Nikon D5300 Key facts
The D5300’s image sensor has the same 14.2-megapixel resolution as the D3200’s and D3300’s. The optical low-pass filter has been omitted to give the potential for greater fine detail in images. The image processor is the new EXPEED 4 device.
There’s no change in the Multi-Cam 4800DX autofocus module, as used in the D7000 and D5200. It has 39 AF points, nine cross-type. This also matches the D600 and subsequent D610 FX (fullframe) bodies, so it’s now well established and boasts good performance.
There’s no speed increase over the D5200, both cameras having a maximum burst rate of five frames per second. However, because the D5300 has an option for 12-bit as well as 14-bit colour depth for its RAW quality mode, the memory buffer can hold either 13 or six shots respectively.
On paper, the 3D Colour Matrix II metering module with its 2016 pixels is the same as that used in the older D5200 and D7100. However, in our tests, the D5300 proved a little more accurate and consistent in its metering, especially under very bright and sunny lighting conditions.
The D5300 was the first Nikon SLR to use a monocoque design, where the body is made from a single piece of material. It feels robust and very well made. As with the D5200, the articulated screen is a joy to use, and you can fold the active side of the screen away for protection.
Need to know
Control over dynamic range is better than in the D3200 and D3300. As well as a customisable HDR option, the Active D-lighting system is more advanced. Instead of simply being able to switch it on or off, there are various automatic and manual options available.