Nikon D5300

The new­est model in our test, it’s a very ad­vanced DX­for­mat Nikon, and eas­ily finds its place in the world

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Fol­low­ing on from the D800e and D7100, the D5300 has no op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter. This brings the po­ten­tial for even greater lev­els of sharp­ness, along with only a min­i­mal in­creased risk of moiré pat­tern­ing. More­over, the D5300 also boasts a brand­new im­age sen­sor, com­plete with next-gen­er­a­tion Expeed 4 pro­ces­sor. The com­bi­na­tion aims for im­proved im­age qual­ity, es­pe­cially to­wards the higher end of the sen­si­tiv­ity range. The stan­dard sen­si­tiv­ity range it­self stretches fur­ther than in any other Nikon DX-for­mat cam­era, all the way up to ISO12800, with ISO25600 be­ing avail­able in ex­panded mode.

High-tech en­hance­ments in­clude built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, en­abling easy shar­ing of im­ages as well as geo-tag­ging, so you can keep track of your trav­els. There’s nat­u­rally a hit on bat­tery con­sump­tion but Nikon has also de­vel­oped and fit­ted a new EN-EL14a bat­tery. The D5300 ac­tu­ally has a longer bat­tery life than the D5200 – 600 shots rather than 500. Adding fur­ther to the D5300’s travel cre­den­tials, it’s slightly smaller and lighter than the D5200, thanks to a rev­o­lu­tion­ary mono­coque shell.

Per­for­mance

As with the D5200, Live View shoot­ing from tricky an­gles ben­e­fits from a fully ar­tic­u­lated LCD screen, and the screen it­self has been en­larged a lit­tle to 3.2 inches, with a greater 1,037,000-pixel res­o­lu­tion. The big­gest per­for­mance in­creases are in the ac­cu­racy of the Auto White Bal­ance and the colour ren­di­tion, along with ex­cel­lent lev­els of sharp­ness. How­ever, the pur­suit of greater re­ten­tion of fine de­tail in im­ages has meant noise can be slightly more no­tice­able, es­pe­cially when shoot­ing at high ISO set­tings. Pros… Ex­cel­lent sharp­ness, good colour ac­cu­racy, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, fully ar­tic­u­lated LCD screen. Cons… Di­rect ac­cess con­trols are a lit­tle limited, with heavy re­liance on screen-based menus.

Build

A new mono­coque de­sign, with the whole shell be­ing man­u­fac­tured in a sin­gle piece, adds strength and rigid­ity.

From the top

Typ­i­cal of cam­eras in this class, there’s no sec­ondary info LCD on the top plate, plac­ing re­liance on rear-screen menus.

Around the back

The LCD screen is slightly larger in size and res­o­lu­tion than the D5200’s, but re­tains the bonus of full ar­tic­u­la­tion.

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