Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18–55mm VR lens: Achieve crystal-clear shots and high-definition movie footage using the D5300, which comes with a 18–55mm lens that uses VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization to limit the effects of camera shake and vibration. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you wireless connect to compatible mobile devices, so you can easily share captured footage with friends, relatives, clients and more.
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Great Camera with Some nice new features
Posted by: Interwoven8688 from: Ny on
I have owned a Nikon D5000 for a couple of years and really wanted to upgrade to WiFi and GPS. I researched and found out the D5300 had the GPS which was eliminated form the newer mode so I opted for this one over the newer version. Though I do not use the Kit lens that much I did decide on getting the one with the lens over body only as the new 18-55 Kit lens is changed a bit and collapses down to be more compact for travel.
The camera is loaded with features and suffice to say you are best to just read up on them. A couple that I like over the D5000 I had:
1. GPS is nice as it tags photo location. It works well and I haven't had any issues with it.
2. The WiFi works well and the app d nice as you can take a photo from your phone. Works good for tripod shots and HDR bracketing.
3. The screen is nice and crisp.
4. The 24mpx though not needed is nice to allow more cropping.
All in all I would recommend this camera especially now that it is a bit older and the price has dropped. It's a good value.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Vanessa from: on
I really have enjoyed this camera. I read several reviews on here and even went to YouTube. All reviews were great so I went ahead and bit the bullet! I have to say, I am so glad I went with the Nikon over Canon! This camera takes amazing pictures! I love uploading them to social media accounts. Everyone's always asking what kind of camera I use. I gravitate more toward nature photography. The lense it comes with is nice, although not my favorite, but it's decent! Kit lenses are usually like that. But for a beginner it's definitely a great one. I love the fact that it has wifi! This makes it SO easy to get the pictures to my phone without the hassle of connecting it to my computer. Only downside is if you have an iPhone you can't transfer video to your phone through the cameras wifi... But I've heard that with android you can! Battery life is great. I am very happy with this camera. It's definitely a steal! The price is great for what you're getting. It's easy to use, auto mode for beginners and once you get more familiar with it you can step up the quality! I definitely say go with this one. I was on the fence... But I don't regret my purchase one bit!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Love it, Love it, Love it!!!
Posted by: BearGirl from: canton, MI on
I have compared 4 Nikon SLR cameras and this one is the best, hands down! I am SO very happy I bought this camera.
The picture clarity is awesome!
Picture noise is not an issue! With the others it was an issue, but not with this one!
Easy to use!
This camera is SO LIGHTWEIGHT!
My lenses work better on this camera than they did on the previous models!
And this is so fun to use!
I am an avid nature photographer enthusiast and love taking shots of birds in flight. They come out clear!! Of course it takes work, but this camera makes it fun and when the day is done you have great pictures to show for your work.
I only use the manual settings and I am so pleased with how interactive they are. The display is easy to read and understand and also informative.
I am so pleased with this camera! I spent about a week with each camera, but after less than an hour with this one, I was totally sold.
And the battery life is great, too.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: JGreene from: on
This is a VERY nice entry-level to intermediate camera for the price! We did a lot of research before making the purchase and felt for the flexibility, this was the camera for us. I wish it was weatherized but I can't complain too much about that, it's still a great value.
Feature-packed and ready to go anywhere from full Auto to Full Manual depending on your experience level. We haven't tried the video on it yet but hope to soon.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great Enthusiast DSLR!
Posted by: MrMusic1 from: MN on
I been a Nikon user for some time and use Full Frame Cameras and I use mirror-less as well. I shoot mostly landscape and kids sports for my family, this camera does what it needs to do and does it well. The sensor is the same sensor in the Nikon D7100, the main differences is body and manual controls the D7100 has over the D5300. That being said there are some features that come in handy that the D7100 doesn't have. The Articulating screen and the ability to shoot 1080p/60p with the D5300 sets it apart from the D7100 in some ways. Both of these cameras will shoot still very well, with the D5300 you just have to do more of the adjustments through the menu which is easy too do. A good lens selection I would recommend is the 18mm-140mm is much better quality than the kit lens and for sports look no further than the 70mm-300mm VR lens and if you want to do great portrait shots the Nikon 35mm 1.8 should be on your short list. Great camera for the money and very ease to navigate and use, and you will get top notch quality shots with this new sensor.
Great quality Stills
Ease of use
Smooth Great looking 1080p/60 video
Great Lens selection
Not a many manual controls
Not weather sealed.
Great all around camera!
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Loving this Camera
Posted by: C4Scheetz from: on
I purchased this after reading tons of reviews and comparisons between the 5300, the 3300 and the Canon rebel series. I'm nowhere near a professional level photographer, more along the lines of a momtographer who knows enough to be dangerous. I previously used a Nikon 1 J3 so I was pretty familiar with the Nikon platform.
This camera was super easy to use out of the box. The 55mm kit lens actually does a great job with images. I did find that some of the buttons and settings were difficult to find, but a quick glance at the manual answered my questions. It's small enough that it fits in my hands really well and all of the buttons are within easy reach. It's pretty easy to make adjustments on the fly, and getting the correct focus is much easier than I thought! The integrated wifi was a breeze once you found the setting in the menu, worked great with the app.
Overall, I've only has this camera a month and used it a handful of times but so far I absolutely love it and am so glad I spent the extra money for this model.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great camera for anybody
Posted by: carvel45 from: on
I bought the Nikon D5300 for my husband after he went through 3 Canon DSLR's in 5 yrs. He keeps wearing out the shutters. So I thought we would give the Nikon brand a try. After using the D5300 and our D3300 for about a month and half. He says he likes the Nikons better. they are easier to use, and create sharper photos and videos. I think he has finally converted from Canon to Nikon.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Perfect entry level camera set up.
Posted by: Xander from: on
Digital excellence in both stills and video, very user friendly, streamline creative workflow with the built in wifi, I couldn't have asked for more out this sale at this price point. Worth every penny!!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
A proper point-and-shoot upgrade
Posted by: PYROned from: Indiana on
Best Buy: I am reviewing a camera, not a potato. Why am I limited to 5mb per image?
I am a photography enthusiast not a photographer.
I chose this camera over the D3300 because of the additional AF points.
I chose this camera over the D7100 because I wanted to fit better glass in my budget.
I chose this camera over the a6000 because of the lens options and my history with the D5000.
Let's start with the 18-55mm VR lens that comes with the camera. I call it the selfie foodie indoor lens because those are the things I use it for. It is fast but don't expect it to reach out and grab your subject in the real world. Budget for good glass, you are buying a great camera. I purchased a 55-300mm VR lens with the camera. It has not disappointed me.
The body fits well in my large hands. It is light and compact compared to full frame cameras. There is not a dedicated ISO button but the function button is defaulted to control ISO. I find this hard to find when I need to make sudden ISO adjustments. I often accidentally hit the flash button. The other buttons are right where I want them. The menu is easy to use but I usually have the screen folded in once the settings are dialed in.
With upgraded glass the D5300 is sometimes slow using all of the autofocus points. To remedy this, the menu option allows you to select a single point or group of points. You will certainly want to do this if you are shooting anything that moves.
The auto mode tends to be all over the place. It will take good photos but if you want great photos plan to switch to manual or one of the priority settings.
The live view is slow. I don't use it.
I still have not found a setting to prevent the flash from popping up. I need to find this soon.
GPS and Wifi are neat features but I do not use them. I rather save the battery and note where I took the photos using a pen and pad of paper.
As a weekend warrior, I have not had the best luck with outdoor action shots in low light with the 55-300mm. Working with my aperture limitations, I either have to sacrifice shutter speed or ISO. I prefer to the latter but higher ISO settings will lead to noisy shots and subsequent editing time.
This camera shines in good lighting conditions or with stationary objects.
If you are a weekend warrior you will love this camera. If you are looking to push the limits you might want to save for a full body DSLR.
Like all things, practice leads to improvement. Happy shooting!
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Can't stop loving it
Posted by: Ajdin from: chicago on
So before I bought a 1 000 dollar DSLR, I made a lot of research about the camera and it took months to choose the right camera and to be honest I'm super happy that I choose the Nikon d5300, I've had it for almost 2 months and I've taken over 3 000 pictures (probably more). Something that I've found untrue in a lot of reviews is that the battery is "bad" or that it only last for like 500-600 pictures, but after using it for 2 months i've only charged it 2 times, and i've been recording videos as well
Before I bought the nikon I've been using an old canon for probably 3-4 years and I never felt that passionated for photography, but after only 2 months i've gone from taking pictures in automatic mode and not knowing that much about ISO and so on, but when I started using the nikon I fell in love with cameras and photography.
One thing you should know if you're buying this camera is that you have to buy a memory card with at least 32 GB, because when you use the highest picture quality with raw it will easily take 10-12 mb + 20-30mb per picture but you know what when you see the result of the picture you're going to be more then happy!