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Ilse Jurriën : September 24th 2014 - 09:40 CET

Nikon D5300 review


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NikonNikon D5300 SLR camera : We introduced the Nikon D5300 in October 2013. It is a user-friendly digital SLR camera for creative and travel photographers. The Nikon D5300 is equipped with a DX-format CMOS sensor with 24.2 megapixels and Expeed 4 image processor, and a precision RGB sensor with 2.016 pixels. The D5300 has an ISO range of 125-25.600, and is equipped with a mere 39 focal points. Additionally, it is the first Nikon camera with built-in WiFi and GPS. On paper, the specifications look promising. We took the Nikon D5300 and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens with us during a trip through Germany and Austria, and tested it out in a variety of circumstances.
Nikon D5300 review
The Nikon D5300 was designed for people that travel a lot. This mid-range SLR camera is placed in Nikon’s assortment between the D3300 and the D7100. The camera greatly resembles its predecessor, the one year older D5200. There are a few small, superficial differences, such as: the D5300 is a bit more compact and lighter, which is very nice if you carry it around all day. The grip has also improved, with a better hand placement, camera shake is reduced, which results in sharper photos. The tilting screen, with its 3.2 inches, is also a bit larger than its predecessor’s. There are also a number of remarkable differences in the internal works, such as the lack of anti-alias filter, which is normally placed in front of the sensor. By removing this filter, which is also the case in the advanced D7100 and D800E, you also remove most of the sharpness from the sensor. Additionally, the D5300 is the first Nikon SLR camera with built-in GPS and WiFi, which makes it an even more ideal travel camera. Finally, the D5300 has a stronger battery, to compensate for the extra energy use when using GPS and/or WiFi.

Nikon D5300 review

Shooting with the Nikon D5300
The Nikon D5300 is a great camera to shoot with, even if you are less experienced in photography. The camera is easy to use, and delivers good photos and videos. You can display and adjust the most important settings with one button. The camera reacts quickly, and with 39 focal points, you can bring any subject into focus. The D5300 can capture fast-moving objects with a speed of 5 images per second. It is also possible to set the shutter to a continual, slow speed of 3 images per second, which is a fun function for making a series of spontaneous portraits. Additionally, the D5300 is equipped with a large and clear 3.2-inch screen, so that this can be tilted 180 degrees, in order to shoot from many different angles. When you are done with your shoot, you can turn the screen around completely, so that it is not damaged during travel. If we have to criticize, we would like to see a touchscreen next time. The Nikon D5300 is also equipped with a newly designed penta mirror viewfinder, which offers a clear image, and image coverage of nearly 95%.

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Image quality of the Nikon D5300
The Nikon D7100’s image quality is very good. Including in situations where the amount of light leaves much to be desired, you can take nice, sharp photos, thanks to a large ISO range of up to 25,600. The amount of noise is certainly acceptable, partially thanks to the powerful Expeed 4 image processing engine, which also has a high processing speed. We are very satisfied with the sharpness, and the lighting is generally good. Further, the DX-format sensor delivers fine colors and a lot of detail. Other interesting functions that support image quality are HDR (high dynamic range), for landscapes, still-lives and Action D-Lighting for higher contrast for people or moving subjects. For the creative photographer, there are also diverse filter effects available. New are the HDR painting effect and the toy camera effect. The Nikon D5300 has Picture Control wit 6 settings: standard, neutral, lively, monochrome, portrait, and landscape. The sharpness and contrast can be adjusted manually.

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Personally, I enjoy looking back after travel to see which route I took, and which photo I took where. That is why I was very thankful to use the built-in GPS function. I had expected that this would have used up more battery life, but even when I had the GPS log on all day and often stopped to shoot photos, the camera easily lasted all day. After reviewing all the photos, I charged the camera at night, so that I could start the day again with a fully charged battery. Another welcome funciton is the built-in WiFi. In an age where sharing photos is essential, it is ideal to be able to transfer photos to a smartphone immediately. You can upload photos directly to Facebook, Instagram, and other social media websites. Next to taking high-resolution photos, the D5300 is also an outstanding camera to shoot video in Full HD 60p resolution.

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Nikon D5300 lenses
The standard kit lens, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR, is a popular zoom lens for DX-format SLR cameras. This simple but versatile lens with 3x zoom offers solutions in a wide variety of circumstances. The lens has a VR stabilization system, that can be turned on and off on the lens itself. This switch is fairly stiff, which is a good thing, so that you can prevent it from being switched off inadvertendly. Additionally, the 18-55 mm lens has SWM, the Silent Wave Motor, which ensures fast and silent performance. The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR, is a fine lens to get to know the camera with.

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Nikon D5300 review conclusion
The Nikon D5300 comes with a series of powerful specifications that not only look good on paper, but also perform well in practice. It is a wonderful camera to shoot with, especially when you have had a Nikon SLR camera before, you are immediately familiar with its operation. Not unimportant is the good image quality. Photos are sharp and detailed. Other bonus points are the large tilting screen, built-in WiFi and GPS. In our opinion, we truly recommend the Nikon D5300! The Nikon D5300 offers many possibilities for the serious, amateur photographer, and is priced well. The camera body is available in black, grey, and red, and currently has a retail value of € 699 EUR / $799 USD. The recommended retail value of the D5300 in combination with the standard kit lens is €799 EUR / $899 USD.

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Nikon D5300 review score
• User friendliness : 90
• Functions : 90
• Image quality : 85
• Design : 85
• Price : 85
• Rating : 85 out of 100

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Nikon D5300 test pictures
The following Nikon D5300 test pictures were shot in JPEG format with a full production camera. The photos were shot in Southern Germany, in Berchtesgaden, near the Kehlsteinhaus (also known as the Eagle’s Nest), where Adolf Hitler used to hang out. We shot the test photos in combination with the standard kit lens, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm VR. The test pictures are shown in compressed format. You can download the original photo via the link under the photo.

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