We compare the Canon EOS 700D to the Nikon D5300: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Amateur DSLR category.

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.
Canon EOS 700D vs Nikon D5300: Specifications at a glance

EOS 700D

Introduced in March 2013
Amateur DSLR
Sensor: APS-C
18 megapixel
5 frames/second
100 – 12800 ISO
1920 x 1080 Video
Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
76.00mm (3.0″) Monitor, articulated
Lens mount EF, EF-S
No WiFi
133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8mm³ (5.2″ x 3.9″ x 3.1″)
580g (18.7 oz.)

D5300

Introduced in October 2013
Amateur DSLR
Sensor: APS-C (DX)
24 megapixel
5 frames/second
100 – 12800 ISO
1920 x 1080 Video
Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
81.00mm (3.2″) Monitor, articulated
Lens mount F
WiFi built-in
125.0 x 99 x 76mm³ (4.9″ x 3.9″ x 3.0″)
530g (17.1 oz.)
EOS 700D vs D5300: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: APS-C (called DX by Nikon). This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

EOS 700D vs D5300: The viewfinders

The EOS 700D uses an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror. The viewfinder covers 95% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.53x.
The D5300 features an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror that also covers 95% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.55x.
This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

Sensor size is generally a good indicator of the quality of the camera. Sensors can vary greatly in size. As a general rule, the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality.

Bigger sensors are more effective because they have more surface area to capture light. An important factor when comparing digital cameras is also camera generation. Generally, newer sensors will outperform the older.

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