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Nikon D5300 Review

Nikon DSLR range may have newer models currently available, but the performance an overall quality of the D5300 still make a fantastic option for an entry-level DSLR – although it’s definitely on the higher end of this price range.

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Still, a host of fantastic features and the ever-reliable quality of a Nikon DSLR ensures that the D5300 still has plenty to offer, whether you are just starting out or looking to get a little more creative with your photography.


  • APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 2MP
  • 2-inch vari-angle screen, 1,037,000 dots
  • 1080p video capture
  • Nikon F Mount Lens


The APS-C CMOS sensor present in the Nikon 5300 has removed the low-pass filer that helps to offer better detail in any image quality. While this does put images more at risk from moiré patterning, the situations that can cause such an effect are very minimal, so it’s definitely an upgrade.

The sensor also features the latest processioning engine from Nikon in the shape of the EXPEED 4. This provides lots of power to the 5300, resulting in sharper, more detailed images and a reduction of image noise even at the highest ISO settings.

With a 24.2MP resolution, the D5300 offers some pretty fantastic image quality. It also has a much larger ISO range, with a natural range covering 100-12,800. Clarity and sharpness is a notable trait for images captured with the D5300, so it certainly has some seriously good performance levels.

The 39-point AF system is the same as with other models such as the D5200, using a Multi-CAM 4800DX AF sensor module. This provide a total of nine cross-type AF points that combines with a 3D focus tracking that helps to capture moving images with ease.

A 39-point AF system is certainly in-line with similarly priced models, so the D5300 doesn’t lag behind competitors.

Not only that, but the D5300 aims to encourage more creativity from users. For instance, it features two Creative Effect modes (HDR Painting and Toy Camera) that combine with seven other Effect modes to bring the total to nine.

Typical Picture Control options are available (Standard, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, etc.)  and be used with both raw shooting and JPEGs. Combined with the 16 different scene modes, users can certainly get their creative juices flowing with the D5300!

A great feature that has made its way to the D5300 is built-in Wi-Fi and GPS tracking. This will allow users to seamless transfer images from the camera to smartphone and tablet devices using the handy Wireless Mobile Utility app which happens to be free!

Then you can easily share images on social networking websites with GSP tags, and the app even lets you control the D5300 remotely!

Full HD (1080p) video capturing is also available, with an impressive selection of frame rates to shoot in, including 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24p.

Final Thoughts

The D5300 continues to showcase why Nikon are a market leader in DSLR cameras. While on the higher price range of an entry-level model, the D5300 has fantastic performance capabilities and a host of features that really give more creative control to a photographer.

The overall image quality present on this model is certainly of a high enough level to work for any level of photographer, although we image individuals looking to improve their skills from a beginner level will really like what they find here.

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