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.


Body type
Body type Compact SLR
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
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
  • 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 types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (Optional ML-L3 or WR-R10)
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


DPReview Conclusion

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

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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

4.16 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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  • HussainJanjua, Apr 26, 2014 GMT:
    Best entry lvl camera

    The Nikon D5300 has removed the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) from its 24MP CMOS sensor which gives it best photo quality both indoor and out door Its 3.2in side-articulated 1.0M-dot tilt/swivel LCD is smart feature of the series.The D5300 features a 39-point AF system, based around the same Multi-Cam 4800DX AF sensor that is 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.

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Questions & Answers


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
10 months ago


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
10 months ago

I was wondering the same thing. I was playing around with video modes on Nikon and Canon cameras a few days ago at my local store, and MAN is it so much easier on Canon's DSLR's. You change aperture (and shutter speed for that matter although you shouldn't), and you instantly see the effect in liveview. I currently own a Nikon D80, and I was soooo hoping that the D7100 would have that option, but it didn't. Now I hope the D5300 does, although the D7100 would be much more suitable for me. I have owned Canon before, and although they are good, I just prefer Nikon so much more, but so far it does seem as if Canon is the way to go if you shoot 50/50 still/video or more, where Nikon is the way to go for mainly still. Continue Reading

TimBrandt answered
10 months ago

I hope the D5300 does not come out like that.  I need it to work flawlessly as the canon 70D. I will be VERY disappointed if nikon hasnt fixed this issue.  I mean VERY disappointed! Continue Reading

mistermejia answered
10 months ago


What is the best DX Nikon for noise?

I'll admit this is a bit of a long shot, as it's a very technical question, but here we go... Which is the best Nikon DX camera for low-light performance? That is, which performs best in terms of noise? It's time to upgrade my D60, and it's a great time to do it because Nikon has so many models on the market, past models are an absolute steal on ebay. It's a choice between the D3100, D3200, D3300, D5100, D5200, D5300. Although the D7000 is lovely, I don't want a camera that big and heavy - the small size and weight of the smaller models is important for me. I've scoured and there doesn't seem to be much difference between these models. Higher resolution = more noise BUT = more detail which kind of makes up for the increased noise. Very confusing!

3 months ago


The D3200, D3300, D5200 and D5300 all have very similar noise levels at the same ISO. The D5300 and D5200 do 14 bit in the camera for the image processing pipeline, so they are a bit better than the D3200 and D3300, but only at the very, very extremes. As for even older models, the D3000 has the same 10 MP sensor that is found in your D60, but without the old Nikon colors so skip it, so matter how cheap it is. The D3100 is 14 MP and a decent camera, but the D3200 and D3300 are better. The D5000 has the same sensor as the D90 and is a slight step up regarding noise and White Balance in incandescent light, however the D5100, D5200 and D5300 are even better. The D5100 is a fine camera at 16 MP and the first camera (in this series) that you can get decent results at ISO 6400 if you are careful with exposure and if you are shooting in light near 5000-5600 Kelvin (sunlight). So I would put the D5000 as very marginal unless bought for a song, the D3100 and D5100 are only worth looking into ... Continue Reading

Catallaxy answered
3 months ago

You are correct! It used to be bad... Here is a shot I took last week at ISO 1600 using my D200: I applied some Topaz Denoise and its usable: So yes, the older cameras are BAD for high ISO. However, they type of noise they create does clean up very easily.  I don't shoot high ISO much so I still use the D200. Continue Reading

Retzius answered
3 months ago

Once you hit the 12Mp pixels sensors the sensors all about the same for noise (but not dynamic range) Continue Reading

john Clinch answered
3 months ago


Which Camera...Nikon D5300, D7100, Olympus OM-D EM-10, OM-D E-M5?

I'm looking for a versatile beginnerish camera as you can clearly infer by my price range. With that being said my main interests lie mostly in street photography, but some scenary, and close-mid range shots of still-nature would be nice as well. I really enjoy the feel of the D5300, while I tend to think the D7100 is a tad clunkier, which I think I could get used to.  On the other hand, the OM-D EM-5 feels nice with the extra grip, but the OM-D EM-10, while I haven't held it with an external grip, feels a bit miniature in my hands. I really can't get this DSLR vs Mirrorless battle out of my head even though I shouldn't let it distract me so much from diving into another piece of equipment (Although I definitely have some more valid reasons, for example below) I've probably looked at all of the pros and cons to each in the book, but can't seem to come to a decision. I had a Nikon D5000 a couple years back until it was stolen from me, but I didn't collect a lot of lenses, so I began ...

PonDeLeonce asked
3 months ago


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Serickmetz answered
3 months ago

If you don't mind putting up with the weight then D7100. Continue Reading

nandbytes answered
3 months ago

Hi. As DSLR user it´s not easy to help on mirrorless. Only fair thing I can say is that both designs have it´s advantages so it´s hard to decide anyway. There are things I´d love to have on my DSLR from mirrorless, there are many things I´d like to see on mirrorless (so I could finally buy it), and there are things I hate on both DSLRs and Mirrorless. That´s just.... Life! :-) For DSLR I believe D5300 should work sufficiently for your decision of cam, so you learn about new technologies and techniques and workflow. You have to find what you like anyway, and for that you need to pay money and buy pretty "any" cam. D5300 is very good representation to realize If you like DSLRs or not, and If you need better body or not. I believe Mirrorless cam are not worth image quality/price wise, but those are excellent refined devices with very stretched/advanced functionality, so it´s often more easy to work with it and take that shot. (Tad better) IQ (of DSLRs for that price) itself does not ... Continue Reading

crashpc answered
3 months ago

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