Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera Body: Tell beautiful stories with this camera, either through stunning photographs or with powerful videos. Instantly share them online as well as text them to friends and family using your smartphone or tablet.
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D5300 is a great upgrade from my 2008 D60
Posted by: HermanH from: on
The D5300 is a replacement for my 6 year old D60 Nikon.
I'm an amateur photographer but some of the shots have come out well for me. What I'm impressed with is the swivel LCD with the "live" view. On many occasions, I'm now able to do overhead shots and actually capture what I'm able to see, unlike the D60 where I'd take a few shots and pray one was framed nicely.
I also had a chance to try some of the effect and the color-select is awesome as I've never had that capability before. Yes, 6 years is a long time between camera's so when you read this review, keep in mind the time between what I was used to in my D60, and the D5300 I have today. This is a camera worth purchasing an upgraded lens for (18-300mm f3.5-5.6 DX). The video capability is icing. I haven't used it yet but I think it'll be handy if the camera is already out and I need to capture something, otherwise, my Samsung S4 does the job pretty well.
Overall, if you're like me and are still using a 6 year old DX format Nikon, I highly recommend this as an upgrade.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great camera at this price point
Posted by: Doug6096 from: Boise, ID on
This is a terrific compact DSLR. The compact body means you have to depend on the menus to make many of your choices, but the menus are relatively easy for a seasoned photographer to understand. They might be a bit much for a beginner though. There are great auto and scene modes that would be perfect for beginning photographers, which would probably improve the quality of their photos while eliminating the need for them to muck around in the menus.
The WiFi works extremely well. You can use your phone as a remote, or use it to grab and email that great shot to a friend at the party that says "can I get that one?" You say yes and in a few seconds the friend is viewing it on their phone. It also is great for moving those photos to your tablet or laptop.
The battery life is not as good as it was with the D5000 but that could also be because I am testing out all the features like WiFi and GPS. I still wish I could adjust exposure compensation while in auto modes. The "sports" scene works well for that hockey game but the ice is muddy because the scene needs compensation. This forces me to either forego the auto modes, or clean it up in software. ThIs seemingly obvious oversight makes it feel like an engineer designed the camera rather than a photographer.
Video seems gimmicky for this kind of camera, but I must admit it is easy to use and works very well. Of course, the built-in HDR is also a cool option.
The low light capability is improved over the D5000 but still not as good as many old high-end film cameras.
Overall, I would give this 9 out of 10 stars based on my skill level and needs. Overall a great camera and highly recommended.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Great Prosumer Camera
Posted by: JPeg from: on
This is my first DSLR camera, after a long hiatus from a Nikon F5 Pro Camera that I reluctantly traded in for cash over 15 years ago. I vowed to get a D1... well, obviously, we are up to D5 , which is about three times the price of what I got my new F5. While cameras have advanced, I haven't. This d5300 is just perfect for my re-entry into photography. While it is not as fast to shoot live action sports, it has all of the tools that I need. I can still get auto fucus through the Lenses, if I choose. It still has the weight ( while not weather proof), and is wifi. I have used nikkor lenses to shoot portraits and interior scenes over the past weeks and I am in heaven allover again. I am sure, as I advance, I will pick up a pro camera, and keep this one as a camera. Videos are professional quality as well. While this has an adjustable viewfinder screen, that makes it looks like a consumer model, I only use that for video shooting, preferring to use the larger screen for my settings, oppose to the optional live views for my still shots. The pop up flash? , well it is a consumer model, however it does take a hot-shoe flash. It is simple to use, with professional quality....
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Posted by: NikonD5300chic from: Columbus, OH on
Just a basic review:
I upgraded from a Canon Rebel T5i to the Nikon D5300 (yes this is def an upgrade) and all I can say is the difference is amazing.
The photos are more crisp even with the kit lens it comes with. There are not as many buttons like the rebel so on some things you have to go into the menu but once you get in there it's a breeze to find anything you need easily.
I love that I can do most of my editing from my camera even the RAW format because I do not have any photo editing software that can edit RAW files, and with the wifi i can easily transfer the photo to my iphone or laptop and upload it.
The wifi is great! I've used my iphone as a remote for my camera, i can zoom in using my phone and snap the photo and not worry about any camera shake even on a tripod. The wifi is easy to use and it connects quickly, i have not had any issues at all and have not lost connection.
The viewfinder is clear, and the live view screen is very clear as well (but i do not use the live view i look through the viewfinder).
This also has in camera HD processing! You can create a lot of custom settings.
It takes great photos at higher ISO, I've not gone past 800 though, there is a little noise but nothing that takes away from the photo or makes the photo look bad.
As for video, I cannot speak to that because I do not take video with it.
The battery life for me is great and I take a lot of photos when I'm and i do not own a second battery.
This camera I believe is great for beginners and advanced because there is so much you can do with it. I have a friend who is advanced semi pro and he uses the D5300 more than his Canon Mark 5. Side by side the photos beautiful with very little difference on the same settings, though having the full frame sensor canon does have its pluses, if it's out of your price range or any of the Nikon full frames are as well, the D5300 is a great camera with amazing features that can create amazing images.
I love this camera and since I do not plan on going pro, I do not see myself upgrading to a full frame anytime in the near future because there just isn't a need with the quality this camera puts out, and believe me, I'm very picky about how an image comes out.
I purchased from Best Buy because it was the lowest price I found and you receive membership rewards points with your best buy card!
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Very nice upgrade
Posted by: KevinS888 from: on
We brought this as an upgrade from our old D80. Wow, much lighter, much faster, much better picture, using the same lens. We love it. The live view display will get some time to get used to, but the 1080p video were awesome.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Love the 5300. I have two of them.
Posted by: Gordon from: on
I absolutely love this camera. I actually bought a second one! Primarily I do wildlife photography using Nikkor 200-500 and 70-300 mm lenses. The only problem I've had is that one of the 5300's occasionally locks up and I have to remove the SD card and battery to reset it. Nikon offered to check it out for me (still under warranty) but it's so minor that it's not worth the hassle of sending the camera to them.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
A fantastic camera
Posted by: Bunny from: on
This Nikon camera is so powerful because it has the capability in sending beautiful pictures via WiFi. It's light and easy to use. This camera is also especially well-suited to the beginner professional photographers. It has so much functions such as zooming and contrasting. The resolution of the pictures is marvelous. Love what this Nikon to do for us in every day's life.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Diesel from: on
Overall very happy with this purchase. I upgraded from a DSLR that was over 5 years old and the low light performance of this one is noticeably better. Takes crisp pictures and has great color as well.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Really a nice compact package
Posted by: Lenshog from: on
I bought this camera for it's size and weight. I shoot mostly urban and street with the D5300. This camera with my 50mm f/1.4 is a great combo. Image quality is stellar and the controls are just right for on the fly adjustments.
The one thing I will recommend is to use a high quality lens on this camera. It will quickly out resolve lower end glass.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Very Happy With My Purchase
Posted by: Catalina from: on
I'm a pro photographer and wanted a new camera, but didn't want to invest a small fortune. This camera body was just what I wanted/needed and the price was right. I've taken roughly 6,000 photos within the first month of owning the camera and I'm VERY pleased. It's easy to use (very similar to other Nikons I've owned) and processes images quickly. Images are very clear. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.