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conclusion:We like it

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Nikon's D5300 isn't a huge change from last year's D5200, so it might not be a must-upgrade, but it's still a good catch-all DSLR with excellent image quality. Camera Labs finds the physical changes to be relatively minor, with a "more square-shouldered" body that doesn't "change the way the camera feels in your hand." The D5300 uses a new image processing chip which CNET says provides "overall slightly better performance" but doesn't affect image quality in the least, with Digital Versus finding the colors are "more natural compared with the D5200." And while "focus can be slow," ePHOTOzine says "quality is good" for the D5300's video capabilities. With the D5200 being sold for almost $300 less than the D5300, it's hard to recommend the D5300 over its predecessor unless you absolutely care about the new imaging processor. Still, the D5300 is a solid all-purpose DSLR thanks to its speed, imaging and video quality.

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Critic reviews

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    6.6
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    7.6
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    8.0
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9.0
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    10
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    10
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    8.0
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8.0
Digital Photography Review Feb 11, 2014

The D5300 is a very good upper-entry-level DSLR with a high resolution sensor and solid video features. It's bigger than mirrorless competitors and it's priced on the high end of its class, but it won't let down a budding photographer.

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8.0
CNET AU Nov 25, 2013

There is nothing revolutionary about the D5300 that would give D5000-series owners the impetus to upgrade. But taken on its own merits, the D5300 is a competent SLR that has enough features to set itself apart from the pack.

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8.0
Macworld UK Dec 18, 2013

Despite the outward shiny-ness and more modest 600-shot rechargeable battery life, it could make for a longer term investment than the cheaper still Sony A3000 or your most basic entry level model.

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Digital Versus Dec 17, 2013

By ditching the low-pass filter, borrowing a sensor from a higher-end model, adding a new image processor, building in a GPS and Wi-Fi, improving the design, and speeding up performances, Nikon has made a triumphant return to the enthusiast DSLR market with the D5300.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Nov 19, 2013

While its new features don't make it a groundbreaking release, they add up to make it a better specified product for the entry-level and advanced amateur photographers it's out to target.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Nov 29, 2013

The Nikon D5300 certainly isn’t perfect, with the lack of a touchscreen and a high price-tag at launch two noticeable issues, it’s among best DSLRs on the market and is certainly worthy of consideration if you’re in the market for an upgrade from your first DSLR, CSC or advanced compact.

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8.0
T3 Dec 2, 2013

The Nikon D5300 has much to recommend it in a high pixel count and the versatility of a tilting LCD screen, along with alternative of an eye-level optical viewfinder plus the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity option anyone upgrading from a smartphone would expect.

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8.0
TechRadar Nov 27, 2013

Although the upgrades made to the D5200 by the D5300 are solid, they are unlikely to attract D5200 users to upgrade.

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8.0
Camera Labs Nov 1, 2013

With a couple of headline features guaranteed to get your attention, plus other significant enhancements the D5300 looks to be very tempting proposition. It's not without its faults though.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine Nov 8, 2013

With a 24.2 megapixel sensor, with no OLPF, the camera is capable of taking some very detailed and sharp photos, making it a camera you can grow into, and if you are prepared to invest in additional lenses, then you should be able to get the best out of the camera.

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9.0
Photography Blog Nov 19, 2013

D5200 owners probably won't find enough to tempt them to upgrade, but just like its predecessor the D5300 offers a compelling mix of excellent image quality, straight-forward handling and quick performance, all in a light and compact body.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 17, 2013

It's a mid-range model, the D5300, designed for consumers looking for an everyday interchangeable-lens camera with good performance and solid image quality. This camera replaces the D5200, adding a new 24.2-megapixel sensor without an optical low-pass filter.

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Digital Photography Review Oct 17, 2013

'Tis the season for iterative updates, apparently. The D5300, Nikon's second new DSLR in as many weeks comes less than a year after the announcement of its predecessor, the D5200, and while it doesn't represent a massive upgrade to the older camera it is improved in some meaningful ways.

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CNET Oct 16, 2013

The two highlights of the update are a slightly redesigned and noticeably smaller and lighter -- but not too small -- body, and the incorporation of a sensor without the OLPF, which should deliver sharper images.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 16, 2013

Despite being a familiar DSLR model, there's a lot to like about the D5300. It polishes up some of the already strong D5200's features to add extra sheen and goes in headstrong when it comes to sharing. It's not a quantum leap, mind, but does look like another solid Nikon release.

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Imaging Resource Oct 17, 2013

verall, we're very excited about the improvements in the Nikon D5300, especially its Wi-Fi and video capabilities, and we're eager to see if it performs once we get it in the IR Lab for testing.

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TechRadar Oct 16, 2013

While the upgrades made to the D5200 by the D5300 are solid, they are unlikely to attract D5200 users to upgrade. They do however, make the camera more attractive to photographers without a brand commitment.

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TrustedReviews Oct 17, 2013

There are certain areas, such as live view AF performance and the lack of a touchscreen, that might disappoint the target market, although we won’t know for certain until we get our hands on a full review unit.

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What Digital Camera Oct 17, 2013

While we've seen a fair bit of innovation recently across the market, Nikon plays it much safer with the D5300. Looking at the specification and at first glance at least, appears to be a suitable upgrade of the D5200, though there are still some areas that we feel need attention.

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ePHOTOzine Oct 17, 2013

Wi-Fi and GPS is built in so you can embed GPS data into the EXIF information, as well as share to social media websites, using the new and updated Nikon mobile app, available for Android and iOS devices. The app also allows remote operation of the camera.

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Photography Blog Oct 17, 2013

Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D5300 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, a new rival for the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i.

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