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