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Nikon D5300 review

December 19, 2013

Overall Rating:

4

Nikon D5300


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Price as Reviewed:

£749.00

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 – Noise, resolution and sensitivity

Image: This image was taken at ISO 3200 and it is a crop of approximately 40% of the original. The noise is very well controlled and not detracting from the image

Nikon claims that with the new Expeed 4 processor noise reduction is equivalent to 1 f-stop. For this reason, the native ISO range has been extended to ISO 100-12,800, with Hi1 equivalent to ISO 25,600.

At ISO 100 the Nikon D5200’s raw file scored 30 on our resolution chart. The D5300 pushes this impressive score even further, scoring 31 at ISO 100, while also making improvements upon the D5200 performance in higher ISO sensitivity settings. Typically this was +1 or +2 on our resolution score.

The Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens is OK, but it fails to unlock the true potential of the camera. Better-quality glass would improve things significantly. I shot some images using a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens and saw a vast improvement in quality.

Pictures taken from ISO 100-400 are noise-free unless pixel peeping. At ISO 800 some luminescence noise appears in dense shadow areas, but overall it’s well controlled. Images up to 3200 are usable. Previewing in full screen mode on a 24in screen, luminescent noise is only evident at ISO 6400 and above. At this ISO detail begins to smudge, with JPEGs being particularly affected. I was able to get more detail from a processed raw file.

These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution at the specified sensitivity setting.

  • 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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