Very nice indeed. Excellent job in post, too.
Looks like Brooks Falls in Katmai where I was. What a place!!!
crsantin: I used to be a DX shooter for many years but left this year for mirrorless and won't be going back. I got really tired of Nikon offering up the same camera time after time, no new DX lenses, especially primes, and the recent push they've been giving customers to move to full frame. I grew tired of it and it is time to move on. So many interesting and truly excellent cameras to explore.
None of which will hold a candle to picture quality of a D610 :^)
Outstanding picture quality, what 36MP is all about.
Tord S Eriksson: I seem to recall that the shutter in the A7 shook the camera quite a bit, and the one in the A7R was worse?! In my book that would be a huge con, no matter which camera we're speaking about.
Not a mention in the Con list — has the shutter noise/shake been eliminated, or what?!
I don't get "camera motion blur" with my D800e. Handheld is pixel sharp.
Eric Glam: I've had the D5300 with Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens for a few months now.I agree with every word in this review.
The still & video quality is very good.But the camera is so frustrating to use and handle, that it takes away the fun and joy of shooting photos. The lack of touch capability, the lack of real aperture control in LiveView, the sluggishness of the LCD when zooming to check focus, the complicated menu, the missing dial - all of these make the camera very hard to use.
One other thing that this review neglected to mention is the fact that the D5300 is almost useless with fast glass, when using the viewfinder. In this review they mainly used the kit lenses which go to f/3.5 max. My lens opens up to f/1.8, and let me tell you - the focus point is never where I intended it to be when I use the viewfinder, even stopped down to f/4.0.
Eric, you need to use AF On to get the best out of just about any Nikon DSLR: The thumb controls when you focus. It takes a little practice. You cannot expect to shoot wafer-thin depth of field with any camera without a lot of practice any more than I could play "Steppin' Out" like Eric Clapton the first week I picked up a Les Paul.http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2010/11/05/nikon-af-on-technique/The folks in the FX forum use AF On/ AFC to the tune of about 90% because it flat out works better for sports, BIFS, portraits, you name it.Switch mode when you need the assist.
You're just the latest victim of the 351.8. AF On, AFC 9points, menu a3 to off, that's the way to shoot a Nikon.
completelyrandomstuff: The lack of in body AF motor is a real deal breaker for me.
Almost all the old D lenses don't cut the mustard on these new high res cameras, especially wide open.
km25: 24MPs is a little high for APS-C, I would rather give up a few MPs for better low light use. The 24MP is fine for the mass market, but I think most serious photographer would rather a better balance, leaving 24MP for FF. I fell as if 16-20MP is best for APS-C in all the noise tests I have seen.
I guess you missed DXO.low light (sports) score:D7000 16 MP 1167D5300 24 MP 1338This is correct. With good noise reduction especially, any of the 24MP APSC cameras will show as clean with better detail than any of the Sony-sensored 16MP items.
Maybe so, but I'm sure Nikon has done the math and figured out what percentage of users would ever use an old lens on this item and factored accordingly. There's always every other Nikon above the D5300 for you.
hoxton fives: Dear Dpreview Team!You rated the canon 70D at the same image quality as the nikon d5300... surely that can't be right? generally I feel that you don't focus enough on image quality as that is surely the most important category?
@ RYes, I'm referring to the DPR review of the 70D.Now, DXO gives the D5300 much more than a fraction, more like 18%, 83 to 68 overall sensor score, which the DPR bar graphs do not reflect. I think this D5300 is a really nice achievement. Best image quality under the magic spousally acceptable $1000 price point with the possible exception of the new a6000, all with a nice set of features. Power to the people. Here's an interesting real world DPR shootout article proposal for you: Try all the competitive APSC cameras on tripods at sunrise or set with a 35mm prime at f5.6 with a row of trees somewhere in the middle distance using several different exposures. Then we'll see who's really good the goods for dynamic range, distant detail, shadow banding, etc. Seattle has more than a few prime locations.
Well, actually, you have given exactly the same image quality scores for both raw and jpg, if we're to go by the bar graphs in the two reviews, not to mention an 93% score with gold Award for the Canon vs 89/Silver for the Nikon. I don't think there's any doubt in anyone's mind the Nikon produces a superior picture. Not that I care, but someone else might who's making a choice.
Reilly Diefenbach: Enough with the touch screen, touch screen, touch screen, oy veh!
Also modestly proposing an indefinite moratorium on Hogan's "iterative."
Okay, maybe he swiped it from you :^)
Horshack: Nikon includes Easter Eggs in the Live View implementation of every body. Either the refresh rate is too low (D700, D5300), or the clarity horrible (D800), or the Low Light performance is abysmal (D800), or you can't take another photo until the previous image has been completely written to the card (every Nikon body), or there is a 2 second initial lag when reaching to 100% magnification (D7100/D5200), or you can't change the aperture (every body below the flagship D4/D800), or there is no electronic first curtain shutter (every Nikon body). Happy Easter!
Hmmm. Quite the tirade. The only thing I use Live View (D800e) for is to check focus, at which it works fine. Never would use LV to walk around focusing with it.
Treading softly where Canon is concerned :^)
Dimit: Now,why on earth someone unsuspected would/should choose this dinosaur over nex7 or a6000 (mention those with the same price exactly)???...but then there always be idiots among us,same all story..
Uh, let's see. Oh yeah, 'cause I'm broke and I want to put a really good kit lens or other moderately priced razor sharp zoom like the 16-85VR on it to be worthy of 24MP instead of the Sony garbage.
John Roy: Are Nikon serious? "High" burst rate is 4.2fps for ... EIGHT frames? Goodbye sport photographers STILL waiting for a D400.
Now that new Sony a6000 with 11fps looks very tempting; no word yet on how big its buffer is though.
Neither camera is aimed at the unbelievably huge sport photographer demographic.
bobbarber: Comment: Looks nice. I shoot m43, but you need a DSLR once in a while. Currently I use the E-410. When it breaks, I'll pick up something like this. Nikon seems to be doing the best job in DSLRs.
Question: Will it autofocus my 50mm f1.8 AF Nikkor, or do I need to step up to the D700/7100 class of camera for that?
Shoot a high resolution picture for a lot less money.
Enough with the touch screen, touch screen, touch screen, oy veh!
yabokkie: if the AF is really good, and better if good with EF lenses, many of us should be able to put m4/3" behind us.
Was that mft I just saw slipping quietly beneath the waves?