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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.
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.
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.
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.