With built-in Wi-Fi, this camera is better connected than all the others in the group, and boasts performance to match
DX-FORMAT SLR Nikon D5300 £505, $745 (body only) www.nikon.com
With the current vogue for the interconnectedness of all things, it’s perhaps surprising that the D5300 is the only camera in this entire group to have built-in Wi-Fi. A free companion app for Android and iOS smart devices enables easy sharing. Equally unique in this group, the D5300 also has builtin GPS, so you can automatically geotag your photos. It’s a neat bonus for travel photography. To offset the extra drain on battery life, there’s also a new, highercapacity EN-EL14a battery (as used in the D3300).
Further attractions include a fully articulated LCD, which is both larger and has a slightly higher resolution than that of the D5200. The 14.2-megapixel image sensor gets an updated EXPEED 4 image processor, and there are enhancements for stills and video shooting. For stills, an extra stop in the standard and expanded sensitivity ranges reaches ISO12800 and ISO25600 respectively, and there’s also now the choice of 12-bit or 14bit RAW colour depth. Video is boosted to 1080p with a 50p or 60p frame-rate, compared with the D5200’s 25/30p.
Both metering and auto white balance tend to be more accurate and more consistent compared with the older D3200 and D5200 cameras, and even the D7100. The removal of the optical low-pass filters pays dividends for retention of fine detail and texture in images, and overall image quality is gorgeous. It’s a great camera.
Images look beautifully natural with accurate colour and superb detail