Conclusion: The D5300 is a very good entry-level DSLR – which in our view are sub $849 kits – and earns our Recommended status. Stills and videos are top notch and the built-in Wi-Fi and GPS are real pluses, and that vari-angle LCD takes it to the next level. The real negative is the 18-55mm kit lens that’s just too limited for anything but the basics. If you need a kit lens, buy the 18-140mm kit or just the body and any lens that matches your photographic vision.
Pros: Very good 24MP stills, Superior 1080/60p videos, Built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, Vari-angle lens
Cons: Weak 18-55mm kit lens, Noisy at ISOs higher than 1,600, Not the sturdy build of an enthusiast DSLR
Conclusion: The Nikon D5300 D-SLR is a modest upgrade from the previous model, but it's just as worthy, making it our Editors' Choice for entry-level D-SLRs.
Pros: 24-megapixel sensor with no optical low-pass filter. Sharp vari-angle display. Excellent JPG detail at high ISO. 4.7fps continuous shooting. 39-point autofocus system. Quick startup. 1080p60 video capture. Integrated Wi-Fi and GPS. Standard mic input.
Cons: Images on the noisy side. Will not autofocus with screw-drive lenses. Pentamirror viewfinder. Single control wheel. Self-timer deactivates after use. Lacks depth of field preview.
Excerpt: The Nikon D5300 DSLR camera has all of the great photography features that you'd expect to find in a mid-range DSLR camera, and Nikon has also included some of the hottest extra features currently found in the digital camera market, such as built-in Wi-Fi and an articulated LCD. It's well worth considering as a first DSLR model.
Excerpt: The Nikon D5300 may mark an evolutionary -- rather than a revolutionary -- upgrade over the 15-month-old D5200. However, the camera's improvements are quite considerable, positioning the DSLR as a compelling, more affordable option for advanced amateurs who may be eyeing the higher-end, prosumer D7100, as well enticing owners of Nikon's consumer-level DSLRs to take a step up.
The Nikon D5300 uses a few tweaks under the hood that improve in small ways over its predecessor.
21 March 2014
Conclusion: Despite its extreme similarity to last year's D5200, Nikon's D5300 is a solid step forward that combines excellent performance and a surprisingly robust feature set. Mirrorless cameras are more improving at a rapid pace these days, and it's clear Nikon is feeling the heat. The D5300 may look like the same old boring Nikon DSLR, but with WiFi, GPS, an AA-less 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, stellar video quality and control, and the traditional comfort of an optical...
Summary: The continuous shooting speed is a "just-OK" 5 fps, and you can shoot video in full HD 1080p. It has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS functionality, which is not offered by all competitors. It has a "very complete" feature set with nine Creative Effects for both still images and video, as well as 18 Scene modes. The D5300 comes in three colors: red, black and gray.
Pros: Wi-Fi and GPS built in, Enhanced video recording, Redesigned grip for comfort
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