|In December 2012, the Nikon D5200 hit the market. However, in October 2013, the Nikon D5300 had already been announced: another 24 megapixel Nikon DX-format D-SLR, a state-of-the-art camera with built-in Wi-Fi and gps and–as with the Nikon D7100–a sensor without a low-pass filter.
The omission of that filter leads in theory to a higher resolution and better signal-to-noise ratio at higher ISO values. And–in theory–leaving out that filter also increases the risk of moiré: a disturbing interference pattern with very fine, regular pattern.
The Nikon D5300 is general not chosen because there is something wrong with the image quality or the ease of use of the Nikon D5200. Those are top. The Nikon D5300 is chosen by photographers who are avid about the use of social media. The question we try to answer is, of course, whether you notice anything in practice with these theoretical advantages and disadvantages that we just mentioned.
Connectivity: “I AM SHARING MY VIEW”
|Photos taken with the Nikon D5300 can be instantly shared via the built-in Wifi function, which connects the camera directly with a smartphone or tablet. It’s all pretty simple. First download the free software “Wireless Mobile Utility” on your smartphone, and you can get started. We’ll come back to this in more detail later.
The Nikon D5300 distinguishes itself from most modern SLRs by the built-in gps, which automatically stores the location where a picture was taken in the EXIF information (“geotagging”). That is not only useful for someone who uses social media: If you view a shot in Lightroom, and you don’t know anymore where it was taken, then you click on the gps coordinates and Google maps is opened to the location where the photo was taken. Don’t expect the location to appear exactly down to the meter. Our neighbors made more Nikon D5300 test shots than we did, if you believe the gps data. On the right, you’ll see a red cross on the place where we took five outdoor pictures with the D5300, and 5 labels from the gps information that was stored in the RAW files. Not perfect, but more than good enough for me.
|The Research and Development Department had very little time between the appearance of the Nikon D5200 and the Nikon D5300 to make changes. So there are more similarities than differences. Both cameras fit comfortably in your hand and are quick and easy to operate. Still, there are quite a few differences between the D5300 and the D5200 to discover. The design of the Liveview lever at the top of the camera (1) changed. And there is a notch added next to the display (2), that lets you more simply unfold the rotating, flip-out display. For this, a few buttons on the back are moved a bit. Also, the i-button to the right of the eyepiece is slightly larger, making it less likely that you accidentally change the diopter setting of the viewfinder.
|It’s a pity that image transport button, which on the Nikon D5200 is on the right of the PASM button, on the D5300 is removed in favor of the WiFi and GPS logos.
Autofocus speed and precision
The auto focus is fast and reliable. Compared to other SLRs in the consumer segment from Nikon, we see no significant differences. Much naturally depends on the body/lens combination; there are few fixed-focal length bright lenses that perform better than a lower-brightness kit lens. The AF of the Nikon D5300 has more fields than the D3200, up to 39 instead of 11.
Conclusion Nikon D5300 review
|Look in our list of tested cameras for specifications or a comparison of this performance with that of other cameras.
|The Nikon D5300 is light, convenient and easy to operate. Compared to the (cheaper) Nikon D3200, the D5300 offers not only GPS and WiFi, but the D5300 also has a fold-out screen, bracketing and HDR capabilities, and more AF-fields.
Omitting a low-pass filter leads in theory to a higher signal-to-noise ratio at high ISO values, higher resolution and a greater risk of moiré. In practice, you won’t notice the difference. In terms of video performance, the Nikon D5300 is among the very best APS-C cameras. This camera is just as good as the D5200 Nikon or Nikon D7100. The Nikon D5300 differs from both other Nikons and most other modern SLRs-on connectivity. If you like photos of professional quality and you want to geotag, modify them in-camera and share them directly on social media, this camera makes that easy. In our test of the Nikon D5200, we mentioned that we found it regrettable that there was no Wi-Fi and GPS on it. Those downsides were quickly eliminated by Nikon.