Nikon D5300 Key facts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.