Nikon D5300

Nikon’s ‘advanced beginner’ DSLR, the D5300 takes the D5200’s place between the entry-level D3200 and the enthusiast-targeted D7100 in the company’s APS-C lineup. The D5300 offers a 24MP sensor (like its 24MP APS-C stablemates).

Nikon D5300 with Lens Kit
Nikon D5300 Body Only (Black)
Nikon D5300 with 18-140mm Lens (Black)

 

 

 

Striking images, even in low light, via a remarkably compact body

Despite the D3300’s extremely compact body, it features 24.2 effective megapixels and the new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. With NIKKOR interchangeable lenses, the camera delivers razor-sharp detail even in low-light situations, while a range of advanced technologies makes it incredibly easy to use, even for beginners.

 OVERVIEW

  • Excellent image quality thanks to the camera’s 24.2-effective-megapixel capability and the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine
  • Capture fast action with a maximum of 5-fps, high-speed continuous shooting
  • A more compact, lightweight combination of kit lens and body, featuring a sure, comfortable grip
  • Track moving subjects with confidence through the wide, clear optical viewfinder
  • 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors
  • Dazzling Full HD 1080p video recording with built-in stereo microphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for instant image sharing and camera control, and built-in GPS for geotagging your shots
  • Extra-large ultra-high resolution Vari-angle LCD that swivels 180°
  • WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter (optional) for sharing pictures via smart devices right after shooting

Nikon D5300 specifications

Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 4
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100 – 12800 (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, 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 lamp Yes
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 39
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 1,037,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor
Live view Yes (With contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking)
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.82× (0.55× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
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 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 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 frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • 2s Delayed remote
  • Quick-response remote
  • Quiet shutter release
  • Interval timer
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (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 Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (Optional ML-L3 or WR-R10)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Built-in
Nikon D5300 with Lens Kit
Nikon D5300 Body Only (Black)
Nikon D5300 with 18-140mm Lens (Black)

 

 

 

Key specs compared to the Nikon D5200

The table below shows how the major specifications of the D5300 compare against the D5200. As you can see, Nikon has updated a couple of core specifications, but the differences aren’t huge.

Nikon D5300 Nikon D5200
Sensor resolution (type) 24MP CMOS (no OLPF) 24MP CMOS
Autofocus System

39 AF points (9 cross-type)

ISO sensitivity 100-12,800 (H1 expansion up to 25,600 equiv) 100-6400 (H2 expansion up to 25,600 equiv)
Display size / resolution 3.2″, 1.04M-dot vari-angle 3″, 921k-dot vari-angle
Maximum framerate (DX mode)

5 fps

Movie Mode 1080 60p/30p 1080 60i/30p
Battery life (CIPA) 600 shots 500 shots
Dimensions 125 × 98 × 76 mm
(4.9 × 3.9 × 3.0 in)
129 x 98 x 78 mm
(5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
Weight (without battery) 480 g (16.9 oz) 505 g (17.8 oz)

Compared to the Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Compared to its nearest competitor, Canon’s EOS Rebel T5i, the Nikon D5300 offers a higher resolution sensor, more AF points, and the ability to shoot 1080/60p video (as opposed to 30p). It also includes built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. The D5300 is slightly smaller than the Canon in all dimensions, and a little lighter.

Nikon D5300 Canon Rebel T5i
Sensor resolution (type) 24MP CMOS (no OLPF) 18MP ‘Hybrid CMOS’
Autofocus System 39 AF points (9 cross-type) 9 AF points (all cross-type)
ISO sensitivity 100-12800 (max 25,600 equiv) 100-12800 (max 25,600 equiv)
Display size / resolution 3.2″, 1.04M-dot vari-angle 3.0″, 921k-dot vari-angle (touch-sensitive)
Maximum framerate (DX mode)

5 fps

Movie Mode 1080 60p/30p 1080 30p
Battery life (CIPA) 600 shots 440 shots
Dimensions 125 × 98 × 76 mm
(49.2 × 3.9 × 3.0 in)
133 x 100 x 79 mm
(5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1in)
Weight (without battery) 480 g (16.9 oz) 580 g (20.4 oz)

Nikon D5300 Body

The D5300’s target audience of entry-level users will feel at home with the camera’s ergonomics and controls. Aside from the slightly larger screen on the rear of the camera, the controls are more or less unchanged from the D5200 – it has a reasonable (though hardly class-leading) set of external controls. It also offers a fully articulated 3.2″ LCD screen that offers benefits for live view and movie shooting.

The 4-way controller on the back of the camera is used to move the active focus point among the 39 total options in the viewfinder – it’s nice to see direct access offered at this level. The level of direct control is similar to that of the less expensive D3300, meaning most functions have to be accessed an on-screen quick menu. The D5300 also lacks the touchscreen capability that we appreciate so much in products from some of its competitors. Despite its plastic body, the D5300 feels pretty solid, with no flexing or creaking.

 Articulated LCD screen

The D5300 sports a large, 3.2″ LCD screen, which can be used for composing movies and (in live view mode) still images. The screen articulates via a hinge on the left of the camera’s rear, and can be rotated inwards for protection when the camera is not in use. Although the D5300’s display has more pixels than the D5200’s (1.04 million dots compared to 921,000), that’s due to the change in aspect ratio. In perceptual terms, they’re equally detailed.

 

Share stunning images

With built-in Wi-Fi and GPS*, the D5300 is the first in an exciting new generation of connected Nikon DSLRs. Wirelessly connect to D5300 with your smartphone or tablet±, then browse the 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. While connected, your smart device can also act as a remote monitor for the D5300. See what the camera sees and even fire the shutter—perfect for group shots and self portraits! When traveling, built-in GPS geotags all of your shots.

Pictures as your eyes see them

The D5300 features exceptional metering and onboard intelligence, freeing you to focus on the composition of your shots and, most importantly, the moment that’s taking place. Nikon’s outstanding Scene Recognition System analyzes your shooting situation, compares it to an onboard database of thousands of scenes, and automatically determines the most appropriate auto exposure, i-TTL flash exposure, white balance and autofocus settings.

Conclusion

Pros Cons
  • Excellent image quality
  • High resolution sensor produces highly detailed images
  • Useful and sophisticated Auto ISO system
  • Solid feature set for first-time DSLR users
  • Good frame coverage of 39-point AF array
  • 1080/60p HD maximum video resolution
  • Customizable Fn button
  • Fully articulated LCD
  • Reliable built-in Wi-Fi and location tagging

 

  • Single Fn button is only means of direct access to key shooting settings like ISO and WB
  • Extreme lag in magnified live view
  • On-screen ‘info’ menu is dense and hard to operate quickly
  • No live preview of aperture changes in live view
  • Built-in flash lacks master function
  • Slow live view AF

 

Nikon has its boundaries defined pretty clearly within its APS-C lineup – timid beginners will feel comfortable with the D3X00 series, photographers with more demanding needs will like the D7X00 series’ customizability and direct control, and those falling somewhere in between are presented with the D5300. Its specifications are impressive, and I’m more than happy with the quality of the images I was able to shoot with it, but there are a couple of nagging quirks that pause me from giving it our highest endorsement. In use it behaves a lot like the entry-level D3300, while most of its rivals offer more for the more demanding photographer and the user who wants a camera to grow into.

 

Nikon D5300 with Lens Kit
Nikon D5300 Body Only (Black)
Nikon D5300 with 18-140mm Lens (Black)

 

 


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