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Nikon D5300 Review

The D5300 features a sensor that does not have a low-pass filter, much like several other Nikon DSLRs that are now available. This allows for greater detail, but it also increases the likelihood of moiré patterning.

However, we haven’t found that moiré patterning is a severe issue with stills from other cameras like the D7200, D800E, and Ricoh GR, all of which don’t have anti-aliasing filters over their sensors. Because of this, it appears probable that everything should also be OK with the D5300.

Even though the bulk of the D5300’s specifications is identical to those of the D5200, there are a few significant differences, the most notable of which is the new sensor.

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The upgrade to the brand-new EXPEED 4 processing engine is one of the most notable differences between the D5200 and its successor. This has given Nikon a larger capacity to improve image quality. According to what we’ve been informed, this influences noise management most when the settings are most sensitive.

Nikon D5300 Build Quality

The Nikon D5300 is the company’s first single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) to be constructed utilizing a monocoque design, which implies that its exterior is formed from a single piece of material. This should make the camera more durable, plus the fact that it was constructed out of Teijin’s Sereebo CFRTP (a polycarbonate) means that it only weighs 480g despite all of its features.

The Nikon D5300 seems well-made and robust enough in your hand, even though it does not have the tank-like feel of the Nikon D4.

On the other hand, the navigation control has the impression of being a bit more flimsy and somewhat less expensive than the one on the D5200, and it is noticeably less sturdy than the one on the Nikon D610. It clicks at a slightly higher pitch than either camera, which is most likely the consequence of new materials being utilized in its construction.

On the other hand, the control dial on the rear of the D5300, which is located above the thumb rest, has a somewhat more upbeat feel and is quieter while it is being used than the dial on the D5200.

Nikon D5300 Autofocus

In the past, we have discovered that Nikon’s 39-point phase-detection AF system (with nine cross-type points), utilized when images are composed in the viewfinder, is quick and accurate. The AF system built into the D5300 is identical to the one built into the D5300. Even with the attached kit lens, it is relatively easy for subjects in moderate outdoor lighting to focus sharply.

On the other hand, moving into areas with lesser light conditions causes things to move more slowly, and there is occasionally some uncertainty. It is common knowledge that upgrading to a lens of higher quality with a greater maximum aperture would make things go faster.

However, the contrast detection technology accessible when creating photographs on display does not encourage live view use. The D5300’s superb screen is what stimulates the use of live view.

It is precise in well-balanced lighting conditions, but it is painfully sluggish compared to the systems found in the typical recent small system camera, such as the Panasonic G6 or the Olympus E-P5. In addition, it performs horribly in dim light, sometimes even being unable to bring the subject into focus at all.

Nikon D5300 Performance

While we have no complaints about the Matrix Metering system of the D5300 (in fact, it handles situations remarkably well that would fool some other systems), we did find that using the Active D-Lighting system in its Normal or Automatic setting produces some images with mid-tones that are a little bit too bright. This occurs in some of the pictures we took with the camera. Although it is not a huge concern, it should be monitored closely.

The Active D-Lighting feature may be helpful and practical when photographing scenes with high contrast. The exposure settings may change when you turn up the Active D-Lighting setting. For instance, when we shot one scene in aperture priority mode, we discovered that the shutter speed increased by one full stop (1EV) when we changed from the Low to the Extra High setting. This was when we changed from the Low setting to the Extra High location.

This meant that the exposure shift preserved the brightest aspects of the picture. In contrast, the darker parts were brought to a more natural brightness level by the automated adjustment of the image curve inside the camera.

Nikon D5300 Image Quality

The D5300 creates photographs that are, for the most part, pleasing to the eye. These images often have a great deal of clarity and excellent, brilliant colors, just as we would anticipate from a DSLR designed for budding photographers.

When converted to TIFF format, the raw files that the D5300 creates often have a poorer signal-to-noise ratio than those that the D5200 produces over the whole sensitivity range. This is an exciting finding that was uncovered by our in-house testing. Because of this, the photographs may have a little more noise. This strategy has been utilized in the past when there is a need to highlight additional specifics.

The Nikon D5300 produces JPEG photographs with a tendency to create JPEG images with a higher signal-to-noise ratio at the maximum sensitivity settings, indicating less visible noise in the photos.

During our testing with the D5200, we discovered that photographs captured at ISO 3200 or higher occasionally had banding in darker regions. As a result, the maximum size at which these images could be viewed or printed was severely reduced.

Naturally, we investigated this region with the D5300, and it does not appear that this camera has the same issue. Noise is typically under a reasonable control and exhibits characteristics such as a random distribution and a fine texture.

Nikon D5300 Specs

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 formatJPEG: Fine, Normal, BasicRAW: 12- or 14-bit, compressedDPOF compatibleDCF 2.0 compliant
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive 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 modesProgrammed auto with flexible program (P)Shutter-priority (S)Aperture priority (A)Manual (M)
Scene modesAutumn ColorsBeach / SnowBlossomCandlelightChildClose-upDusk / DawnFoodLandscapeNight LandscapeNight PortraitParty / IndoorPet PortraitPortraitSportsSunsetSpecial 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 modesSingle frameContinuousSelf-timer2s Delayed remoteQuick-response remoteQuiet shutter releaseInterval timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
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 Verdict

A digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) with 24 megapixels, a 39-point autofocus system, a 3.2-inch articulating screen, and Wi-Fi connectivity is a fantastic choice for someone who wants to take their photography more seriously. The control structure is also straightforward, which expedites the process of becoming familiar with the camera.

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