Excerpt: In late 2013, Nikon announced their latest D-series entry-level DSLR, the D5300. The D5300 is replacing the D5200 and boasts a whole slew of upgrades. This is not just a simple re-badging. The D5300 is the smallest D-series camera to date despite having a new grip that offers more surface area and a better hold than the D5200.
Summary: The D5300 is a very good upper-entry-level DSLR with a high resolution sensor and solid video features. It's bigger than mirrorless competitors and it's priced on the high end of its class, but it won't let down a budding photographer, especially those who plan to upgrade from the kit lens to higher quality optics.
Pros: Excellent image quality, High resolution sensor produces highly detailed images, Useful and sophisticated Auto ISO system, Solid feature set for first-time DSLR users, Good frame coverage of 39-point AF array, 1080/60p HD maximum video resolution, Customizable Fn button, Fully articulated LCD, Reliable built-in Wi-Fi and location tagging
Cons: Single Fn button is only means of direct access to key shooting settings like ISO and WB, Extreme lag in magnified live view, On-screen 'info' menu is dense and hard to operate quickly, No live preview of aperture changes in live view, Built-in flash lacks master function, Slow live view AF
Summary: The Nikon D5300 is quite an exciting development in Nikon's DX line-up for a number of reasons. Following on from the D7100, it's the second Nikon APS-C DSLR to omit the optical low-pass filter in front of the sensor and I'd be surprised if that isn't a trend that continues to spread to other models, certainly if the quality of the images it produces is anything to go by.
Pros: 1037K-dot 3:2 proportioned flip-out screen., Built-in Wifi and GPS., 1080p60 HD video mode., Excellent image quality.
Cons: No touch-screen., Poor Battery life., No viewfinder eye sensor., Lacklustre wi-fi features.
Summary: The Nikon D5300 is a swell little camera, but I wouldn't pay $800 for a D5300 when I can get the pretty much identicalMikon D5200 or Nikon D5100 new or refurbished for about half price. I don't see anything significant to make it worthwhile to throw more money at the newer D5300 if you can still get the D5200 or D5100 instead, but if you want the newest, sure, the D5300 is a great camera. For Wi-Fi and GPS< I prefer the iPhone.
Summary: The new camera isn't a substantial upgrade to the D5200, although it could be attractive to potential purchasers who want to step up from one of the entry-level D3*** series models or the lower-resolution D5100 (provided they can use the higher resolution, which is another story). It could also be a handy second body for a D7100 or even a D300S owner.
Excerpt: Like Canon’s EOS 70D , the consumer-targeted Nikon D5300 also offers up a range first of Wi-Fi connectivity – with a dedicated ‘i’ button – and a tilting LCD screen on the backplate, plus a higher resolution still at 24.2 megapixels from an APS-C sensor. Alongside the more obviously semi pro 70D, the D5300 suggests better value at a body only £729.99, or £829.99 if twinning it with a standard 18-55mm zoom.
Excellent image quality and fine detail, tilting LCD screen, built-in digital effects, easily navigated user interface
Glossy finish to body cheapens the look of the camera, pricey for anyone considering this as their frst DSLR