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Nikon D5300 adds pixels, Wi-Fi, and GPS while leaving AA filter behind

By dpreview staff on Oct 17, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
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Nikon has announced its new D5300 midrange DSLR which, as you might have gathered, is the follow-up to the D5200. New features include the omission of an AA filter from its 24MP CMOS sensor, a larger 3.2in articulated LCD and also a slightly larger optical viewfinder, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Nikon claims that the D5300's Expeed 4 processor improves performance (allowing for 5 fps burst shooting) and photo quality, while reducing power consumption. You'll be able to pick up the D5300 this month, in your choice of black, red, or gray for $1399.99 / £828.98 with the new 18-140 F3.5-5.6G lens. 

For more information, check out our first impressions review of the Nikon D5300.

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Press Release:


Compact yet Capable, Nikon’s Newest D-SLR Provides Photographers with an Easy Entry into D-SLR Performance with Amazing Image Quality and Built-In Connectivity

MELVILLE, NY (October 17, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest addition to its legendary digital SLR lineup, the Nikon D5300. Offering the benefits of SLR performance with the versatility of wireless connectivity, the D5300 allows users to easily capture and share amazing images and videos. Though compact and lightweight, the Nikon D5300 packs an enhanced 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processing and the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi1. Users now have the power to take both frame-worthy and share-worthy photos and HD videos with one device no matter where they are.

“With the Nikon D5300, we are continuing our commitment to delivering unparalleled performance and image quality while addressing the importance of staying connected and sharing images with ease,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “By answering the need to share high quality photos, the Nikon D5300 allows photographers to capture their memories in astounding clarity and share them with family and friends moments after they happen.”

Advanced Performance for When it Matters Most

Making memorable moments even better, the Nikon D5300 offers stunning image quality with sharp, crisp detail to preserve life’s precious memories. The enhanced 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning images and HD videos with heightened clarity and detail due to the removal of the optical low pass filter (OLPF). From planned family portraits to candid moments, the D5300 has the performance, along with easy and intuitive features, to help users capture photos confidently, including:

  • Amazing Low Light Performance – For clean, sharp details even in the most challenging lighting conditions including night games and dimly lit restaurants, the Nikon D5300 covers a wide ISO range of 100-12,800 and is expandable to ISO 25,600.
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processing – Nikon’s most recent image processing engine drives the rapid response and swift performance of the D5300, while maximizing energy efficiency, reducing image noise and delivering true-to-life colors.
  • Scene Recognition System – To further help users capture the image they intend, the Nikon D5300 features Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to analyze and recognize the scene. Utilizing these systems results in adjustments to exposure, AF and white balance to deliver the best photo possible, whether it’s a landscape or portrait.
  • 39-Point AF System – Nikon’s quick and precise 39-point AF system works with the Scene Recognition System to accurately acquire and track subjects throughout the frame, resulting in tack-sharp images. Kids too active to pose for a photo or pets chasing after a toy are easily captured in brilliant sharpness for memorable photos.
  • 5 Frames-Per-Second – While using the optical viewfinder or in Live View, capture great moments that would have otherwise been missed with the D5300’s 5 frames-per-second (fps) rate.

Share Like Never Before

The D5300 is Nikon’s first D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing the user to share high quality photos instantly. The Nikon D5300 sends images to the user’s smart device, allowing them to share their D-SLR quality photos through e-mail and social media. From a winning touchdown to a surprise proposal, friends and family can now see these important moments clearly captured right after they happen. The Nikon D5300 also includes built-in GPS, another first for Nikon D-SLRs. Now the user can geotag images and allow others to see where life has taken them.

Features for Creativity and Versatility

Compact and lightweight (16.9 oz.), the Nikon D5300 can easily be packed for a day trip or a planned getaway. The small body of the D5300 affords the photographer the freedom to travel while still being easy to handle and comfortable to use. In addition to being able to capture amazing images anywhere, the D5300 is also packed with additional features to promote creativity and versatility, including:

  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor – Whether shooting above a crowd or getting low to capture the details of a flower, users can explore new shots from a dramatic point of view with the large 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor. This super sharp (1,037K-dot) screen allows photographers to easily make camera adjustments and read menus, while also allowing them to compose the photo they want clearly when shooting from high or low angles. The rotating LCD makes it easy to capture “selfies” at an arm’s length away or frame creative perspectives when capturing still photos and HD video.
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture – Create movies fit for the big screen with Full HD 1080p video capture at 60p with built-in stereo, wide ISO range for high quality videos in any light and improved full-time AF to keep the subject in focus.
  • NIKKOR Compatibility – The Nikon D5300 is compatible with Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories, further adding versatility and creativity.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D5300 kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,399.95*. To complement consumers’ preferences, the Nikon D5300 will be available in Black, Red and Gray. For more information on the new Nikon D5300 and other Nikon products, please visit

Nikon D5300 specifications

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 type
Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 4
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100 - 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • JPEG: Fine, Normal, Basic
  • RAW: 12- or 14-bit, compressed
  • DPOF compatible
  • DCF 2.0 compliant
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
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×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Scene modes
  • Autumn Colors
  • Beach / Snow
  • Blossom
  • Candlelight
  • Child
  • Close-up
  • Dusk / Dawn
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party / Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Sports
  • Sunset
  • Special Effects Mode
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
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • 2s Delayed remote
  • Quick-response remote
  • Quiet shutter release
  • Interval timer
Continuous drive5 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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)
Videography features
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
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
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)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
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Total comments: 39
Bob Howen
By Bob Howen (5 months ago)

The D5300 is ok if your not expecting to much. I bought the d5300 along with the 18-140 lens (which I absolutely love) as a smaller lighter backup when I'm traveling. My primary bodies are the D800 an a couple of D7100s. I'm not happy with the D5300 and will be trying to return it. Here's some of the Reasons. I have been shooting iPhone pics in order to get the GPS info so this looked like a great feature. It has been frustrating at best. I've finally gotten it to work sometimes but you really can't rely on it. Same with the wireless. If I want to shoot an I camera HDR I have to change the menu selection for each goes back to off automatically. If I'm shooting a bracketed series ther is ,no time function so it is much harder to keep the camera still. Generall, the ergonomics are lousy. Bad decision on my part.

By Ayoh (6 months ago)

I suspect the 1080p 60fps mode is just a 720p resolution interpolated to 1080p. The reason being is that the d5300 is surely using the Milbeaut v6 or 7 image processor which is only capable of 60fps at 720p or 1080i.

By Sosua (6 months ago)

Great camera by Nikon for landscapers on a budget - pretty hard to go past something like this.

If they had starting making cameras like this 18 months ago and I still shot mainly landscape I probably would never have gone mirrorless.

1 upvote
By mbrobich (6 months ago)

Nikon you suck. Where the H*** is the D400 ?

By DaytonR (6 months ago)

By the looks of this it aint gonna happen ....

By JohnEwing (6 months ago)

I've got one. It's called a D600.

1 upvote
Rickard Hansson
By Rickard Hansson (6 months ago)

JohnEwing - The D600 is FF, the D400 would be DX, similar to D300(s).

By RichRMA (6 months ago)

There won't be one. They can't afford it. The D7100 body is way below the D300 body. That's the limit of APS now. If they made a D400, it would be priced too close to the D610 to make sense, even though the body would be superior.

By xmeda (6 months ago)

Buy Pentax instead.-

1 upvote
By Cheezr (6 months ago)

If Nikon had added wifi to the D610 it would have been an honorable upgrade, too bad they missed the boat.

By dleemans (6 months ago)

Still no real MLU ? Damn.

By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

Another small victory in the battle against AA filters. A few years ago, an optical expert with multiple degrees told me there would never be consumer cameras without blur filters. His explanation made reading DxO methodology seem like a children's book.

By dholl (6 months ago)

a lot of 'learned' experts with their multi-degrees have no intelligent flexibility in their intellect. it means they can't actually foresee how tech will develop, as their knowledge is limited to what the textbooks say about current tech.

By DaytonR (6 months ago)

very good observation dholl !

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

AA filters are there for better image quality,
AA filters are not there for lower manufacturing cost.

so makers' profit was not a factor in the expert's calculation,
as well as users' requirement for lower quality image.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
By justmeMN (6 months ago)

In the USA, for first-time buyers, there isn't an 18-55mm kit version, only a more expensive 18-140mm kit version.

(And for current Nikon owners there is body-only.)

By Tan68 (6 months ago)

Well, don't tell them you already own Nikon stuff. Should be able to buy a kit.

I doubt they will check and it isn't that big a lie.

By EvokeEmotion (6 months ago)

"These two features are very serious missing."

I'm more upset that this new model still doesn't make me coffee in the morning and doesn't pick up my dry cleaning. Ridiculous!

By Tan68 (6 months ago)

It does seem like a nice camera.

I wouldn't use the coffee mode if it had one. It is too easy to make bad coffee. Scene modes don't always work as expected. Real coffee drinkers use Manual.

1 upvote
By AP7 (6 months ago)

No built-in wireless flash controller !

Nikon should also go for on sensor phase detect AF system and stepper/linear motorized lens technology for better live view and video AF (like their system 1 camera).

These two features are very serious missing.

By Peiasdf (6 months ago)

Wi-Fi and GPS, finally. Now if only SONY remember they used to include GPS on their camera.

Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (6 months ago)

Must be Nikon's "homage" to a modern DSLR LOL. Still have to wait several years for the D800 to be updated with GPS and wifi.

By peevee1 (6 months ago)

"Nikon D5300 adds pixels"

How does it add pixels? The same 24mpix sensor. On the LCD?

By Benarm (6 months ago)

This is so boring comparing to what Sony is churning out lately. Well, at least its not as bad as the fixed... oops, I mean the new D610.

By unhavatar (6 months ago)

D7100 with 18-105 kit lens is $128 cheaper than the D5300 with the new 18-140 kit lens (Thailand prices, where the cameras and lenses are made).

1 upvote
By mugupo (6 months ago)

Good specs, but they still got no answer for 70d video focus.

By marike6 (6 months ago)

The 70D video focus will take new lenses with stepping motors in addition to changes to the body. Nikon won't use a D5200 style mid-range body to introduce anything like that.

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

they don't have an answer, and the mirrorless market develops faster than they expected.

By photobeans (6 months ago)

Nice feature set, but wait one year and it'll be $500.

By Vinny311 (6 months ago)

5300 is 1,399 body only..A7 is $1,699...A7 is incredeible!!!!...if it catches fire its a whole new game...and this 5300 is not that bad, is a great camera at a great price...

1 upvote
By JDThomas (6 months ago)

That's incorrect. $1400 is the kit price. The body is $800.

Comment edited 41 seconds after posting
By Eigenmeat (6 months ago)

I doubt the body only will be $800. That lens retails at 600 brand new. They have to a atleast give you SOME discount when buying kit right? I am guess body only will be ~$1000.

By JDThomas (6 months ago)

Try again. Body only is DEFINITELY $800. Same as D5200.

By Eigenmeat (6 months ago)

Nvm you are correct, i guess you don't get any kit discount on this one =)

By peevee1 (6 months ago)

No discount for the lens at all. In fact, it is a few $$ cheaper to buy body and lens separately.

By justmeMN (6 months ago)

No, the body-only isn't $800. According to the Nikon USA web site, it's only $799.95. :-)

1 upvote
By Eigenmeat (6 months ago)

Does this has AF fine tune?

By Giklab (6 months ago)

Probably not.

By DVT80111 (6 months ago)

Please wait for Canon to catch up

Total comments: 39