D5300by Nikon

  • D5300
  • D5300
  • D5300
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
82%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Image quality is top-notch, showing fine detail--and the flash works great.
  • The camera offers integrated Wi-Fi and GPS.
  • The 3.2-inch tilt-swivel screen feels large.

CONS

  • The D5300 lacks touch-screen functionality.
  • The menu button is oddly positioned by itself, which you need to clumsily reach with your left hand. All other controls can be accessed using the right hand.
  • You may encounter extreme lag when magnifying Live View.
If you are looking for a general purpose--or even an enthusiast-level--DSLR, the Nikon D5300 is a strong contender. This 24.2-megapixel camera will impress you with its excellent image quality, great array of features, and speedy performance. The D5300 sports built-in Wi-Fi and GPS for sharing and tagging, a 39-point autofocus system, and 5-frames-per-second continuous shooting. The unit also offers full HD 1080p video recording with an integrated stereo microphone. The 3.2-inch LCD swivels 180 degrees. The D5300 is available in black, red, or gray.
NameD5300D5500K-S2EOS Rebel T6s/760DEOS Rebel T6i
ManufacturerNikonNikonPentaxCanonCanon
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List Price$800$900$700$850$750
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The D5300’s Auto White Balance rarely misses a beat and can be relied on to render faithful colour temperature in a variety of different sce…

The D5300’s Auto White Balance rarely misses a beat and can be relied on to render faithful colour temperature in a variety of different scenes, both indoors and out. To add to this, colours straight out of the camera are rich, punchy and vibrant, leaving you with little or no work to do with the Saturation slider in post-processing.

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[T]here is a Quiet Shutter Release mode, in which the mirror is raised fairly slowly to further reduce the sound it makes. This does, howeve…

[T]here is a Quiet Shutter Release mode, in which the mirror is raised fairly slowly to further reduce the sound it makes. This does, however, introduce some shutter lag, which usually isn't worth the few decibels of difference versus what is already an impressively quiet shutter.

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With in-camera distortion correction switched on, the camera does a very good job to correct for distortion, vignetting, and chromatic aberr…

With in-camera distortion correction switched on, the camera does a very good job to correct for distortion, vignetting, and chromatic aberration, and the lens is quite resistant to flare even though no lens hood is provided.

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The D5300's LCD is very good -- it's large, bright, displays live and captured images in crisp detail at the same aspect ratio as the sensor…

The D5300's LCD is very good -- it's large, bright, displays live and captured images in crisp detail at the same aspect ratio as the sensor, swings to the side and rotates upward and downward for low- and high-angle viewing, and can be turned outward...or turned inward.

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Nikon D5300 weighs 480g and has external dimensions of 125 x 98 x 76mm. Considering that the average weight of DSLR type cameras is 774g, Ni…

Nikon D5300 weighs 480g and has external dimensions of 125 x 98 x 76mm. Considering that the average weight of DSLR type cameras is 774g, Nikon D5300 is a remarkably light camera for its class. With a thickness of 76mm, it has an average thickness for its class.

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The D5300 is the only model in the current line-up to offer a flip-out screen and the new 3:2 proportions are much better suited to displayi…

The D5300 is the only model in the current line-up to offer a flip-out screen and the new 3:2 proportions are much better suited to displaying the D5300's 3:2 stills images.

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As for ergonomics, we find the D5300’s body a bit plasticky, but the grip has a nice rubberized texture. Buttons for the most part are acces…

As for ergonomics, we find the D5300’s body a bit plasticky, but the grip has a nice rubberized texture. Buttons for the most part are accessible, and the GUI is fun to use. Change the shutter speed, for example, and a virtual dial turns on the LCD to give you a large readout of the setting.

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We like the ease with which the focus point can be changed to suit the target in the frame...and the overall speed of the camera was decent …

We like the ease with which the focus point can be changed to suit the target in the frame...and the overall speed of the camera was decent as far as shot-to-shot performance is concerned. It was slow when used in live view mode, though.

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The D5300 delivers excellent photo quality for its price class. Though it doesn't have the broadest tonal range I've seen, it generally prod…

The D5300 delivers excellent photo quality for its price class. Though it doesn't have the broadest tonal range I've seen, it generally produces sharp photos with excellent color reproduction and really good JPEG images in low light.

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Although the Nikon D5300 does feature some eye-catching areas of improvement, it shares a lot its specification with its predecessor...One n…

Although the Nikon D5300 does feature some eye-catching areas of improvement, it shares a lot its specification with its predecessor...One noticeable oversight, and one that could really count against it, is that the screen is still lacking in touchscreen functionality.

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The GPS and Wi-Fi set it apart from others in its class, although I would have liked manual control options when shooting remotely via Wi-Fi…

The GPS and Wi-Fi set it apart from others in its class, although I would have liked manual control options when shooting remotely via Wi-Fi.

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As we would expect with a Nikon SLR that's aimed at aspiring photographers, the D5300 generally produces pleasant images that have lots of d…

As we would expect with a Nikon SLR that's aimed at aspiring photographers, the D5300 generally produces pleasant images that have lots of detail and nice, vibrant colours.

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[O]n the Nikon we preferred to use manual focus when shooting video, as its [autofucus] wasn’t as smooth and as swift in this mode as [the C…

[O]n the Nikon we preferred to use manual focus when shooting video, as its [autofucus] wasn’t as smooth and as swift in this mode as [the Canon EOS] 70D.

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The D5300 is comfortable to hold, with the user's index finger falling naturally onto the shutter button, and the thumb onto the rear contro…

The D5300 is comfortable to hold, with the user's index finger falling naturally onto the shutter button, and the thumb onto the rear control dial...The 1037k-pixel screen is clean and bright, although direct sunlight does overwhelm it.

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With a flick of the D5300's on/off switch ergonomically encircling the shutter release button, we were able to be up and shooting almost as …

With a flick of the D5300's on/off switch ergonomically encircling the shutter release button, we were able to be up and shooting almost as fast as our forefinger could switch from one control to the other.

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An easy-to-use Wi-Fi system and GPS capabilities add some very useful functionality to the camera, bringing it up to date. However, the app…

An easy-to-use Wi-Fi system and GPS capabilities add some very useful functionality to the camera, bringing it up to date. However, the app is very limited and doesn’t allow full manual control when the camera is tethered to a smart device.

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79%

The D5300 is an approachable camera. It provides sufficient tools for someone who already understands the ins and outs of manual exposure co…

The D5300 is an approachable camera. It provides sufficient tools for someone who already understands the ins and outs of manual exposure control, but won't put off a beginner with a lot of extra buttons and controls that would go unused.

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GPS and Wi-Fi are built in. These features are relatively rare among SLRs, and it's the first time they've been built into a Nikon SLR...Aft…

GPS and Wi-Fi are built in. These features are relatively rare among SLRs, and it's the first time they've been built into a Nikon SLR...After disabling [the default Standby Timer] feature, GPS worked much more reliably...Wi-Fi transfers to iOS and Android devices were handled elegantly.

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The D5300 is super lightweight, but often forces advanced users to piddle in menus to make basic settings that could have been done more dir…

The D5300 is super lightweight, but often forces advanced users to piddle in menus to make basic settings that could have been done more directly on a higher model camera. It's great that all the buttons except MENU button are on the right side, making one-handed shooting and playback easy.

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Controls on the D5300 are logically placed and labelled, but advanced shooters might be dismayed to find just a single control dial. Once in…

Controls on the D5300 are logically placed and labelled, but advanced shooters might be dismayed to find just a single control dial. Once in your hand, your index finger will naturally find itself resting on the shutter release, while your thumb rests right on the rear control dial—exactly where these two digits should be.

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Negative Reviews
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Great photos, appreciate Wi-Fi and GPS but missing in areas
This was my first SLR purchase and it has a solid sensor that takes the best pictures of any camera I have owned. I selected this specific model for the inclusion of Wi-Fi and GPS but must admit that I am a bit disappointed with these components. Not only does the Wi-Fi connectivity periodically not work well or at all, but the connected app only allows you to transfer low-resolution images. I might have been better off simply purchasing a Wi-Fi SD card because with that I’m sure you can transfer full images. The GPS feature also appears to be disabled by default. This is probably because it likely takes additional battery. I only discovered this and enabled it a few days ago. All my photos for the prior year of owning the camera apparently do not have location data saved, based on the fact that I only turned on the setting recently. Some modes are easy to discover and use while others require a careful understanding of the camera or reading the manual. The articulating display is handy and auto focus is fast and efficient. It may be worth considering the Nikon D5500, however, which doesn’t offer GPS but it improves some features including shutter lag, camera weight, battery efficiency, etc.

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