The old camera Nikon D5200 was an entry level but a high-quality upper category DSLR, which tasted success thanks to the combination of good build quality & solid imaging specification offered at a highly competitive price which was within the reach of most camera enthusiasts. And though the combinations offered by this DSLR were mouth-watering, with the changing times, one would feel some functions missing. Hence, in came the D5300 which offered WiFi functionality and multiple other tweaks with a newly developed sensor. Read out our full Nikon D5300 review and let us know what you like the most about it in the comment section.
Nikon D5300 Review 2018
Features of Nikon D5300
Some of the key features offered by this camera are:
- APS-C CMOS sensor
- 24.2 MP
- 3.2-inch vari-angle screen
- 1,037,000 dots
- 1080p video capturing capability
The Nikon D5300 DSLR uses a sensor sans the low pass filter which allows one to capture pictures with more details and clarity. And though most of the specifications offered by 5300 are similar to that of 5200, there are multiple upgrades available which make this cam so good. One of the key features in this camera is the 4 image processing EXPEED engine which offers a shooting rate of 5 fps continuous shots. This allows the camera to improve the image quality while reducing the noise at high sensitivity.
This camera is basically built keeping the creative photographers in mind who love experimenting with their work. And to support this, the DSLR offers two fresh creative effect modes along with the existing ones which are – Toy Camera and HDR Painting. This takes the total number of effects to 9 along with 16 scene modes. It also offers picture control options which allow you to shoot JPEG or raw images with Neutral vivid, standard, monochrome, landscape and portrait modes. The contrast, brightness, sharpness, hue, and saturation can also be adjusted according to the taste.
Nikon also allows one to shoot from creative angles by improving the size of the LCD screen. The current vari-angled LCD screen is 3.2 inches in width and offers an impressive dot count of 1037000. This DSLR also offers GPS and WiFI technology which allows one to transfer the images wirelessly to any tablet or a smartphone using Nikon’s proprietary Wireless utility app. From there, the images can be moved to any social network platform. This app also allows one to trigger the shutter movement remotely.
The GPS device allows the user to tag the location of where the image was captured. The GPS device captures the latitude-longitude and the altitude of the image. Once this is done, Nikon’s ViewNX 2 software creates a travel map which allows the functionality of sharing on any social networking platform.
This camera also brings along a new battery which offers a 600 shot life. The advantage of this new battery is that it is backward compatible, i.e. it can be used in older versions. Nikon 5300 offers a new mode called as retouch mode. Here, in a portrait picture, the skin tones are brightened and the background colors are retained which gives a skin lightening effect. The Nikon D5300 also offers a Full HD movie shoot and has added frame rates of 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24p.
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Build, handling and Autofocus of Nikon D5300
The basic structure of Nikon 5300 is as follows-
- Made up of Polycarbonate
- Integrates a stereo microphone
- Weighs 480g
The DSLR is developed using a monocoque structure where the shell consists of a single material. This makes the camera a lot stronger. On top of this, Nikon D5300 uses Teijin’s Sereebo CFRTP which allows it to weigh just 480g. This camera feels solid and well-made in the hand. The navigation controls offered by this camera, however, feel a little cheaper as compared to the D5200. The control dial over the thumb offers a quieter operation and feels good. The top plate of the D5300 is similar to that of D5200. Though there are a few holes for the stereo mic above the GPS & WiFi icon and the viewfinder. There is also a large mode dial which offers the usual PASM & automatic options along with the effect modes.
The mode dial on the D5300 is made up of a glossy finish which despite looking good, creates a problem in readability when observed under certain lights. On the backside of the cam, the screen is bigger. The rubberized area for thumb rest is larger too!
D5300 overall has lesser buttons and most of the setting adjustments it offers can be done via the on-screen controls. When someone presses the ‘I’ button, the info screen pops up which displays all the features which might be required for adjustments. In order to make a change in the setting, one needs to navigate to the desired feature and then press the ok button.
When it comes to Autofocus, D500 has the following-
- 39 point Autofocus system with 9 cross type Autofocus points
- 39 or 11 autofocus points can be selected
- 3D-tracking autofocus available
Just like D5200, D5300 uses a 39 point autofocus phase detection system with 9 cross-type points. This makes the subjects go sharp in normal outdoor daylight even if the camera has a lens mounted on it. The contrast detection system used on the LCD monitor screen produces accurate images when the light is good, but is woeful in low lights, making the image lack sharpness. However, the magnified view option for focusing manually makes shooting macro & still objects a great option.
Performance of Nikon D5300
As far as performance is concerned, Nikon D5300 offers the following-
- Offers 5fps burst mode shooting
- Has a bright and a clear display
- Offers a 600 shot battery
This camera uses active d-lighting mode with an automatic or normal setting which produces images which are a little too bright. In some cases, the D-lighting feature changed the exposure settings. An example of this is the one scene shot using the aperture priority mode. In case of this, the shutter speed increased by 1EV when the setting was changed to Extra high. Basically, the brightest parts on a screen were retained, whereas the darker parts got brightened thanks to the auto adjustment of the image curve. Also, D5300s automatic white balancing system gave a terrific performance in multiple lighting conditions to produce images which were natural looking. The results were decent even in overcast and shaded conditions.
In this cam, one can activate the Live-view feature by flicking the spring switch present on the top of the camera. Thanks to the 3.2 inches 1037000 dot LCD screen, the images appear clearer. This clarity is quite useful when one uses the enlarged view for focusing manually. Finally, the screen comes up well in bright light without actually suffering from reflections.
The image quality of Nikon D5300
- ISO100 – 12,800 which is expandable to 100 – 25,600
- No low-pass filter
- Offers creative effect modes
This DSLR is built keeping the aspiring photographers in mind. This camera generally produces images which are quite pleasant and which have lots of colors and details. In case of D5300, it has been observed that throughout the sensitivity range, post-conversion to TIFF for the raw files, there is a lower signal to noise ratio. Thus, the images tend to be noisier. At the highest sensitivity setting, this camera produces images which have a high signal to noise ratio and thus less noise. In case of D5200, it was observed that ISO 3200 and higher images suffered from banding, especially in the darker areas, thus significantly limiting the size at which the image could be viewed. However, with D5300, this is not a problem. Noise gets well controlled and offers a fine texture. And though this camera, when viewed on the screen, shows some bit of luminance noise in the images taken at a low sensitivity setting of ISO400, the noise is non-intrusive and non-apparent when viewed in a normal view & printing size.
With a sensitivity of 12800, the images have a higher noise with softer details and the images look decent. Even at ISO 25600, images look decent with reduced saturation and softened details. On the whole, this camera produces images which have pleasant colors. And in general, one should not avoid the Landscape picture mode in D5300 as it produced nice and punchy images. It produced greens and blues well, with an added zing without going too flashy or artificial. As far as the creative effects are concerned, they are something which should be used based on the personal taste. However, the creative effects are available for every occasion.
Overall Verdict of Nikon D5300 Review
In case of Nikon D5300, the effect modes and the vari-angle screen encourages users to shoot in live-view mode. This image then gets composed on screen. The concern over here is, the camera screen is not touched sensitive and here, the performance of the live view autofocus system lags to that of the compact system cameras. Overall, due to 24 million pixels, 3.2-inch screen, and a 39 point AF system with WiFI, this camera is a great option for those looking to take photography seriously!
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