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Nikon D5300 vs Canon T6I


You’ve probably heard of these cameras, or rather seen them in action. These cameras both have 24.0MP APS-C sensors, and due to their similarity in features and performance, they are both at the same price range.

To point out some small details about both cameras, let’s start with the Nikon D5300 first, which is a uniquely designed budget-friendly DSLR that has been a popular option in the mass market, due to its capabilities, the affordable price which brings great value for the money.

Either way, even though it has an affordable price, this camera has the features of a real premium camera, such as the Wi-Fi, the Ultra-high resolution, the 24.2MP image sensor, the extra-large swiveling Vari-angle LCD, and much more. It is a camera which has a remarkable image quality, softly blurred background, tack-sharp details, vibrant colors, to dazzling 1080p Full HD videos, you already get the idea of what kind of camera we’re talking about.

Okay, but what about the Canon T6i?

We’ve reviewed this product before, and we’ve also made comparisons with other cameras, however, in this case, we’ve placed it with a camera at the same price range, with similar features and capabilities, so today, we’re going to say which one of these outperforms the other, and which one can be the perfect addition for your hobby or work.

The T6i’s sensor means finely detailed, crisp and natural-looking photographs, while an updated light-metering system means well-exposed images. HD videos are effortless due to the advanced AF system that provides speedy and precise focus on subjects, while the advanced Scene Analysis system automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to produce the best results whether shooting friends, landscapes and sports scenes even in the trickiest light situations.

All and all, these two cameras are both almost equal, however, we’re still going to try to compare them and see which one is better for what.

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Head To Head Comparison

Nikon D5300

Having built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the D5300 is the first in an enormous new generation of connected Nikon DSLRs, which means that you can connect this camera wirelessly with your smartphone or tablet, afterward, you can also browse photos on D5300’s memory card, import your favorites and instantly email them, text them or post them online using the Wireless Mobile Utility app.

This camera is perfect for travelers who want to express themselves through photography, or share their moments with the other through photography or videography, either way, it’s still a good camera for travel, mostly due to its size and versatility. However, even though it has a small size, don’t let that fool you because it delivers big-camera quality and capabilities. It is designed for ergonomics, while every button and dial is strategically and carefully placed for comfortability and efficient operation.

In addition, the 3.2-inch swiveling Vari-angle LCD and the 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor will elevate your experience to a whole new level, providing great versatility and easy usage, while the 24.2MP camera to deliver incredible image quality.

No matter what you’re doing, whether you’re shooting stationary subjects, candid photos, high-speed action or Full HD video, this particular camera will keep subjects in focus, while the 39-point high-density autofocus system with the 9 cross-type sensors will quickly lock onto your subject. But that’s not all since the unique 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow it across the frame.

Furthermore, the D5300 has remarkable metering and onboard intelligence, which basically makes your focusing on the composition much easier.

What I also like about this camera is the Scene Recognition System which analyzes the situation and compares it to an onboard database of thousands of scenes, thus, it will automatically determine the most appropriate auto exposure, i-TTL flash exposure, white balance, and autofocus settings, so as you can see, this camera is really something else, even though it has a really affordable price for a DSLR.

Apart from that, the built-in HDR has an automatic feature that combines two photos into one highly dynamic image, while the new subject-based D-lighting will automatically brighten shadowy areas on your subjects, which makes the camera great for portraits as well.

For your convenience, the D5300 is compatible with the complete collection of Nikon’s NIKKOR lenses, while it is also optimized for DX-format NIKKOR lenses.

Moreover, the D5300 has easy to use picture controls that allow the user to alter the color palette and add a personal touch with six settings that are available, such as the standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait and landscape. Basically, you can customize the look and feel of your photos and HD videos easier, and better than in any other DSLR camera at this price range.

All and all, if you’re looking for an affordable entry-level DSLR camera option, then this could be your ideal choice, however, if you want to see more cameras like these, make sure you read the Canon T6i comparison review below to see which one of these cameras outperforms the other.

Nikon D5300 Sample Images:

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Canon T6I

The Canon T6i is one of the best entry-level DSLRs on the market, not only because it has some of the most premium features out there, but also because it comes at a fair and reasonable price, which is one of the main selling points of this camera.

To start off with the design and construction, this particular camera boasts an aluminum alloy and polycarbonate construction along with a glass fiber chassis which basically means that this camera also packs incredible durability, and in my opinion, it is great for an entry-level DSLR. See, photography and videography enthusiasts who are just starting will not spend a whole fortune on a camera, because of course, it is their first camera and firstly they want to try it with an affordable one, and the T6i is the ideal option for that, and for those people.

To continue, what I also like about this camera is the textured coating on the deep grip which you can find on both, the front, and on the back, more precisely, the small thumb bridge. Thus, this will provide exceptional comfortability along with safety because sometimes accidental drops may occur, but with this camera within your grasp, such things won’t happen, the manufacturer has made sure of that.

If you compare it to the Nikon D5300, this one comes at a relatively higher-cost than the other, however, the Canon T6i pays that debt in features and a performance which is a tad ahead of the Nikon D5300.

Okay, let’s get more into the details, shall we?

The Canon T6i has a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor while when you combine it with the new 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor, this will result in very accurate metering which can be rarely found in other cameras at this price range.

But that’s not all since the T6i has a new Hybrid CMOS AFF III that increases focus speed and accuracy in live view, which is allowed by using the sensor-based phase-detection points. Yes, this is another feature which can be found only in some other premium cameras, but rarely found in entry-level DSLRs.

Speaking of the phase-detection system, this composes images in the viewfinder in a speedy and accurate way, and just by this, you can tell that the camera is also great for sports and action shootings.

Although, it does have some features which can be found in almost any other camera, basically, they’re not that much of a big deal nor groundbreaking. In this case, the 19-point phase-detection AF, which isn’t much, however, for an entry-level DSLR, it is fantastic. Coming down to the ISO-range, it has a native 100-12,800, while it can also be expanded to up to 25,600.

Moreover, the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC is also something that the Nikon D5300 has, which is one of the reasons why we say these cameras are relatively equal to one another. Other than that, the Flicker detection, and the touchscreen LCD, and some other improvements make this camera seem more advanced than the Nikon D3400. Let’s not forget, this Canon T6i has a 5fps continuous shooting rate, along with 1080/30p video.

Being a DSLR camera, this Canon model has a decent optical viewfinder which is able to show 95% of the scene, and personally, I don’t really like this because many other competitors have done better, so basically, the manufacturer could have done a better job here. However, this is just my personal opinion which doesn’t have to affect your thoughts about this camera.

To finish up, the Canon T6i is a uniquely designed camera and a feature-rich tool that is able to deliver superb image quality without having a high-cost. So for all those that are just starting out, this camera could be the solution to your problems.

Canon T6I Sample Images:

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Nikon D5300 vs Canon T6I Feature Comparison

  Nikon D5300 Canon T6I
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Megapixels 24.0 24.0
ISO Range 100-12800(25600) 100–12800 (25600)
Flip-Out Screen Yes Yes
Microphone No No
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Touchscreen No Yes
Video Recording Yes Yes
Sensor Size CMOS APS-C

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Okay, now we’ve reached the part where we should state which one outperforms the other, however, by now, we think that you know the answer to that already.

We can’t really differentiate them much by price because they are almost the same in price, however, in features, one of them definitely has much more capabilities than the other.

As they are both entry-level DSLR, they both perform great for the price and depending on what you’ll use the camera for, that’s how you’re going to find which one is the one that meets your requirements the most. For example, for portrait photography or traveling, the Nikon D5300 is the most ideal choice, and you’re not going to find a better camera at this price range.

Don’t get me wrong, the Canon T6i is also an entry-level DSLR, however, it does have some extra features when you compare it with the Nikon D5300, which is also why we think that the Canon T6i beasts the D5300 when it comes to specifications, but for versatility and aesthetics, the Nikon D5300 is definitely better than the T6i. The guideline is, they are both great cameras to start with, but the T6i is a tad ahead when it comes to features.

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