Menus

Menus are ordered logically and helpfully color-coded. Some have useful functions buried a couple of pages in (Wi-Fi on page 3 of the setup menu comes to mind) but the camera provides ways around this - the last tab can be configured to display recently accessed items, or it can store menu items of your choosing.

The D5300 uses a menu system that is similar to that of other recent Nikon DSLRs. There are a lot of functions and options to choose from but the menus are reasonably comprehensible and navigable, thanks to Nikon's sensible categorization and color-coding.

Playback Menu

You can use the playback menu to make adjustments to playback display options and slideshows.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Delete  • Selected
 • Select date
 • All
- Thumbnail selection
- Select images by date
Playback folder  • D5300
 • All
 • Current
 
Playback Display Options  • None (image only)
 • Highlights
 • RGB histogram
 • Shooting data
 • Overview
Allows you to toggle different items of information shown in either basic or detailed photo display modes.
Image review  • On
 • Off
 
Rotate tall  • On
 • Off
When enabled portrait shots appear vertically orientated.
Slide show  • Start
 • Image Type
Still images and movies
Still images only
Movies only
By rating  
• Frame interval
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
 
DPOF Print Order  • Select / set
 • Deselect all
- Thumbnail selection
Rating   -Thumbnail selection
Select to send to smart device   -Thumbnail selection

Shooting Menu

The shooting menu contains settings for image size and quality, picture styles, noise reduction and movie specifications, among others. A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting.

Option Values / Actions Notes / Sub options
Reset shooting menu  • Yes
 • No
 
Storage folder  • Select folder
 • New
 • Rename
 • Delete
 
Image quality  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Fine
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Normal
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Basic
 • NEF (RAW)
 • TIFF (RGB)
 • JPEG Fine
 • JPEG Normal ¹
 • JPEG Basic
Select image quality.
Image size  • Large ¹
 • Medium
 • Small
- 6000 x 4000 / 24.0 M
- 4496 x 3000 / 13.5 M
- 2992 x 2000 / 6.0 M
NEF (Raw) recording  • 12-bit
 • 14-bit
 
White balance  • Auto ¹
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
1 Sodium-vapor lamps
2 Warm-white fluorescent
3 White fluorescent
4 Cool-white fluorescent
5 Day white fluorescent
6 Daylight fluorescent
7 High temp mercury-vapor
 • Direct Sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Preset manual
Measure
Use photo
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- Select image
Set Picture Control  • Standard ¹
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Neutral
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Vivid
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Monochrome
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Filter (Off, Y, O, R, G)
Toning (10 options)
 • Portrait
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Landscape
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (2, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (4, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)
Manage Picture Control  • Save/edit
 • Rename
 • Delete
 • Load/save
- Create custom Picture Control sets


- Load / save from card
Auto Distortion Control  • On
 • Off ¹
 
Color Space  • sRGB ¹
 • Adobe RGB
 
Active D-Lighting  • Auto ¹
 • Extra High
 • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off
 
HDR (high dynamic range)  • Auto
 • Extra High
 • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off ¹
 
Long exp. NR  • On
 • Off ¹
Enables dark frame subtraction NR for exposures of 1/2 sec or longer.
High ISO NR  • High
 • Normal ¹
 • Low
 • Off
 
ISO sensitivity settings  • ISO
Auto
100 ¹
125
160
200
250
320
400
500
640
800
1000
1250
1600
2000
2500
3200
4000
5000
6400
8000
10000
12800
HI 0.3
HI 0.7
HI 1
 • Auto ISO sensitivity control
On / Off ¹
Maximum sensitivity
200
400
800
1600
3200
6400
12800
HI 1
Minimum shutter speed
Auto (slower-faster)
1/2000 - 1 sec
Available sensitivities depend on ISO step custom setting (CSM b1).
Release Mode • Single frame ¹
• Continuous L
• Continuous H
• Quiet shutter release
• 10 seconds self-timer
• 2 seconds delayed remote
• Quick-response remote
 
Multiple exposure • Off ¹
Multiple exposure mode
On
Off
Number of Shots
2
3
• Auto gain
On
Off
Create a new image from two or three exposures
Interval timer shooting • Start
Now
Start time
 • Interval
[hh:mm:ss]
 • Number of times
001-999
 • Start
Off ¹
On
Time lapse / interval shooting.
Movie settings  • Frame size/frame rate
1920x1080, 60p ¹
1920x1080, 30p
1920x1080, 24p
1280x720, 60p
640x424, 30p

 • Movie quality
High ¹
Normal

 • Microphone
Auto sensitivity (A) ¹
Manual sensitivity (1-20)
Microphone off

 • Wind noise reduction
On
Off ¹

 • Manual movie settings
On
Off ¹