When it comes to image quality, Nikon D5300 by no means is inferior to the expensive full-frame cameras;
And in terms of functionality, it’s only one step behind the D7100, only smaller and weighs less.
Generally speaking, this is another great SLR camera from Nikon with an updated tilting screen and Wi-Fi adapter.
The ability to connect your smartphone with a camera through Wi-Fi without additional accessories might not be a big deal, but in my opinion it was a huge step forward to new opportunities in photography.
And a tilting screen is a feature that practically everyone will love.
Anyway, this post won’t only include a boring set of features that the camera has.
You can watch a video review,
You’ll learn how to set up your Nikon D5300,
A few lens recommendations based on whatever photography genre you’re into,
And a few photo samples so you can judge this DSLR for yourself.
Now, let’s have a warm up with a video review.
Nikon D5300 Video Review (Still Great in 2018)
Here is what Damien Brown has to say about this camera (with samples):
What has changed in comparison with the D5200
at high ISO was an order of magnitude less noise
no more anti-aliasing filter, just like in D800E and D7100
built-in WiFi and GPS
video recording in 1080 60p/30p
timer control button moved to another location
updated 18-55 VR II kit lens
the screen became larger, can now view horizontal photos in full screen (see image below)
What you might like about Nikon D5300
articulated LCD screen
little noise at high ISO, practically leveling out the difference in noise with FX cameras
the ability to sync the camera with a smartphone
control the camera through a smartphone without any additional devices
marking photos that will be automatically transferred to the phone during syncing
viewing horizontal photos on a new screen became more convenient
What you might not like about Nikon D5300
high price compared to D5200
the built-in flash does not have a Command mode, also no Auto FP mode
How to Set Up Nikon D5300?
Use the Following Camera Settings
Auto Distortion Control ON
Active D-Lighting Auto
ISO sensitivity settings, Auto ISO ON, minimum shutter speed – Auto
Release mode Continuous H
Custom Setting Menu
a1 AF-C priority selection Release
a2 number of focus points AF39
a3 build-in AF-assist illumination OFF
d1 Beep OFF
d3 ISO display ON
d4 File number sequence ON
f1 Assign Fn button HDR
Auto info display OFF
D5200 vs D5300 Display – What Has Changed?
The screen on D5300 is slightly larger, 3,2″ (720 x 480 resolution) compared to D5200’s 3″ screen.
To an average person, this difference isn’t noticeable, however this is what allowed for the 3:2 aspect ratio to happen. Simply speaking, this allows to “stretch” the image on the whole screen.
(What’s not clear to me is why this couldn’t be done earlier.)
In this sense, viewing horizontal photographs has become much more convenient. (As seen in the comparison image earlier).
And of course, just like it’s predecessors (D5000/D5100/D5200), the Nikon D5300 also has a tilting screen.
This will help you shoot videos and macro photography conveniently (without bending yourself in funny positions).
Wi-Fi Connection and How It Helps (With An Example)
Now you can sync the camera with your smartphone via WiFi without any problems.
To do this, you just need to install the program Wireless Mobile Utility on your Android or iOS device (and is free and very easy to use).
1) You can view photos that are on the camera and download the photos you want to a smartphone or tablet.
2) Now it’s convenient to take pictures with long exposure when the camera is in Bulb mode, there is no need to buy additional devices like remote control or Triggertrap (which is out of business now, by the way).
Note on how to do that: Put it in Manual (M) mode and roll the wheel until it shows “Bulb” on the display. Press and hold the shutter button for the desired length of time.
One friend told me how he used the remote control function of the camera using Wi-Fi.
Basically he was on abeach vacationsomewhere in the USA, where crowds of crabs would crawl ashore, but upon seeing people they would hide back in the water.
So, he installed the camera on a tripod, waited for the crabs to get out of the water and remotely photographed a lot interesting frames of these sea creatures.
GPS – Know Your Location with Nikon D5300
Another pretty useful feature in D5300 is GPS.
With GPS, you can tie your images to a specific place. The location data will be spelled out in exif and you can easily determine where exactly you took a particular photo.
Most people I know do care about camera having this feature.
Location especially matters if you’re one of the landscape photographers.
Now, A Few Words About D5300 Sensor and ISO
The camera has a 24 MP sensor, so the number of megapixels doesn’t differ from the one on the D5200.
Due to the new Nikon sensor, the D5300 can use the ISO range from 100 to 12,800 units and extend it to the Hi1 value (equivalent to 25,600).
Compare it with its predecessor, Nikon D5200, which uses ISO from 100 to 6400 units and extend it to the value of Hi2 (equivalent to 25.600).
By the way, the Nikon D5300 became the first Nikon DX camera that can use real ISO 12.800 (and not the advanced ‘Hi’ modes).
Note: Judging by this indicator, the D5300 (and D3300) outperform the Nikon D7100. Also, there are serious suspicions that the Nikon D7100 uses the same sensor as the Nikon D5300, but because of the older processor it can’t use ISO 12,800.
Funny, but all three cameras – D5100, D5200, D5300 use the maximum ISO threshold of 25,600 and still can’t get any higher.
Generally speaking, when it comes to ISO there is a significant improvement in a sense that the noise has become smaller at greater ISO.
Now you can safely expose the ISO border at 6400 and not be afraid of possible losses of quality.
Even the photos at a maximum ISO of 12,800 and Hi-1 (ISO 25,600) look quite decent.
One more thing to mention, the sensor on the D5300 without an anti-aliasing filter, like on the D800E and D7100, so the image is extremely sharp.
If the image is not sharp, then you are doing something wrong.
Lens Compatibility and Nikon D5300 Kit Lenses
Nothing has changed.
The camera is compatible with all Nikon lenses released from the 60s.
However, the autofocus will only work with the new AF-S and old AF-I contact lenses (with the motor).
The good news is that the majority of the lenses are with the integrated autofocus motor and the old AF lenses are almost completely replaced by the new AF-S ones, so I doubt you will have any problems.
Now, a word about kit lenses.
Kit version is exactly what we recommend buying if it’s your first DSLR camera.
In the beginning, you don’t need a lot of lenses, and a standard kit lens covers 150% of the need for your creativity.
When you have more experience in photography and will know what you like photographing the most, then you can buy that lens that will best suit your needs.
The D5300 comes in two versions, with an updated 18-55 VR lens and a new 18-140 VR kit lens.
The rate of burst is no different from the D5200, however having 5 frames per second is a very good indicator, especially for a budget camera (and it is only slightly different from semi-professional models like D7100/D610).
This shooting speed is more than enough for photographing children, landscapes and even wedding photography.
Auto Distortion Control
Works amazingly well.
This function is enabled by default, but if you accidentally turned it off, here is how to turn it on:
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