Nikon D5300 Ken McMahon, November 2013
 
 

Nikon D5300 vs Canon EOS T5i 700D Quality

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To compare real-life performance I shot this scene with the Nikon D5300 and the Canon EOS T5i 700D, within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings

The Nikon D5300 was fitted with the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 G VR kit lens and the Canon T5i 700D was likewise fitted with its 18-55mm f3.6-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

Both cameras were set to Aperture priority mode and all camera settings were left on the defaults.

I Also shot this test using the D5300's 12-bit RAW mode and will publish those results as soon as suport for the D5300's RAW files is available in Adobe Camera Raw.

  Nikon D5300 results
1 Nikon D5300 Quality JPEG
2 Nikon D5300 Noise JPEG
3 Nikon D5300 Sample images

The image above was taken with the Nikon D5300. The camera was set to Aperture priority mode and f5.6 was selected. I made test shots across a range of aperture setting to determine which produced the best results and though there was actually no discernable difference between f4 and f5.6, I chose f5.6 for this test. With the sensitivity set to 100 ISO the D5300 metered an exposure of 1/320. The D5300 was mounted on a tripod and image stabilisation was turned off. As usual for this test, the cameras were otherwise left on the default settings. Interestingly, with its kit lens the Canon EOS T5i 700D also produced results that were hard to tell apart at f4 and f5.6 and the latter was chosen at which the Canon metered a slightly longer exposure of 1/250 also at 100 ISO. The D5300 JPEG file measured 11.71MB and, as usual, the crops are taken from the areas marked by the red rectangles.

This is quite an impressive set of crops from the D5300 with generally very good detail and little to fault in terms of the performance of the sensor. looking at the individual crops, in the first one you can make out the crosses on the roof of the chapel and detail the door and window is clearly visible with nice sharp edges. Despite the slight atmospheric haze in the second crop you cn clearly make out the lamp house at the top of the lighthouse, though the foreground detail in this crop looks a little soft.

The third crop also looks a little bit soft, but here at the edge of the frame you might expect that from an inexpensive kit zoom. The absence of chromatic aberration is most likely due to in-camera correction and that's something I'll be able to confirm when I'm able to check the RAW files. In the fourth crop form closer to the centre of the frame things sharpen up considerably, here the bacony edge dividers and the window frames are crisp and you can make out a good level of detail in the brickwork of the buildings in the top half of the crop as well as the roof tiles in the lower section.

The D5300 crops make an interesting comparison viewed alongside those from the Canon EOS T5i 700D. The Canon's 18 Megapixel sensor produces crops that show a larger area with smaller detail than the 24 Megapixel D5300, but the first crop from the T5i 700D actually looks softer and there's not as much detail in the chapel stonework. The EOS T5i 700D's 18-55mm kit lens suffers quite badly from chromatic aberration which isn't corrected for and doesn't help matters. There's a visible green fringe all along the horizon in the first crop and quite bad purpe fringing in the third one. But the second crop looks much better and is in fact slightly sharper and more detailed than the D5300's. And while the third crop from the frame edge suffers from fringing, it too looks sharper and more detailed than the one from the D5300. The final crop from close to the middle of the frame I think the Nikon D5300 once again has the upper hand with sharper edges and a higher level of detail.

The absence of a low pass optical filter in front of the D5300's sensor certainly isn't doing it any harm and is, on this evidence producing images with a very good level of detail and edge sharpness. But, at least with the kit lenses and judgind in-camera JPEGs, it doesn't give the D5300 a quality advantage over the T5i 700D. Once again I'll update my review with RAW comparisons once the D5300 is supported in ACR.

See how these models compare at higher sensitivities in my Nikon D5300 Noise results, check out more real life examples in my Nikon D5300 sample images or skip straight to my verdict!


Nikon D5300 JPEG
with Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR
 
Canon EOS 700D JPEG
with EF-S 18-55mm STM
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO



Nikon D5300
results : Quality / Noise


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