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24 mega pixel sensing unit with no optical low pass filtration. Sharp vari-angle LCD. Continuous shooting at 4.7fps. Excellent JPG detail at high ISO. 39-point auto-focus system. Fast startup. 1080p60 video capture. Integrated GPS and Wi-Fi. Standard mic input.Photos are a bit noisy. Won't auto-focus with screw-drive lenses. Pentamirror view-finder. Single control wheel. Lacks depth-of-field preview. Self-timer deactivates after use.The Nikon D5300 DSLR is a small upgrade from the previous model, but it is just as worthy, which makes it our Editors' Choice for entry level DSLRs.

The Nikon D5300 might not be a big leap forward in comparison to the older D5200, but a couple of upgrades ensure it is worthy of replacing the previous model as our Editors’ Choice for entry level DSLRs. It keeps the same 24 mega pixel resolution, but does away with an optical low pass filtration for sharper photos, in addition it upgrades the recording of video from 1080i60 to 1080p60. The addition of an integrated GPS and Wi-Fi make it an excellent option for those looking to upgrade to a DSLR from a compact digital camera.

 

Design and features

The D5300 appears very similar to the D5200, with some slight alterations in some places. It weighs in at 1.1 pounds with no lens and measures (3.9 by 4.9 by 3 inches) (HWD). That is about standard for an SLR camera of this type; it is not far-off from the Canon EOS Rebel T5i, which is (3.9 by 5.2 by 3.1 inches), and weighs 1.1 pounds. Like the T5i, the D5300 has a vari-angle LCD, however it is not a touch screen such as the one found in the Canon. For those of you who have older Nikkor AI lenses, you need not worry, they will mount on the D5300, however you can be restricted to manually setting exposure, and just lenses that have internal AF-S motors will auto-focus.

 

Like many other sub-$1,000 DSLRs, the D5300 uses a pentamirror view-finder. This helps reduce on weight and size, but it is not as vivid and does not provide the coverage of a conventional pentaprism, which makes use of a solid glass to reroute light from the lens to the eye. Rather, the pentamirror utilizes a set of 3 mirrors to perform the same task. The D5300’s viewfinder provides 0.82x magnification, and covers 95% of the camera’s frame.

 

Nikon has utilized most of the space on the D5300’s frame for controls. You will see the flash release, a programmable Fn button, the lens release button, and also the drive mode control to the left side of the frame. To the right you will see a mode dial, and also the toggle switch to enable Live View. Oddly enough, there is no depth of field prview functionality; other DSLRs provide this as a 3rd position on the power button, or close to the lens mount; the D5300 possess niether, nor is it possible to assign DOF preview to the Fn button. It is unfortunate that this very handy feature is missing, given that it lets you see what will be in-focus when an aperture is narrowed.

 

The controls on the back are somewhat compressed as a result of the amount of area the vari-angle screen takes up. The Menu button is on the left of the view-finder, along with the control dial, AE-L/AF-L, and the i button.

 

You will be using the i button a whole lot, given that it gives fast access to a dozen or more shooting controls, such as ISO, the auto-focus mode and area, bracketing controls, and the metering pattern.

 

The D5300’s rear display is a large 3.2 inch LCD screen with a 1,037k dot resolution. It is extremely sharp, vivid, and possess a great viewing angle. It also has both Wi-Fi and in-camera GPS, both were available only via external add-ons with the D5200.

 

Built-in Wi-Fi will make it possible to transfer photos from the D5300 to a smart-phone or tablet. You will need to download the free Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app for iOS or Android to begin. You are able to transfer both Raw and JPG photos, however the Raw pictures you take will copy to your phone in JPG format, but not videos. The app also allows you to use your handheld as a Remote control.

 

Performance and conclusionscanon

The D5300 begins and catches an image in under half a second, which happens to be the fastest we have observed in this class of dslr. In sufficient light it focuses and fires inabout 0.1 sec, and slows to 0.7 sec in dim light. The focus slows to 1.5 seconds when utilizing Live View, when snapping shots of our Web based stop-watch target, and in extremely dim light it slows to 2.4 seconds.

 

When set-to continuous shooting-mode, the D5300 can shoot images at about 4.7 fps, just shy of the 5 fps advertised by Nikon . The number of images you are able to take a burst can vary depending on the file format you are shooting in. Raw shooters and Raw+JPG will likely find the camera to-be very limiting, as the dslr camera slows after shooting only four images. However, if you shoot JPG you could press the camera’s shutter down and shoot a series of 100 images before the rate drops.

 

The D5300 records video in QuickTime format at a resolution of 1080p24, 1080p30, 1080p60, 720p60, or 424p30. The video is actually detailed and sharp, and motion at 60p is also very smooth;

 

The D5300 features a stereo microphone that is good for casual use, although you are able to hear the lens altering focus on the sound recording when it is utilized. If you are a bit more serious about video, you could add an exterior mic through a standard input. You can adjust audio levels manually or automatically; there is no head-phone jack for monitoring, but the rear display shows level meters whilst recording footage. Besides the mic input, the D5300 has a proprietary USB port, a mini-HDMI output, and a slot for a wired remote control. Standard SD, SDXC, and SDHC memory cards are also supported

 

The Nikon D5300 is almost certainly not a groundbreaking update to the D5200, however it delivers a great deal of picture quality for its price. It is fast to start up and focus, and if you are a JPG shooter you will not be disappointed by the continuous shooting capability. The Wi-Fi and GPS set it apart from other cameras in its class, although I would have preferred manual controls when taking photos remotely via Wi-Fi.

 

 

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