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85
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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

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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Key Specs

Type
DSLR
Lens mount
Nikon F
Resolution (effective)
24.2 megapixels
Sensor size
Other
Memory card
SD
Model
body only

General

Type
DSLR (Nikon F) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
24.2 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Other (23.5x15.6 mm)
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal, External) (Front curtain, Rear curtain, Slow, Red eye)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (39 points) (Af tracking, Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":4000, "2":30} secs

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Other)
White balance modes
Auto, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade

Other features

Location support
Yes (Internal)
Self-timer
Yes
5 fps (max)
Screen size
3.2 inches
Screen type
LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine
Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
WiFi
Yes (Internal)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
600
Model
with 18-140mm lens

General

Type
DSLR (Nikon F) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
24.2 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Other (23.5x15.6 mm)
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal, External) (Front curtain, Rear curtain, Slow, Red eye)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (39 points) (Af tracking, Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":4000, "2":30} secs

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Other)
White balance modes
Auto, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade

Other features

Location support
Yes (Internal)
Self-timer
Yes
5 fps (max)
Screen size
3.2 inches
Screen type
LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine
Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
WiFi
Yes (Internal)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
600
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