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Nikon D5300 review

December 19, 2013

Overall Rating:

4

Nikon D5300


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£749.00

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Nikon D5300 review – Our verdict

There has been criticism levelled at the Nikon D5300 that its upgrades are too modest and they appear to be only a short jump from previous models. While this is in some ways true, I think Nikon has an already successful camera and added some worthy additions in areas that matter. For example, the new processor reduces noise and improves the standard ISO sensitivity range, allowing better low-light shooting than previous models. Also, the removal of the anti-aliasing filter has improved the resolution. These two features take the image quality to an even higher standard than previous models.

An easy-to-use Wi-Fi system and GPS capabilities add some very useful functionality to the camera, bringing it  up to date. However, the app is very limited and doesn’t allow full manual control when the camera is tethered to a smart device. In comparison to other DSLRs with remote shooting functionality, the D5300 is very difficult to use and restricted in its operation. However, the sharing part of the app works seamlessly.

The D5300 offers many scene modes and colour options for the creative photographer, as well as excellent colour rendition and dynamic range. Overall, Nikon is offering something to suit most users and I think this is exactly what is needed for a high-end entry-level DSLR.

  • 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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