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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 – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

Like many entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 uses a pentamirror system inside the viewfinder. This has been redesigned to allow the viewfinder to achieve 0.82x magnification in comparison to the 0.78x magnification of the D5200 and D5100.

Both the resolution and size of the LCD screen have been increased on the D5300. It is a 1.073-milion-dot Vari-angle LCD as opposed to the 912,000 dots of previous models. I found it has great colour reproduction and a high refresh rate, while the viewing angle is good even in bright sunny conditions. The screen is fully articulated, which is an advantage in bright conditions.

Video can be filmed at 1920×1080 pixels at frame rates of 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p and lower-resolution formats. A microphone is built into the top-plate next the hotshoe, which delivers crisp sound quality to videos.

  • 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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