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
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.
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...
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, Re...
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...
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.
Conclusion: The D5300 is perfect if you want to upgrade from an older entry-level model, or don't mind spending a bit more on your first D-SLR. It's packed with modern features and offers great image quality along with an impressive low-light performance. The key addition is the Wi-Fi connectivity.
Summary: There has been criticism levelled at the Nikon D5300 that its upgrades are too modest and they appear to be only a short jump from previous models. While this is in some ways true, I think Nikon has an already successful camera and added some worthy additions in areas that matter.