Nikon D5300 Announcement

This week is quite busy, with so many great products being introduced by different brands including Sony, Sigma and Fuji (an announcement to be posted tomorrow). Nikon is also announcing a couple of products before the Photo Plus convention in New York (which I am planning to attend and fully cover). The first announcement is for the Nikon D5300, an upper entry-level DSLR aimed for beginners and amateurs. It has been only a year since Nikon refreshed the line with the D5200 and now the camera is updated again with some new interesting features and improvements to make the line more compelling compared to the competition.

Nikon D5300

The Nikon D5300 ships with exactly the same sensor as the one on the Nikon D7100 (see our review), without an anti-aliasing filter. With a number of the current Nikkor DX lenses struggling to resolve a lot of detail to fully take advantage of high resolution APS-C sensors, looks like Nikon’s strategy is not to include AA filters in all future models. While removing such a filter will certainly yield slightly sharper images, moire can potentially become an issue when photographing fine patterns, textures and fabric.

But the biggest change that the D5300 brings is Wi-Fi and GPS. For the first time in history, Nikon is adding both to a DSLR! This is something we have complained about before, since a solid Wi-Fi and GPS implementation can be very useful for many travel photographers. Being able to connect the camera to a smartphone or a tablet to view and download images, as well as control the camera wireless is neat! And with the camera automatically geotagging every photograph, now one does not have to remember where the photograph was taken and how to get there. I never liked using external GPS units, since they take up the hot shoe space and require a connection to the camera. With the introduction of the D5300, we will hopefully start seeing both Wi-Fi and GPS options in higher-end DSLRs as well.

The last big change is the processor – the Nikon D5300 ships with a brand new EXPEED 4 processor. While the processor does not do much for the D5300 itself aside from being able to record HD movies at 60 fps, it technically allows for faster in-camera edits and capture rates. We should be seeing the EXPEED 4 processor in the new generation DSLRs that will be announced in 2014.

Similar to the D5200, the LCD screen on the D5300 can tilt / swivel, which is great for photographing at tough angles and recording videos. The LCD screen also got a nice boost – it is now 3.2″ in size, versus 3″ on the D5200. The autofocus system is still the same Multi-CAM 4800DX AF system used on the previous-generation D5200, with 39 AF points, 9 of which are cross-type. The frame rate stayed the same, at 5 FPS.

The Nikon D5300 seems to be a solid camera, check out some of the specifications below:

  1. Sensor: 24.1 MP DX, no AA / OLPF filter
  2. Sensor Size: 23.6 x 15.7mm
  3. Resolution: 6000 x 4000
  4. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-12,800
  5. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 25,600
  6. Processor: EXPEED 4
  7. Metering System: 3D Color Matrix Meter II with face recognition
  8. Dust Reduction: Yes
  9. Weather Sealing/Protection: No
  10. Body Build: Plastic
  11. Shutter: Up to 1/4000 and 30 sec exposure
  12. Storage: 1x SD slots
  13. Viewfinder Type: Pentamirror
  14. Viewfinder Coverage: 95%
  15. Viewfinder Magnification: 0.78x
  16. Speed: 5 FPS
  17. Exposure Meter: 2016 pixel RGB sensor
  18. Built-in Flash: Yes, CLS compatibility
  19. Autofocus System: MultiCAM 4800DX AF with 39 focus points and 9 cross-type sensors
  20. LCD Screen: 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD screen with 1,037,000 dots
  21. Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 60p fps max
  22. Movie Exposure Control: Full
  23. Movie Recording Limit: 30 minutes @ 30p, 20 minutes @ 24p
  24. Movie Output: MOV
  25. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
  26. Camera Editing: Lots of in-camera editing options with HDR capabilities
  27. Wi-Fi: Yes, built-in
  28. GPS: Yes, built-in
  29. Battery Type: EN-EL14
  30. USB Standard: 2.0
  31. Weight: 480g (body only)
  32. Price: $799 MSRP (body only), $1,399 with the 18-140mm VR kit lens

Nikon is sticking to the same price as what the D5200 sells for, which is good news. The current price of the D5200 is at $699, but I would not be surprised to see some killer deals on it pretty soon. Nikon will have to clean up the stockpiles before the holidays.

I am excited to see Nikon finally add important features like Wi-Fi and GPS into its DSLR cameras. Now we do not have to worry about buying separate accessories to wirelessly send images, control the camera or geotag images. I expect the D5300 to do quite well, especially for those that want to use the remote control feature. I have a couple of friends that have bird feeders in their backyards and would love the idea of photographing birds without disrupting them. As long as your home wireless connection can reach the camera, you should be in good shape!

Here is the official press release:

MELVILLE, NY (October 17, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest addition to its legendary digital SLR lineup, the Nikon D5300. Offering the benefits of SLR performance with the versatility of wireless connectivity, the D5300 allows users to easily capture and share amazing images and videos. Though compact and lightweight, the Nikon D5300 packs an enhanced 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processing and the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi1. Users now have the power to take both frame-worthy and share-worthy photos and HD videos with one device no matter where they are.

“With the Nikon D5300, we are continuing our commitment to delivering unparalleled performance and image quality while addressing the importance of staying connected and sharing images with ease,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “By answering the need to share high quality photos, the Nikon D5300 allows photographers to capture their memories in astounding clarity and share them with family and friends moments after they happen.”

Advanced Performance for When it Matters Most
Making memorable moments even better, the Nikon D5300 offers stunning image quality with sharp, crisp detail to preserve life’s precious memories. The enhanced 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning images and HD videos with heightened clarity and detail due to the removal of the optical low pass filter (OLPF). From planned family portraits to candid moments, the D5300 has the performance, along with easy and intuitive features, to help users capture photos confidently, including:

  • Amazing Low Light Performance – For clean, sharp details even in the most challenging lighting conditions including night games and dimly lit restaurants, the Nikon D5300 covers a wide ISO range of 100-12,800 and is expandable to ISO 25,600.
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processing – Nikon’s most recent image processing engine drives the rapid response and swift performance of the D5300, while maximizing energy efficiency, reducing image noise and delivering true-to-life colors.
  • Scene Recognition System – To further help users capture the image they intend, the Nikon D5300 features Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to analyze and recognize the scene. Utilizing these systems results in adjustments to exposure, AF and white balance to deliver the best photo possible, whether it’s a landscape or portrait.
  • 39-Point AF System – Nikon’s quick and precise 39-point AF system works with the Scene Recognition System to accurately acquire and track subjects throughout the frame, resulting in tack-sharp images. Kids too active to pose for a photo or pets chasing after a toy are easily captured in brilliant sharpness for memorable photos.
  • 5 Frames-Per-Second – While using the optical viewfinder or in Live View, capture great moments that would have otherwise been missed with the D5300’s 5 frames-per-second (fps) rate.

Share Like Never Before
The D5300 is Nikon’s first D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing the user to share high quality photos instantly. The Nikon D5300 sends images to the user’s smart device, allowing them to share their D-SLR quality photos through e-mail and social media. From a winning touchdown to a surprise proposal, friends and family can now see these important moments clearly captured right after they happen. The Nikon D5300 also includes built-in GPS, another first for Nikon D-SLRs. Now the user can geotag images and allow others to see where life has taken them.

Features for Creativity and Versatility
Compact and lightweight (16.9 oz.), the Nikon D5300 can easily be packed for a day trip or a planned getaway. The small body of the D5300 affords the photographer the freedom to travel while still being easy to handle and comfortable to use. In addition to being able to capture amazing images anywhere, the D5300 is also packed with additional features to promote creativity and versatility, including:

  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor – Whether shooting above a crowd or getting low to capture the details of a flower, users can explore new shots from a dramatic point of view with the large 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor. This super sharp (1,037K-dot) screen allows photographers to easily make camera adjustments and read menus, while also allowing them to compose the photo they want clearly when shooting from high or low angles. The rotating LCD makes it easy to capture “selfies” at an arm’s length away or frame creative perspectives when capturing still photos and HD video.
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture – Create movies fit for the big screen with Full HD 1080p video capture at 60p with built-in stereo, wide ISO range for high quality videos in any light and improved full-time AF to keep the subject in focus.
  • NIKKOR Compatibility – The Nikon D5300 is compatible with Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories, further adding versatility and creativity.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D5300 kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,399.95*. To complement consumers’ preferences, the Nikon D5300 will be available in Black, Red and Gray. For more information on the new Nikon D5300 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Pre-Order Links

The Nikon D5300 will be available in three different colors and will ship with and without a kit lens. Here are the pre-order links:

  1. Nikon D5300 (Black)
  2. Nikon D5300 (Grey)
  3. Nikon D5300 (Red)
  4. Nikon D5300 with the 18-150mm kit lens

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Comments

  1. Interesting. I’d like to know more about Expeed 4.

    • Aaron, will most likely allow for faster throughput on high-resolution 24-36 MP sensors.

      • Exactly! Finally a real D700 replacement in the D810E or something? I want my 8fps at 36MP darn it! LOL

      • Really, Nikon needs to allow the D800 to shoot at a faster throughput at 18MP or 24MP with RAW files for when you don’t really need the extra resolution and storage space (without using crop mode). Canon’s have done this for a long time. I’m guessing that it would actually take more processing power to resample the file sizes before saving them though.

  2. 2
    ) Chris Weller

    Snooze……well, I do like the built in gps and wifi and swiveling screen. I’m so glad I paid $9,000 for my D4, D7100 and D600 and got none of these features. I guess I have to pay $600 to get them. Hell, I have to pay half the price of the D5300 just add gps to any of my cameras.

    Meanwhile, I’m still waiting over 4 years to get a new pro-level dx camera from Nikon and a 300 f/4 with VR. But hey, they gave us a 50 mm 1.4 for $1,700, so that should help with my wildlife photography. Nikon baffles me. It seems so obvious to me how they can keep their customers happy, but they just don’t seem to want to do it.

    If the expeed 4 is ready, they should have announced a D400 now. Yet we still have nothing. Not happy with Nikon.

    • 4
      ) Global

      Your comment is incredibly sarcastic, which doesnt translate well to non Americans, but i understand what you are saying. Why does Nikon insist on putting innovative and interesting features ONLY on its semi-crippled D5000 series?

      The D610 was a perfect opportunity to include some key innovative features, but Nikon prefers to seemingly not care about adding features that are standard. “Leave them wanting more” is okay if your a virgin supermodel being chased by millionaires, but Nikon is just a common consumer product company.

      I am very SERIOUSLY considering an Olympus OMD EM-1, since Nikon has failed to make a D400. Thats fairly sad for Nikon, as im a lifelong Nikon user. If they made a PRO Nikon 1 with all the bells and whistles, 1/8000, 1/250, etc, Id consider sticking with them. Why is the D7100 crippled in shutter speed?? Why does the D610 have such a crappy small focusing system?? Bizarre.

      • 5
        ) Chris Weller

        I agree with your sentiment. As far as the sarcasm, yes I forget sometimes that the readers here are global and sarcasm is often not the most effective way to communicate.

        I’m just so irritated with Nikon. I love them, but I’m pretty fed up with their decisions. Yes a Nikon 1 PRO, a D610 that had wifi, gps, or swivel, gps units for my $6,000 D4 that don’t cost $300. A D400 and a 300 f/4 with VR, a 400 f/4, lighter versions of their exotics…..all things that would mean something to their loyal customer base. They could have put GPS and wifi into their camera’s 3 years ago if they wanted. The iphone has had them since the late 2000′s. They chose not to, to get people pay $300 for gps add on. Irritating. Seems to me that if they would just put out the best cameras they could at any given time, that their customers would appreciate it and reward them with sales. They just announced the 610. It should have had the gps, wifi and swivel screen, why doesn’t it? They chose not to, for some reason.

        I get the sense they are releasing whatever they possibly can to stay profitable and satisfy stockholders, but it’s not a good long term strategy.

        • Chris, that’s what I have been trying to say on this site for a while now, except I get all the heated responses from our readers. Nikon could have done all that a while ago, but it is all about slowly feeding the customer and making money on accessories that cost an arm and a leg. Tell me, why the heck doesn’t the D600 have a very simple firmware feature to zoom in to images to 100% by pressing a single button? That feature exists on many cameras and yet Nikon decided to take it out of the D600. And I am not even talking about other things that would literally cost Nikon nothing! These marketing strategies are just absurd – see this article where I talk about all that in detail. I am sure Nikon hates me for it!

          • Don’t forget, this is the company that created that big marketing to-do about “something big”, and then never even bothered to show up! LOL

          • 29
            ) Chris Weller

            yep!

        • 11
          ) antonio

          “I get the sense they are releasing whatever they possibly can to stay profitable and satisfy stockholders, but it’s not a good long term strategy”

          Ummmmm, that’s actually a VERY good long term strategy.

          • 27
            ) Chris Weller

            Yeah, maybe my statement was confusing. What I’m trying to relay is that I don’t get the sense they are willing to make less money in the very near term in order to make product decisions that have business integrity and keep their true long term loyal customers satisfied.

            I’m guessing that the d 3200 or d5300 buyer is not nearly as loyal or nearly as large a profit base for nikon over the next 20 years as someone who owns a d600 and/or a d4. Yet, they make the latter buy a $300 gps module and they release a d610 which is nothing more than a recall fix of a d600. This d610 release shows me a lack of integrity in their business decisions. Recall the 600, fix the issue and release a proper upgrade for the d600 with real, valuable features (wifi, gps, swivel screen, faster fps with expeed 4).

            • 35
              ) antonio

              Well, if there’s another company out there making a better product, you should probably buy that. Nikon does not have a monopoly on the camera market.

              It’s always amusing when people make these armchair CEO proclimations based on no actual facts or data. I am a “D3200 buyer” who only uses Nikon gear, so when you make condescending generalizations about how you’re a more important customer than I am, it really doesn’t help your case.

            • 36
              ) Chris Weller

              Hi Antonio,

              I see your point. Clearly I am speculating, as I have no firsthand information. Having said that, it’s just my belief that more times than not, when someone has invested in the higher end camera’s, they are more fully committed to a system and all the glass that goes with it.

              I believe it would stand to reason that these customers are more likely to buy Nikon products into the foreseeable future because they are locked into a system and likely will continue with Nikon. Whereas someone who may have only invested in a D3000 line and perhaps a lens or two, would have have less loyalty (forced by their investment into the system or not) to Nikon and more freedom to move to another brand that may fit there need better in the future.

              My comments are not meant to be condescending, but they are definitely generalizations. There would certainly be many instances where it is not accurate (perhaps such as your situation), but I think, on balance, it would be more true than not.

    • Chris, that’s a good point – the D400 would run ideally on the EXPEED 4. If it never makes the light of day, Nikon will disappoint many of its customers. At least they should let us know if they will ever do it or not…

      • 22
        ) Gregor

        I shoot with the D300 and almost bought the D600 and when the dust problems showed up I decided to wait for a D400. Nasim in one of his articles wrote that he had information it would be announced probably in October of this year.
        As a loyal Nikon shooter and owning some gold ring lenses I would take a heavy loss if I switched brands. I was hoping the D610 would have an all metal body and more focusing points. Didn’t happen. Bottom line is if Nikon won’t announce a D400 by early 2014 I will change to the Olympus
        M1 .

    • 14
      ) Piettro

      Chris, I am non American (Czech republic) and I can understand your sarcasm pretty well. And I can feel you frustration too.
      It has been about a year or two since I wanted to upgrade my D90. I am into club concert photography and portrait photography. Pretty demanding gear wise if you ask me. But I always feel like I am stuck in between models and can’t make up my mind. There is always something important missing.

      I have been lucky enough to collect 105mm 2.0 DC and 50mm 1.4D which means I have no problem to step into the FF world. So now it is between D7100 and D600 (I am a hobbyist, so no D800 for me).
      And every new model makes it even harder and harder to decide.

      I just feel Nikon is excluding important HW and features on purpose. I think I don’t like that attitude at all…

  3. 3
    ) Global

    What does this model lack that would make the D7100 particularly more interesting? Or does this foreshadow a D7200?

    • 6
      ) Chris Weller

      Pro focus – the 51 point system is way better than the 39 point system. Not because of the number of points, just the quality of the whole system. It’s a big difference. The 7100 is also a bit faster, which makes a difference for action (wildlife and sports) the D5300 is just too slow for action (slower af and fps), not buy a ton, but enough to make it a frustrating action camera.

      Unless a 7200 can do 8 plus fps and has triple the buffer of the 7100, I’ll be even more bitter if we see a 7200 before we see a d400. With expeed 4 available, they could introduce a d400 at this very moment, but it’s not here.

    • Yes, Autofocus is the primary difference. Also, better build, faster FPS and other firmware differences between the two.

      D400 could have been here instead of the D5300, but they decided to refresh the D5xx line again, just a year after the D5200 was released…

    • 12
      ) Steve

      I bought the D7100 over the D5200 because of weatherproofing, more focus points, a claimed massive shots-per-battery-charge of 950 (I travel), dual card slots and a few other odds and ends.

      Now with this news, I’m dang tempted to trade it in for the D5300. The built-in wifi and especially the gps would be huge for me. And I suspect I might enjoy it being a 1/2 pound lighter.

      Why is everything a trade-off?
      Will the D7200/D7300 have “the works”?

  4. 13
    ) Darko

    I was about to buy D7100, but now D5300 seems to me better proposition. According to specifications Image quality should be equal or even slightly better.

  5. 15
    ) Bruno

    I was going to buy the D5100 to start, but will wait a bit more to see if the prices drop on the D5200.
    Or even get a nice deal on the D5100.

  6. 16
    ) Jennifer

    I’m in the same situation as Darko – I was considering an upgrade to the D7100 but now wonder if I should upgrade to the D5300. I bought the D5100 in January as a beginner, completely new to DSLR’s. 9 months later I’m shooting in manual though still working on always getting it right in camera – while I can’t afford FF, I already feel slightly limited by the 5100 in terms of growing, partly with the AF points). But I’m not sure which upgrade would make more sense?

    • 17
      ) Autofocusross

      Hi Jennier,

      Your upgrade choices are limited if you want to remain with Nikon. The first thing you need to think through is what do you shoot, mostly?

      I know that enthusiasts often have a go at anything and everything, so a general purpose camera is fine.

      If it’s sports, action photography, wildlife, you may go for the 7100 (or wait a bit until the 7200 launches, and then snap up a 7100 quite cheaply – I do mean a new one too). The faster autofocus is the only reason I say this. The camera has other benefits over the 5x range but it seems your issue is with the AF points of the 5100.

      If it’s more sedate photography, still portraits, landscapes, macro and still life, maybe the D5100 is enough. You won’t, quite honestly, see much difference in your images unless you extensively crop them down to a quarter of original size – OR – if you print them at very large sizes. Other than that, at normal prints up to approx 10″ x 8″ you won’t see the resolution differences.

      I quite like the 5200 and loved the 5100 before it, as the swivel screen was great for some of those weird angles you may like to try now and then, in live view – and low level macro of course.

      I am still getting used to the 5200 and Nikon go and launch YET ANOTHER camera. I don’t mind though, the 5200 will do me until this time next year the 5400 is released (yep this is my prediction). At that time I may go for the 5300 if it has been smooth and fault free, as the prices will be very low.

      It never pays to be an early adopter of new models, ask the D600 / D800 fraternity, a number of them have had repeated bother with dirt/oil on sensor. Whatever you choose, I would wait until the model is at least 4 months after launch, just to be sure there are no nasty surprises in store.

  7. 21
    ) yuan

    i am expecting that nikon also put some shortcut button in D5xxx series, i use D90 and i like the shortcut buttons but it’s only 12 MP only..

  8. 23
    ) Pat

    Hello, I am not sure if this is the correct place to pose this dilemma. I am a serious amateur and currently shoot with a D700 using my 24-70, 85mm and a wide angle lens. (The 70-200 is on my wish list.) When I go out to seriously shoot, the weight and bulkiness of my D700 and the 24-700 don’t bother me in the least. However, when I am on a business trip, walking around with my husband and dogs or attending my grandchildren’s events, I would like to have a more compact (but not point and shoot) camera with a lens that allows me to shoot from various positions and not have to change lenses. I keep thinking something line the Nikon 3200 or this 5300 would be perfect until I see comments like “…for beginners …” Any thoughts?

    Thank you. And thank you for all of your information!

    • 31
      ) Chris Weller

      This is the niche that mirrorless (m 4/3, Sony nex and Fuji X) are trying to fill. The DXXX series from nikon do get a bit smaller and lighter down the line, but, with a lens or a small kit of lenses they end being appreciably larger and heavier than these mirrorless systems.

      I’m a hardcore Nikon customer, but when my wife just asked me to get her a camera for her birthday, I think I’m going to go mirrorless and not choose the Nikon 1 system. I have the Nikon 1 system as well and it’s good, but quirky. It’s not as polished as some most of the other mirrorless options from other companies. It’s big drawback is ISO and dynamic range. It’s a noticeable step down from other mirrorless solutions. So if my wife wants to take an indoor shot of my daughter without blinding her with head on flash, she’ll need 3200 iso and 1/200 sec. Nikon 1 cannot do that. You’d have to go down to 800 iso and bounce their neat tiny flash. I think she would be better off with high iso.

      Nikon 1 is appreciably smaller and lighter than all the other mirrorless systems out there though, so it’s another trade-off.

      I’m leaning towards a fuji x-e1 or the new xe-2 or perhaps a Panasonic m 4/3. The fuji is amazing with jpg’s right out of camera and it’s x trans aps sized sensor is nearly comparable to full frame bayer (nikon) in ISO capability. She can shoot a great jpg, at 6400 iso, no flash then wifi to her iphone and upload. Pretty cool and easy.

      • 32
        ) Chris Weller

        I meant DXXXX series

      • 33
        ) Pat

        Thank you, Chris. Although I have been hearing a lot about the mirrorless cameras I know very little and will have to do some investigating. You mentioned JPEG twice in your comments but no
        Camera RAW. Can I shoot RAW with the mirrorless cameras? Pat.

        • 34
          ) Chris Weller

          Yes, you certainly can on all mid-higher end models. I mention JPG’s because I find in some cases, where someone would use a mirrorless camera, the person shooting might be more inclined to just use the camera JPG’s as their final output.

          For example shoot, wifi to phone and post to facebook. Raw’s won’t do you any good here. My wife for example is not going to process a raw photo, she is only going to use jpg’s. If you’re on this site, it’s likely you have a much greater interest in processing your own Raw’s, though. I personally, shoot both. I use the JPG’s when I need to put together a quick slide show or post something or a quick photo book. I process the raw’s for my very best files, though.

          I just shot a family vacation in Hawaii. I’ll use 50 or 60 shots for a photobook. I’ll probably use 40 or 50 camera jpg’s and only 10-20 Raw’s that I processed (the very best shots, cover etc….) I don’t have time to process 60 shots for a vacation albumn.

          • 38
            ) Pat

            Thanks again. That answered my question.

  9. 24
    ) Gene Duprey

    I have been using Leica M8 & R8DMR cameras for years with no AA filters and the moire issue is very minor, almost a non-issue. Would love to have the AA filter removed from my D4.

  10. 25
    ) Brent

    For me it’s D400 or stay with the D90. I need D300s speed with D5300 IQ, ISO, and low noise level. The gps, wifi and video mean nothing to me. Getting a D300 is a waste of money for me. If there is no D400 in the next couple of hears then I don’t know where I go.

  11. I have the impression that Nikon uses the entry level bodies as sandboxes: they test drive more and more new stuff in small cameras. Which is actually a good thing.

  12. 28
    ) Chris Weller

    I just posted a reply above that may be valuable overall – see post 27 above

  13. 30
    ) Chris Weller

    All of this is to take nothing away from this d5300. It’s actually a great camera and a great value. I have to remember that I can’t always look at things from the perspective of someone who own a lot of Nikon gear already.

    If I was new to the scene and trying to decide about my first camera or was upgrading from something a few generations old and didn’t need super fast fps of big buffers, this camera would be a great choice and great value.

    Having said that for someone like me, waiting for a d400 and new telephoto’s, every month that goes by without its’ release makes it more likely that I will ditch the Nikon DX format all together and end up with a M 4/3 system or Fuji X or Sony NEX etc….these systems are getting closer and closer to being competitive for my use. There are not there yet, but this time next year, I expect they will be as good or a better decision than a Nikon DX format camera. Nikon’s window of opportunity is closing.

    A new Nikon 1 with expeed 4 and 2.7mm evf, might fill a niche, but I’m not certain the sensor performance will be good enough for many of my applications. I expect to see a new V3 in the winter.

    We will see….

  14. 37
    ) Chris Weller

    Response to comment above that doesn’t appear to allow anymore replies. Follows comment 36

    Hi Antonio,

    I see your point. Clearly I am speculating, as I have no firsthand information. Having said that, it’s just my belief that more times than not, when someone has invested in the higher end camera’s, they are more fully committed to a system and all the glass that goes with it.

    I believe it would stand to reason that these customers are more likely to buy Nikon products into the foreseeable future because they are locked into a system and likely will continue with Nikon. Whereas someone who may have only invested in a D3000 line and perhaps a lens or two, would have have less loyalty (forced by their investment into the system or not) to Nikon and more freedom to move to another brand that may fit there need better in the future.

    My comments are not meant to be condescending, but they are definitely generalizations. There would certainly be many instances where it is not accurate (perhaps such as your situation), but I think, on balance, it would be more true than not.

  15. 39
    ) Pat

    Thank you, Nasim, for dumping the ranting emails!

    • Pat, you are most welcome! Can’t tolerate that kind of junk here…just did not see it earlier :(

  16. 41
    ) autofocusross

    I’ve been in deep thought since the announcment of the D5300. I have said elsewhere that Nikon appear to have made a marketing error with the previous model, the D5200. Why? Well, think about it. DXOMark tested the D5200 and the ‘flagship’ model, the D7100 only to conclude that the image quality is better. Let’s not get too carried away, it was a score of 84 to 83 with the D5200 just ahead by one fifth of a stop.(yes, I realise that there are other things about the D7100 which make it a better choice for action photography etc. so there’s no need to bombard me with comments).

    It struck me that if you are, like me, more into landscape style of measured shooting, not action or wildlife high speed stuff, the 7100 is overkill anyway, and given the choice at the dealers of one or the other when the cheaper model delivers the same quality image, it seemed madness.

    I can’t say for sure, but the D5300 seems to me a precursor of a much improved D7200 – which WILL produce better images than the D5300. As it will stand for the time being, I reckon Nikon want to get the D5200 off the market as quickly as possible, and then offer buyers the D5300 (at a much higher price) or the D7100, until such time as the D7200 provides the marketing leverage for the dealers to push up a level.

    Mainly I am looking at the marketing strategy of Nikon here, and of course, for me to be told the D5200 offers a slightly better image quality than the next model up the line, is music to my ears. I can live with the operational shortcomings as firstly, I am not really into sports/action/wildlife but very much into portrait/wedding/landscape/macro work, none of which usually require fast reflexes and a camera with millions of buttons and dials for quick response. To be honest, if you own a camera long enough, it becomes second nature to make adjustments etc

  17. 42
    ) Gabriel

    Hi Nassim;
    I own the D800 with the 2.8 70-200 FX with the 2x extender which gives me about 8x range.
    If I attach this gear to the D5300 will my range become 12x (600 mm from 400 mm)?
    I love to shoot video and range is key for aviation photography/videography + a variable angle screen makes it a lot more comfortable and less error-prone.
    What do you think about this setup ?
    Gabriel

    • 43
      ) June

      On a D800, your ‘range’ is 5.71x, not 8x, ie 400/70. On the D5300 (with a 1.5 crop factor) your ‘range’ would still be 5.71x, ie 600/105 .

      If you calculated the 8x figure because you also have a 50mm lens, then you would still have an 8x ‘range’ with the D5300, since the 50mm performs as a 75mm lens on DX. To get 12x, you’ll also need a 35mm ‘standard’ lens for the D5300.

  18. 44
    ) Paul Evans

    I am not going to was anymore money on these two camera’s. It has taken some doing, but I am going to get the D800. I still wish they would make a camera just for still photography and leave the video out of it. For me, video is a waste of time and what is used to process video could be eliminated and they could use the added electronics to concentrate on just the sensor and programs for the still shots. If they really want to do something to improve the entry level photo’s go with better glass that is affordable for the DX format. It doesn’t matter how good the body is, if you have poor glass in front of it.

  19. 45
    ) Raghu

    I have a D5100 which takes much truer to life color pictures than the D7100. I think Nikon bungled on removing the optical low pass filter in the D5300. Their future cameras will all follow on the same pattern. I have been waiting for a lightweight DSLR which has a wide viewfinder and double wheels. If Nikon does not make a D7200 that is friendly, I am jumping over to Pentax selling all my Nikon gear.

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