Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera

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79% Silver Award
If you're looking for a DSLR and want something approachable yet serious, but not quite as pro as the D7100, the D5300 is an excellent option.”

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Key Features

  • 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter
  • 39-point AF system with 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering II
  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expandable to 25600)
  • 3.2" Vari-angle LCD with 1,037,000 dots
  • 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p) and 720 (60p, 50p) HD video (H.264/MPEG-4)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (for sharing and remote camera control) and GPS
  • Raw and Raw+ JPG shooting
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory

Product Description

The Nikon D5300 is an upper entry-level DSLR that improves on the D5200 by removing the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) from its 24MP CMOS sensor, and featuring true 60p HD video capability, and a slightly larger 3.2-inch side-articulated tilt/swivel LCD. The D5300 features a 39-point AF system, based around the same Multi-Cam 4800DX AF sensor used in the D7100, and the same 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor. The D5300 is Nikon's first DSLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

Specs

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
Image
ISO Auto, 100 - 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
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×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
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
Continuous drive 5 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)
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 BuiltIn

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
79 %
Overall Score

The D5300 is a very good upper-entry-level DSLR with a high resolution sensor and solid video features. It's bigger than mirrorless competitors and it's priced on the high end of its class, but it won't let down a budding photographer, especially those who plan to upgrade from the kit lens to higher quality optics.

Good For

Those looking for high-resolution image quality, photographers likely to upgrade from kit lens, enthusiast videographers and those who place a priority on connectivity.

Not So Good For

Sports and action photographers, those who want direct access to shooting settings, those who want to shoot stills in live view.

User Reviews

4.16667 out of 5 stars
  • PawPawDog, Nov 21, 2013 GMT:
    The new GPS function is a BIG let down!

    The primary reason for me to upgrade from Nikon's D5100 to D5300 was new GPS location recording function. A secondary reason was hoping a sharper image without the low pass filter. With limited use so far, I would not say D5300 is a must have upgrade from D5100. Pro: (1) It is slightly lighter than D5100. I like it but others may not. (2) LCD screen is bigger than D5100. (3) There is an added ...

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  • amarc1, Dec 15, 2013 GMT:
    Fabulous First Camera

    As my first DSLR this camera is really user friendly.  With a few weeks of understanding the basics of photography prior to getting the camera, I've only shot in Aperture and Shutter priority.  I have it matched with the 18-140. It certainly allows you to set your parameters to your liking, then expand as your knowledge expands. I find it is  easy to manipulate and does not feel cheep but built strong.  I think its a quality product from Nikon. Cant wait to see the full review from Dp.

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  • PanosR, Feb 21, 2014 GMT:
    New to photography

    I just got this camera with the kit lens 18-140mm. I think it's one of the best entry-level cameras and even something more than that i'd say. I had to choose between Nikon D7100, Canon 70d and Nikon D5300. In a nutshell, Nikon D7100 has more "pro" features that i wouldn't need. Like built in motor, robust quality, etc. Sure i would love to have the much higher battery capacity and more buttons but i can live with that. No big deal for me. Canon 70D .. well, if i'd prefer videography than ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Can Nikon D5300 pause video recording and then resume recording?

Hi, I'm about to purchase the D5300. Just a few questions about it. Like on smartphone, can it pause during recording, and then resume? (so many scenes are recorded onto a single file?) to save space, without having to deal with multiple files for a shot of just a few sec etc? Also, how long does the battery last for a single charge (for video that is)

jasonjjj asked
7 hours ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

No aperture while recording video on some Nikon DSRL cameras: is this really a problem?

This is a question for practicing videographers owning and using Nikon D3200, D5200, D7100, D600 cameras. I was experimenting with the D5200 for a couple of hours during a Nikon show and I liked it very much. Before the show, I had watched and read reviews about the video capabilities of Nikon DSLR cameras, so I was aware of the limitation that the aperture cannot be changed during recording video; if you want to change the aperture, you have to stop video recording, switch to viewfinder mode, change the aperture, switch back to live view mode, and restart video recording. This sounds very awkward, but actually, even though my mirrorless Nikon V1 is capable, I never changed the aperture during recording videos. I'd like to hear your practicing videographers opinion: was/is this limitation of Nikon DSLR cameras really a problem in your experience/projects? The reason I am asking is that I am thinking of buying a Nikon D5300, mostly for my video projects, and I guess, the D5300 will ...

Miki Nemeth asked
5 months ago

ANSWERS

It's not a serious limitation for any of the video I've been involved in (short film productions) most shots are fairly short in length before you cut away and you would never change aperture (at least significantly) in the middle of a shot.  It is a slight annoyance between shots that you have to leave and re-enter LV to change aperture. If it's a significant limitation, get a de-clicked/cine lens. There are lots of great manual lenses or Samyang/Rokinon makes a few as well. You can also use a variable ND filter to adjust exposure.  The 1/3 stop that the camera normally lets you adjust aperture is too coarse and is often noticeable anyway. Continue Reading

sshoihet answered
5 months ago

Miki Nemeth wrote: This is a question for practicing videographers owning and using Nikon D3200, D5200, D7100, D600 cameras. I was experimenting with the D5200 for a couple of hours during a Nikon show and I liked it very much. Before the show, I had watched and read reviews about the video capabilities of Nikon DSLR cameras, so I was aware of the limitation that the aperture cannot be changed during recording video; if you want to change the aperture, you have to stop video recording, switch to viewfinder mode, change the aperture, switch back to live view mode, and restart video recording. This sounds very awkward, but actually, even though my mirrorless Nikon V1 is capable, I never changed the aperture during recording videos. I'd like to hear your practicing videographers opinion: was/is this limitation of Nikon DSLR cameras really a problem in your experience/projects? The reason I am asking is that I am thinking of buying a Nikon D5300, mostly for my video projects, and I ... Continue Reading

TimBrandt answered
5 months ago

Miki Nemeth wrote: This is a question for practicing videographers owning and using Nikon D3200, D5200, D7100, D600 cameras. I was experimenting with the D5200 for a couple of hours during a Nikon show and I liked it very much. Before the show, I had watched and read reviews about the video capabilities of Nikon DSLR cameras, so I was aware of the limitation that the aperture cannot be changed during recording video; if you want to change the aperture, you have to stop video recording, switch to viewfinder mode, change the aperture, switch back to live view mode, and restart video recording. This sounds very awkward, but actually, even though my mirrorless Nikon V1 is capable, I never changed the aperture during recording videos. I'd like to hear your practicing videographers opinion: was/is this limitation of Nikon DSLR cameras really a problem in your experience/projects? The reason I am asking is that I am thinking of buying a Nikon D5300, mostly for my video projects, and I ... Continue Reading

mistermejia answered
5 months ago

QUESTION

What to do? D5300 focuses like a drunken sailor

Hi all I just got a brand new Nikon D5300 and actually really like that camera for what it is. The other day I was out taking some pictures with my family and came home with a bunch of pictures that where not in focus. I shoot mostly in AF-S mode and use a focus recompose technique with a 35 mm F1.8 lens. I push the ISO as low as possible without risking getting camera shake. I do like to shoot wide open at F1.8, but only when I know I have a somewhat stationary object like this test chart: To me the test chart looks like there is a back focus issue, but I should still be able to get something in focus, right? Then look at what sort of pictures I mostly got: I looks like my focus is a foot behind the subject. Funny thing is that I did actually get a hand full tack sharp pics likes this one below: So I got mostly back focused pics, but also a couple of perfectly focused ones - like 10 out of 70. Where the perfect focused ones just coincidence? Or is the camera inconsistent in ...

15 hours ago

ANSWERS

"focusing and decomposing" is my favorite technique Continue Reading

wildlifr answered
11 hours ago

First, using an angled chart (especially at close distance with the 35mm f.8) will often result in false or inaccurate focus when in fact the camera is doing just fine. To test focus accuratly...here is a good method http://camerafocustest.blogspot.com/ What focus mode did you use (AF-S, AF-C, AF-A)? What AF-Area mode did you use (single, 9pt, etc)? First confirm you have a focus issue by using a flat target (like a newspaper on a wall) in really good light and 6 feet away. Shoot at faster than 1/250s and with a very steady rest. Shoot in liveview (CDAF) then with the Viewfinder (PDAF). If the pics both look pretty sharp then it's not a focus issue. If the PDAF pics look a bit out of focus...then check using the method I linked. Continue Reading

Mako2011 answered
15 hours ago

A few comments from someone who was equally frustrated with the 50mm 1.8G when I first got it: (1) Focusing at f1.8 is extremely difficult, if for no other reason than you have likely reduced yourself to a depth of field of a couple of inches. If you are focusing and decomposing, or trying to focus on moving subjects (such as a small child) you are greatly reducing your chances of nailing a well focused, sharp photo. (2) Details get relatively soft at f1.8 to begin with, so any slight error is pegging focus is going to be much more noticeable than if you stop down. Continue Reading

HowardChernin answered
12 hours ago

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