Nikon D5300 is a 24.2 megapixel digital SLR camera from the reach of all, with 3.2-inch screen and integrated Wi-Fi.
The Nikon D5300 is the successor to the Nikon D5200. It comes about a year after the previous model, and it is noted immediately for the presence of integrated Wi-Fi. Its size makes it convenient to use, but without going to affect too much on size and weight, which is 530 grams for the camera body (and therefore, lighter than the Nikon D5200).
After appeal, the grip is secure, your fingers have all the space you need and the controls are easy to reach and operate. Compared to previous models, the buttons were slightly away from each other and this distance, even if minimal, makes all the difference, giving us a tractable model and the most suitable for the photographer.
The back of the Nikon D5300 is dominated by adjustable and removable screen of 3.2 inches. It is clear, bright and generous dimensions allow you to read the scene well and framing. The touch function, which would make this camera even more versatile, especially when shooting video. This absence is also surprising because the chief antagonist of Nikon, Canon, has long been equipped with its digital SLR cameras in this area of the touch screen.
The heart of a camera is his system sensor / processing engine. The sensor of the Nikon D5300 is a 24.2 effective megapixel CMOS DX that captures images up to a maximum size of 6,000 × 4,000 pixels. There are many, and allow you to use the camera for any purpose, including printing of images in poster size.
The image-processing engine is the new EXPEED 4, advertised as able to ensure all the speed and the required quality for a camera of higher level. The Nikon D5300 has a shot in the sequence that comes to 5 frames per second, the same as, we already had in the Nikon D5200, but more than enough for normal needs of the photographer where the camera is dedicated.
Nikon D5300: Performance
The Nikon D5300 boasts the integrated Wi-Fi, which makes this the perfect camera for photo sharing on social networks. It is often forgotten that a Wi-Fi system also makes it more practical to send the captured photos to a storage system, such as a computer, certainly more frequent event. Also, by downloading a free app on your mobile device, you can control the camera remotely.
The extension of the native ISO range from 100 to 12,800, expandable up to 25,600. It is a good value, can cover almost every possible shooting situation. For the measurement, the Nikon D5300 uses a 2,016 pixel RGB sensor, supported by an effective system can recognize the scene and when activated, automatically adjusts accordingly the parameters of the camera shutter.
Exposure compensation can be adjusted by plus or minus 5 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2. The auto focus system is the Multi-CAM 4800DX phase detection, 39 focus points with 9 cross-type sensors. It also uses the triggering AF-assist illumination can intervene at distances ranging from 0.5 to 3 meters. Should there be the need to shoot at full speed, you can activate a 11-point auto focus. In our tests, both of which have been proven effective, even in the follow and focus on fast-moving subjects.
Nikon D5300: Image Quality and Precision
With the Nikon D5300, it always comes back home with some great photos. All the factors of image analysis, from the definition of color, have demonstrated the many qualities of this camera. The details in the photos are many and show the necessary precision, while the colors are good in any shooting condition. There is much difference compared to the previous qualitative Nikon D5200, but is not a limit in view of the more than good performance shown by that model.
Noise just mentioned is visible from ISO 800, but it never comes to penalize images. Only at ISO 3,200 you notice a decline in the definition, and the photos are acceptable up to ISO 6400. Values above are to be used only for emergencies.
The metering of the Nikon D5300 is effective. As was to be expected, has no problem with ideal lighting situations, and performs well even when the lighting can create difficulties, as in the case of the presence in the same scene with very bright areas and very dark. In these cases, the images show the best possible compromise, with a saturation balanced and quite a number of details. This helps in processing digital guaranteed by the D-Lighting function.
Even the white balance performs well. The camera plays the scene well and automatically assigns the appropriate values, allowing the sensor to capture realistic colors, saturated at the right point and with no obvious excesses. With the increasing ISO sensitivity is a drop in the percentage of precision color, but always remains within acceptable limits.
In this camera, we also enjoyed the precision and speed of auto focus, especially taking into account that it is still a reflex intended for the consumer sector. Just a shame that the optics kit, being the economic range of Nikon lenses, they are slightly noisy during autofocus, a bearable limit saw their cost more than affordable.
A separate chapter is worth the aforementioned Wi-Fi. His presence on a Nikon SLR is already a news item, but not everything is for the best. It’s free downloadable app for iOS and Android devices allows you to remotely manage only a few parameters of the camera. They allow you to see the scene, to decide the moment of taking the photo and a little more, with lower overall performance compared to what is offered by the competition.
Hopefully, the update of the app will allow greater interaction by the photographer. The system can be used to see, for example, on a tablet, the images on the card-related memory of the camera. On the video side, finally, are obtained locations of quality and also in this case the auto focus works well, although more slowly than in the block with the photographs. These movies can be displayed with pride for clarity and precision, and are one more weapon in the arsenal of the Nikon D5300.
After what has been said it is almost needless to point out how the Nikon D5300 is a great camera advisable from every point of view. It produces excellent pictures, precise, with many details, and so extensive in pixels to allow even very large prints. The colors are accurate, the auto white balance is always up to the task and the auto focus works in the best way.
Even the videos are of complete satisfaction, and the NIkon D5300 is also equipped with many other features such as scene modes, creative filters and integrated GPS. To underline surely, and finally, is the presence of integrated Wi-Fi (in the first Nikon cameras in this sector was only available through the use of an external accessory, but it is a shame that the app is little support for mobile devices interactive with the camera.
Perhaps, though, the real criticism that can be raised to this camera is the lack of a touch screen, is now found on many competing models. Would make it more intuitive use of the SLR and it would be very useful especially when shooting movies. The new digital models are increasingly used for video and this factor should not be overlooked.
On balance, the differences with the Nikon D5200 are not many. The megapixels are the same. The image quality is better but still very similar, and the ISO value increases only by one step. In addition, there is the Wi-Fi, but, given the limitations that currently do not justify the transition from Nikon D5200 to Nikon D5300. For those has to buy a new camera, the Nikon D5300 provides all the quality and usability it serves.
Where to Buy Nikon D5300
- 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter
- 39-point AF system with 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering II
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- ISO 100 - 12800 (Expandable to 25600)
- 3.2" Vari-angle LCD with 1,037,000 dots
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