REVIEW: Nikon D5300 Experts’ First Impressions, Hands-Ons 0

Okay, that was fast. Right after announcing the Nikon D610 just last week, the Japanese company has unveiled yet another DSLR camera: the Nikon D5300.

The D5300 is very similar to its predecessor, the D5200, but is considered slightly lighter and smaller. It comes with 24MP resolution, fully-articulated 3.2-inch rear LCD, and true 1080/60p HD video.

This is the first Nikon DSLR camera that includes a built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

Read the specs and experts’ initial reviews of the D5300 below.

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Here are some of the key features of the Nikon D5300:

  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
  • 39-Point Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Sensor
  • Expandable Sensitivity to ISO 25600
  • Active D-Lighting and Built-in HDR

And here are some of the experts’ early review of the D5300:

Barney Britton of Digital Photography Review:

“We’ve only had a few hours with a pre-production sample D5300 (the black version, in case you were wondering), but in-use and on paper it’s very appealing. The main feature we really wish it offered is a touchscreen LCD. We’ve come to appreciate being able to perform certain actions by touch on competitive cameras, particularly things like exposure compensation and AF point placement in live view mode. Oh well – maybe next year.”

Roger Slavens & Dave Etchells of Imaging Resource:

“Overall, we’re very excited about the improvements in the Nikon D5300, especially its Wi-Fi and video capabilities, and we’re eager to see if it performs once we get it in the IR Lab for testing.”

Angela Nicholson of TechRadar:

“While the upgrades made to the D5200 by the D5300 are solid, they are unlikely to attract D5200 users to upgrade. They do however, make the camera more attractive to photographers without a brand commitment.”

Zach Honig of Engadget:

“It’s a mid-range model, the D5300, designed for consumers looking for an everyday interchangeable-lens camera with good performance and solid image quality.”

Joshua Waller of ePhotozine:

“In our testing we found the camera responsive in use, and look forward to full testing the camera when production versions become available.”

Mike Lowe of Pocket-Lint:

“Despite being a familiar DSLR model, there’s a lot to like about the D5300. It polishes up some of the already strong D5200’s features to add extra sheen and goes in headstrong when it comes to sharing. It’s not a quantum leap, mind, but does look like another solid Nikon release.”

The Nikon D5300 is already available for pre-order at B&H Photo: $796.95 (body only). You can choose from black, grey, and red colors. You can also pre-order it with a 18-140mm lens for $1396.95.