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Nikon D5300 real-world and test scene samples

By dpreview staff on Dec 24, 2013 at 06:00 GMT
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The following real-world gallery and test scene shots were first published in our 2013 Camera Roundups, but we're highlighting the Nikon D5300 again in case you missed it the first time around since we're working toward a full review in 2014. 

The D5300 is Nikon's latest evolution of the D5200 by removing the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) from its 24MP CMOS sensor and adding a larger 3.2in articulated LCD, a slightly larger optical viewfinder, 1080/60p video, built-in Wi-Fi, and GPS.  

We also published test scene shots, including downloadable Raw files of both the daylight and low light scene. As usual this allows you to compare the D5300 with other cameras, as well as letting you download the images to test with your own workflow.

There are 23 images in our samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution.

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Total comments: 68
write2alan
By write2alan (4 months ago)

Too bad that you can not compare it to the D5200. I guess they wanna sell the D5300 instead. I compared the D5300 with the D610, D7100, and D3200. They all look very similar in low to mid ISO to ISO 3200. Where can I get a new D5200 for a good price?

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completelyrandomstuff
By completelyrandomstuff (4 months ago)

spoiler: the samples look a lot like those from D5200.

2 upvotes
taktak91
By taktak91 (4 months ago)

A fine product from Nikon that will not replace my D300.
...or so I would have said.

Recently, I bought a Pentax K-5 II.
As of now, I'm getting used to its settings (Pentax is new to me), but I see it as a very capable camera.
Nikon has been my DSLR of choice for ten years (D100, D200, D300), but those days are over.
You had your chance, Nikon.
Had you released the D400 a year ago, I would have purchased one by now.
But you insisted on replacing every product in your lineup except the D300.
You seemed to have moved on (FF, I suppose).
So I'll move on too.
Sayonara, Nikon. You've been good. I guess you will remain good for many users.
Just not me.

11 upvotes
GurcemZekai
By GurcemZekai (4 months ago)

i have shoot with D300s, amazing camera just like D90 but they are old for todays standart. I was a Canon guy, 450D 600D 7D and 6D, before Pentax. Once you get used to lovely primes and settings its an amazing system. Do i mis my L glass ? sometimes but overally i am happy with Pentax

2 upvotes
Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (4 months ago)

I realize there are positives and negatives with so many of these cameras, however, I am a mid-grade photo amateur and I purchased this camera about 2 weeks ago. I also have a complete Lumix 4/3 system, but I have to say this is a great camera. I'm using it with the 30mm Sigma lens (which I had to update the lens firmware to work with the D5300), and the quality is outstanding. I got the gray D5300 and the Sigma Lens is the same gray color and they are an awesome combination! Also, I shoot products for web work and the D5300 works great tethered to my PC using the Nikon Camera Control Pro software. The tethering even works with video and saves the video clips right to the desktop. I'm not a full frame shooter yet so this is a great camera for me since I already had a few DX lenses. I've had 5 or 6 Nikon DX cameras over the years which I sold but this is the best yet, not to mention the large LCD screen. The D5300 has a nice quality feel to it and it does 1080 60p video. Nice.

2 upvotes
Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (4 months ago)

Additional note: one thing I hate about Nikon is the price they charge for the Nikon Camera Control Pro software when Canon includes very nice tethering software FREE on the CD included with their cameras. Boo Nikon.

0 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

Try this instead
http://www.controlmynikon.com/

0 upvotes
skiphunt13
By skiphunt13 (4 months ago)

This one is supposed to be good too, and free: http://www.sofortbildapp.com

1 upvote
Cameracist
By Cameracist (4 months ago)

Nikon should use their patent for switchable AA filter...

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Horshack
By Horshack (4 months ago)

I kinda like the colored finishes on the Dx00 bodies. How about a fire-engine red D800? :)

1 upvote
Akpinxit
By Akpinxit (4 months ago)

IQ just a notch lower than 70D , never the less , I've become used to see Nikon sensors in lead

1 upvote
naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

Im not sure re IQ. Its pretty close in RAW images though. It would probably be to do with what lens they are choosing. Canon and Nikon are pretty much neck to neck with lens quality. Nikon still ahead for dynamic range and noise.

2 upvotes
Sordid
By Sordid (4 months ago)

Shouldn't that say "Sony" instead of "Nikon" since all flagship sensors are bought from them? ^^

3 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (4 months ago)

Sordid:

The Nikon D7100 uses a Toshiba sensor, and this D5300 likely uses the same 24MP sensor--though there are claims that the D5300 uses a Sony sensor.

Then: Indeed Sony does supply the sensor for the D800/E. However the “flagship” Nikon DSLR body is the D4, and that uses a sensor made by Renesas–most likely designed by Nikon.

The Nikon 1 series uses sensors by Aptina.

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marike6
By marike6 (4 months ago)

Check DxOMark Sensor ratings and you'll see the D5300 way higher than the 70D.

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Ratings

2 upvotes
Timbukto
By Timbukto (4 months ago)

Doesn't matter, you don't see the difference unless you manipulate in post. What the OP is seeing is a poorly functioning combination of the 50mm 1.4 with the D5300 lens mount. It is clear especially at the bottom of the studio comparison where at f5.6 its clearly not sharp. Lens or lens mount has to be seriously out of whack for a prime to not be sharp at f5.6.

2 upvotes
naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

DxOMark score doesn't do justice like Timbukto said. I prefer see sample and studio scene to see how good can camera do to it. The score in DxOMark can have some error you must allow to it. So thats the problem. It is not 100% accurate. All test will have marginal of errors you got to expect that as a caution.

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (4 months ago)

> Not sure what Timbukto is talking about as the RAW files from the D5300 are have as much detail or more than the 70D. Really there is very little difference. Where there is a big difference is in areas that the studio scene cannot depict, like DR and better color fidelity of the D5300. Not to mention the lower noise at higher ISO settings plainly visible in the studio scene. Put in on RAW ISO 3200 and have a look.

0 upvotes
Timbukto
By Timbukto (4 months ago)

Easier to read off a DxOMark score than carefully look at images. Look at the bottom color wheel with the labels Blue or Blue Green. Look at the bank note. Look at the Jackson-Triggs bottle, the VQA or J-T labels. Higher amounts of CA in this area. Get rid of the K-500 or Sony comparisons and throw in the Nikon D7100. Notice how these issues don't appear in the other regions of the frame and mostly only in the bottom. f5.6 is stopped down quite a bit, so whatever issue it is would only be worsened as you open up the lens. Even a 8MP print re-size cannot fully hide the weakness of lens quality here. And in reality lens qualities...*especially* when near wide open along with AF or focus accuracy are always over-riding qualities in IQ. There is nothing wrong with the sensor, but the lens is questionable. I would have said test methodology however f5.6 is decently stopped down and other portions are in focus. D7100 did far better and not because of DxOMark score.

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lensberg
By lensberg (4 months ago)

Even when you compare RAW ISO 3200 + images, the samples from both the D5300 and 70D look more or less equal in terms of noise & detail retention... I seriously doubt most customers would even bother to scrutinize at pixel level anyway to distinguish any differences...

In all honesty most image parameters are too close and as a result there is no decisive winner amongst these two cameras... What would probably sway a potential customer in either direction is handling, FPS, AF acquisition & video quality...

0 upvotes
pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (4 months ago)

Nikon at its best. Realistic color reproduction, excellent detail capture, and just the right amount of sharpness.

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (4 months ago)

Lots of daylight samples. Does DPR ever bother to wait for interesting light to go shooting? IQ looks good, but for crying out loud. If I had a job that allowed me to make images with the latest cameras, I would at least wake up early at sunrise or go out late to catch the magic hour. Grab shots in bars and daylight snaps, that's all we ever see with camera after camera.

No offense but since you guys have decided to be hypercritical with no hold barred negativity in your more recent Previews and Reviews, there is no need to beat around the bush. A little effort will go a long way.

12 upvotes
Juck
By Juck (4 months ago)

Who twisted your tit?

8 upvotes
rfsIII
By rfsIII (4 months ago)

The explanation is that DPR is headquartered in Seattle and life in Seattle revolves around two things: alcohol and caffeine. Shooting at the sunset golden hour would interfere with their drinking time. Shooting at sunrise is impossible because that is when they are at Caffe Fiore nursing their hangovers.

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1 upvote
Juck
By Juck (4 months ago)

Swing and a miss.

1 upvote
Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (4 months ago)

What a cute camera, it matches my hat.

14 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (4 months ago)

If this has the AF prong so it can AF my older Nikon AF-D lenses.. Which are smaller and slimmer than the AFS and G lenses.. This would be a good all around smaller travel DSLR...

0 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

It does not. Read specs next time.

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (4 months ago)

read my post next time.. I said...IF this has the AF prong.. the operative word was IF.. genius...

0 upvotes
Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (4 months ago)

Nikon - Cut the crap and show us what you can do on a D400, so tired of waiting

13 upvotes
Frank C.
By Frank C. (4 months ago)

amen to that

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (4 months ago)

What "crap" is that? Nikon has excellent, class leading bodies at every price point. A Nikon user complaining about a lack of choices kind of like a potato farmer complaining about the availability of french fries.

5 upvotes
Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (4 months ago)

Nikon has many great camera bodies to choose from, why do you want a fictional one?

3 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

Becouse NONE of those "class leading" or "great camera bodies" is a PRO spec DX body. Karl and marike6 you maybe like shooting running kids or whatever but for say wildlife or BIF those bodies that you are talkning about are nothing but a bad joke. D7100 buffer fills in 1.5 seconds !!! Ever tried to shoot BIF with that crap of a buffer ? My guess is no otherways you would not post those comments that you do.

10 upvotes
philflashes
By philflashes (4 months ago)

I agree with Der Steppenwolf 100%! I've been waiting for ages for Nikon to release a successor to the D300s! My D90 is getting pretty old but still there's nothing in Nikon's DX line-up that really has a decent buffer and a bit higher resolution. So Here's what I want the D400 to be, Nikon: 7-8 fps with at least 25 frames before the buffer fills up, at least 16 MP and a cropmode factor 2 for better reach when I do sports. How hard can it be??

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GurcemZekai
By GurcemZekai (4 months ago)

D400 ? did you mean K3 ?

3 upvotes
Cameracist
By Cameracist (4 months ago)

For best APS-C system go for pentax.

1 upvote
King Penguin
By King Penguin (4 months ago)

All this talk of hitting the buffers.....is spray and pray that important to most people ?

4 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

King Penguin yet another pet/kid shooter rambling about things he does not have a clue about.

0 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

GurcemZekai
Pentax makes some awesome APS-C cameras but for fast moving objects their focus system is at least 3 generations behind CaNikon.

1 upvote
GurcemZekai
By GurcemZekai (4 months ago)

indead, Pentax doenst have best autofocus system. K3 has improvements but not on the same level with 5d mk3 or D800. But if you compare it to any camera below top of the line AF isnt great either (or buffer)

Morale of the story: if you want to shoot sports buy a Canon 1D mk4

0 upvotes
RichRMA
By RichRMA (4 months ago)

Nikon should do a special ed. Instead of that cheap-looking red plastic, machine a body out of top-grade aluminum, add some sharp angles instead of rounding everything and anodize it! You could order it by colour and even if it cost as much as a Df, it would still sell.

3 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

And who on earth would pay that much for DX low spec camera ? Or who would like to lug all that weight ? Sometimes is good to think before klicking "post" button.

5 upvotes
RichRMA
By RichRMA (4 months ago)

Low spec? Ha! The Df has the same focus module! All what weight? How much more do you think that body would weigh? If people are concerned about 100gms more, then go mirror-less.

0 upvotes
rfsIII
By rfsIII (4 months ago)

If we could have an F3T made of titanium, we should get a D5300T as well.

0 upvotes
nongratA
By nongratA (4 months ago)

i am curios if they could add my camera to this tests, d300 with the AA filter removed ... very curious :D

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (4 months ago)

It makes a difference, I've converted a lot of Nikon's to IR and the AA filter comes off with the IR filter. The major change (and you'll notice this with the D800 and E version) isn't so much resolution, it's like lifting a veil from the images, akin to removing spherical aberration from the lens. The images just look "cleaner" for lack of a better word.

1 upvote
Lmendy
By Lmendy (4 months ago)

I see nothing here that would take me away from my beloved D300. I am sure the low light performance is better with the D5300, but I shoot primarily in good light and to me, there is nothing like the D300 files. Most folks can easily live with 12 megapixels.

0 upvotes
GurcemZekai
By GurcemZekai (4 months ago)

D300 and D300s was pro body. If you are comparing it with a entry level camera D300 wins easyly even after 5 years ( or something)

2 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (4 months ago)

The downside of excellent cameras, is that they take away your excuses for making crappy photos. :-)

13 upvotes
NiklaiN
By NiklaiN (4 months ago)

I really don't understand why don't you convert RAW files with Nikon software?

3 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (4 months ago)

Because their policy is to use the same software for all cameras. Using different software for different cameras would introduce yet another variable when comparing the output from them. The downside of this is that not every camera may be shown at its very best.

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (4 months ago)

NiklaiN:

Of course the free stuff (ViewNX) wouldn't be real inspiring.

Or imagine relying on Panasonic supplied software to extract Panasonic raws.

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skogredd
By skogredd (4 months ago)

There should be a test scene which challenges dynamic range of the camera.

2 upvotes
naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

The shadow in studio comparison would tell you how good that camera can do in dynamic range when you click that low light mode. Do compare JPEG and RAW. RAW will be much better off than JPEG for dynamic range anyway. JPEG will be processed in camera and may actually clip both highlight/shadow. RAW is left without incamera processing and is left up to you to do final touch in raw software.

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BlueBomberTurbo
By BlueBomberTurbo (4 months ago)

Thing is, they don't show the full RAW dynamic range available in post. You can pull A LOT from the shadows, and a good amount from the highlights. To the point that multi-shot HDR images are pretty much a thing of the past.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

BlueBomberTurbo, yeah thats very true. Although what I was looking for in studio shot of RAW is in very dark shadow to see how good it is to distinguish the details in darkest shadow if it still revealing. And how good detail can it reveal in shadow. Also how good can colours reveal. Poor dynamic range would show lack of colours, posterisation, lack of detail and not enough distinguish in shadow. And could also contribute to the noise in shadow as well if the dynamic range isn't anywhere good. But using software raw tool to check with push/pull of shadow/highlight will reveal how good dynamic range like what you said BlueBomberTurbo which is definitely correct. As it push/pull until it gets to extreme end where highlight/shadow is just about to clip. So you can count how many stops you increase shadow and decrease highlight. But I think is work best with normal daylight studio shot cos I noticed in lowlight there is a bit of clips in it would it?

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lensberg
By lensberg (4 months ago)

Does this RAW converter fully support the D5300... Because for some reason the D7100 RAW files look considerably cleaner than the D5300 images at all settings in low light... and they're supposed to be using the exact same sensor... with Nikon's latest & greatest Expeed 4 in the D5300...

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mandophoto
By mandophoto (4 months ago)

You are correct. Furthermore, the D5300 raw files are smaller than those from the D7100, suggesting different processing systems and/or sensors.

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BlueBomberTurbo
By BlueBomberTurbo (4 months ago)

Or maybe they're saving in some form of 12-bit vs the D7100's 14-bit with lossless compression.

0 upvotes
Linerider
By Linerider (4 months ago)

The D5300 can shoot in 14-bit

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AdamT
By AdamT (4 months ago)

Best thing they did removing the AA filter, they should have done it with the D610 too - does the 5300 have the Superior Toshiba sensor of the D7100 too ?

1 upvote
Frank C.
By Frank C. (4 months ago)

superior with banding?

2 upvotes
steelski
By steelski (4 months ago)

no, its a sony sensor this time

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (4 months ago)

steekki:

What's your source for confirming the D5300 uses a Sony sensor?

Frank C:

Lots of sensors have banding, the Toshiba sensor from the D7100 is excellent through ISO 10,000 then starts to have blotching problems before "banding" becomes an issue.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

When will Nikon stop changing the sensor brand then? It is ridiculous! That, then that, that, then that, blah blah blah etc. Blast it!

0 upvotes
InTheMist
By InTheMist (4 months ago)

I bet a lot of these will be found under the tree.

1 upvote
AlanJones
By AlanJones (4 months ago)

Not my tree...unfortunately!

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