Conclusion: The Nikon D5300 is a fantastic camera. It's small, light, competent and can make breathtaking images in any light. Colors are fantastic, and it focuses and works well in dim light with crazy ISOs unheard of just a few years ago.
Summary: Those seeking an entry-level DSLR camera will be very pleased with the Nikon D5300 model. It has all of the basic photography features that you'd expect to find in an advanced interchangeable lens digital camera, including outstanding image quality and fast performance.
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.
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
Summary: The D5300 offers a few performance improvements over the D5200. It also adds some compelling features that competing products like the Canon T5i don't have, such as 1080p/60 fps video capture and built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
Pros: Easy to handle and use; Captured images have plenty of detail and accurate color; Built-in GPS; High ISO capability
Cons: 18-140mm kit lens is rather large and loses fine detail; Some controls are oddly placed; Noise reduction can be overly aggressive
Conclusion: At first glance the Nikon D5300 may look just like the D5200, but there are some decidedly big upgrades under the hood that make it an even more attractive option for more serious beginner photographers and budding enthusiasts as well.
Pros: Excellent image quality and resolution (similar to D7100) thanks to AA-filterless 24-megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 processor, 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors, Compact and portable but fairly robust camera build with a comfy handgrip, Longer than average zoom kit lens, wit...
Cons: Penta-mirror viewfinder not as big and bright as full pentaprism OVF, Glossy LCD is prone to glare and reflections; can be hard to read in bright sunlight, Built-in HDR mode only uses 2 exposures; High and Extra High HDR modes can produce strange halo effect, Built-in stereo mics very susceptible...
Summary: The Nikon D5300 is an outstanding all-purpose DSLR. It offers best-in-class image quality and video-recording capabilities with virtually no major drawbacks. The Wi-Fi options are lacking, but then again, most DSLRs don't even offer Wi-Fi connectivity.
Pros: The Nikon D5300 has best-in-class image quality.
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.