Nikon D5300 is the latest “mid-range” amateur DSLR camera. It shares many features with the basic Nikon D3300, but on the paper it has more bells and whistles to make it more desirable than its more affordable brother. At the heart of the camera there is a 24 megapixel image sensor without anti-aliasing filter. It shoots at 5 frames per second, has Full HD video at 60 progressive frames per second, articulated LCD screen and WiFi/GPS receivers built-in.
NIKON D5300 SPECIFICATIONS
- Announced: 2014.
- Type: Digital SLR
- Dimensions: 125 × 98 × 76 mm (49.2 × 3.9 × 3.0 in)
- Weight: 480 g (with battery, no lens)
- Sensor: CMOS 24MP, no AA filter (6000 x 4000 pixels)
- Lens: Kit lens: 18-55mm II VR or 18-140 F/3.5-5.6 VR
- ISO range: Native 100 – 12,800, Extended 100 – 25,600
- Image stabilization: No (possible with stabilized lens)
- Dust and moisture protection: No
- Flash unit: Yes, pop-up + hot-shoe
- Continuous shooting: 5 fps
- LCD screen: 3.2″, 1,037,000 dots, articulated
- Memory card: SD/SDHC/SDXC
- Battery: Li-Ion EN-EL14
- Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24fps), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
- Connectors: USB 2.0, mini HDMI, 3,5mm MIC input
- WiFi/GPS: Yes, built-in
CONSTRUCTION AND HANDLING
Nikon D5300 is built rather well; the plastic feels good and buttons are large. The grip is covered with rubber as is the thumb rest at the back. Some details are a bit of a disappointment like the multi-way controller which does not protrude enough and has very short button travel: Nikon D3300 has better multi-way controller.
Nikon D5300 is clearly a camera aimed at amateurs; there are almost no direct controls for various shooting functions like white balance, ISO, metering mode or auto-focus settings. There is only a button for drive mode and programmable “Fn” button which most users will use for ISO value. All of other settings are adjusted via LCD interface which might look OK to amateur users but it is a slow process to find a setting and change it. Two visual styles and several color combinations are available for customization of “info” screen.
Just like the D3300, D5300 also has an irritating bug: when you press the exposure compensation button the LCD info screen turns on always no matter if you use optical viewfinder and there seems to be no way to disable it (you can close it though).
Start-up time is instantaneous. Camera is ready to take a picture almost at the same millisecond as you turn the power switch – a detail where DSLR beats all mirrorless cameras; they all need a second or two for start-up and this is one of the main reasons why you would want classic DSLR.
Nikon D5300 has all connectors you might want: USB, AV out, HDMI, 3.5mm stereo microphone input and wired remote control connector. Only downside: USB connector is not of the standard micro or mini kind but is some strange proprietary Nikon connector: if you misplace the cable, it might be hard to find a replacement. WiFi and GPS are also built-in.