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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 drive5.0 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: 299
Maine Man

Looking to purchase D5200 or D5300. I am confused about the sensor size. What is better CMOS or DX? Thanks you in advance.

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Both are DX. So is the D7xxx series. So, it boils down to your budget and your affinity to upgrade. If you don't want to upgrade often, D5300 should last you for a few years. If you can stretch it a little, would suggest to go for a D7xxx series camera (D7100 and above) you will get similar functions as a full frame and some more. Eventually if you do move to a full frame, you will feel at home.

Also, you need to buy lenses (AF-S) with auto focus motor in them, to avoid manual focus on the 3xxx and 5xxx series. These cost more than the AF lenses.

The D5300 is a good camera to own and use, though. You can spend that money on some quality lenses. That will take you some distance. Another suggestion avoid DX lenses, if you do want to upgrade to a full frame eventually. Same lens can be used.

Radhe Baghel

hi.. i want a new camera i would like 2 models Nikon d5300, and Nikon d7000 but i am confused which one batter for Product Photography and wedding ceremony. plz Suggest i need your suggestion


I currently own a D5300; not quite a year old. I am 75 Years old and find this camera terribly hard to use. For me a nice Point and shoot with ann optical viewfinder and no worry over ISO, Video, White Balance. I have D-70 kit lens and a Nikor 55-200 with VR but have never been happy. Any suggestions?


If you want to sell the camera body I can perhaps get you into the Point & shoot. If it is a U.S.Nikon warranty not a gray market camera body Let me know
I understand the camera & need the Body & a 18-140 lens for a travel camera.

Dr Animesh28

I have Nikon D5300 but I didn't find 1080p/60 option where I got 50fps only.
whats the problam...


You need to set video to NTSC instead of PAL you will have 60p option.

Dr Animesh28

Thanks... Problem solved...



what am 'I doing wrong?

I have a D5300 (new) and used Nikkor AF-S 18-200 VR (first version). I bought this camera because I was not happy with my Lumix GH1 low light stills capabilities AND because - reading THIS review - I thought the video capabilities should be OK for me as amateur point and shoot family father.

But for me (no rigs, no external mic) it is unusable because the autofocus is too loud for the internal mic and because the focus is not smooth (needs several iteration to focus). And I do not want to focus manually on my moving children ..

Example: If I move slowly around a room (in continuos AF mode) the AF will be in continuos motion, needing several iterations to focus (on an object 3meters away you can see the focus scale on the lens going at least two times between infinity and 1meter until it focusses) , and always generating that zzzt - zzzt - noise that is messing up the video.

Do I need other settings, lens, camera?

Thanks for productive feedback

CaMeRa QuEsT

You can set the camera to single AF mode, pre-focus and start shooting, half-pressing on the shutter button to re-focus as needed, that way you won't have the focus motor whirring endlessly throughout your shooting. Unfortunately, all Nikon DSLRs behave like your D5300 in continuous AF mode while taking videos, and the noise level from the focusing motor depends on each lens. Only way to isolate this noise is to use an accessory microphone.

estefani _ LM

Someone could help me , I 'm new to the world of cameras and I am torn between the Nikon D5300 and Canon Rebel T5i , I would like to take landscape photos, portraits , sports , light effects , etc ... Which is better night photographs ? Which of the two could get a variety of pictures and effects?
And that give lasting are each?
Would greatly appreciate your opinion out of this big question .


D5300 will give you nicer landscape photos. It's also much better when shooting at night at higher iso. It has better dynamic range and higher resolution both of witch are important for landscapes.


24.1MP DX that cool


Hi Everybody,

Till date I have contended with superzooms like Sony HX100V or Nikon Coolpix P600. The telephoto shots while Birding in AF could not satisfy me in terms of their quality. Planning to start Birding with a real DSLR. If I go for Nikon D5300, which single lens should I buy for both sedentary and flying birds (apart from a kit lens like 18-55 mm)? Is the focus tracking ability of this camera good?


In response to those interested in the Nikkor 28-300mm/f3.5-5.6 lens, I will say it is a fine lens but weighs just under 2 lbs (30 oz.) and costs almost $1000. Compared to the nice, lightweight $119 Nikkor 55-200mm/f3.5-5.6 VR, it's really a no-brainer for me.

Happy shooting!



If you're more comfortable having the U.S warranty, you can buy the identical camera with 2 year U.S. warranty for about $200 more. Regarding lenses, if I had to choose only one lens, it would undoubtably be the 35mm/f1.8 VR. This fixed (prime) lens gives you the wide aperture to shoot in low light with no flash. It produces photos that are most like what the eyes see in real life.

I chose the 55-200mm/f3.5-5.6 VR as a good "carry around" lens for shooting short, medium, and longer fields of view - and of course that lovely "bokeh" effect (blurry background, sharp subject). Also, importantly, this lens weighs about 11.4 oz - half the weight (and price) of the 18-200mm. 18-200mm is about 1.2 lbs/20 oz. and about $550 retail. Incidentally, the 55-200 is actually 82.5-300mm (full format equivalent).



I've never been happier with a new camera, than I am with my Nikon D5300. I've been a shutterbug for decades, and there is little reason to spend more for an all-around fantastic camera. Ignore categories like entry level/pro, etc when considering a camera of this quality. It's the photographer and lenses that produce great photos.

I got the camera body for $499 (with no U.S. warranty) from RedTag Camera in Brooklyn, NY. After adding a Nikon/Nikkor 35mm/f1.8 VR prime lens ($139) and a 32gb card, filters, extra battery, macro/zoom attachments, camera bag, etc -- then a refurbished 55-200mm VR Nikkor lens from the Nikon site ($119), my total was $850.


I bought my nikon D5300 camera at RedTag as well.
I spend almost as you but i bought a warranty 100$ and shipping for 100$. I think you did a better choice of lens.

What i am not needing its a bigger lent than the standard one which i have 18-55mm that means i have to spend 220$ more to buy a 55-300mm lent.

Have you published your photos somwhere online?
I am interested to know what others can do with the same camera :)


hai all,
am using nikon d5300. so i wanna know whats is capacity of its zoom lens more than 300+ is up too.


Hi All,

I want to buy a new camera, my previous one was so simple and want to buy a better one. I am considering Sony A6000 and Nikon 5300. I would like to have your advices on that.


With a small difference of $100 Nikon d7100 makes a better choice. The Nikon d5300 need a price drop to justify buying it. In the end you are buying a camera and it has to have significant changes between the Nikon d5200 which has almost the same specifications.

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Hi Everyone,

Does anyone know how the D5300 handles in cold weather. Planning a trip to Turkey and the temperatures expected are to as low as -2C/28F. Don't want to damage the body or lens.

Thanks in advance.

Oleg Vinokurov

This kind of temperature is not a challenge at all. But if you go inside hot room, leave camera inside bag for a while to avoid moisture condensation.


I traded in a Sony A6000 for a Nikon D5300 and never looked back. The lenses available for Nikon Dx are in a totally different league than those for e-mount. Between my lightweight Nikon 18-300mm f/6.3 and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 I have both daylight and night conditions covered in two perfectly convenient solutions. With the A6000 I had to switch lenses more for lesser quality results.


compare with Fujifilm XT-1. is Nikon 5300 a better choice?


I was planning to buy the Nikon D5200 with the Nikkor 18-140 lens. Should I stick to the D5200 or buy the D5300 ? In India the price difference between the two is about US$200.

This will be my first DSRL after a long stint with my Canon S3 IS.

Also for some long off wildlife shots would it better to (a) buy a 400 mm lens or (b) buy a camera like the Nikon P600 when it comes with a bigger sensor i.e. 1/1.7 ?


Needing help please. I'm considering the D5300 but don't want to constantly change lenses, especially in dusty environments. It was suggested that I get the D5300 with a 16-300 Tamron lens. Has anyone had experience with this. Can I use all the needed features of the camera with the lens? Thank you.

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Hi Panne,

I've recently purchased the D5300 upgrading from the Nikon D90, and I'm loving it! I've been using a 25-300mm Nikkor Lens and haven't changed it since removing the original Kit lens.
I didn't realize how much I really appreciate having the built in WiFi feature either, but if it matters to you, It works great! The jump up in pixels from my D90 is noticeable and the additional functions that the D5300 has is fun.
Hope this helps give some perspective!


Hi Bigdawglor -- With the built-in WiFi on the D5300, are you able to see a Live view on your laptop or tablet while you are composing a photo? When I work with a food photo stylist, she would like to see the scene on the larger screen before the photo is taken so she can make adjustments in styling. Thanks!


I currently have a Nikon D90 and considering the D5300. Although I like the D90, the higher megapixel appeals to me. Is the expense worth it? I use the camera for travel and family events. The reviews of the D7100 are impressive, but difficult to justify the expense for my purpose. I have no interest in the video aspect of the camera.


Can anyone enlighten me as I am going to purchase a new DSLR for me. I am a motorcyclist who ride a lot in mountains and countryside, and require a good camera which can shoot good pics. I have in my mind a Canon D60 (Old and proven but also heard a lot about its durability) and a Nikon D5300 a latest in the series. I used to use a point and shoot camera before but its not sufficient anymore. I also checked and found that Canon has a inbuilt motor and Nikon don't have so lens with motors are required for Nikon. Please advise.


I am also confused about this two. Canon 60D vs Nikon D5300. Which one I should buy ?


I would recommend a GoPro....I have been a motorcycle photographer and you need something bomb proof with a great ultra wide angle for composition....check out the new Kodak with 360º view.

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claudio pasciuti

d5300,Canon 60d is miles away from it


also kindly guide me which lens are sufficfor me


sir i want to buy a new dslr nikon d5300 for the first time kindly guide is it worth buying or it better than other cameras or not.


Nikon cameras are as good if not better than the competition. I have had the D90, D600 and am currently using the D5100 as my everyday camera and the D800 for more serious photo. The D5300 follows the D5200, hence, is the third iteration to my D5100.

Without knowing your experience in photography and your budget to this purchase. I limit answer SPECIFICALLY to your question:

YES, the Nikon D5300 is a VERY GOOD camera.

If you provide relevant information about your photography experience, your intended use, then I would help you decide the alternatives.

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Hi ecube,

I already own a Bridge camera, namely Sony DSC HX300 (with 50X zoom) that takes pretty good and impressive pics. However, I am looking for a DSLR now. I don't have a massive budget, and I mainly take nature and wildlife shots. I don't really do portraits or fashion or food.

Technically, I am not great when it comes to a DSLR. I need a good camera that offers a good low light condition.

I have some models in my mind- Nikon D5100 / 5200 / 5300 / 3300 and Canon EOS 600D / 60D
I can afford upto Nikon D5200 (in terms of money) without straining myself much. Kindly suggest me a good camera (from or beyond the list I provided) that fills my requirement as sated.

Frank C.

...waiting for d7200


Buying our first DSLR for a big trip of oz next year. We are leaning towards the Nikon D5300 over the Canon 700D, but during research found a comment that the colours in Nikon pics are not good, particularly for landscapes as the green is terrible. Can someone that has a Nikon clarify this point and any other facts we should consider? Any feedback is welcome. Thanks!


More likely than not, you might have bought your DSLR by now. If not, my experience with Nikon d5100 is nothing but great. D5300 is the third iteration to D5100. Friends who saw my D5100 bought their D5200 and D5300. I do not know anything about the Canon D700D but can assure you that you would not go wrong with either camera.

Since pictures are worth thousand words, you way views my post at Facebook:

My Facebook account is PUBLIC.

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I just bought a D5300 and it's a perfect camera except for lack of in built motor, CLS (commander mode), and Auto FP sync. I can't get over this whole "going pro" statements I'm seeing below. I just want the lightest camera with full features. D7100 doesn't even offer wifi, gps, articulated screen, or 60p video. What's the upgrade path if I need all these 4 things for someone who's used a DSLR since 2008? I hate how Nikon calls this camera a beginner's tool. It's absolutely ridiculous. I really, really need 60p video for slow motion shots. To upgrade to full frame would not make sense. To go to D7100 is not going "pro", it's a downgrade for me. People here are so dense, and don't look at the big picture. D7100 is using a expeed 3 processor with slower processing. My D5300 can skim through pictures in milliseconds. Nikon, please rethink the upgrade path in your camera line. It makes no sense as of July 28th, 2014.

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@shirmphead - NO, you are NOT a "shirmphead". Your comment make very good points. Before I buy ANY major purchase, I research the items and alternatives. My experience in photography dates back to late 1950s. My experience with Digital photography started in 2001 with a simple Point & Shoot. Bought my first state of the art serious DSLR in 2004, the Nikon D90. At that time, it was considered a PRO camera. My next Nikon purchase maybe called either an upgrade or downgrade, I don't care either way, was the D5100. Followed by a D600 and now a D800. The D5100 is my everyday camera. Despite all the very good features and very good results this D5100 has going for it, it is still a mid-level DSLR.

With that said, I am not offended by the terms "beginners camera", entry level, mid-level, enthusiast level, pro-level designation. I suggest you shrug-off the terms because it does not mean anything. What matter is the enjoyment you get from making the shots that matters to you.


I have an old Nikon F100 camera, with lens 28-105mm, AFNIKKOR, 1:3.5 - 4.5D. Could I use this lens with the D5300 camera? Thank you for replying.

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YES but only in MANUAL mode.
Caveat: If the lens has the meter mating fork, remove that fork.

I have Nikkor lenses circa 1976 and I use those lenses on my Nikon D5100, D600 and D800 - - - all in MANUAL mode only. Goggle NIKON lens compatibly and you will see matrix of Nikkor lenses and Nikon bodies compatibility table.

The letter D following the f/number suggests your lens has a hole that house the slot of the screw head that mate with the spade of the high-end Nikon DSLR. I don't think the D5300 has that spade to drive the autofocus gears of the lens.

Zilvinas Zusinas

Here is our music video, filmed with Nikon D5300 and D5200.


I tried the Canon 700d, Nikon D7100 and others but decided on a D5300 after much deliberation. I went for the 18-140 as a size/range compromise. The camera has been great and has exceeded my expectations. It is nicely weighty and feels better made than the competition. The lack of buttons compared to the D7100 and touch screen compared to the Canon has not bothered me. I use the camera in the 'old fashioned' way and have it up to my face most of the time. I find the button position to be ideal. I have two fingers on the right side top for shutter and exposure adjustment and on the left side I have one on the FN button which is assigned to ISO which I can adjust on the fly.
I use a 2 sec regularly in low light but the camera is set to 10. It isn't in the manual but I found it in a menu and 2 secs is now my default. The low light performance at high ISOs is better than I expected. Check the DXO Mark website for comparisons with other makes. Overall I am very pleased with my D5300.


What do you mean by "2 sec regularly in low light"? Are you referring to the "Shutter release delay" or the Self-Timer or the shutter-speed.

It is nice to hear that you are enjoying your D5300. By now, I suspect you have tried the SCENE modes.


Anyone has work, with D5300 and Circular Sigma Flash (EM-140 DG)


I am looking to get a new camera preferably Nikon or Canon. I'm looking at the D5300 and liking it so far, however I'm very new to these kinds of cameras and wondering what a good lens would be for it? One not terribly expensive, but still good quality. You can reply at

white shadow

The best lens for a crop frame camera like a Nikon D5300 is the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8. It is not exactly cheap but not that expensive either, below $1,000. It will give you very sharp photos. If you need more telephoto power you can go for the new Nikon 70-200 f/4.0. Don't waste your money on cheap lenses. This two lenses will be enough for most situation.

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Behind the lense

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Prime would be your favourite once you start to use it - btw, it is cheap but it does a better class of photography


WHY DOES EVERY ONE GET THIS WRONG? The D5300 has TWO function buttons, not one. The second one is located on the front left, underneath the flash command button. That way, shutter speed, ISO and aperture are all easily accessible.

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Wow! Everybody!


Where's the other one? I can't see it in the body pix.


Exactly dmanthree! I own this camera, there is only ONE Fn button!

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Average User


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some test footage at 60FPS for you. Pretty dang nice!

Prairie Pal
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very nice video! Thanks for sharing. I'd hate to be near those soap bubbles when they burst though, you'd need a shower afterwards!


I want to get the Nikon D5300 but I'm not sure what lens to get since its a DX-format camera. I would definitely love if someone can help me chose a good lens to go with the camera. Also, I would love to know if a non-DX lens would work well with the camera. I'm not a fan of DX lens. Thank you in advance!


any af-s lenses, DX or FX, will work fine. AF-only lenses will work but no autofocus
for budget option, 35 f/1.8G will do fine


I have the 18-140, I use it on a D7000 and it is a very good lens. If you buy it with the D5300 (kit) you'll save a couple of hundred dollars as it retails for $599. I also have the 40mm 2.8 micro (macro) and it is a very sharp lens, of course it is not as flexible as the 18-140 but optically much better.

Average User

These are the lenses I finally decided upon:
1. For everyday, the new Sigma 1.8 18 to 35. I have had no trouble with the autofocus on this lens. Compared to every other lens out there, this lens delivers just incredibly sharp detail, and its ability to go to 1.8 f makes the camera useable for indoor low light shots. $799
2. For wide angle get the tokina 11-16 2.8 that just came out. $525.
These two lenses will take your photography to levels you won't believe until you see.
I have not yet found a long end lens that equals these. For the time being, the 18-140 nikon is probably the best choice.
(I have it but rarely use it because of how much I like the sigma.)


Just ordered the D5300 because I wont be going Pro. I also decided I would go with two lenses:

1. the excellent and fast low prime lens AF-S DX NIKKOR
35mm f/1.8G for indoor and general use; and
2. the newly announced lighter one-lens solution - AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR for kids sports and travel outdoors.

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Kishore Pratap Sanghvi

I am graduating from a bridge camera to a DSLR. Have been a hobby photographer for many years primarily doing landscape photography but I do it only when on a vacation that would be twice a year. I was a little confused whether to buy a Canon 700D or a Nikon D5300. I have always used Canon cameras before and after going thru many reviews comparing the two cameras I am not wiser. I also understand that once one buys a DSLR one continues to buy cameras of that family so that it can save money on lenses. Assuming that the quality of photos is not much different in the two cameras is the touch screen in 700D so useful that I should buy a Canon or the WIFI-GPS so important in the Nikon. As there anything else that help me decide between the two. Your advice would be most helpful.Tx. You can reply directly on my mail -


The sensor performance on the D5300 is much better than the T5i. Everything else is going to be subjective and personal preference.


Hi Kishore, I am still under the same confusion as you are. I havent bought anything yet. So finally which one did you buy? Please also let me know your decision ... and you can reply me directly at


If buyers will rely mostly on the reviews they will end up to buy nothing. Whether you agree or not reviewers are human too and tend to be subjective.


Another question...if connected via NFC to iPad, will Voice Over speak data that would show on LCD/iPad???


Is there live exposure preview in manual mode? I have very limited eyesight and have difficulty dependinding upon metering, but can see enough to see changes in light and adjusting dof, shutter and iso to specific needs of image.
Thanks much.


Just received my D5300 after damaging my D5100. The GPS and WiFi were two features as well as the increase of almost 8 mgp I get. The price of buying it was also a plus since I am a student and short funds to really invest in other professional models. SO far after spending two hours with it are really pleased. I chose the grey so I could easily tell the two apart quickly. I love the grip.

My first question was whether in Lr the GPS information will be in the detail of the meta data, I won't know until I get to that point. The display on the screen was very impressive and getting the settings the same as my D5100, which makes me comfortable is my first hurdle. I prefer outdoor photography and look forward to comparing it to my D5100 once I get it fixed. In the last 2 1/2 years I have taken over 260K images and I need reliable camera gear, so far I am very pleased with the D5300. I just need better lens.

Now I need a battery grip for easier control and feel.

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This review was good, but the D5300 should have received the Gold award.Almost no other camera body for under $1,000 gives you more. In addition, I'm tired of reviewers criticizing Nikon ergonomics/handling. Nikon ergonomics/handling are excellent.

Noted above in your conclusion you stated- "warm and fuzzy connection with the camera that we'd like to feel..." I'm in the market looking for a new DSLR and I've been trying out various cameras and I literally picked up a D5300 and started to play with it and it was a joy to use. I found the ergonomics/handling as good as the Canon T5i if not better and you gave the T5i a higher rating in handling/ergonomics. Your objectivity needs improvement. In addition, a touch screen is not such a big deal. I owned a Canon S120 (I returned my S120 due to a problem with the battery in video mode) with a touch screen and the touch screen added a very minor handling/ergonomic improvement over my S95.

Average User

I agree with every statement in this comment. I love my 5300. In fact I like shooting with it better than with my D600, which is much bigger especially when you add the larger ff lenses. And the image quality is just as good, except in super low light.
Most of the reviewers complaints about ergonomics are just what you get used to...don't impact image quality. With one exception:
The live view slow magnification makes close focus a chore, and if you don't have plenty of time you just lose the shot.
On this, I am not complaining about the features that Nikon has chosen not to add. I am complaining about the sub par function of an important feature they did include. They should fix it.
The good news is that the available image quality is just unequalled in an APS-c camera, and the excellent 39 point autofocus the flip screen and other features provide you the ability to achieve it(with better lenses). Nikon has done itself proud.

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Brian Leser

On the specification page the D5300 is listed as having an optical viewfinder magnification of 0.82x while on page 3. Body and Design it says it has an optical viewfinder magnification of only 0.52x. The illustration on page three also seems to illustrate a magnification of 0.52x. Am I missing something?

Brian Leser

Many thanks to Allison Johnson for explaining to me that manufacturers use a 50 mm lens on their crop sensor cameras to calculate viewfinder magnification. In order to compare cameras with different size sensors DP Review takes sensor size into account and therefore provides a different number. The number is approximately equal to the manufacturer's viewfinder magnification divided by the crop factor.


For a review that rates the camera so highly, the wording is such that virtually every statement is "it does this well BUT" and then a demerit of some type. Reading it, I get the distinct impression the reviewer didn't like the camera. I've owned a number of Nikons and just added this to my group. I find it to be an excellent choice!

Perhaps the reviewer is like so many people on the Internet - even the slightest difference is rated as something barely tolerable. His comment about not being able to use the command dial in menus is a perfect example. Is it really that much more trouble to use the cursor?

Every single feature is treated this way. It works BUT it could have been better. It makes the review seem very negative and had I read it before purchasing, it might have influenced me to look at another body. I have a good amount of money in Nikon mount lenses, so that helps me make decisions. I don't want fanboy reviews but this sort of thing is the worst.

Were you happy with anything? Anything?


Would welcome your thoughts on buying a new body. Have been an amateur. Now going on a safari this summer.

Want to upgrade from d5100. Have sigma 12-24, Nikon 18-80, Nikon 55-300.

?d7100 or d5300

Also would welcome thoughts in a zoom lens. Thinking of sigma 150-500.

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The Gooze

I went with the D7100. I jumped from a Canon T3i and its a huge learning curve and well worth it. In my opinion. If you plan on going pro and you have the money for the D7100, go for it. Just shop around until you find the deal you want.
The D7100 is a whole different animal when it comes to how it performs and how you use it. But if you have the basics down and you understand what you need to do to get the shots you want then all you will have to learn is how to get to those functions on the camera.
In the end, i have a lot to learn but in my mind it is well worth it because I will be training myself on a damn good camera.

Average User

I went with the D5300 because of the articulating LCD. you can adjust the screen to avoid glare, and use objects to stabilze for better pictures. But the d7100 focus motor in the body is faster and it has lens fine tuning: better for a pro.
Starting new and going on a safari, take the Nikor 18-300. Nailing the zoom will usually yield better pictures than cropping. Changing lenses in the dusty savanna not good for camera and you may miss the shot. Take also one good 1.8 or better, prime for low light. The Nikor 1.8 35mm is the obvious choice, but for more money the Sigma 18-35 is a 1.8 with prime clarity that I now use every day.


I agree that the ability to rotate the LCD was a reason for buying the D5300 after having the D5100. Your observation about lenses is dead on but I still prefer a fixed lens and another reason I now have three camera bodies with my three favorite lenses. I also like what Sigma has to offer as for quality lenses.


If you shoot in Auto mode and don't like to constantly change settings, the D5300 is going to give you the same quality image and will be lighter and cheaper. If you like to be more involved in the process the D7100 will be more enjoyable. Sensor rating is about the same so image quality is very similar.


Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4 D ED SWM IF Lens 300/4 AFS, Will this lens fit a Nikon D5300?


Yes. I have a D5300 with Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4 D ED SWM IF Lens. Everything works fantastic.

Pepe Le Pew

I'll stick to my Pentax K-30


Given the choice of a Canon 60D, a Sony A77, a Nikon D7000 or a D5300 for the same price the older cameras are clear winners IMO. I'd rather buy older higher end technology than brand new lower end. Cameras today aren't any better than those from 2-3 years ago. It's all hype from the manufacturers to get you to waste your money.

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besides the 60D yes they are all winners.


Yup, agree. The D7100 is not light years ahead of my D7000. In fact, I see no reason to update my body to a D7100 - I don't think it offers anything that would change the way I photograph things. Nice glass - that would definitely change how I photograph things.

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I'm in the process of moving up to DSLR from Bridge and what I don't see is folks commenting on the advantages of the swivel/tilt LCD. The availability of that feature on the D5300 is almost enough to make me consider it in lieu of the D7100. Once you've used that feature you'll never want to go back to a fixed LCD for high/low/around-the-corner shots! Really nice when you've got the camera on a low tripod and don't want to lay down in the dirt to line the shot up too! Sure wish it was on the 7100 and that would be a slam-dunk.

Average User

Couldn't agree more. Especially for "fence post shooters" like me who don't carry a tripod but who anchor the camera on something to get a clear shot, it's critical. Also angling the screen frequently helps to see the LCD where glare otherwise make it unusable. I also like the right thumb position of the the plus and minus keys for close focus and the review key for quickly reviewing images.

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IMO, the tilt/swivel thing is nice, but rendered not very effective because of poor live view performance. If live view had better AF performance - it might be worth it. Honestly, I hate to say it, but if you want a body that has tilt/swivel and good all around live view performance - you might have to go with another brand - like a Canon 70D, or something from m4/3.

Average User

True. On the other hand, The Sigma 1.8 18-35 zoom works great with the camera, and in fact when you get the extra lens optimization kit, you can fine tune the lens to the camera, as you can a number of the other recent Sigma lenses. That makes the lens more compatible with this camera than the Nikon lenses, since the fine tune feature for Nikon cameras/lenses is not included in the D5XXX cameras.


This camera doesn't support some Sigma lenses.

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