The D5300 is Nikon’s “advanced beginner” digital single-lens reflex camera. It replaces the D5200 in the company’s APS-C lineup, which places it between the entry-level D3200 and the D7100, which is aimed for enthusiast photographers. The D5300 features a 24MP sensor (the same as its 24MP APS-C stablemates), an articulated rear LCD, and more physical controls than the D3200, but it lacks the dual-dial interface and professional-grade AF system of the decidedly higher-market (and much more customizable) D7100. The D5300 also lacks the professional-grade AF system of the D7100.
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The D5300 is almost an exact clone of its predecessor in terms of both its appearance and its ergonomics (albeit it is somewhat lighter and slightly smaller than its predecessor), but it is a more powerful camera on the inside in a handful of significant respects. The D5300 has a sensor with 24 megapixels, but it does not have an anti-aliasing filter. This gives it a higher resolution than the D5200, which is similar with what we found when we tested the D7100 and the D800E. Even if the difference is little (especially when a built-in zoom is coupled), it is always encouraging to see advancements in essential image quality possibilities, particularly in models that fall in the middle price bracket.
The D5300 features an improved video mode that is now capable of recording full high-definition video in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Because of this, as well as the fully articulated 1.04 million-dot LCD screen, the D5300 should appeal to filmmakers in addition to still shooters. The screen is 3.2 inches, which is somewhat wider than the screen on the D5200, which measures 3 inches. Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS are both industry firsts for Nikon’s DSLR line-up, but they are features that are easy to overlook despite their potential utility. The battery life has also been improved; according to the numbers provided by CIPA, the D5300 has an endurance of 600 shots, whereas the D5200 only had an endurance of 500. Keep in mind, however, that this figure does not take into account additional functions like as Wi-Fi or GPS, and that activating these additional services would reduce the amount of time you can spend shooting.
The Nikon D5300 is readily categorized as an incremental upgrade because it only adds a few features to its previous model, the Nikon D5200, and only a few of those additions are significant. The fact that the Nikon D5200 can be converted into an APS-C DSLR with 24 megapixels, no optical low pass filter, 1080/60p HD video recording, a fully articulated display, and built-in Wi-Fi with only a few additional accessories speaks volumes about the quality of this camera. In terms of the specs that can be found in writing, the D5300 appears to be “fully equipped.”
A touchscreen LCD is the one thing that we feel is absolutely necessary for it to have. We’ve grown to enjoy the ability to execute some functions by touch on rival cameras, particularly in live view mode when it comes to things like exposure correction and AF point setting. Additionally, we would like to see dual control dials, which is a feature that Nikon has historically reserved for its more costly models but that several of Nikon’s competitors provide at this price point.
Nikon D5300 Specifications
|MSRP||$799.95 / £729.99 (body only), $1399.99 (w/ 18-140mm F3.5-5.6 lens) / £829.99 (w/ 18-55mm F3.5-5.6)|
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100 – 12800 (25600 with boost)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal, Basic|
|File format||JPEG: Fine, Normal, BasicRAW: 12- or 14-bit, compressedDPOF compatibleDCF 2.0 compliant|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||39|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor|
|Live view||Yes (With contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking)|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.82× (0.55× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Exposure modes||Programmed auto with flexible program (P)Shutter-priority (S)Aperture priority (A)Manual (M)|
|Scene modes||Autumn ColorsBeach / SnowBlossomCandlelightChildClose-upDusk / DawnFoodLandscapeNight LandscapeNight PortraitParty / IndoorPet PortraitPortraitSportsSunsetSpecial Effects Mode|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Drive modes||Single frameContinuousSelf-timer2s Delayed remoteQuick-response remoteQuiet shutter releaseInterval timer|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional ML-L3 or WR-R10)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion EN-EL14a or EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||600|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||480 g (1.06 lb / 16.93 oz)|
|Dimensions||125 x 98 x 76 mm (4.92 x 3.86 x 2.99″)|
The Nikon D5300 is an excellent upper-entry-level digital single-lens reflex camera that combines a high-resolution sensor and reliable video functions. It is larger than mirrorless rivals, and its price is on the upper end of the range for its class; yet, it will not disappoint an aspiring photographer, particularly those who want to upgrade from the lens that comes with the kit to optics of a better quality.
- Excellent image quality
- Reliable Wi-Fi that is built in, as well as location tagging
- LCD that is fully articulated
- 1080/60p HD maximum video resolution
- The Fn button may be customized.
- Excellent coverage of the frame by the 39-point AF array
- Solid feature set for individuals who are just starting out with DSLRs
- System ISO that is both practical and cutting-edge.
- Images created by high resolution sensors have an increased level of detail.
- Extreme lag in enlarged live view
- The only way to have immediate access to important photography parameters like ISO and WB is through the single Fn button.
- The on-screen "info" menu is convoluted and difficult to navigate in a timely manner.
- Live view does not provide a real-time glimpse of the aperture being used.
- There is no master function on the built-in flash.
- A slow autofocus in live view