Nikon D5300 DSLR Review


Overview of the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera

The Nikon D5300 camera is a great model among the DSLR cameras for beginning photographers. Not only the image quality is outstanding, but the performance is also very fast. In addition to basic features, there are a lot of advanced features in this interchangeable lens digital camera.

You will also be satisfied with the “extra” features with this D5300 camera. The 3.2-inch LCD screen is of high quality and an articulated screen. You can find it easy to shoot photos over odd angles but a tripod is required. The built-in Wi-Fi with the camera is a great feature, which is pretty common in the current market.

The Nikon D5300 camera includes a large sensor image which is shaped in the DX format. The resolution of this image sensor is up to 24.2 MP. This is one of the highest resolution levels among the current DSLR models. With this large image sensor, the performance is very great, even in low light conditions.

The biggest thing that you may concern is its high price, which starts from more than $1,000. To be equivalent to the very high price, the D5300 is one of the most powerful modes in the DSLR camera market. Still, if you are the one who want to find an easy-to-use camera at the beginning and then gradually improve your photography skills later, the D5300 is a great option.

As long as you can afford to purchase this camera, you will never be dissatisfied with this D5300 camera.

Summary of the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera


  • The resolution is 24.2 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • The 3.2-inch LCD has the resolution of 1.037 million pixels
  • The image size is 6000 x 4000 pixels at maximum
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • The dimensions are 4.92 x 3.9 x 3.0 inches
  • The camera weighs 16.9 ounces (camera body only)
  • The image sensor use the CMOS DX format, which is 23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • A full HD 1080p (60fps) Movie mode is supported


  • The image quality is great
  • LCD is large, bright, and articulated
  • Low light photos are good with large image sensor and high ISO settings
  • The performance is fast when Viewfinder mode is selected
  • Good mix of automatic and intermediate shooting features


  • The starting price is high
  • The performance is slow in Live View mode
  • The battery life is not good in Live View mode or when using Wi-Fi
  • It can be difficult to set up and use the Wi-Fi
  • Only three image sizes are available
Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera Review Buy

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera Review Buy

Detail review of the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera

Image Quality

The important factor that makes the image quality outstanding is the APS-C CMOS image sensor with the DX-format. This sensor is measured at 23.5 by 15.6 mm. In comparison with the cameras with far smaller image sensors, the large image sensor is an obvious advantage.

Especially, you will be impressed with the very high resolution with this camera. With the 24.2 MP resolution, the D5300 has the highest resolution number among the DSLR cameras. Obviously, you should not only rely on the resolution amounts to tell all about the image quality, but the APS-C sized image sensor with the 24.2MP resolution does bring you very high image quality images.

There is no optical low-pass filter with the D5300’s image sensor any more. While this low-pass filter helps reduce the risks of problems with moire, it also reduces the sharpness of the photos. Therefore, removing this filter is a way to increase the image quality as long as you can bear the risk of not having it.

The highest ISO setting can be up to 25,600 with the D5300 when you want to take photos in low light circumstances. There appears noticeable noise with those photos. However, in comparison with other cameras, the photos shot in low light condition with the D5300 are much better. At least, an image with noise is better than no image at all. There are two options of using the flash with the D5300: an external flash or the built-in popup flash. The image quality is good with both the two mentioned flash options.


The EXPEED 4 – the latest processing chip by Nikon has been included with the D5300. That’s why this DSLR camera can perform very fast in the burst mode. Therefore, both the shutter lag and the shot to shot delays are minimized. But in those cases, you need to use the Viewfinder with the camera.

If you frame your photos with the impressive LCD screen, in other words, the Live View mode, the performance of the camera shall be considerably lowered. At the time, you can feel this camera like a point and shoot model more. Commonly, most photographers will use the Viewfinder with this Nikon DLSR. Therefore, just make the best use of the above mentioned strong features.

You will need to use the Live View modes for recording movies with the D5300. You will find the viewfinder blanked when you are recording those movies. The performance of movie recording is great with this camera, other than the fact that the performance of the autofocus is a little bit slow, which can result in some problems with the blurriness of images in your movies for some seconds when the subjects have been changed.

The battery will quickly drain when you use the Live View mode for most of the time. But if you select the Viewfinder mode, the numbers of shot photos can be up to several hundred photos for each time of battery charge.


About the design of the Nikon D5300, I like the articulated LCD most. This is a large LCD screen, which measures 3.2 inches diagonally and the screen is very sharp. There is not a touch screen unit included, but this LCD screens is still one of the better ones in the current market for digital cameras.

One recommendation is that you should use the optical viewfinder to frame your photos, rather than the LCD screen. This does help if you want to see the fast performance when using the Viewfinder mode. It would be great if the Viewfinder mode can be automatically shifted into whenever the the D5300 is lifted over your eye.

The built-in Wi-Fi and built-in GPS are two great extra features of this camera. You may find it not easy to set up and use the Wi-Fi, therefore, sometimes it causes certain frustration. Another problem with the Wi-Fi feature is its smallest image size which is 6 megapixels. This size is large to be sent through the Wi-Fi. In addition, the Wi-Fi also drains quickly when you use the Wi-Fi.

To reduce the size of your photos, the D5300’s photo-editing features can help. But right from the beginning, I recommend that the images should be shot at a smaller size.

To sum up, it would be nicer if the Nikon D5300’s Wi-Fi feature is useful as expected.

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