Nikon D5300 Review

 
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Nikon D5300 Flash


Flash Test Results

Coverage and Range
Uneven coverage and inconsistent flash performance with the kit lens. Our standard portrait shots required less than average exposure compensation.

18mm 140mm
Normal Flash
+0.3 EV
Slow-Sync Flash
Default

Coverage and Exposure. Flash coverage was rather uneven at wide angle (18mm), with very dark corners. The lens also cast a shadow at the bottom of our test frame. Coverage at telephoto (140mm) was better despite being very dim, though still somewhat uneven. (Some of the corner shading is due to the lens itself, though.) For our Indoor Portrait scene test, the Nikon D5300's flash required only +0.3 EV exposure compensation adjustment to get bright results with our Nikkor 60mm lens at f/4, which is a bit better than average for DSLRs we've tested. The camera's Slow-Sync flash mode at 1/15 second produced bright results without any compensation, though with a stronger pinkish-orange cast from the ambient room lighting.

Flash Range: Wide Angle
6 ft 7 ft 8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft
Click to see D5300FL06W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL07W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL08W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL09W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL10W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL11W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
12 ft 13 ft 14 ft 15 ft 16 ft
Click to see D5300FL12W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL13W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL14W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL15W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL16W.JPG
1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200

Flash Range: Telephoto
6 ft 7 ft 8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft
Click to see D5300FL06T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL07T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL08T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL09T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL10T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL11T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
12 ft 13 ft 14 ft 15 ft 16 ft
Click to see D5300FL12T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL13T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL14T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL15T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see D5300FL16T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200

ISO 200 Range. With the kit lens at wide angle, the Nikon D5300's flash exposures started out dim at 6 feet, got a little brighter at 7 and 8 feet, then became dimmer again. Our flash range series remained underexposed at all distances we test. At the telephoto end, flash intensity started out a bit dim at 6 feet and also remained dimmer than ideal, while varying quite a bit as well. These are odd results, and we wouldn't be surprised if a firmware update is pending to fix this behavior.


Manufacturer-Specified Flash Range
105mm@f/5.6
Click to see D5300FL_MFR098M0200.JPG
9.8 feet
ISO 200

Manufacturer Specified Flash Test. The Nikon D5300's built-in flash has a Guide Number (GN) of 12 meters (39 feet) in Auto mode at ISO 100. That translates to about 9.8 feet at f/5.6 at ISO 200. In the shot above at those settings the D5300 appears to perform to Nikon's specification, producing a bright exposure at the rated distance. It's interesting that this shot is well-exposed at 105mm, while the shot at 10 feet in our range series at full telephoto using the same aperture is underexposed. Our standard test method for flash range uses a fixed setting of ISO 200, to provide a fair basis of comparison between cameras. We've now also begun shooting two shots using the manufacturer-specified camera settings, at the range the company claims for the camera, to assess the validity of the specific claims.

 



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