The digital single lens reflex camera, short for DSLR, has long been known as high quality and high price. But from 2013, mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera has develop so fast that it has already compacted the DSLR camera market, as the mirrorless cameras provides a light body and high-quality images, adding with a cheaper price. The entry-level DSLR market has became an intensely competitive one. So, one step further than the the others become a must for the new-born entry-level DSLRs. Nikon D5300 is a try to be that ‘step’. One year after the D5200, the D5300 brought some significant upgrades in. The D5300 was boast for its 24Mp DX format CMOS sensor, which can record Full HD movie at 1080/60p with stereo sound, EXPEED 4 image processor, 5fps continuous shooting, 39-point AF system, 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor. A 1.04M dot 3.2” articulated LCD monitor, gives the users more angles to shoot, while the extensive ISO range of 100-25600 should with virtually all lighting conditions. The D5300 also has the High Dynamic Rang mode, Active D-lighting, and nine different special effects for images and movies.
The D5300 is a slightly large in hand, but the with a good camera’s ergonomics and controls, it feels comfortable to hold. The controls is almost unchanged from the D5200, while it offers a articulated 3.2” LCD screen that can benefits for live view and movie shooting. The D5300 feels solid despite its plastic shell. Most of the bottoms are remain the Nikon style, which are easy to touch and response quick. The only Fn bottom may be a little The D5300 is the first Nikon DLSR with both built-in WIFI and GPS module. The WIFI function can pairs the D5300 with an IOS or Android device, which offers a remote control via mobile device using Wireless Mobile Utility app., The WIFI connector is reliable and work consistently. And if using the mobile device to control the D5300, the camera could transfer the images into your smart devices via WIFI connection instead of just save in the memory cards, which can be very useful for sharing the pictures around. The 39-point focus system offers a good coverage of the frame, and with this level of coverage the D5300 has some impressive focusing speeds, despite the slight lag in low lighting conditions. On the whole, this 39-point focus system is speedy and accurate enough for most of the conditions. The continuous shooting rate is an items to separate the mirrorless camera and the DSLR. The D5300 offers a maximum shooting rate of 5fps, which can be achieved for an unlimited number of frames in just JPRG files. Although some of the mirrorless camera has increased their continuous shooting rat to 8 fps, but with the support of the accurate auto focus system, the continuous shooting quality is still better than most of the mirrorless cameras. The D5300 was supported by a EN-EL14a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with about 600 shots battery life, and the bring the full charge of the battery takes about a couple of hours. And the occasionally use of WIFI doesn’t take a significant drop on battery life. The D5300’s movie quality is also impressive. It offers a Full HD 1080/60p resolution, as a result, the D5300’s video is more detailed and motion is smooth. With the ability to output the HDMI and plug in a external microphone, the D5300 will be a good choice for the beginning video shooters.
Overall image quality of the D5300 is great, one particular improvement is the camera’s performance in high ISO settings, it extends the maximum ISO form 6400 to 12800, which upgrades the D5300 performance in both JPEG and RAW, and there is very little noise until you reach ISO 6400, this ISO can hardly be reached in daily use.
The cons of the D5300 are mostly about the camera without a touchable screen, which may speedup the whole controls, also the limited controls that a smart device can manage to the camera is also a little disappointing. Most of the users were pleased with the performance of the camera, and it get pretty high scored in the customer reviews.
Although the D5300 isn’ t a perfect products, the D5300 offers the same image quality with the D7100 but costs less, the articulated LCD screen and built- in WIFI also give more fun shooting with it. But as an entry-level DSLR, the D5300 may be an the top of price, which would not be a perfect choice for the budget-conscious. If you are looking for a upgrade from your first DSLR to step one more further into the semi- profession level, the D5300 may be the DSLR you are looking for.
The D5300 is a good choice for the one who is looking for something to approach the profession, but not so pro as the flagship products of Nikon. This camera is pretty balance in both still and movie shooting, with high quality. Absolute the beginners will happy shooting in Auto mod, but the D5300 also provides some significants for someone who already known something about the ins and outs of manual exposure controls. The D5300 presents a very good cover-the-basic-plus-a little-extra DSLR for a budding enthusiast. Good for: Semi-profession photography enthusiast, Movie shooter with a budget,
|Auto Focus Points||39||Sensor Size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Maximun Shutter Speed||1/4000||Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Maximum ISO||12800||Viewfinder Coverage||95|
|Shoots per battery||600||Build in Flash||Yes|
|Build in WIFI||Yes||Video Recording||Yes|
|Articulated LCD Screen||Yes||Live view mode||Yes|
|Memory Card Slot||1||Microphone||Yes|
|GPS Tagging Capability||Yes||Environmentally sealed||No|
|Weight||480 g||Dimensions||125 mm x 98 mm x 76 mm|
|Date First Available||2015-06-25||Country Code||JP|
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