Nikon D5300 Review: Better images, better video and advanced features give this mid-range DSLR a leg up


posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM EDT


We've just published our full Nikon D5300 review, and this updated mid-level consumer DSLR takes the well-reviewed D5200 and packs in a handful of high-end features. Sporting a newly developed 24.2MP sensor without an AA filter for enhanced sharpness, and Nikon's latest EXPEED 4 processor for better high ISO handling and 1080/60p HD video, the D5300 brings a lot to the table in terms of image quality and performance. The addition of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS (a first for a Nikon DSLR) makes this compact, mid-range DSLR an excellent choice for upgrading beginners and budding enthusiasts alike.

The build quality and design of the D5300 are fairly straightforward for a consumer-oriented DSLR, yet the camera nevertheless is very comfortable in the hand with a nice, solid build. Nikon's also managed to cram in a larger, 3.2-inch hi-res LCD, while still making the D5300 a few cubic centimeters smaller than its predecessor. Plus, the built-in Wi-Fi and GPS modules make sharing and remote shooting as well as geo-tagging photos a much simpler process (though the GPS was a little frustrating to use at first).

In terms of image quality and performance, the D5300 is a solid performer for its class of camera. Not only does it have great image quality, but the improved resolution and better high ISO performance makes it a clear winner over the D5200. RAW images also have excellent dynamic range, though uncorrected RAW files can display noticeable CA, distortion and vignetting produced by the 18-140mm kit lens (some of which the camera corrects in its JPEG processing). Still, the new 18-140mm lens offers a lot more reach than the typical kit lens, and offers decent optical performance for its type.


There are some downsides, however, but none that are too severe. With the lack of an optical low-pass filter, the D5300 can produce crisper and sharper fine detail than the D5200, but at the risk of moiré and aliasing. The D5300 does a pretty good job at suppressing moiré in JPEGs in most cases, though. Other quibbles include slow Live View AF and limited Wi-Fi remote control capabilities.

However, all in all, the D5300 is another solid consumer DSLR from the folks at Nikon. Head on over to our full Nikon D5300 review for our reviewer Jason Schneider's experience taking this new DSLR out for a spin, plus our analysis and final conclusions.