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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.
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Can't stop smiling about D5300
I haven't stopped smiling since I opened the box and started to read about the Nikon D5300. It is pure fun to use, many times easier than the D700 and D800 cameras. I shot 130 pictures at a local conservatory flower show this morning. The camera produced the truest colors I've ever shot without constantly fussing with white balance. It's a true jewel to use. So far haven't come up with a single detractor!
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I am completely satisfied with this purchase. I have added a few extras including a 18-140 zoom lense, 55-300 zoom lense, a SB-700 speed light, etc. I find the WiFi and GPS very useful. I shoot a lot of genealogy projects such as gravestones, etc. Until now my SLR experience was with a film camera several years back. With more free time these days I decided to return to amature photography and learn to use digital cameras. I am impressed. Even as a novice, I take my equipment seriously. If it doesn't perform, I will return it. Not this kit, it's definitely a keeper.
My husband and I got professional pictures taken for our new daughter and decided that we needed a serious upgrade to our point and shoot camera. We did some research and chose the D5300 and after a half day of picture taking and learning we are totally convinced this is the camera for us. We are taking pictures to rival our professional pictures and now we know we can get this quality all the time. It's like getting glasses for the first time when you've needed them forever!
I purchased the D5300 for it's features and Nikon's reputation for quality. After having the camera for only 10 weeks, and using it lightly, I discovered that approximately 25 of 340 photos I took one weekend were truncated or corrupted. Also, despite selecting the option to continue numbering photos across new memory cards, or when a card was reformatted, the camera started numbering over at 0001. This is the first Nikon I have purchased over a course of more than 40 years of taking photos with everything from a Kodak Brownie when I was a sprout, to Minolta, Pentax and several Canons. I am very disappointed in the quality and support.
I've had, and been using, the D5300 for 3 days. So far, it is a delight, easy to use (just cop out and let the auto functions do the work) or try to get more involved in the photographic process by switching to manual, or the alternatives in between such as aperture or exposure priorities or in-camera editing functions. The pictures so far, mostly auto at this point, are crisp, bright, properly exposed and correctly focused. I also looked at the D3300 and the D7100. Any of these 3 cameras would, I expect, produce excellent pictures, all with the ability to dig into the details of individual photos. I wanted just a little more than the D3300 offered and couldn't afford the D7100. All things being equal, I would have been happy with any of the 3 because Nikon products represent the best of the best, especially their lenses. The only reason I gave this review a 4 rather than a 5 is that I've been unable to get the imbedded WiFi function to work. The iPhone apps is downloaded, installed and WiFi enabled. I've gone through the in-camera steps to enable and link to WiFi. However, the two devices just won't connect. I'll be calling customer support to determine if I'm doing something wrong or if there is an equipment glitch. The camera itself is smallish but not too small, fits well in my male hand but could be easily held by a smaller hand, and feels secure. It doesn't feel like you're about to drop it, which is one of my issues with the small point-and-shoots. Most of the control buttons are well placed but i do keep inadvertently hitting the "OK" button with my right (major) thumb. So far, nothing bad has happened but that button and its control ring seem to be placed right where my thumb wants to be. The image through the eyepiece is crisp and clear even in low light, and can be focused with a wheel next to the viewfinder. The shutter control is perfectly placed and functions smoothly with just the right amount of finger pressure. If it was a pistol, the trigger pull would be perfect. As an old 35mm SLR amateur photographer, I'm really impressed with this, my first, DSLR. It will do things only dreamed of - and not even dreamed of because they were not thought possible - in the old days. It does things in-camera that were not even possible in a dark room. I've been using an "almost" DSLR for a few years. The D5300 is the real deal, far superior to any, even the most advanced, point-and-shoot camera I've seen. If you enjoy real photography but want the convenience of a point-and-shoot when the kids are out playing, buy one of these cameras.
First, I am an amateur photographer who loves to travel and photograph my travel experiences. Photos are frequently enlarged to display in our home, given to family and friends as gifts, and a few have been sold. With that said, this is what attracted me to the D5300: Minimal weight, less than my D5100 Improved image quality - more pixels WiFi capabilities Release mode button on left side of camera body Larger LCD screen CONS: Not sure I like the new look, have the gray, it feels a little "slick" at first