Nikon D5300 Review

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The Nikon D5300 is equipped with a APS-C sensor that provides 24 megapixels of effective resolution, and this is paired with Nikon’s latest 3.2″, 1,037k dots TFT LCD monitor to provide a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800 along with a maximum burst speed of 5.0 fps. However, if you can afford it, the razor-sharp, contrasty, stunning photos you'll capture will make the investment well worth it. First introduced on 2014-02-12, the state-of-the-art Nikon camera is still up-to-date and functionally rich. If you want a pocketable camera with a long zoom range that delivers pleasing results, the Nikon D5300 is the best travel camera you can buy right now.

. If you are shooting a basketball game on a dark field at night, or need to avoid blur while bouncing around on a subway car, then ISO 12,800 is handy. The main upgrade comes in the form of a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor and the use of the enhanced Image Processor to deliver superb, more creative imagery in multiple shooting situations. Nikon D5300 has a Nikon F lens mount, and presently there are 287 great glasses available for this mount. Finally, there’s the option of going for a high-end compact camera with a fixed lens, which combines a purist approach to photography with premium image quality. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a feature that attempts to retain detail in scenes with huge differences from dark to light. It works great. With the introduction of the RAW format in photography, White Balance Bracketing became pretty much obsolete because we can now specify Color Balance later. 5.0 fps burst rate are good enough for most applications, and it performs well in low light situations.

. The new display is a bit dimmer than its predecessor's, so it can be tricky to use in sunlight, even at maximum brightness. Multi-angle 3.2″ LCD screen with a popular screen resolution of 1,037k dots and tilt option of 180 Degree up and 45 Degree down. The Nikon D5300 is equipped with a 95% viewfinder with a magnification of around Optical (pentamirror) and coverage. With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. With 39 focus points, nine cross-type sensors and a dedicated AF processor, the Nikon D5300 delivers all of its 24 megapixels performance with Nikon lenses.

Videographers will be pleased to know that the Nikon D5300 can output video to an external monitor via the HDMI port and input audio using an external microphone. Wirelessly connect to the camera with a compatible smartphone or tablet, browse the memory card, download your contrasty shots and then email them. Playback allows for clean HDMI output, which is nice for showing off your images. Ironically, the small form factor, flippable screen, and video features should make the Nikon D5300 perfect for run-and-gun shooting and vlogging. We loved that the Nikon D5300 is weather sealed, dust-sealed, and cold-proof. The camera uses a new SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Compact, intuitive and available in increasingly large capacities.

. The improved 24 megapixels CMOS sensor delivers very excellently, pleasing colors. Colors are accurate and stunning without being oversaturated. Produce to your excellent vision when working in manual mode, controlling aperture, ISO, AF and shutter speed. Once you’ve started shooting with the camera, you’re sure to be impressed with the awesome quality of images the Nikon D5300 produces. Almost every available surface of the body is covered with buttons, dials, and switches. The is a top-grade choice if you want to shoot lifelike, and impressive photos. However, if you see yourself growing quickly with photography and investing in a lot of lenses, this could be something to think about. Nikon camera fans admire the company's technical excellence, and the Nikon D5300 delivers on that.

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Nikon D5300 Specs

Here you can find all Nikon D5300 specs and params.


ModelNikon D5300
Body TypeCompact SLR

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score83
DxO Color Depth24.0
DxO Dynamic Range13.9
DxO Low Light ISO1338


Sensor Resolution24 megapixels
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Dimensions23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area366.60mm2
Max Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Min Native ISO100
Max Native ISO12,800
Max Boosted ISO25600
RAW Supporttrue


Lens MountNikon F
Number of Lenses287
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier1.5x
Macro Focus Rangen/a


ViewfinderOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage95%
Viewfinder Resolutionno electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Magnification0.55


Display TypeFully Articulated
Display TechnologyTFT LCD monitor
Display Size3.2″
Display Resolution1,037k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screenfalse

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Shutter Speed1/4000s
Continuous Shooting5.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationfalse
Built-in Flashtrue
External Flashtrue
Flash Range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash ModesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Max Flash Sync1/200s
WB Bracketingtrue
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Center Weightedtrue


Touch Autofocusfalse
Continuous Autofocustrue
Single Autofocustrue
Tracking Autofocustrue
Selective Autofocustrue
Center Autofocustrue
Multi Area Focustrue
Live View Focustrue
Face Detection Autofocustrue
Contrast Autofocustrue
Phase Detection Autofocustrue
Number of Autofocus Points39
Number of Cross Focus Points9

Video Features

Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Intrue
Headphone Outfalse


WiFi ConnectivityBuilt-In
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Outtrue


Camera Weight480g
Body Dimensions125 x 98 x 76mm
Environmental Sealingfalse
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery ModelEN-EL14,EN-EL14a
Battery Life600 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Self TimerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Storage TypeSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots1
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