Nikon D5300 24.1 Megapixel DX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body - Black - with Wi-Fi Functionality, Extra-large swiveling Vari-angle display, Built-in GPS geotags

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  • 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors
  • 6 fps continuous shooting mode
  • Easy to use Picture Controls
  • Embrace highlights and shadows
  • Exceptional metering and onboard intelligence
  • Extra-large swiveling Vari-angle display
  • Full 1080p HD videos with Live View
  • Get creative with Image Effects
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The Nikon D5300 is the first APS sensor Nikon DSLR to offer full Wi-Fi communication ability, giving users the option of sharing images online directly from their camera, or to operate the camera remotely using a free app on their smart phones or tablet computers. As with its predecessor, the Nikon D5300 comes with the superb 24MP DX sensor, which can also be found in the higher-end D7100. Also new is an extra-large 3.2-inch swivel LCD monitor, The D5300 accepts all Nikon F-mount lenses, but is best suited for use with DX lenses, and works seamlessly with the Nikon i-TTL flash system using Speedlights such as the SB-910; flash exposure is seamlessly calculated using the cameras matrix and center-weighted metering system.

The Nikon D5300 is designed for photo enthusiasts, photography students looking for a full-featured camera to grow with, first-time DSLR users who aren't intimidated by extensive control options, and habitual online photo sharers who want much better than cell phone image quality.

Wi-Fi and beyond

Nikon is hinting that there will be more DSLRs with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, but right now the D5300 is the first and only that will wirelessly connect to D5300 with your smartphone or tablet,* then browse the photos on D5300's memory card, import your favorites and instantly email them, text them or post them online. While connected, your smart device can also act as a remote monitor for the D5300. See what the camera sees and even fire the shutter-perfect for group shots and self portraits! When travelling, built-in GPS geotags all of your shots. Create exciting travel journals, find nearby Points of Interest and easily share your location data when posting photos on Facebook or Flickr.

Sophisticated AF and Metering

The D5300 has 39 point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors. Nikon has 3D tracking that uses the 2016-pixel RGB sensor, so it can recognize a moving subject and follow it and keep it in focus as it moves across the frame. Nikon's Scene Recognition System analyzes each shooting situation and compares it to an onboard database of thousands of scenes and automatically determines the best exposure. If using flash, it calculates and balances flash and ambient light exposure, as well as white balance and autofocus settings.

For more experienced photographers, the camera puts manual exposure, focus, flash and white balance settings within easy reach. You can manually set one, a few, or all of the above. It's your choice. Built-in HDR combines two photos into one image, expanding the dynamic range. D-lighting is another well-known Nikon feature that automatically brightens shadowy areas in images.

The Nikon D5300 also offers the ability to edit photos in camera. Options include cropping, applying filters and effects. And, since the camera has Wi-Fi connectivity, you can immediately share the edited photos via your smartphone or tablet computer.

The Nikon D5300 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Nikon D5300 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon D5300 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon D5300: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Quiet and Tilt /swivel LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good image quality (17),Easy to use (16),Tilt /swivel LCD (16),Large clear LCD (14),Fast / accurate auto-focus (13),High ISO performance (13),Image stabilization (11),Quiet (11),Fast shutter speed (10)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (15),Travel (15),Family photos (13),Low light (13),Wildlife (10),Video (8),Sports/action (7),Weddings (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Nikon D5300 Features

  • Shoot from any angle
    Extra-large swiveling Vari-angle display:
    The D5300's extra-large ultra-high resolution Vari-angle LCD swivels 180° so youcan shoot from exciting new angles. Hold the camera overhead for great shots over a crowd. Hold the camera down low for a fun face-to-face perspective of your pet.
  • Focus exactly where you want it: Whether shooting stationary subjects, candid photos, high-speed action or Full HD video, the D5300 keeps everything in focus. Its 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors quickly locks onto your subject, and Nikon's unique 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow it
  • Catch exactly the right moment: When photo-worthy action starts, hold down the shutter button and capture every movement, expression and feeling at 5 frames per second, even when using the Vari-angle LCD.
  • Storytelling at your fingertips: Bring all the image quality the D5300 produces softly blurred backgrounds, tack-sharp details, vibrant colors to dazzling 1080p Full HD videos. In Live View, Nikon's full-time autofocus follows your subject and keeps it sharp. Built-in stereo microphone adds high-fidelity sound to your videos
  • Pictures as your eyes see them: The D5300 features exceptional metering and onboard intelligence, freeing you to focus on the composition of your shots and, most importantly, the moment that's taking place.
  • Get creative with Image Effects: Make a single vivid color pop in a black & white photo, turn a landscape into a toy model, shoot portraits that look like paintings, make your D5300 behave like a toy camera (new) and more, then instantly share your creations with your smartphone or tablet.
  • Embrace highlights and shadows: Built-in HDR automatically combines two photos into one highly dynamic image, and new subject-based Active D-Lighting automatically brightens shadowy areas on your subjects great for portraits.
  • Edit your shots in the camera: Perfect the photos you share with D5300's Retouch Menu. Easily crop, apply filters, effects and more right in the camera no additional software needed then instantly share your edited shot with your smartphone or tablet.
  • Great results in tricky situations: Even if you're new to D-SLR photography, getting great results in difficult situations couldn't be easier just select from 16 common Scene Modes for your situation, or let the camera pick for you.
  • Define your own style: The D5300's easy to use Picture Controls let you alter your color palette and add a personal touch with six settings available; Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape customize the look and feel of your photos and HD videos.
  • Change your view of the world The D5300 is compatible with Nikon's complete collection of remarkable NIKKOR lenses and optimized for DXFormat NIKKOR lenses. Expand your capabilities and creativity over time by growing yourown collection.

Nikon D5300 Specifications

Type of Camera
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Effective angle of view
Nikon DX format
Effective Pixels
24.2 Million
Image Sensor
23.5 × 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Total Pixels
24.78 million
Dust-Reduction System
Image Sensor Cleaning, Airflow Control System, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image Size (Pixels)
6000 × 4000 (L), 4496 × 3000 (M), 2992 × 2000 (S)
File Format
NEF (RAW): 14 bit, compressed
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, User-customizable Settings, Vivid
Storage Media
SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File System
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras
Viewfinder
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.82x
Viewfinder Eyepoint
18mm
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 to +0.7 m
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Lens Aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible Lenses
Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported),and AI-P lenses; non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but the camera exposure meter will not function The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Shutter type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash Sync Speed
X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release Modes
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-3 frames per second
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 5 frames per second (JPEG and 12-bit NEF/RAW) or 4fps (14-bit NEF/RAW)
Single-frame [S] mode
Quiet Shutter Release
Self-timer mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Interval timer photography supported
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
5 fps
Self-timer
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures
Exposure Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Metering Range
0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling
CPU
Exposure Modes
Auto modes (auto; auto [flash off]); programmed auto with flexible program (); shutter-priority auto (); aperture-priority auto (); manual (); scene modes
Scene Modes
Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food

Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports Sunset
Special Effects Mode (Night vision, Color sketch, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Selective color, Silhouette, High key, Low key, HDR painting)
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure Bracketing
3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Exposure Lock
Yes
Mirror Lock Up
Yes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 - 12,800
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
High ISO Noise Reduction
Low
Normal
High
Off
Active D-Lighting
Auto, extra high, high, normal, low, off
D-Lighting Bracketing
2-3 frames
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 frames using preset values for all frames
Autofocus System
Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lesn Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AFC selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus Point
Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
AF-area modes
Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 39-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing button
Built-in Flash
Yes
Guide Number
Approx. 39/12, 43/13 with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Flash Control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400 or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Modes
Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory Shoe
Yes with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
White Balance
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
White Balance Bracketing
3 shots in steps of 1
Live View Shooting
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Live View Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (M)
Life View AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Live View Scene Auto Selector
Auto mode
Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix
Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1920 x 1080, 60i (59.94 fields/s)/50i (50 fields/s)*, high/normal
1920 x 1080, 30p (progressive)/25p/24p, high/normal
1280 x 720, 60p/50p, high/normal
640 x 424, 30p/25p, high/normal
Movie File Format
MOV
Movie Video Compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio
Built-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Audio Maximum length
29 min. 59 s (3 min. in miniature effect mode)
Audio ISO sensitivity
ISO 100 to 6400; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400
Monitor Size
Super Density 3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
1,037,000 dots
Monitor Angle of View
170-degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments
Brightness, 7 levels
Playback Functions
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters
Interface
Hi-speed USB
Accessory Terminal: Remote Cord: MC-DC2 (available separately); GPS unit: GP-1, GP-1A (available separately)
HDMI Output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Stereo Microphone Input
WR-1 and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller (available separately)
Wi-Fi Functionality
Yes, built-in (IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
GPS
GP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
H1202 GPS Unit
Video output
NTSC, PAL
Supported languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Battery
One EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
600 shots per charge (Battery Life) (CIPA)
AC adapter
EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 125 x 98 x 76 mm/4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0 in.
Weight
Approx. 16.9 oz (480g) (camera body only)
Temperature
0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F
Humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
Mfr #
1519
SKU
INKD5300B

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4.5

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

New D5300

I just bought this camera for my wife and we're very happy with it. I own a Nikon D800 and have been a professional photographer for many years. We wanted to get something for my wife that would yield great image quality, but would be light in weight and easy to use. The Nikon D5300 fits the bill. We got the camera with the 18-140mm lens. The camera is perfect for the serious beginner. It can be used in AUTO mode and, when you're ready, can be used in the more professional P, S, A, and M mode

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I just bought this camera for my wife and we're very happy with it. I own a Nikon D800 and have been a professional photographer for many years. We wanted to get something for my wife that would yield great image quality, but would be light in weight and easy to use. The Nikon D5300 fits the bill. We got the camera with the 18-140mm lens. The camera is perfect for the serious beginner. It can be used in AUTO mode and, when you're ready, can be used in the more professional P, S, A, and M modes. It's the only Nikon DSLR (if you don't count the older 5100 and 5200 models) with a swivel screen, which comes in handy for shooting above crowds and for shooting low level with the camera down on the floor. The 24 megapixel image quality is excellent. The body is made of some new type of polycarbonate material that is light, but strong. I'm sure Nikon, and other camera makers, will start using this material in the future instead of the more common plastic. The viewfinder is large and great for viewing images in the camera or for Live View shooting. The high ISO image quality is excellent. I would have no concerns shooting at ISO 1600 or lower. At ISO 3200 the noise isn't bad, but for me it starts to become visible ---- most people would be fine with ISO 3200. At ISO 6400 the pictures aren't bad, but I'd avoid 6400 unless you really can't get the picture any other way. Anything from ISO 100 to 1200 is amazing. Of course the image quality you can get with digital cameras these days is much better than what you were able to get with 35mm film cameras many years ago ---- I've used both film and digital cameras. Although I have large hands, I can still handle the D5300 without any problems. I considered getting the D3200, but that camera seems a bit too basic and, in my opinion, would not let the photographer/owner transition to more serious photography. Again, the D5300 seems to have the best of both worlds; it can grow with the photographer and be usable from beginner to a more advanced user. The camera has the newest processor which, among other things, helps maintain image quality at higher ISO settings. It has built-in WiFi and built-in GPS. There are lots of little extras at a very reasonable price. The D5300 is a lot of camera and has great capabilities. There isn't anything I don't like about the camera. It's well priced and capable of professional results if you know what you're doing and you take the time to learn the art of photography.

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Arrived Broken

I received this camera today. It takes pictures but the menu button seems broken and doesn't respond when pressed so I am unable to change any settings. I expected better from such a well regarded brand.

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5.0

This Camera is my Baby

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from Pittsburgh, PA, USA

For many years, I have used the model previous to this one, and I never left without it. I couldn't image ever having a better camera. Then I received this camera as a graduation gift, and it has made me so happy and so thrilled ever since. This camera is so light weight, so comfortable and natural to hold, and so beautiful to admire. I have mine in the glossy red, and oh it is so beautiful! It doesn't scratch at all (I mean, I am VERY gentle with my camera though), and it catches the light just so passers by can see it long enough to come over to you and admire your camera. The battery life is fabulous, I can make an entire day's trip at my city zoo, and the battery will make it through the entire trip and then some, all while the camera capturing wonderful photos the whole time. The image quality is so phenomenal, sometimes I swear the camera catches photos in a higher quality than what I see with my eyes. The camera lays so naturally when i have the strap across my body, and barely bounces against my side. This camera has revived my love of photography, and totally made me a satisfied customer.

 
4.0

Great Camera

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from central florida

Camera used for work purposes. Excellent photos and crystal clear video.

 
5.0

Like a mini full frame

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from Dallas Texas

I bought this as I couldn't afford a full frame. Biggest thing that caught my attention is it has no low pass filter like medium format cameras, and the D810 and 800E. Decided to try it out, and honestly the photos look like full frame pictures. There are disadvantages of course since it's not a full frame, but it's a cheaper alternative. I use it both for photo and video and I swear I can just use this camera all day and all night with no issues at all. It may not have a professional body, but lets be real here.. Unless you're a high end professional, you're most likely not going to have your almost $1000 camera out in the rain, snow, or a sand storm so you're not missing anything. This camera is a great starter DSLR till you can afford a full frame if you want full frame look minus the price. Of course the lenses you buy for it play a HUGE role too, but this is just an all around great camera to own.

 
4.0

My first DSLR...

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from Lombard, IL, USA

I am an artist and IT guy and love technical and creative stuff. I purchased this camera as my first foray into the DSLR world. I am using the camera for creating a web documentary of things I am interested in. Not knowing much about photography, I purchased some books and DVD's on learning all there is to know about my camera. I will say that while this camera is well thought out the extra technical "bells and whistles" are good but not great. I'm not sure what everyone expects from the wireless connectivity but being an IT guy, this is a camera - not a wireless switch. And as for the GPS capability, I think it works fairly well. Again, Its a camera not a GPS. It will not pick up satellites indoors. It was not designed as a guidance system for a rocket. However, It does take lovely pictures if you have an ounce of creativity. After all, that is why I bought it. It works well with Lightroom or Photoshop if you care to pull the SD card, pop it into your laptop, and copy the pictures locally. If you are too cranky to use the cable, you can always get something to eat or take a nap. Yea, it sucks the battery if you use the GPS a lot, you should buy an extra battery. I obsessed between this and a full frame camera with way less features. Somehow, taking two steps backward to include more picture seemed like a better solution. Is 10 degrees of extra field worth the extra thousand? I thought not. I did buy 2 lenses with this camera and find myself using the 18-55 vs. the 55-300 much more. Some things I don't like - but it's not the cameras fault, its mine for not understanding what I was purchasing. While interesting from an artistic point of view, I don't like the perspective distortion I get from the wide angle side of the 18-55mm lens. I also didn't understand that the lens limits the f-stop #aperture#, not the camera. The processor in the camera is pretty good and the vibration reduction #VR# in conjunction with the lenses is awesome. The live-view which is pretty nice and fairly useful - is kind of slow. That is annoying. I'd trade that for all the video stuff in a heartbeat. Nikon, please come out with a firmware update to help with the live-view if its at all possible. I did connect my iPhone and iPad to it with the apps while I was out. I love being able to look at my hi-rez photos on an iPad in the car after I shoot. I did download them home to my Western Digital "MyCloud" before I even headed back home. I am looking forward to getting a macro lens and a standard 35mm lens with the 1.4f aperture. I'm sure ill find some uses for the telephoto but for around town, I really dig the 18-35mm lens.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Arrived Broken

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from Undisclosed

I received this camera today. It takes pictures but the menu button seems broken and doesn't respond when pressed so I am unable to change any settings. I expected better from such a well regarded brand.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Camera

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from Sherman, TX, USA

This is my first DSLR camera, but I can honestly say that this camera will not dissapoint you. As a 17 year old, I blow through electronics at an amazing pace, but this camera has held up and still looks and functions like new. I've used it during Janurary fishing in Aspen when the temperature was -5 and it still functioned just as fast. The quality is amazing, the processor is fast, and the battery won't dissappoint you either. I would reccommend this camera to anyone!

 
4.0

Great Camera

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from Evansville, Indiana  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this camera as an upgrade to my D5100. After almost a year of use still finding things I like about it. I now use this as a second (back up) camera in the studio and my primary camera in the field. I bought a D7100 for my studio camera. The only two thing I don't like about this camera is 1. No sub-command wheel and 2. No built in AF motor. However because of not having the built in AF motor I have manual lenses such as "LensBaby" that I will use only with my D5100 and D5300 camera bodies. I have read the technical specs on the new D5500 and have decided to give it a pass because they took out the built in GPS function and touch screen really doesn't interest me that much.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for those just starting out in photography!

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from Chattanooga, TN, USA

The Nikon D5300 is my first (and so far only) camera I own and for a DX "entry level" DSLR, it packs a punch! After I bought it I had NO idea how to use it (like I said it's my first camera) but, thanks to Nikon Digitutor and the friendly Nikon staff members, I was able to figure out. That being said, it is extremely easy to navigate the menus and settings if you compare it to the other brands. PROS: 24 MP Some might say megapixels don't matter, that is true to some degree, e:g if you only want a 4x6 photo, 12-16 MPs is perfect. But what if you want to expand the photo or crop out some of the image? Aha! That's where those extra MPs come in. The more MPs recorded, the more you can expand or crop an image without losing all the detail. VARI-ANGLE SCREEN For some reason, all the "professional" Nikon DSLR cameras don't have vari-angle screens. Why? No clue. It's a no brainer and here's why. When photographing time-lapse photos or long exsposures of the night sky, who wants to get down on their hands and knees to look up at the screen? Answer...Nobody. With the vari-angle screen you can stand where you are at and flip the screen and turn it where you can see it in a comfortable postion. There are other times when I use the vari-angle screen but the aforementioned are more important to bring up. BUILT IN WI-FI & GPS I have never used the built in GPS so, no comment there about how good that is. However the built in WI-FI is a must have. Almost every time I go out to shoot I transfer photos directly to my smartphone with this feature. Super fast, it takes .5 seconds to transfer each photo. With the built in WI-FI you can also take pictures using your phone or computer (free app is required). AUTO & SCENE MODES Auto and all the various scene modes have worked perfectly as they should. MOIRE I have had moire appear in my photos once or twice but, it was in VERY low light conditions so I don't consider that a con. ISO The ISO works very well and I am very impressed with what I see...or should I say what I don't see. No noise in any of my photos ISO 10,000 and lower, however it is slightly noticable in the highest settings. (I don't use the highest ISO settings so, not a problem) CONS: NO AVAILABLE BATTERY GRIP At the time of writing this, Nikon has yet to make a battery grip for the D5300, not a major concern however as it's not that hard to move your hand. All in all, I LOVE this camera and it is definitely worth the money!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camera for the price.

By

from Colorado, USA

Light weight, easy to use. Pictures are sharp to make you happy. However, video is not convenient to get auto focus. Movie will be shaky when you try to start and stop by pressing the record button. Recently my battery door was fallen and lost without any reason, I think it is part design issue. It's believed Nikon will fix for me under warranty after receiving the shipment.

 
5.0

Best Digital SLR to date

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from New Orleans, La.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have been using Nikon products since the mid 60's and this without a doubt is the best picture taking machine for the money, hands down, I does everything but put locks on your bagel. Controls are easy to use with a small amount of practice and the information screen is very easy to read and understand. I purchased this Nikon with the 13-300mm zoom lens. A very good combination.

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Shopper  This is a DX format camera. Will I have any issues using my DC lenses?
Rick S  Is that a Sigma lens? Then yes, it should work. DC is Sigma's name for DX lenses.
Craig F  Is the camera body covered by a Nikon USA Warranty? Craig
BETH S  Yes, there is a one year warranty on the body. Adorama is an authorized dealer so if you buy the lens through them then the lens has a 5 year extended warranty. (but not the body)
Craig F  Is the camera body covered by a Nikon USA Warranty? Craig
BETH S  Yes, there is a one year warranty on the body. Adorama is an authorized dealer so if you buy the lens through them then the lens has a 5 year extended warranty. (but not the body)
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