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

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

Cannon off camera flash cord with d5300??

Hi, This is probably a stupid question, but can I use my Vello TTL flash cord from my old cannon camera on my new Nikon d5300? I don't want to take a chance on breaking anything, but I don't need the metering either as I can set the flash manually. Is this verboten? Thanks.

Margot asked
2 hours ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

Nikon D3000 series or D5000 series for a rookie

Hello- I know there have been several similar posts regarding this same question so pardon me if this is a repeat... I am shopping for my first DSLR. I am tired of using a P&S and ready to start learning more about photography. I am having a tough time deciding on the D3200, D3300, D5200, or D5300. I want something I won't get "bored with" in the next few years but at the same time I don't want a camera too advanced for a beginner. I don't expect to get great shots right out of the box but I would like a smaller learning curve to get decent shots quick using auto settings. I am not looking to take pictures professionally, I just want to capture some great shots of my kids. In addition, would you recommend purchasing a kit with the typical 18-55mm? Or going with a stand alone and adding a nicer lens? Eventually (sooner than later) I know that I will buy a 50mm f/1.4 lens. My price point is (preferably) under $1K. Greatly appreciate your thoughts and advice!! Many thanks!

Rose12 asked
8 days ago

ANSWERS

There is no smaller learning curve between a D3200 or a more sophisticated model. You will have to learn the basics of shooting with a DSLR no matter what kind. The more sophisticated models have more options, will perform better in low light situations, have better autofocus etc. etc. when you are really serious about going DSLR I would look at a D7000/D7100 with a 18-105 lens. With a small amount more you have a great 50mm 1.8D (this is the plastic fantastic of the nifty fifties) You can use this lens because the body has a lensmotor inside. (D3xxx .... D5xxx do NOT have a motor inside so old lenses will not work with autofocus on these bodies.) If the D7xxx are beyond your budget, go for the D5300 Continue Reading

RemcoDo answered
8 days ago

Well, if you want to have it simple and additionally keep your costs low I would recommend a D3100 or a D3200 with a Nikkor 18-105 lens. Both bodies are capable, very reasonably priced, offer very nice IQ, are light so carrying them around for a long time is easy and both would be a perfect fit for casual kid photography. If, after a while, you decide to treat photography more seriously you will find a multitude of manual settings available - as you are coming from a P&S world using LCD menus should not be a problem, in fact it may even be more natural than modifying settings with buttons and wheel dials. D5xxx series would be great too but more expensive. Continue Reading

jochen1 answered
8 days ago

I agree on that. For someone like the OP, making a leap from a p&s kind of camera, the D3100/3200 is enough of a camera to keep them busy for quite some time. Here's my advice, based on my long (and painfully acquired) experience: - Get the cheapest Nikon you can get your hands on. It could be a used model or a new one, but you need nothing more than the entry-level at this point. Again, let me emphasize: there is NO difference in terms of being able to get the exposure between a D3100 and a D4. What the one can do, the other can too. More expensive cameras are more about functions and control you don't even know you're missing now. (example: if you don't know what's commander mode and how to use it, you don't need it right yet) - Get a cheap but capable basic lens, like the 18-105 you were suggested. It will keep you going for quite some time. - When you need something else, you will notice it first yourself. Almost certainly (especially if you learn the right way, that is, through ... Continue Reading

8 days ago

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