Nikon D5300 DSLR Review: Best Advanced Beginner Camera

I have been using Nikon D5300 for a better part of this year and I use it mostly for photography. It is an entry-level DSLR for beginners with much more advanced options. Technically it is an advanced entry-level camera. Nikon has basically 3 series of DSLRs for beginners which includes Nikon D3000 series, D5000 series, and D7000 series. D3000 being basic entry level, D5000 advanced entry-level and D7000 with much more advanced options. I will be comparing other Nikon DSLRs as well with this camera in this Nikon D5300 DSLR review so that you can get a better understanding.

Is Nikon D5300 Worth It?

Let us find out.

Inside The Box

Inside the box - D5300

  • DSLR body
  • 18-55mm VR lens or dual lens kit including 18-55mm lens and 70-300 zoom lens.
  • Camera bag
  • 16GB SD card
  • Charger
  • Charger cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1 Battery
  • View Finder cap
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card

Specifications

Resolution24.20 Megapixels
ISO 100-12800 (Expandable up to 25600)
Battery1 Lithium Ion battery (600 Shots)
Supported ImagesJPEG, RAW
Weight2.54 Kg
Image StabilizationYes
Price$579

Key Features

  • Wifi connectivity for transferring photos directly to your smartphone.
  • The much faster Expeed 4 Image Processor.
  • 3.2-inch Articulated screen with wide viewing angle.3.2 inch screen - Nikon DSLR
  • Image stabilization for better on hand image quality.
  • 39 autofocus points for easily focusing on the subject.
  • Built-in GPS to mark locations of the photographs taken.

Design

Previously D5200 used to have a shallow grip. Grip and handling were majorly improved in D5300 as compared to the predecessor. 5300 feel much firm and nicer in hand. And is smaller and lighter. You can even easily shoot photos with one hand only while using 18-55 mm lens but not with 70-300 mm lens because zoom lenses are quite heavy.

Nikon D5300 Grip

Pop up flash is given at the top of the camera similar to every other DSLRs out there. Flash quality is comparatively better as compared to Canon because of the intensity of the flashlight emitted which make images look grainy.

Flash - D5300 DSLR

External Mic slot is just beside the flash which you can install by sliding the Mic. It’s extremely important if you intend to start vlogging in the future. HDMI, AV, and MIC ports are inside the left case which you need to open manually.

D5300 Ports

Battery and Tripod slots are at the bottom of the camera.

 

Battery OF D5300 Camera

The lens can be easily attached and detached by rotating in the specific direction.

Lens attachment - Nikon D5300

Controls

On Top right side, Dialer and Live view stick are given. The user can rotate the dialer to select the optimum mode is they want to from  Auto, Manual, Aperture, Shutter and programming mode. Effects and Scenes are also included in this Dialer only. Drag the stick backward to switch to live view mode.

Nikon D5300 Dial

Wi-Fi and GPS branding are located just beside this Dialer only.

Wifi and Gps D5300

Other major controls like on and off, White balance, Aperture, and info buttons are there if you move forward towards the Top front side. Coming to the back side, 3.2 Vary angle LCD screen is located along with the preview, direction, Ok, delete, search and zoom in and zoom out buttons. On top of these controls, settings wheel, info and autofocus lock buttons are present. Remaining controls like filter, flash and interval shooting are at the left side of the camera just where the Lens is attached.

Image Quality

I guess this is the part why you are here for. Let’s get right into it. By the combination of APS-C CMOS sensor and Expeed 4 Image Processor, images come out sharper and clean. It lets you shoot images in 14 bit Raw which won’t feel any different in the camera screen but can help vastly when edited in post-processing either in Lightroom or Photoshop. Image Stabilization works great.

Here are few image samples that I captured using this camera.

High ISO range 100-12800 which can be expanded up to 25600 which lets you shoot in low light conditions. But 3200 iso max is perfect because the image will become grainy after exceeding this point. Auto mode is pretty good. Sometimes images come out greenish during the low light but can be fixed with white balance settings.

Autofocus and burst rate are quite faster than D5200 and D3000 series. Live view is a bit sloppy. Settings change automatically when I tried switching back and forth between Live view and viewfinder which should remain the same. Control setting is quite complicated for changing aperture in live view. I would recommend you to use viewfinder more instead of the Live view.

Video Quality

To be very honest, this camera wasn’t specifically built for Vloggers or YouTubers. I mean its good but not that great. Although users can record full HD video of 1920*1080 resolution at 60 fps and 30 fps as well. And it does a great job of recording normal videos. Wind Noise reduction is given which is always good to have.

But it does not provide necessary customizations for vlogging content. You will have to invest in a good quality Microphone and a sturdy tripod as it can get heavy for constantly making videos. And also, auto focusing motor during video making creates a weird sound. It is not too loud but still easily recognizable.

Pros

  • Easy grip and handling.
  • Smaller and lighter as compared to other cameras in this price range.
  • Sharp and Clear Images.
  • WiFi connectivity to transfer images and even take remote control of the camera using Nikon’s Wireless mobile utility app.
  • Articulated screen for self-portraits.
  • With Wi-Fi and GPS are turned off, the battery lasts longer than 600 shots.

Cons

  • GPS does not work accurately and drains too much of battery.
  • Not many video optimization controls.
  • The live view needs improvement.
  • Can not record videos during Wi-Fi connection.

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Final Verdict: Nikon D5300 Review

Nikon D5300 DSLR Review

So, is this camera worth it? Let me answer you in a simple way. I am still going to buy Nikon D5300 if I am asked to buy a DSLR for photography at this price range. But for Videos, I would definitely look for better products in the market, maybe a Mirrorless one.

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Summing Up
  • 8/10
    Design - 8/10
  • 8.5/10
    Image Quality - 8.5/10
  • 7/10
    Video Quality - 7/10
  • 8.5/10
    Battery Life - 8.5/10
  • 8.5/10
    Value For Money - 8.5/10
8.1/10

Summary

D5300 is the best DSLR for a beginner at the price point of $ but lacks high-quality 4k video recording.

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