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Nikon D5300 review

New 24MP sensor and EXPEED 4 processing engine give better images

Our Verdict

A 24-million-pixel SLR with a 3.2-inch articulating screen, 39-point AF system and Wi-Fi connectivity is a good option for someone looking to take their photography more seriously. The control layout is simple, too, so you get to grips with the camera quickly.

For

  • New sensor
  • No anti-aliasing filter
  • High-res vari-angle screen
  • Wi-Fi built-in, EXPEED 4 processor

Against

  • Mainly on-screen control
  • No touch-screen
  • Special Effects JPEG only

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As this ISO 200 image shows, the D5300 is capable of capturing a high level of detail. Colours are also vibrant, yet natural. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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Despite the large expanse of sky in this shot, the Matrix Metering got the exposure right by itself. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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Noise is controlled well in this ISO 3200 image and, despite a little softening, there is still plenty of detail visible. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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The vari-angle screen is really useful for table-top still life images like this and the magnified view allows careful manual focusing. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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This shot was taken at ISO 25,600, but there's still lots of fine detail visible on these chestnuts, and noise is very well controlled even in the darker areas. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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Using the automatic white balance setting has produced a good result in this early evening light, although the daylight setting (below) has given a very slightly warmer image. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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Using the Daylight white balance setting has produced a warmer image than the automatic setting. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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Using the dynamic range-boosting Active D-Lighting system in its 'Normal' setting has lifted the shadows here, but the foreground is a bit too bright. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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Active D-Lighting system has been turned off for this shot. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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The results from using the HDR Painting effect. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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Toy Camera effect. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution24.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Image StabilizationNo
ColourBlack
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, H.264, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)480 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution24.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL14a / EN-EL14
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Height98 mm
Width125 mm
Depth76 mm
Autofocus Points51
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD5300
Product NameD5300 Digital SLR Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA370AE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Let your creativity soar with the intuitive D5300.

With built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, this impressive 24.2-megapixel DX-format camera lets you capture and share the magic of your world in incredible detail.

The Wi-Fi function connects the camera directly to a smart device, so you can share photos right after you've taken them. The GPS function adds location information to photos, making it easy to add your pictures to maps of the world and share your travel photography with others.

Thanks to the large vari-angle monitor, it's simple to shoot photos and movies from exciting new perspectives; and powerful low-light performance (extendable up to ISO 25,600) ensures clear shots in dark situations.

Battery Life600 Shot
Package Contents
  • D5300 Digital SLR Camera
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • EN-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
  • Software CD
  • Reference CD (Contains the Reference Manual)
Display Resolution1037 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone