With a 24.2-million-pixel-sensor, a new Expeed 4 processor, Wi-Fi and GPS functionality, has Nikon done enough to make the D5300 stand out from previous models? Read the Nikon D5300 review to find out...

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Nikon D5300 review – Dynamic range

Image: Using Wi-Fi, I was able to send shots directly to a tablet and edit in Adobe Photoshop Touch. I got the most from the dynamic range by boosting the shadows.

For general shooting, the D5300’s DX-format sensor, coupled with the very accurate metering, achieves a great dynamic range. At ISO 100, the camera produced a dynamic range of 12.35 stops of light. Used in ‘normal’ conditions, I found that the D5300 rarely lost detail in either the highlight or shadow areas. However, when shooting in more challenging situations where the dynamic range would be expected to struggle – such as very bright conditions – detail does start to be lost.

As the metering tends to cause highlight detail to be lost before shadow detail, I shot at -1EV when faced with challenging scenes. I noticed in both raw and JPEG files that a large amount of tonal detail is retained in shadows and highlights. Using Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop, I was able to lighten the shadows and darken the highlight areas down to a achieve a more tonally rich image. Also, an in-camera retouch menu allows users to brighten shadow areas by adjusting the active D-lighting.

  1. 1. Nikon D5300 at a glance:
  2. 2. Nikon D5300 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Nikon D5300 review - Metering
  4. 4. Nikon D5300 review - Dynamic range
  5. 5. Nikon D5300 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Nikon D5300 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Nikon D5300 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Nikon D5300 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  9. 9. Nikon D5300 review - Our verdict
  10. 10. Hands-on review
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