Nikon D5300 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor and pro­cess­ing

The D5300 shares the D3300’s sen­sor res­o­lu­tion, fourth gen­er­a­tion EXPEED im­age pro­ces­sor and lack of a low pass fil­ter. How­ever, the D5300 gives you the op­tion of cap­tur­ing RAW im­ages in 14-bit colour depth as well as just 12-bit.

Aut­o­fo­cus

The D5300’s Multi-Cam 4800 aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is more so­phis­ti­cated than the Multi-Cam 1000 mod­ule fit­ted to the D3200 and D3300. It has 39 sep­a­rate AF points in­stead of 11, and nine cross-type sen­sors in­stead of one. In our tests, it was much bet­ter at track­ing mov­ing sub­jects.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

The five-frames-per-sec­ond max­i­mum drive rate matches that of the D3300 and D5500, and you can keep fir­ing for 100 shots in JPEG qual­ity modes. In RAW mode the buf­fer is only big enough for 13 shots in 12-bit colour mode, and this sinks to just six shots in 14-bit colour mode.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

The me­ter­ing mod­ule is su­pe­rior to that of the D3300. It’s a higher-res­o­lu­tion sen­sor, and so is bet­ter able to an­a­lyse spe­cific points through­out the frame. Even so, ma­trix me­ter­ing, which takes the whole frame into ac­count, proved sim­i­lar to that of the D3300 in our tests.

Con­struc­tion

The D5300 was the first Nikon D-SLR to fea­ture a mono­coque shell. That’s since been copied in the D3300 and D5500, as it strikes an ex­cel­lent bal­ance be­tween light­weight build and sturdy rigid­ity. Switches, but­tons and di­als are all of Nikon’s usual high-qual­ity stan­dard.

Need to know

A gen­uine bonus for travel pho­tog­ra­phy or just hol­i­day snaps, the built-in GPS mod­ule en­ables you to geo­tag your im­ages so they can au­to­mat­i­cally take their place in the world. The GPS is neat for shar­ing im­ages on­line, even if it can’t help you find your way home.

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