Nikon D5300 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor

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.

Aut­o­fo­cus

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.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

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.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

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.

Con­struc­tion

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.

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