Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS Body Only (Black) Reviews

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Dazzling image quality meets modern connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control and built-in GPS with mapping for geotagging and tracking your adventures. An innovative new 24.2-megapixel image sensor captures the purest, most lifelike photos and 1080p Full HD videos imaginable, and a brilliant 3.2-inch swiveling Vari-angle display delivers beautiful views from any angle–all in a compact, sleek design.

Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS Body Only (Black)

Features Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS Body Only (Black)

  • 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • 3.2-inch swiveling vari-angle LCD
  • 39-point high-density autofocus system
  • Expeed 4 processor
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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  1. PawPawDog says:
    84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    GPS function is useless!, November 19, 2013

    This review is from: Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS Body Only (Black) (Electronics)

    The primary reason for me to upgrade from Nikon’s D5100 to D5300 was new GPS location recording function. A secondary reason was hoping a sharper image without the low pass filter. After a few thousand shoots in a recent trip, I would say it is a reasonable but not necessarily compiling upgrade from the D5100 and probably even less an upgrade from D5200.

    * It is slightly lighter than D5100. I like it but others may not.
    * LCD screen is bigger than D5100.
    * There is an added single/continues/self-timer selection button. Although the button position could be better, but it is still better than D5100 has go through quick menu to change it.
    * Day time outdoor image is marginally better with Nikon’s 18-200 lens that I use as walk around lens. Night time performance improvements are more significant. Although the “Auto” and “Night scene” modes are still bad for night landscape shoots.
    * Auto focus under bright light is marginally quicker than D5100 but under dark conditions it still hunts.
    * LiveView although still sluggish, at least it is much improved over D5100.
    * Although it includes the new En-EL14A battery, old EN-EL 14 battery still works! This means I can keep my spare batteries.
    * Wi-Fi function was not important to me but with Nikon’s Wireless Mobility Utility I can sync the camera’s clock with my phone. This is important for using the phone as GPS logger. The utility also functions as remote with ability to turn Live View on/off.

    * When I first got the D5300 three days after it was released, the GPS’s performance is just awful! Then there was talk about update the camera’s GPS file. With the update, the GPS function improved somewhat but there is catch that we the owner need to download and applied new updates every two weeks! Even with the update, it is still near useless in the field! First, even with the update it still take time to lock on satellite signal! To make matter worse is even with the GPS logging function on, the camera will not maintain the lock once it goes to standby mode and upon wake up, it needs to rescan and lock! Further more, even after it locks, any movement can cause it to loose the lock even by just walking a few steps! I even have many shoots just seconds apart without moving and yet the camera still could not maintain the lock! I would say the outdoor shoots managed to get GPS data is only about 50% and one can forget any hope the GPS can track indoor or inside cars.
    * As the GPS not able to lock quickly not bad enough, it is also not very accurate!! While some pictures that I shoot so far are accurate, most of them are at least 50ft-100ft off and many are even more than 1,000ft off!!
    * Not only the GPS is close to useless, it also drain battery much quicker! With the GPS on, the battery can be drained with as little as 200-300 shoots! When changing battery with GPS “on”, sometimes the GPS came back resumed to “on”, but other times it came back as “off”! I found it very frustrating as most of time I need to change battery in a hurry and do not have time to check all the status.
    * D5300 has an AF assist lamp as the D5100 and it has the same problem. While this lampmay be good for some cases, it is inappropriate for others. The way Nikon implements it is not very flexible. The default setting is have the lamp on all the time for Auto and PASM mode with some pre-programmed scene modes will disable it. The only way for user to turn it on/off for PASM is to go through custom setting menu and it applied to all modes. One cannot program PASM differently that made this function less useful or even annoying.
    * Wi-Fi function was not important to me but it seems I have to use it for some functions only the wireless utility offers, it matters now and I was surprised to find out it can only be connected to smart devices with either Android or iOS AND with Nikon’s Wireless Mobility Utility running. It does not connect to PC or router. It is a two stages job. First to connect the two with Wi-Fi and then start the utility on the smart device. For some Android devices that supports WPS, the connection is secure. Otherwise by using SSID to connect, it is unsecured with SSID broadcast wide open that some one else can possible to connect to the camera.
    * The wireless utility has a function to use smart device’s GPS tag which is very good. But, my test so far seems it will only embedded the tag as picture been transferred from the camera to the device not directly to the SD card in the camera. Although I can understand the logic in view of possible unsecured link, it is another two stages job first to transfer the image to device and then to PC or somewhere else. It also made this function not very practical to use when travelling as the smart devices’ memory are much smaller than the SD card and the prolong use of Wi-Fi seems draining the battery quickly.

    Bottom line is if you…

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  2. Paul Christensen "gadget geek" says:
    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    DRAMATIC upgrade from D5100, SURPRISING image quality improvement from D5200, December 1, 2013
    Paul Christensen “gadget geek” (West Chester, PA United States) –

    I’ve owned every “compact-format” Nikon from the D60 to the D5000, D5100, D5200, and now D5300. And while my D5200 is less than a year old, I chose to upgrade to the D5300 for two reasons: convenience (built-in WiFi and GPS removes 2 devices I had to carry / attach) and improved video (60fps). I chose the new grey body which is a nice departure from the traditional black, although the glossy finish is a bit of a fingerprint magnet around the back of the articulating display. Luckily, the rubber grips are still in place around the rest of the body.

    What I didn’t expect from the D5300, but actually blew me away was the stunning improvement in image quality over my D5200. First, and some would say finally, Nikon appears to have dramatically improved the auto white balance for incandescent lighting. Secondly, in side-by-side comparisons with the same lenses, focal distances, and shots, the D5300 shows dramatic improvement in image sharpness over my D5200. I’m not sure this can be attributed only to the lack of a anti-alias filter on the sensor, especially when using my Nikon 16-85VR (F3.5-5.6). But when viewed at 100%, the photos are dramatically sharper in both RAW and JPEG versions on the D5300 over the D5200. Given the dramatic improvement in image quality that the D5200 brought over my D5100, I wasn’t expecting such a marked improvement that the D5300 brings. Although the D5300 boasts a higher ISO range than the D5200, I haven’t noticed a dramatic improvement in low-light performance (the D5200 was already outstanding).

    Other notable improvements from the D5200:
    - new 24.2MP image sensor without anti-alias filter
    - higher ISO sensitivity (100-12800) and low light performance
    - new larger 3.2″ articulating display is also much brighter, although still not a touch screen like others offer
    - built in WiFi is much more reliable and faster with my iPhone than the Nikon WiFi dongle I used with my D5200
    - built in GPS, although I found it slow (several minutes) to acquire a lock outdoors
    - autofocus time in LiveView is noticeably faster, but sadly Nikon still relies on contrast detection so focus is slow
    - video can now be captured in 1080P resolution at 60 frames per second
    - slightly smaller and lighter camera body, without (in my experience) sacrificing handling
    - higher capacity battery (EN-EL14a) provides 600 CIPA shots per charge vs 500 on the D5200/EN-EL14 (but if you turn on GPS and WiFi, the battery drains much faster)

    And, if you’re upgrading from a D5100, the D5300 carries over these improvements from the D5200:
    - dramatic focus improvement: 39-point AF, 9 cross-type AF points, and 3D focus tracking
    - Nikon EXPEED 4 image processing engine
    - 5 fps continuous shooting (JPEG); if you’re shooting RAW you can shoot up to 6 images at 5 fps
    - stunning HD video capture, including live output of uncompressed video through the mini HDMI port
    - built in stereo microphones for video capture

    If you own a D5100, the new autofocus system (taken from the higher-end Nikon DSLRs such as the D7000) is stunning. With 39 autofocus points, it quickly identifies the subject and locks focus. With my D5100, I had some instances of out-of-focus shots (especially in low-contrast subjects or greater distance). With the D5200 and now D5300, focus has been perfect for every shot.

    So what could be improved? The GPS sadly disappoints. Given how horrible the reviews are of Nikon’s external GPS unit, I wasn’t expecting much from the built-in unit. But even outside, it takes several MINUTES to get a GPS lock. And when you switch off the camera, the GPS doesn’t keep its last position, so it must hunt AGAIN when you power on. I have read that there are workarounds (you can manually download GPS assist data but you have to keep it up to date every 7 days) to improve performance of the built-in GPS.

    As I mentioned earlier, LiveView focus performance, although notably improved with the D5300, still disappoints. Nikon is one of the last camera manufacturers to rely only on contrast detection for live autofocus. So while the articulating screen is great, don’t expect to capture an action shot in LiveView.

    Finally, while the display is greatly improved in brightness and clarity over the D5200/D5100, it does not support touch, which can be useful for choosing focus points for example.

    Also important to note is that some Sigma lenses are incompatible with the D5300 (no autofocus in LiveView, no optical image stabilization). Sigma has issued an advisory, and has said they will correct these problems in a forthcoming firmware update. But Sigma is not issuing updated firmware for discontinued lenses.

    That being said, the negatives are easy to overlook when you consider the stunning image quality, autofocus and scene detection, shooting performance, and HD video capture. Taken…

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  3. 59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Stunningly Good! An Insane Value!, November 25, 2013
    7 “7″ (Planet Earth) –

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    I got this camera as an upgrade to my beloved D5100 so the bar was pretty high and so this review is often D5100 vs. D5300. I’ll be frank. The D5300 outclasses the D5100 so substantially that it has utterly obsoleted the D5100. Ignore those who say that the D5300 merely provides an opportunity to pick up a D5200 or D5100 for a bargain price. No. The D5300 is now the ONLY camera in the Nikon D5xxx line. It has changed the game. Don’t bother counting pennies, this camera is underpriced at full price. The fact that I am sincerely comparing images from this $800 camera body to my D800E’s images truly says it all.

    Please allow me to just get into the Pros and Cons:


    1) PHENOMENAL IMAGE QUALITY! AT LOW ISO THE D5300′S IMAGES ARE ON PAR WITH THE BEST CAMERAS IN THE WORLD AND THAT IS NO EXAGGERATION WHATSOEVER. I can’t believe there is still a debate going on about the efficacy of Anti-Aliasing filter removal. I’m sorry, but the difference is so noticeable there is no debate. And moire was a myth even on the D800E, which I do also own. I guarantee you that you will find more moire in a D5100′s or D7000′s images than you will on the D5300. Color and saturation from the D5300 are exceptionally good versus ANY camera at any price point. Now, I will still take the D800E’s images over the D5300′s but it is not at all night & day. They are actually surprisingly close at low ISO.

    EDIT 2013-12-09: Photographing cats a lot I am catching a little false color on shiny fur. Nothing of concern to me though.

    2) Focus point spread (area of image with AF sensor coverage) is MUCH greater than in FX (“full-frame” sensor size) cameras. The D5300′s AF point coverage extends left-right top-bottom much farther than FX cameras. I would estimate the D5300 covers probably double the area that FX cameras do and this is an ENORMOUS advantage. I always leave my D800E’s focus point glued to Center because the AF coverage is only in the center area anyway so why bother with the other 50 AF points when they just don’t cover anything? I actually do use my focus points on my D5300 because they cover the frame pretty well. I’d still like to see even more coverage, but vs. the FX bodies, APS-C cameras have a tremendous advantage.

    3) Minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO now has AUTO setting that adjusts based on focal length! This is SO much better than a fixed shutter speed regardless of lens length.

    4) Hard to quantify but the HDR images look much nicer than the D5100′s and the Extra High setting is intense and beyond the D5100′s abilities. I have not been able to verify this but it *appears* as though there is now image alignment for the 2 photos used for the HDR image as my handheld HDR shots nearly never look like 2 images whereas they often did on my D5100 at full or nearly full magnification. HUGE improvement!

    5) Great-for-DX and pretty-good-versus-FX ISO performance. I’ll put this to bed right now; the D800E smokes the D5300 for high ISO performance. Sorry, this is a different league. However, the D5300 substantially outperforms the D5100 at ISO 1600+. The improvement in the D5300 over the D5100 is readily noticeable.

    6) Much more intuitive i Menu. The D5100′s i Menu being J-shaped was ridiculous and totally awkward. I never got used to it after thousands of photos. The D5300′s standardized 2-lines-across-the-bottom Nikon style is a drastic improvement.

    7) GPS! I don’t know what Nikon was thinking with that clunky expensive GP-1A. Did anyone ever buy one? The D5300′s internal GPS works great and hooks up quickly and I’m big on geotagging so I am super stoked to have this on a REAL camera!

    EDIT 2013-12-09: I spent a day in the country (wide open clear sky) with this camera outside of my normal metro town area and despite using A-GPS data, it took somewhere between 30-60 minutes to get GPS lock. Surprised, disappointed. But that was the only time I have had trouble with hookup.

    8) Nikon’s had truly exceptional built-in flash performance since at least the D90. The D5300 does not disappoint and bests or matches its predecessors at any price point. This could be a result of image processing more than flash performance but whatever it is, using flash is a joy, not something to dread.

    9) The red body paint color is super-gorgeous! It’s like a candy apple red Corvette color and it is way sexy.

    10) The new bigger, higher-pixel screen is REALLY nice. It is not insignificant like many reviewers dismiss it as. I like it a LOT. :)

    11) EN-EL14a battery with 19.4% more capacity is a nice treat and helpful when running GPS and/or the silly WiFi. I have not spent a full day shooting hundreds of photos with the D5300 yet but I have shot perhaps 100 shots in a day with GPS on and flash here and there and a lot of reviewing and in-camera editing and not gotten below 2/3 battery level in a…

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