Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 is a new DSLR camera from Nikon which was launched less than a year after launching the Nikon D5200. When compared with the D5200, D5300 comes with several new features such as a larger screen, eliminating the optical low-pass filter, and use the wireless connectivity and GPS. This new camera also has some features in common with previous models such as the 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor DX-Format, 4 EXPEED processor, Full HD 1080p video recording at 60 frames per second, up to 5fps Continuous Shooting, 39-point autofocus system, ISO 25600 Sensitivity , and Active D-Lighting and a built-in HDR. This camera will be available on the market with a price range of $796.95 in mid-November 2013.

Back & Front view of Nikon D5300
Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Nikon D5300 has a design that has been slightly redesigned by Nikon so noticeably smaller and lighter while in the palm of the hand. Camera grip has also been redesigned to give a little space between your hand and the lens so that it feels more comfortable. At the top of the camera there is a new lever to activate Live View (LV) and has a built-in flash and hot-shoe for external flash. In addition, the D5300 also coupled with WiFi connectivity and GPS for easy transfer of images and geotaging.

top view of Nikon D5300

The screen still can be articulated with a larger size that is 3.2-inch with resolution 1.037k-dot while the viewfinder offers 0.82x magnification that means 95 percent of the field of view is greater than ever. The LCD screen allows you to view images from different angles and better help you in the process of shooting. The D5300 has eliminated the optical low-pass filter to improve image sharpness. Not only that, this camera also comes with a more powerful battery than before.

rear view of Nikon D5300

Performance & Image Quality

By combining sensor DX-Format 24.2 Megapixel resolution and EXPEED image processor 4, the Nikon D5300 is capable of producing quality images and video are high in low-light situations with high ISO settings up to 12800. Not only that, it also supports a combination of a camera capable of continuous shooting up to 5 frames per second. Nikon claims to have improved the capabilities of previous camera such as resolution increases, the performance of noise reduction, high ISO performance, better color processing, as well as improve the automatic white balance.

Sample photo of Nikon D5300: 1/200 sec, f/11, 42mm, ISO100 (Credit: Nikon)

Sample photo of Nikon D5300: 1/200 sec, f/11, 42mm, ISO100 (Credit: Nikon)

You can record Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 60, 30, 25, and 24 frames per second in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. During video recording, you can use full-time autofocus with face detection and tracking capabilities to ensure the sharpness of the image subject. Video recording is also supported by the built-in stereo microphone for voice recording video. We can not know the quality of the video produced by the D5300 until the camera available in the market, but we have examples in the video below.

Should I buy the camera?

As an upgrade from the previous model, the Nikon D5300 offers several improvements and features that seem to be more good. This camera has a design that is slightly smaller than before, eliminating the optical low-pass filter, 3.2-inch LCD screen that can be articulated, as well as WiFi connectivity and GPS. Image and video quality will be sharper by eliminating the optical low-pass filter that effectively captures sharp images.

With a price range of $796.95 (body only) Nikon D5300 is recommended to buy. There are two competitor that you should consider when buying the camera, they are the Nikon D5200 and Canon EOS 700D/Rebel T5i with cheaper prices but has the image quality and performance that is quite competitive.

Rating: ★★★★½


Images Sensor

Camera Type Digital SLR with Interchangeable lenses

Lens Mount Nikon F

Camera Format DX / (1.5x Crop Factor)

Pixels Actual: 24.78 Megapixel, Effective: 24.2 Megapixel

Max Resolution 24MP: 6000 x 4000 @ 3:2

Other Resolutions
+ 13.5MP: 4496 x 3000 @ 3:2
+ 6MP: 2992 x 2000 @ 3:2

Aspect Ratio 3:2

Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: Linear PCM

Bit Depth 14-bit

Dust Reduction System Yes

Noise Reduction Yes

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)

Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 39

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Pentamirror

Viewfinder Coverage 95%

Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.82x

Diopter Adjustment – 1.7 to +1 m

Display Screen 3.2″ Rear Screen Swivel LCD (1,037,000)

Screen Coverage 100%

Angle of View 170.0°

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)

+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec, Bulb Mode

Remote Control MC-DC2 (Optional)

Mirror Lock-Up Yes

Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority
+ Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0
+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in .3 or .5 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade


Flash Modes
+ Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +1 EV (in .3 or .5 EV steps)

Built-in Flash Yes

Guide No. 42.65′ (13 m) ISO100

Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 sec

Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in .3 or .5 EV steps)

Dedicated Flash System iTTL

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe


Video Recording Yes

File Size
+ 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
+ 1280 x 720p (HD)
+ 640 x 424p (SD)

Aspect Ratio 16:9

Frame Rate
@ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
@ 640 x 424: 30 fps, 25 fps

Exposure Control Auto, Manual

Focus Auto, Manual, Continuous Auto

Continuous Shooting Time
1920 x 1080
@ 60 fps: 20 min.
@ 30 fps: 29 min.

Audio Recording
+ Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo,
+ Optional External Mic: With Video,


Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps

Self Timer
+ 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec
+ Number of Shots: 1-9

Interval Recording Yes

In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance, Color Outline, Color Sketch, D-Lighting, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Image Overlay, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Perspective Control, Quick Retouch, Red-eye Correction, Resize Image, Selective Color, Side-by-Side Comparison, Straighten, Trim

Connectivity 1/8″ Microphone, AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Capable Yes


Type: 1x EN-EL14 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 1030mAh

AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Optional)

Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0″ / 125.0 x 98.0 x 76.0 mm

Weight 1.06 lb / 480 g body only

Video Reviews

Review Video By SuperSaf TV

Review Video By What Digital Camera

Review Video By Digital Camera World

Review Video By Jeremy Smith

Review Video By Jared Polin

Sample Photos

Nikon D5300 Sample Photos

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Nikon D5300 Sample Photos @ Amateurphotographer

User Manual

Nikon D5300 User Manual (PDF)

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Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon D5300.

Canon EOS 70D Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Canon EOS 70D is announced in July 2013 to replace the previous model Canon EOS 60D. As the latest mid-range DSLR, EOS 70D features a 20.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor, Full HD video, a fully articulated touch-screen monitor, built-in Wifi and an innovative new autofocusing system which promises far superior performance during Live View and movies. It has been available on the market with price of $1,199.00 for body only.

Canon EOS 700D/Rebel T5i Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i is a 18.0 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 3.0-inch Touchscreen and Full HD Movie Mode. It features STM Lens Support for Quiet AF in Movies, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD, ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600, Full HD 1080 Video with Continuous AF, 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting, 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System, Multi Shot Noise Reduction, and Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses. The camera measures (W x H x D) 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1″ / 13.2 x 9.9 x 7.9 cm and weight 18.52 oz / 525 g.

Nikon D5200 Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Nikon D5200 is a new mid-range DX-format DSLR camera which comes with 24.1-megapixel images sensor. It features a new EXPEED 3 image processor, High ISO (100-6400) extendable to 25600, Fulll 1080p HD movies, 5fps burst shooting, 39-point AF system, 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, the Scene Recognition System, a new generation GUI Design, and has 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD monitor. The camera measures (W x H x D) 129 x 98 x 78 mm/5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in. and weight 505 g/1 lb 1.8 oz (camera body only). It is available on January 2013 with cost $696.95 for Body Only.

Nikon D7100 Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Nikon D7100 is a 24.1 MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR with EXPEED 3 Image Processing Engine. It features No Optical Low-Pass Filter, 1080p Full HD Video Recording, 3.2-inch LCD Monitor with 1,229k-dot resolution, Optical Viewfinder with OLED Display, 6 fps Up to 100 Shots at Full Resolution, 51-point AF with 15 Cross-type Sensors, Built-In Flash with Commander Function, and designed with Magnesium Alloy Body; Moisture Resistant. It sold with price of $1,196.95 and cheaper than Canon EOS 6D.

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