bound to enjoy much out of this feature as it makes it easy for them to make their videos.

This feature makes the camera selfie-friendly as well which makes capturing images with family and friends fun.

The screen can also be flipped which is helpful when watching movies.

Built-in Flash

Light is essential to the production of a quality image. That’s why pictures shot in well-lit environments are of better quality than those shot in a low light condition.

Therefore, in situations where the lighting is poor, the photographer has to compensate and provide a source of light. In photography, a flash is used to supply this needed light.

Most cameras are equipped with a built-in flash that allows the supply of light necessary for image capture. The built-in flash reduces the need for an external flash as well as the extra weight it will add.

The Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D both have this handy feature.

Hot Shoe

The built-in flash can only do so much as it is somewhat limited in flash power. Therefore, in such cases where the built-in flash does not properly illuminate the area, one needs to employ an external flash.

The external flash can only be used if the camera being used possesses a hot shoe feature.

The hot shoe is a platform usually found at the top of the camera that allows one to attach certain accessories to the camera.

The Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D both sport a hot shoe feature and is compatible with most external flash including the ESDDI Camera Flash Speedlite.

Microphone Jack

The Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D are both equipped with a built-in microphone.

This internal microphone allows these cameras to record audio during video shoots. The disadvantage here is that these microphones are somewhat limited in their ability to record quality audio.

Due to this limitation, most professionals employ the use of an external microphone to provide quality audio during video shoots.

However, these external microphones cannot be used without the presence of an important feature.

The microphone jack is an important feature that is necessary if one seeks to connect an external microphone to a camera. And, amazingly, the cameras in this comparison have this feature.

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Check out the Canon 600D hands-on review and field test in the next video.

Unique Features – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

In this section, we discuss those features exclusive to the Nikon D5300 but absent in the Canon 600D and vice versa.

Nikon D5300 Unique Features – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

The following are the features that the D5300 has that the 600D does not have:

i. Built-in WiFi
ii. Built-in GPS
iii. Time-Lapse Recording
iv.Smartphone Remote Control
v. Nikon F Lens Mount
vi. EXPEED 4 Image Processor

Built-in WiFi

Connectivity has become a very important aspect of our lives in the 21st century. WiFi is a connectivity tool that is readily employed in cameras nowadays.

Most cameras such as the Nikon D5300 are fitted with a built-in WiFi. This feature allows these cameras to share photos and videos with other compatible devices. Furthermore, photos and videos can be uploaded directly to social media platforms for general viewing.

Built-in GPS

Another built-in feature that distinguishes the Nikon D5300 from the Canon 600D is the built-in GPS. The D5300 is fitted with an internal GPS feature that allows accurate location tracking from any point on the planet earth.

Furthermore, with this feature, one can geotag images captured.

Geotagging is important as it allows the photographer to keep accurate records of where certain images were shot. A geotagged image sort of authenticates the photographer’s claim as the one who captured an image.

Time-Lapse Recording

A feature that is renowned for showcasing the creativity of a photographer is the time-lapse recording feature.

With this feature, one can create a video from several pictures that have been captured over some time.

If you decide to get the Nikon D5300, this feature will be available for you to showcase your creativity.

Smartphone Remote Control

Convenience and ease are important factors camera manufacturers consider when they make their cameras. One feature that has been incorporated by manufacturers due to this is the smartphone remote control feature.

This feature allows you to operate the Nikon D5300 with the use of a supported smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy A10 3. When the application is installed, you can conveniently access and control your camera’s settings by pressing your smartphone.

Nikon F Lens Mount

Nikon DSLR cameras are fitted with exclusive lens mount manufactured by the Nikon Company. Therefore, when comparing a DSLR camera such as the Nikon D5300 with a camera manufactured by another company, this feature is bound to be exclusive.

Therefore, the D5300 sports the exclusive Nikon F lens mount. With this lens mount, one can use up to 302 native lenses and 88 optical stabilization lenses. 

An added advantage this feature offers is the fact that you get to keep your lenses if you had used a Nikon Camera with the same Nikon F lens mount. This is because Nikon cameras that make use of the Nikon F lens mount make use of the same type of lenses.

EXPEED 4 Image Processor

The image processor of a Nikon and Canon camera will always be different. This is because both companies manufacture and make use of their image processors.

Therefore, the Nikon D5300 makes use of Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processor.

The EXPEED 4 is the 4th generation of Nikon’s image processors. With this processor, the D5300 is capable of capturing images that have better details than those produced by older Nikon processors. It is also the reason behind the camera’s video recording capabilities. Lastly, it aids in power conservation as less power is spent in carrying out the camera’s functions.

Canon 600D Unique FeaturesNikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

The following are the features that the 600D has that the D5300 does not have:

i. Flash Sync Port
ii.Anti-Aliasing Filter
iii. iv. DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon EF Lens Mount and Lenses

Flash Sync Port

Although the Canon 600D has a built-in flash and the option of using an external flash via a hot shoe, it didn’t stop it from having a flash sync port as well.

The flash sync port allows one to fire an external flash or several ones at the same time to provide the lighting condition desired. This feature makes the 600D a better flash photography camera than the Nikon D5300.

To make use of this feature, one has to connect a cord that is from an external flash or a flash unit to the camera’s flash sync port. When this is done a signal is then sent to these flashes when the camera’s shutter is pressed.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Moiré is a repetitive pattern of dots or lines that usually appears on images. It is usually caused when the pattern is higher than the sensor’s resolution.

Therefore, most cameras employ an anti-aliasing filter also known as a low pass filter to prevent such occurrence. This filter is usually found in front of the sensor.

The Canon 600D aka Rebel T3i is a camera that makes use of an anti-aliasing filter. This is not surprising as the sensor resolution of the camera is not so high and could be overcome by certain patterns during image capture.

Nevertheless, the use of this sensor has its disadvantages. Chief among them is the fact that the sharpness and detail of the image produced are greatly reduced. Because of this disadvantage, most manufacturers do not make use of the anti-aliasing filter in their cameras. The Nikon Company usually does this in most of its cameras including the Nikon D5300.

We feel (just like so many camera professionals) that the inclusion of the anti-aliasing filter is out of date. This is because moiré occurrence is rare and not as common as before. Also, most cameras have overcome moiré thanks to newer sensor technology. Nevertheless, since the Canon 600D aka Rebel T3i was announced in 2011, those sensor technologies were not available for this camera.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor

The Canon 600D employs the DIGIC 4 image processor. This is Canon’s 4th generation image processor which is a successor to the DIGIC 3. The DIGIC 4 improves on everything the DIGIC 3 offered.

Canon EF Lens Mount and Lenses

Since the Canon Company also makes use of its own specially manufactured lens mount, the Canon 600D’s lens mount is an exclusive feature.

It sports the Canon EF lens mount which is usually found in cameras within its category. Thanks to this lens mount, the 600D can make use of 319 native lenses and 91 optical stabilization lenses.

Just like with the Nikon D5300, you can make use of lenses that you had before; as long as the cameras you owned before made use of the Canon EF lens mount.

Learn more about camera lenses in the video below.

Unique Pros – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

So far we’ve discussed the common features and unique features of these cameras. In this section, we deal with features both cameras possess but wherein one has the edge over the other.

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Nikon D5300 Unique Pros – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

Which has a Higher Sensor Resolution D5300 or 600D?

The Nikon D5300 has a higher sensor resolution than the Canon 600D. It boasts 23 megapixels while the 600D has just 18 megapixels.

The sensor resolution of the camera determines the camera’s detail capturing ability. It is measured in megapixels.

With a higher sensor resolution, you are assured of well-detailed images. It gives one the liberty of printing larger images and cropping images without being worried if the image quality would be affected.

Despite the major role which the sensor resolution plays in the final resolution of an image, other factors influence it as well. These include pixel size, sensor technology, anti-aliasing filter, and the optical elements used.

Which has a Larger Sensor Size D5300 or 600D?

he D5300 has a larger sensor than the 600D. It has a sensor dimension of 23.5 x 15.6mm. The Canon 600D, on the other hand, has a smaller sensor size of 22.3 x 14.9mm: Therefore the Nikon D5300 sensor is 11 percent larger.

This size difference is what accounts for the difference in format factor (aka crop factor) of these sensors. The D5300 has a crop factor of 1.5 while the 600D has 1.6 crop factor.

A larger sensor offers better image quality and sensitivity in low light: Color depth is richer and the dynamic range is wider. Also, there is a better depth of field control with a larger sensor.

However, a larger sensor tends to be more expensive and heavier. This could in some cases affect the overall price and size of the camera.

Which has a Higher Maximum ISO D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has a higher maximum ISO than the 600D. It has a maximum ISO value that is twice that of the Canon 600D. The Nikon D5300 and the 600D have a maximum ISO value of 12800 and 6400 respectively.

These maximum ISO can still be expanded which allows the D5300 to attain a value of 25600 while the Canon 600D reaches a maximum of 12800.

A camera’s ISO deals with the sensitivity of the sensor to light. There is an ISO range in every camera that can be set to fit the lightning situation of an area. A high ISO allows one to capture images despite low-light conditions.

For both cameras in this comparison, their minimum ISO value of 100 is the same: But the maximum ISO values are different.

It is worth mentioning that shooting at high ISO value can result in the occurrence of noise and grain. We advise that you do not exceed the 6400 ISO to avoid those occurrences. Except you’re quite skillful and experienced.

Which is Smaller D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 is smaller than the 600D. It is 8mm narrower, 2mm shorter, and 4mm thinner than the Canon 600D. It has a size dimension of 125 x 98 x 75mm while the 600D is measured at 133 x 100 x 80mm.

Small is cute and cool. Portability is important in this day and age. Therefore, many folks would choose a smaller camera that is capable of delivering on the goods.

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Which has More Focus Points D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has more focus points than the 600D. It has an impressive 39 focus points which certain cameras ahead of its level can’t brag of. The 600D, on the other hand, is just okay with its 9 focus points.

30 more focus points mean that the D5300 is way capable of producing sharper as well as better detailed images.

Which has More Cross Type Focus Points D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has more cross type focus points than the 600D. The Nikon D5300 has 9 cross-type focus points while the Canon 600D has just 1.

Some of the focus points sported by the Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D are also cross-type focus points.

The difference between a regular focus point and the cross-type focus point is the direction in which it reads and makes its detection. The cross-type focus points can read in both vertical and horizontal lines. Such points are better detailed and sharper than normal focus points.

Which has a Larger Screen D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has a larger screen than the 600D. It has a 3.2 inches screen size. The Canon 600D, on the other hand, sports a 3 inches LCD screen.

With this screen size, the Nikon D5300 finds itself in the class of cameras with the largest screen size in the market.

The screens of both cameras being compared are pretty awesome for amateur DSLR cameras. However, the D5300 can be said to be more awesome than the Canon 600D in this regard.

Which has a Faster Continuous Shooting Speed D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has a faster continuous shooting speed than the 600D. It can shoot 5 frames per second while the Canon 600D can shoot at 4 frames per second in burst mode.

Continuous shooting is when a camera can take several pictures non-stop within a space of time once the shutter button is pressed down. This is also called burst mode.

The speed which the camera can shoot continuously is referred to as continuous shooting speed. A camera with a faster continuous shooting speed can capture more pictures within a period than one with a slower speed.

Which has a Longer Lasting Battery Life D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has a longer battery life than the 600D. It is powered by the EN-L14a power pack battery which enables it to capture 600 shots after a single charge.

While the Canon 600D is fitted with the LP-E17 battery and can capture 440 shots after a full charge. Therefore, the Nikon D5300 has a longer battery life of 160 shots.

The battery life of your camera determines how long you can shoot and how many shots you get to capture once you charge it. Hence, it is an important factor that needs to be considered before purchasing a camera.

Learn how to insert the battery into your Canon 600D in the next video.

Which is Lighter D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 is lighter than the 600D. Upon comparison of the cameras in focus, it is discovered that the Nikon D5300 is 90 lighter than the Canon 600D. It weighs 480g while the 600D has a weighs 570g.

A camera’s weight matters. If you are engaged in photography that demands you moving to different locations or shooting for long periods at a stretch, then it is all the more important. A lighter camera would ease the burden when you go ahead shooting.

Furthermore, it is all the more important to consider the weight of the camera when you intend to purchase an interchangeable body camera. Cameras like the Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D could get heavier depending on the type of lens used.

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Which has a Higher Color Depth D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has a higher color depth than the 600D. While the Canon 600D has a color depth of 22.1 bits, the Nikon D5300 does better with a 24.0 bits value.

The color depth of a camera is a sensor measurement that deals with how much color details the sensor can capture. It is measured in bits and it is also referred to as DXO portrait.

A camera with a higher color depth is bound to produce images that are richer in color than those with lower color depth. The color depth is also a handy feature during portrait photography as it enhances the picture quality.

Which has a Wider Dynamic Range D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has a wider dynamic range than the 600D. While the Canon 600D has a dynamic range of 11.5 EV, the Nikon D5300 has a 13.9 EV dynamic range.

The dynamic range of a camera is a sensor measurement that deals with the camera’s light range. It is measured in EV and it is also referred to as the DXO landscape.

A camera with a wider dynamic range can effectively capture minute details that could be ignored with a lower dynamic range. The dynamic range comes into full effect when capturing landscape scenes.

Which has a Better Low Light ISO D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 has a better low-light ISO than the 600D. While the Canon 600D has a low-light ISO of 793, the Nikon D5300 surpasses with a far margin at 1388.

The low-light ISO is a sensor measurement that deals with the sensor’s sensitivity in low-light conditions. It is also referred to as DXO sports.

A camera with a better low-light ISO color depth will produce a better image when captured in low light than those with a lower low-light ISO value. The low-light ISO also enhances a camera’s shooting ability when capturing sports events.

Which is Cheaper D5300 or 600D?

The D5300 is cheaper than the 600D. Not only is it cheaper but its overall performance is better. Getting the Nikon D5300 instead of the 600D is the better deal.

Ultimately, the price of the camera is the final determining factor that one considers when purchasing a camera. Everyone loves to make a good deal so we opt for a camera that delivers on the goods but is also mild on our pockets.

Canon 600D Unique Pros – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

Which has a Longer Flash Coverage 600D or D5300?

The 600D has a longer flash coverage than the D5300. Its flash can cover a distance of 13m while the Nikon D5300’s flash can cover 12m.

The built-in flash of any camera has its coverage range. The higher the coverage range, the farther the light produced by the flash can reach.

Which has a Larger Sensor Pixel Area D5300 or 600D?

The 600D has a larger sensor pixel area than the D5300. The sensor of the Canon 600D has an 18.54µm2 pixel area while the Nikon D53000 has a pixel area of 15.28µm2. This means that the 600D is slightly better in its ability to gather light.

Which has a Better Screen Resolution 600D or D5300?

The 600D has a better screen resolution than the D5300 even though the Nikon D5300 has a larger screen. The Canon 600D can effectively render 1,040,000 dots while the D5300 offers 1,037,000 dots screen resolution: That is about 3,000 dots difference.

A larger screen does not automatically mean a better screen resolution as we discover when comparing the Nikon D5300 and the Canon 600D.

Therefore, when the same image captured is viewed on the screens of these cameras, the image will appear more detailed on the Canon 600D’s screen than on the Nikon D5300.

It is important to mention that the screen resolutions of both cameras are highly commendable especially when we consider that these are amateur DSLR cameras. Both manufacturers did well in this regard.

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Which has More Available Lenses 600D or D5300?

The 600D has more available lenses than the D5300: 319 vs 302 native lenses and 91 vs 88 optical stabilization lenses.

We mentioned that the lens mount used by a camera is the factor that determines the types and number of lenses that can be used with a particular camera.

Due to the different lens mount used by the Canon 600D and the Nikon D5300, the types of lenses and the number available to these cameras are different.

The type of lenses used by these cameras include standard zoom, standard prime, wide-angle zoom, wide-angle prime, telephoto prime, telephoto zoom, superzoom, wide-angle fisheye prime, macro prime, perspective control prime, and telephoto mirror prime

Unique Cons – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

Nikon D5300 Unique Cons

i. No flash sync port

Canon 600D Unique Cons

i. No built-in WiFi

ii. No built-in GPS

Common Pros – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

  Nikon D5300 Canon 600D (Rebel T3i)
RAW Format Support Not all cameras support RAW formats but the D5300 does.

RAW images are of higher quality than JPEG. They can be edited more easily as well. The only issue is that they take up more storage space which is due to their superior quality.
Same as Nikon D5300
Face Detection Focus This feature is very useful in portrait photography.

It automatically detects the face of a person(s) in a frame and focuses on it. The face is then well emphasized and detailed than other points within the frame.

You can utilize this feature with the Nikon D5300.
Same as Nikon D5300
AE Bracketing Shooting in tough lighting conditions is bound to happen. Even mere changing of location can be a bit tough as the light conditions of different areas tend to differ.

With the AE bracketing feature, the Nikon D5300 automatically takes care of that and adjusts its setting to suit your location.  
Same as Nikon D5300
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Common Cons – Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D

  Nikon D5300 Canon 600D (Rebel T3i)
No Built-in Image Stabilization A blurred image is a common occurrence when a shake happens as a picture is about to be taken. This is more common if the picture is taken using slow shutter speed.

Since the Nikon D5300’s shutter speed isn’t fast, you can expect some blurred images here and there.

Usually, most camera counters the occurrence of blur via a built-in image stabilization feature. This feature keeps your camera steady even if a shake occurs, it is automatically corrected.

However, the D5300 lacks this feature and won’t be getting the advantage it offers. The only way to counter it is to make use of any of the 88 optical stabilization lenses available.
Same as Nikon D5300 except the Canon 600D has 91 optical stabilization lenses available.
No Environmental Sealing This feature allows the camera to shoot in tough weather conditions without much disturbance.

The Nikon D5300 lacks this feature which makes it susceptible to these weather forces.
Same as Nikon D5300
No Fine Tuning With the AF Micro Adjustment feature, the camera’s autofocus can be fine-tuned.

However, the Nikon D5300 cannot perform this function.
Same as Nikon D5300
No Touch Screen The Nikon D5300 lacks the touch screen feature.

It would have made control and accessibility easier especially for amateur photographers. The familiarity of the touch screen feature would have made the camera more user-friendly.
Same as Nikon D5300

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General Feeling among Users

 Nikon D5300 Canon 600D (Rebel T3i)
Although few users complained about the battery life of the Nikon D5300, it wasn’t so much. Most users bemoaned the Canon 600D’s battery longevity. They said it didn’t allow for long time capture.

Amateur photographers felt it placed a kind of limit on their exploration as they had to be conscious of the battery.
The Nikon D5300 is fitted with a built-in GPS which is a major plus. Nevertheless, those who used this feature weren’t pleased with its overall performance: ‘The signal is not so great and is easily blocked by tall buildings they lamented’. The Canon 600D lacks the GPS feature completely and some users especially landscape photographers weren’t so pleased with this.
Users praised the Nikon D5300 for its WiFi feature which allowed easy connection and sharing of files. The absence of the WiFi feature did not go well with users of the Canon 600D.

Some complained that the use of an eye-fi card in a bid to at least provide wireless connection was not truly effective.

Others said they don’t even have the money to purchase the card and won’t even if they did.

Nikon D5300 vs Canon 600D – FAQs

What is the Canon equivalent to Nikon D5300?

The Canon 70D is the Canon equivalent to the Nikon D5300. Both cameras are DSLRs and were announced in 2013.

The table below reveals some of the features of the D5300 and the 70D:

Features Nikon D5300 Canon 70D
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 20 megapixels
ISO 100 – 12800 (100 – 25600) 100 – 12800 (100 – 25600)
Video recording 1080/60p 1080/30p
Continuous shooting 5 fps 7 fps
Weather sealed No Yes
Battery life 600 shots 920 shots
Size 125 x 98 x 76mm 139 x 104 x 79mm
Weight 480g 755g
Articulating screen Yes Yes
Touchscreen No Yes
Screen size and resolution 3.2”, 1037k dots 3.0”, 1040k dots

How do I focus my Canon 600D?

You can focus your Canon 600D by switching to manual mode and using live view.

The steps below will guide you on how to focus your 600D:

i. Set your camera lens to manual focusing.

ii. Activate live view.

When this is done, in the center of the LCD screen, a rectangle will appear. This rectangle is known as the magnification frame.

iii. Set the approximate focus by turning the lens focusing ring.

iv. Move the magnification frame over the subject using the cross keys.

v. Magnify the display by pressing the AF point selection button.

vi. Alter the focus if necessary.

vii. To go back to normal display, press the AF point selection button.

Does Canon 600D have video?

The Canon 600D has video and can record high-quality video. The only video resolution it cannot shoot is 4K video.

The 600D record video in the following modes: 640×480 @ 30 fps, 640×480 @ 50 fps, 640×480 @ 60 fps, 1280×720 @ 30 fps, 1280×720 @ 50 fps, 1280×720 @ 60 fps, 1920×1080 @ 24 fps, 1920×1080 @ 25 fps, and 1920×1080 @ 30 fps.

The Canon 600D is fitted with a flip-out screen that enhances video recording flexibility. The downside to the 600D’s video recording ability is its inability to perform continuous focusing while shooting movies.

Why does my Canon 600D stop recording?

The following might be the reason your Canon 600D has stopped recording:

i. The SD memory card is not supported by your camera.

ii. Your camera might have heated up.

iii. There is no free space on your memory card.

iv. The write and read speed of your memory card is low and does not allow high quality video recording.

v. The recording speed is too high for your memory card to keep up with.

Use any of the following to fix your Canon 600D’s problem of stopping while recording:

i. Let your 600D cool off.

ii. Change the memory card (preferably a high class memory card).

iii. Change the video recording size.

iv. Update the Canon 600D firmware.

Which lens is best for Nikon D5300?

The following is a list of lenses that are best for the Nikon D5300:

Kit lenses

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II

Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6

All-in-One lenses

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.5 VR

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II

Wide-Angle lenses

Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6

Portrait lenses

Nikon 35mm f/1.8

Nikon 50mm f/1.8

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR

Telephoto Zoom lenses

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6VR II

Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR

Tamron 70-30mm f/4-5.6 Di LD

Macro lenses

Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G

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Final Thoughts

Nikon D5300 Canon 600D (Rebel T3i)
The Nikon D5300 delivers amazing images and can easily function well in any kind of photography. Its versatility makes it a very handy camera in nearly all situations. Generally, very few cameras within its category can do better than the D5300. The Canon 600D is truly an amateur DSLR camera as its simple and basic features reveal. It isn’t complex which makes it the perfect start for any amateur photographer.
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