The D5300 at a glance
AF assist lamp
The autofocus assist lamp takes its usual position, just inside the finger grip.
There’s the typical provision of infrared receivers on the front and rear, for remote controllers.
Drive mode button
This takes up a new position and is uniquely placed in this group of cameras, just below the lens release button.
The new monocoque body includes shrouding for the Menu, i, and AE-L/AF-L buttons.
Labelling makes it look as if GPS and Wi-Fi options might be available from the Live View lever, but they’re actually accessed via the Setup menu.
Shooting mode dial
Building on the D5200’s options in the Effects shooting mode, the D5300 adds Toy camera and HDR Painting.
As with all but the D7100 in this group, there’s only a single command dial, and no sub-command dial around the front.
The articulated screen is larger than the D5200’s: 3.2 rather than three inches, and 1,037,000 pixels rather than 921,000.
Zoom and Delete
The placement is almost identical to on the D5200, with only subtle changes to the positions of the zoom and delete buttons, and the memory card access lamp.