Nikon D5300

With built-in Wi-Fi, this cam­era is bet­ter con­nected than all the oth­ers in the group, and boasts per­for­mance to match

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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.

Per­for­mance

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

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