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Nikon D5300 review

December 19, 2013

Overall Rating:

4

Nikon D5300


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Price as Reviewed:

£749.00

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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.

  • Dioptre Adjustment: -1.7 to +1.0 dioptre
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus custom setting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 60i, 30, 25 or 24p), 1280 x 720 pixels (at 60 or 50fps), 640 x 424 pixels (at 30 or 25fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 13m @ ISO 100
  • Output Size: 6000 x 4000 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentamirror
  • Memory Card: SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC/ SDXC
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Field of View: 0.82x magnification
  • LCD: Articulated 3.2in LCD with 1.037 million dots
  • Sensor: 24.2-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • AF Points: 39 or 11 focus points, individually selectable AF points
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 shots in steps of one
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 9 special effects modes, 17 scene modes and 5 presets
  • Weight: 530g approx, including battery and card
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL14a battery
  • File Format: 14-bit raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous high at 5fps, continuous low at 3fps, self-timer, remote, quiet
  • ISO: 100-12800 (Hi mode 25,600)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps plus bulb
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
  • RRP: £799.99 (with 18-55mm kit lens)
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, 9 points, 21 points or 39 points dynamic AF, automatic AF, 3D tracking
  • Dimensions: 125x 98 x 76mm
  • Metering System: 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor with 3D Color Matrix metering (evaluative), centreweighted and spot
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HMDI, 3.5mm stereo jack, accessory terminal
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR

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