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Nikon D5300 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new 24 megapixel Nikon D5300, with no AA filter and full HD video recording.

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Nikon D5300 Hands-On Preview: Nikon D5300 DSLR (35) (Custom)

The new Nikon D5300 Digital SLR is an update to the Nikon D5200, with a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with no OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) / AA (Anti-aliasing) filter designed to give the sharpest image quality possible. It features full HD video recording with stereo sound, a new 3.2 inch tilting LCD screen, and a new, more compact body, when compared to the predecessor, the Nikon D5200. Built in Wi-Fi enables quick sharing to social media websites (via the Nikon app), and the built in GPS/A-GPS enables GPS log data to be inserted into the JPEG's EXIF information.

Nikon D5300 Key Features:

  • 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • No OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter)
  • Optical viewfinder,with increased magnification (approx. 0.82x)
  • 3.2 inch tilting vari-angle screen, 1037k dots 
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • GPS / A-GPS built in
  • ISO100 - ISO12800, extends to 25600
  • EXPEED 4 image procesor
  • 39-point AF, 9-cross type AF
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System
  • Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p
  • HDMI output supported
  • Built-in stereo microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone
  • HDR and Active D-Lighting
  • Special effects for still images and movies
  • 16 Scene Modes
  • Small, lightweight body: Approx. 125×98.0×76.0 mm.
  • Weighs just 480g (without battery and memory card)
  • Stable grip for secure handling
  • Improved graphical user interface for clearer menus

Nikon D5300 Handling

Nikon D5300 Hands-On Preview: Nikon D5300 DSLR (27) (Custom)

The Nikon D5300 has an impressively clear and bright 3.2inch screen with very good viewing angles, and despite the reduction in body size, Nikon has still managed to include a larger screen than the previous model. The screen can be tilted for viewing from in front of the camera, or for shooting at awkward angles, and live view will help here.

With a smaller body than the D5200, Nikon say that the camera has an improved grip, however we found the space between the grip and the lens quite tight (even when using the standard 18-55mm VR kit lens), meaning that anyone with quite large hands may find it a little small. 

Nikon D5300 Hands-On Preview: Nikon D5300 DSLR (32) (Custom)

The body is said to be made from a monocoque design, which enables the camera to be smaller, and while Nikon wouldn't disclose what the body was made from, it felt solid and well built, with a number of premium touches such as a stylish finish on the mode dial. The top of the camera also features a stereo microphone, and video recording has been improved.

Nikon D5300 Hands-On Preview: Nikon D5300 DSLR (10) (Custom)

Wi-Fi and GPS is built in so you can embed GPS data into the EXIF information, as well as share to social media websites, using the new and updated Nikon mobile app, available for Android and iOS devices. The app also allows remote operation of the camera. The camera uses a 39-point AF system, with 9 cross-type sensors, giving the D5300 class leading AF features. In our testing we found the camera responsive in use, and look forward to full testing the camera when production versions become available.

Nikon D5300 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Nikon D5300 Specifications

Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution1037k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL14a Lithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)600shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP16 audio/video cable, DK-5 eyepiece cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, User's Manual

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5 Dec 2014 3:25PM
Decent camera .. makes good photos in relation to the sensor sony. The defects are the most annoying:

1) Slowest in LiveView. After shooting the mirror goes down and then up unnecessarily.
2) Noisy as all SLR, very annoying to the theater or concert.
3) It happens that blocks the command to move the selection area of focus. To unlock you have to squeeze the shutter button to focus.

I contacted for this assistance nikon. The response was ridiculous. This will be my last SLR and probably my last Nikon.

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