Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

The Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera in black is equipped with a 24.2-megapixel DX-format sensor and an EXPEED 4 image processor that allows it to capture high-resolution still images and full HD video in low-light conditions up to ISO 12800 while maintaining a fast continuous shooting rate of 5 frames per second.

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The sensor design does not have the typical optical low-pass filter, which allows for the highest possible clarity and resolution in both still images and video. An autofocus system with nine cross-type sensors and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor for precise exposure metering in a broad range of lighting situations round out the photography capabilities of this camera.

Additional features include the ability to capture 1920 x 1080p video at a variety of frame rates up to 60 frames per second, as well as full-time continuous autofocusing.

The camera body is small and lightweight, however, it is built to last. It includes an optical pentamirror optical viewfinder as well as a huge 3.2″ 1,037k-dot vari-angle LCD panel with a 180-degree swivel design to better accommodate working from high and low angles.

Both Wi-Fi and GPS modules are also included in the D5300, allowing for sophisticated picture-sharing features as well as location-based image tagging capabilities. It is possible to observe and manage the shutter release from a distance when using an Android or iOS mobile device, and there is a wide network of pre-populated Points of Interest to enhance the overall geotagging capabilities when using a mobile device.

Pictures may be creatively enhanced in-camera using a variety of Picture Control modes, Scene Modes, and Special Effect modes. Additionally, a variety of in-camera picture editing options are available for fine-tuning settings before they are shared on social media.

The camera’s built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting modes may also be utilized to maximize exposure results by maintaining highlight and shadow details for a wider range of perceived tones than is otherwise possible.

The D5300 camera body comes with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, which is a standard zoom with a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-82.5mm. The lens is included with the D5300 camera body.

Using a powerful VR image stabilization mechanism, this lens can reduce the impression of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps, which is particularly useful when working in low-light circumstances.

Flare and ghosting are reduced by a Super Integrated Coating, which helps to improve picture clarity, contrast, and color neutrality. A rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasant out-of-focus look in shallow depth of field photos.

Sensor with a resolution of 24.2MP DX-Format and an EXPEED 4 processor

The combined efforts of the 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 4 processor result in overall high image quality that includes noticeable detail, dynamic range, color accuracy, and low-light sensitivity up to a native ISO 12800, which can be further increased to ISO 25600 with an optional extension.

In addition, the sensor’s architecture does not have an optical low-pass filter, which allows it to capture the maximum degree of clarity and detail from subjects possible. As a result, the EXPEED 4 CPU provides a significant boost in overall performance across the camera system, including the capability for full HD 1080p movie recording and a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5 frames per second.

Sensor Autofocus Multi-CAM 4800DX (Multi-CAM 4800DX)

The camera’s effective autofocus mechanism, which utilizes 39 different AF points, including nine cross-type sensors, to swiftly acquire focus in a variety of lighting settings ranging from -1 to +19 EV, contributes to the great image quality.

When tracking moving subjects, the camera’s 3D tracking mode makes use of the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, which is normally reserved for exposure metering. This allows the camera to keep a crisp focus on moving targets.

When working in AF-A or AF-C focus modes, Dynamic-area AF mode lets you pick among nine, twenty-one, or thirty-nine point arrays for greater subject tracking and identification, even if the subject quickly departs the frame.

This mode is especially useful when dealing with moving subjects. Single-point AF, 3D tracking, and Auto-area AF are all options, as are a variety of other modes.

When working in live view, whether for still or video photography, a contrast-based AF system is used to acquire focus precisely.

This system can also operate in continuous, full-time servo mode, which is more suitable for dealing with subjects that are in motion. Additionally, when working in live view, four AF-area options are available:

face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, and subject-tracking AF. Face-priority AF is the default setting.

Connectivity through Wi-Fi and GPS

Providing a plethora of sharing and tagging options, the D5300 is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS components, which allow for smooth image transmission as well as geotagging capability.

You may use an Android or iOS mobile device to examine the contents of a memory card, choose photographs, and smoothly transfer data between devices so that they can be shared instantly online after the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility software has been loaded.

Additional features include remote shutter activation and presentation of a live view image from the camera, allowing for remote working from a mobile device or other remote location.

The embedded GPS feature may be used to add locational data to all picture files for geotagging applications, as well as to plot photos on an interactive map, using the GPS data acquired by the camera. This information may also be used to locate Points of Interest, which can then be used to help in the efficient tagging of locations.

Design of the Body

Even though it has a relatively small footprint, the D5300 has a huge 3.2-inch 1,037k-dot vari-angle LCD display with a 180-degree swivel design that allows it to be used from a variety of viewing angles, including high, low, and front-facing views. For more precise eye-level viewing and real-time monitoring of subjects, an optional brilliant pentamirror optical viewfinder is also included in the design.

A built-in pop-up flash is also available for additional lighting while working in low-light circumstances, and it is compatible with Nikon’s i-TTL flash metering technology, which allows for more accurate exposure control. In addition, a hot shoe may be utilized for connection, with an optional external flash for even more control over illumination.

The use of a scene recognition system and exposure metering is recommended.

In order to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting for the scene at hand, the intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II makes use of a 2016-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting for the scene at hand. During the data collection process, the information obtained is compared against onboard reference photographs to guarantee consistency from image to image in terms of exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking autofocus performance.

Full-HD video recording is available.

Several frame rates for full HD 1920 x 1080p recording are supported, including 60, 30, 25, and 24 frames per second. HD 720p and SD 480p recording are also supported in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec at a variety of frame rates. In addition to face identification and subject tracking, full-time focusing is available throughout the recording, allowing for consistent sharpness across a wide range of subject types.

It is possible to record high-quality sound using the integrated stereo microphone, or an external microphone may be connected to the microphone input, which is integrated into the body design and allows for more control over audio recordings.

18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens (AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II)

The basic zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-82.5mm and is included with the camera body, giving a focal length range of 27-82.5mm. With a retractable lens barrel design that extends 2.6″ from the camera, this lens is intended to be as small and lightweight as possible. VR (Vibration Reduction) technology is built into the lens’ design to make use of the D5300’s low-light photographic capabilities, providing up to 4 stops of correction against camera shaking for cleaner, sharper images overall. Additional coatings, such as Super Integrated Coating (SIC), have been added to the lens elements in order to preserve real color accuracy and contrast while minimizing flare and ghosting.

Additional Camera Functions

  • Picture Control modes, which can be accessed straight from the camera through a dedicated button, allow you to apply predetermined aesthetics to photos in-camera.
  • These include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, and user-customizable settings, among others.
    RAW (NEF) files can be recorded as lossless compressed or compressed at either 12 or 14-bit depth, depending on the camera.
  • The built-in HDR function works to increase the tonal and exposure range of a single image by recording two distinct exposures and blending them together in order to obtain richer highlight and shadow details as well as a wider range of mid-tones in a single image.
  • The use of Active D-Lighting while working in high contrast environments, such as backlight lighting, allows for the preservation of both highlight and shadow features. Because of the processing capacity of the EXPEED 4 CPU, a more regulated image will be created, with brightness levels that are closer to what is perceived naturally. This mode is best suited for working with subjects that are in motion.
  • Using Scene Auto Selector, your camera will automatically determine what you are photographing and how you are photographing it. It will then choose the most appropriate Scene Mode for the situation and modify the exposure settings to best depict the scene.
  • The following scene modes are available: Autumn Colors, Beach / Snow, Blossom, Candlelight, Child, Close-up, Dusk / Dawn, Food, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Party / Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset, and Winter Wonderland.
  • Night vision, color sketch, toy camera, miniature effect, selective color, silhouette, high key, low key, and HDR painting are some of the special effects modes available.
  • Colour balance, color outline, color sketch, D-lighting, distortion control, edit movie, filter effects (fisheye), image overlay (miniature effect), monochrome (NEF (RAW) processing), perspective control, quick retouch (red-eye correction), selective color, side-by-side comparison (straighten and trim), and trim are some of the image editings features available in-camera.
  • Languages supported include Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Languages not supported include Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek

Nikon D5300 Specs

MSRP$799.95 / £729.99 (body only), $1399.99 (w/ 18-140mm F3.5-5.6 lens) / £829.99 (w/ 18-55mm F3.5-5.6)
Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 4
ISOAuto, 100 – 12800 (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes (With contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking)
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.82× (0.55× 35mm Equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear-curtain
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3 or WR-R10)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL14a or EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)600
Weight (inc. batteries)480 g (1.06 lb / 16.93 oz)
Dimensions125 x 98 x 76 mm (4.92 x 3.86 x 2.99″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

Nikon D5300 Price

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4 new from $524.82
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