Nikon D5300 Review

The Nikon D5300 is a beginner DSLR which ranks with Canon EOS Rebel T6. It uses a sensor minus a low pass filter. Therefore, this entry-level camera has the potential to capture more detail. It comes with a new EXPEED 4 processing engine. This has given Nikon D5300 power to improve image quality.

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The beginner DSLR has an impact on noise control at high sensitivity settings as well.  Settings are user-friendly with simple navigation to the desired feature. You only need to press the OK button. This simple approach is fast to use by beginners and could be enhanced more with a touch-sensitive screen.

Nikon D5300 Build and Handling

This beginner DSLR comes with a polycarbonate body. It’s the first Nikon model to be built with monocoque construction. Having a shell made from a single piece of material makes Nikon D5300 stronger.  It is fitted with a stereo mic port above the viewfinder and GPS plus Wi-Fi. There is a large mode dial on the top plate for accessing automatic options like Scene Effects modes.

Viewfinder on Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 has an excellent screen to encourage using Live View. This entry-level DSLR camera shoots accurately in decent light. But, it a bit slow when compared to systems with average modern compact system cameras like Panasonic G6 or Olympus E-P5.

On a good note, its magnified view when focusing manually gives a lot of detail. Thus, the Nikon D5300 works well when capturing stationary macro and still life objects.

Nikon D5300 Image Quality

As expected from an entry-level DSLR target at aspiring photographers, the Nikon D5300 shoots pleasant pictures. They have a lot of detail and beautiful vibrant colors. With high sensitivity settings, this best beginner DSLR produces JPEG images with higher signal-to-noise ratio. It means there is less noise visible.

Nikon D5300 produces images with very pleasant colors. Do not avoid the Landscape Picture Control mode. It can produce some punchy results. This entry level camera has other modes like Creative Effect mode, HDR Painting mode, and Toy Camera Mode.

Connectivity on Nikon D5300

A major addition on Nikon D5300 is the inbuilt Wi-Fi and GPS technology. With Wi-Fi connection, you can transfer images from the Nikon D5300 to a smartphone or tablet. It comes with Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility App. You can also use this app to control the Nikon D5300 shutter remotely.

GPS system makes it possible to tag images with longitude, latitude, and altitude of shooting location. You can use Nikon’s ViewNX2 software to create travel maps to be displayed on Nikon Image Space. Or, you can share them on your social networks or site which supports GPS like Flickr.

Nikon D5300 Specifications

Price
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
Body typeCompact SLR
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 4
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 – 12800 (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • JPEG: Fine, Normal, Basic
  • RAW: 12- or 14-bit, compressed
  • DPOF compatible
  • DCF 2.0 compliant
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes (With contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking)
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.82× (0.55× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Scene modes
  • Autumn Colors
  • Beach / Snow
  • Blossom
  • Candlelight
  • Child
  • Close-up
  • Dusk / Dawn
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party / Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Sports
  • Sunset
  • Special Effects Mode
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • 2s Delayed remote
  • Quick-response remote
  • Quiet shutter release
  • Interval timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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 BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3 or WR-R10)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL14a or EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)600
Weight (inc. batteries)480 g (1.06 lb / 16.93 oz)
Dimensions125 x 98 x 76 mm (4.92 x 3.86 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSBuilt-in

Nikon D5300 Price, Deals & Discounts

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