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