Presenting the new advanced beginner Dslr camera from Nikon, the D 5300 supersedes the D 5200 and subtly adapts a few elements from the entry level D 3200 and the advanced D 7100. Built with a 24 Mega Pixel Sensor, images are supposedly well composed, there is a rear articulated LCD that is a wee bit larger than its older cousins, the 3.2” LCD screen has 1.04 million dots, it is can certainly capture reality like never before. The camera is a tad lighter and a bit smaller than the previous models. The camera has more controls than the previous models however; it lacks a few elements (just like any camera).
What would totally impress you is the fact that you can shoot HD video’s (1080/60 p) with new and refined video shooting video modes. The 3.2 inch screen complements the videos quite well. Depending on how social you are, there are new additions such as inbuilt Wifi and Gps. They are a comparatively new addition to the Nikon Line of Dslr’s. The Battery backup is better than before, with the ability to capture 600 shots in a single charge, as compared to the 500 shots with the D 5200, there seems to be a significant improvement. Users also have a varied choice of lenses to choose from (200+).
To begin with, Nikon has sensibly added a 24.1 MegaPixel DX format CMOS Sensor (but the OLPF has been excluded) the camera comes with the latest EXPEED 4 Processor and needless to say, processing would be as fast as dating speed. The ISO ranges from 100-12, 800 standard and can be expanded upto 25,600 as per usage. Nikon also offers 5 fps continuous shooting. The wide range of 39 AF points are certainly a photographers fantasy (9 of the sensors are cross type) The RGB metering sensor boasts 2016 pixels. With an inbuilt stereo mic, the camera offers 1080p 60 video and movie recording. The D5300 also has a vari-angle LCD monitor.
Nikon has a reputation for using high quality plastic parts unlike canon. The D5300’s build quality is undeniably good. Albeit its price, all the Nikon Dslr’s maintain their reputation in the quality department. The grip of the camera is pretty handy, the rubbery leather finish helps keep your hand firm while shooting.
The D5200 and D5300 have the same button positioning so; users shouldn’t get their hopes high with the buttons. It is completely subjective as per the users’ requirement. You can directly access the basic essential buttons such as aperture, shutter speed without having to constantly keep your eyes away from the viewfinder. Although, the advanced options would require the user to dig in deep into the settings, basic photography can be taken care of without much concern. While there remain plenty of similarities with the D5200, the new D 5300 is a progressive upgrade. A few notable changes might be in line with the current photo and video sharing trend on the go. What’s, interesting is that users can connect the phone to their smartphones too (using Wi fi) thereby gaining maximum likes on their freshly shot pictures. Users can also share the location of the shot using the inbuilt GPS module. The design and hardware upgrades with Nikon are usually hard to find but it is what lies within that really matters the most.
Similar to the D5200, the D5300 also has a 24 Mega Pixel CMOS Sensor. But, what differentiate both the cameras is the quality, sharpness and clarity of images that users derive out of the D5300. The reason behind a better resolution is the lack of a low pass filter. Shooting with a powerful camera that has 24 Mega Pixels at your service is certainly a feast to the eyes. Users can definitely feel proud of their work with focus lying on the detail and composition each image carries.
Users can try their hands at Wild Life photography for exceptional results. If you are concerned about upgrading to a better lens, you wouldn’t have to worry. Even if you shoot images from a certain distance, you can crop the image accordingly and the image would still retain the sharpness and clarity. Enough to get praises on social networking sites? Since, the camera carries commendable pixels; the image size would be huge. The standard 2 GB or 4 GB memory cards would be full in a jiffy. It is recommended that you carry a higher capacity memory card.
The performance friendly Nikon D 5300 is fast and accurate thanks to its new and improved processor. The 39 Auto Focus system also comes in handy for those looking at cutting edge photography, 9 out of the 39 points are cross type which help users focus faster in low light conditions.
Belonging to the Full-HD video recording series, the D5300 can shoot super high quality videos. However, the catch lies in the lenses you choose. Even the default lens that accompanies the camera shoots a distinctive video.
It is a good upgrade from the D3100 or D5100. If you are looking for cheaper versatile camera’s, you can opt for the D7000 or D7100, which provides better controls and better shooting compositions. Although there is a lot to like about this camera, there are a few drawbacks such as; the missing image stabilization, a small viewfinder, not really a weather proof camera, and the focusing is a tad slow.
If you are a spend thrift and an advanced photographer, this camera would be a good buy.
This camera costs about Rs. 65,000 + (with lens).
18-140 mm Lens Kit:
While some of you are wondering which lens would be perfect for your D5300, there is no answer to that question, users can always choose the combo kit that comes with an 18-55 mm basic lens that serves both Macro photography needs and provides good looking landscape photos too. Users can also avail the benefits of the 18-140 mm VR lens that is suitable for users who like to experiment with wildlife / sports photography, even though a 55-300 lens would serve better for the purpose. Although the results might vary depending on the distance of the lens from the subject, the users wouldn't have to frown about their shots. The combo kit comes with an 8GB card as well. It is better opting for a combo kit to determine which kind of photography suits you best.
Nikon D5300 with 18-140 mm Lens Kit Rivals:
Canon EOS 70D with 18-135 mm Lens Kit
Canon EOS 60D with 18-135 mm Lens Kit
Canon EOS 700D with 18-135 mm Lens Kit
Nikon D5200 with 18-200 mm Lens Kit