Nikon D5300 review
If you want a capable, connected and compact camera then the Nikon D5300 is for you.
It is a sleek DSLR that has a perfect combination of multimedia imaging capabilities and wireless technology making it one of the most versatile cameras in the market.
It consists of an array of features which include a 24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor, sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, EXPEED 4 image processor, continuous shooting up to 5 fps, HD 1080p video, and much more.
It has the most features you would find in camera in a similar price range and the functionality and performance are above par. This is why it is part of my photography kit and should also become part of yours.
So let us examine fully the workings of Nikon D5300 and how wonderfully it performs in the real world so that you can justify investing in it.
It sports an EXPEED 4 processor and a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor which combined together to give an overall excellent image quality along with notable detail, color, accuracy, dynamic range, and low-light sensitivity to ISO 25600.
Moreover, the sensor is designed in such a manner that it omits an optical low-pass filter so that the greatest amount of detail and sharpness is reflected from the subjects.
The EXPEED 4 processor allows a wealth of speed all through the camera system and offers full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5 fps together with Full HD 1080p movie recording.
The sensor and processor also enable it to work in an array of lighting conditions and supports working with moving subjects and also permit the creation of time-lapse movies in-camera.
Secondly, Nikon D5300 has an apt AF system which employs 39 distinct AF points resulting in the quick acquisition of focus. Then there is a unique 3D-tracking mode which makes use of 2,016-pixel RGB sensor so that focus on moving subjects can be maintained.
There is also a dynamic-area AF mode which allows you to choose from 39-point arrays so that enhanced subject recognition and tracking can be conducted. There are modes even for 3D-tracking, Single-point AF, and Auto-area AF.
It also has other features that support tagging and sharing possibilities. This D5300 comes with in-built Wi-Fi and GPS which allows seamless transferring of files between devices and immediate online sharing together with geotagging functionality.
Moreover, it also has remote control from a mobile device which can trigger the shutter and display the camera’s live view; enabling working from a distance. The GPS functionality allows assigning locational data to the files for geotagging purposes.
The body design is worth mentioning because the D5300 – see on eBay – maintains an overall compact build together with integrating a large 3.2″ 1,037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor.
This screen has a 180° swivel design which enables users to work from high, low, and front-facing angles. Moreover, there is a bright pentamirror optical viewfinder which allows precise eye-level viewing and also offers monitoring of subjects in real-time.
It also features a built-in pop-up flash which leads to additional illumination so that users can work in low-light conditions. For even greater lighting control a hot shoe can be used for connecting with an external flash.
It has intelligent Scene Recognition System which can analyze all aspects within a scene such as brightness, subject distance, contrast, and the scene colors quickly so that accurate settings for exposure and white balance can be determined.
It also boasts a Full HD Movie Recording of 1920 x 1080p which is supported in 60, 30, 25, and 24 fps frame rates. Full-time autofocus can be used during recording along with subject-tracking and with face-detection capabilities, so that sharpness can be ensured with a wide variety of subject types. Then it also consists of a built-in stereo microphone which records high-quality.
Summing it up, this camera has it all. It is an all-rounder and is perfect for all those photographers who need a camera who can fulfill all their needs. It is truly a remarkable piece introduced by Nikon and I am forever grateful to the manufactures. Thanks to them this camera has made my photography adventures a lot more efficient and effective!
Lens Mount: Nikon F
Camera Format: DX / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Actual Pixels: 24.78 Megapixel
Effective Pixels: 24.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution: 24 MP6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats: JPEG, RAW
Audio: Linear PCM
Bit Depth: 14-Bit
Dust Reduction System: Yes
Memory Card Type: SD, SDXC, SDHC
Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
Autofocus Points: Phase Detection: 39
Viewfinder Type: Pentamirror
Viewfinder Coverage: 95%
Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.82x
Diopter Adjustment -1.7 to +0.5 m
Display Screen: 3.2″ Rear Touchscreen Swivel (1,037,000) LCD
Screen Coverage: 100%
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 25600
Shutter : 30 to 1/4000 Second
Metering Range: EV 0.0 to EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
Built-in Flash: Yes
Guide No: 39.37’ / 12 m ISO100
Max Sync Speed: 1 / 200 Second
Flash Compensation: -3 EV to +1 EV
Dedicated Flash System: iTTL
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Video Recording: Yes NTSC/PAL
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
ISO Sensitivity: 100 to 25600
Max Video Clip Length: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Audio Recording: Built-In Mic
Self-Timer: 20 Seconds
Interval Recording: Yes
Battery : EN-EL14a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating Temperature: 0 to 40°C / 32 to 104°F
Operating Humidity: 0 to 85%
Dimensions: 124.0 x 97.0 x 70.0 mm / 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8″ (W x H x D)
Weight : 465 g / 1.02 lb.
What’s in the box?
• 1 x Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera
• 1 x EN-EL14A Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
• 1 x MH-24 Quick Charger
• 1 x BF-1B Body Cap
• 1 x DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
• 1 x AN-DC3 Camera Strap
• 1 x Limited 1-Year Warranty
• Excellent image quality with high resolution
• 39-point AF system along with 9 cross-type sensors is exceptional
• Portable and compact
• Comfy handgrip
• Fairly robust camera
• Longer than average zoom kit lens
• Decent performance
• Virtually no shutter lag
• Fast start-up and
• Fast shot-to-shot speeds
• Amazing 5 fps burst speed
• Generous JPEG buffer
• Remote control with a smartphone
• Efficient connectivity with Wi-Fi
• GPRS for geo tagging
• The viewfinder is not very big and bright
• Glossy LCD is read in bright sunlight
• HDR modes sometimes produce a strange halo effect
• Built-in stereo mics cannot handle noise and wind very well
• No headphone jack to monitor sound levels
• High geometric distortion
However, for me, the D5300 is a solid consumer DSLR, and the folks at Nikon never fail to amaze me. From the comfortable ergonomics and excellent image quality to good performance and higher-end bonuses like GPS, Wi-Fi, and 1080/60p video, everything is just perfect in this Nikon D5300.
It should definitely be a first-rate choice for enthusiast-oriented photographers who want to upgrade their compact camera to a more sophisticated DSLR, and also want better ISO performance, higher quality Full HD video, and excellent resolution photos.
So all these features, make it a sure-fire winner and justifies its position on my all-time fav list.
I hope you like it as much as I do and enjoy clicking some great memories with it.