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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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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