Like a mini full frame
I bought this as I couldn't afford a full frame. Biggest thing that caught my attention is it has no low pass filter like medium format cameras, and the D810 and 800E. Decided to try it out, and honestly the photos look like full frame pictures. There are disadvantages of course since it's not a full frame, but it's a cheaper alternative. I use it both for photo and video and I swear I can just use this camera all day and all night with no issues at all.
It may not have a professional body, but lets be real here.. Unless you're a high end professional, you're most likely not going to have your almost $1000 camera out in the rain, snow, or a sand storm so you're not missing anything. This camera is a great starter DSLR till you can afford a full frame if you want full frame look minus the price. Of course the lenses you buy for it play a HUGE role too, but this is just an all around great camera to own.
May 5, 2015
This is my first DSLR camera, but I can honestly say that this camera will not dissapoint you. As a 17 year old, I blow through electronics at an amazing pace, but this camera has held up and still looks and functions like new. I've used it during Janurary fishing in Aspen when the temperature was -5 and it still functioned just as fast. The quality is amazing, the processor is fast, and the battery won't dissappoint you either. I would reccommend this camera to anyone!
February 19, 2015
Perfect for those just starting out in photography!
The Nikon D5300 is my first (and so far only) camera I own and for a DX "entry level" DSLR, it packs a punch!
After I bought it I had NO idea how to use it (like I said it's my first camera) but, thanks to Nikon Digitutor and the friendly Nikon staff members, I was able to figure out. That being said, it is extremely easy to navigate the menus and settings if you compare it to the other brands.
24 MP Some might say megapixels don't matter, that is true to some degree, e:g if you only want a 4x6 photo, 12-16 MPs is perfect. But what if you want to expand the photo or crop out some of the image?
Aha! That's where those extra MPs come in. The more MPs recorded, the more you can expand or crop an image without losing all the detail.
For some reason, all the "professional" Nikon DSLR cameras don't have vari-angle screens. Why? No clue. It's a no brainer and here's why.
When photographing time-lapse photos or long exsposures of the night sky, who wants to get down on their hands and knees to look up at the screen? Answer...Nobody.
With the vari-angle screen you can stand where you are at and flip the screen and turn it where you can see it in a comfortable postion.
There are other times when I use the vari-angle screen but the aforementioned are more important to bring up.
BUILT IN WI-FI & GPS
I have never used the built in GPS so, no comment there about how good that is.
However the built in WI-FI is a must have. Almost every time I go out to shoot I transfer photos directly to my smartphone with this feature. Super fast, it takes .5 seconds to transfer each photo.
With the built in WI-FI you can also take pictures using your phone or computer (free app is required).
AUTO & SCENE MODES
Auto and all the various scene modes have worked perfectly as they should.
I have had moire appear in my photos once or twice but, it was in VERY low light conditions so I don't consider that a con.
The ISO works very well and I am very impressed with what I see...or should I say what I don't see.
No noise in any of my photos ISO 10,000 and lower, however it is slightly noticable in the highest settings.
(I don't use the highest ISO settings so, not a problem)
NO AVAILABLE BATTERY GRIP
At the time of writing this, Nikon has yet to make a battery grip for the D5300, not a major concern however as it's not that hard to move your hand.
All in all, I LOVE this camera and it is definitely worth the money!
November 26, 2014
Great camera for the most part...
I would agree with ALL the positive things said about picture quality, ease of use, image manipulation, features, etc. It takes superb pictures and is easy to use. I love it... except for two issues.
One, I bought the SB500 with the understanding you could use the flash or multiple flashes, wirelessly, off camera on its supplied stand without buying anything else. Well, at this point you can't even though the manual, Page E-1, and Nikon's picture PDF examples seem to show you can. You have to buy the commander add on thing for $300+ if I recall correctly. So, I bought the $60 sync cord and use it wired.
Secondly, WiFi and wireless picture transfer, at this point, is NOT available to use UNLESS you transmit by WiFi to a cell phone, etc. with an Android or iOS operating system. In other words, your 'smart' Windows 8.1 computer at home with a 28" digital monitor and your image processing/storage software on it is not available for wireless transfer - but a phone with a mostly useless playing-card-sized screen is... go figure.
This is 2014, not 1979. How hard can it be? Why does the manual on Page 48 even show a laptop? As far as I can tell, you wirelessly transmit a picture to a cell phone then from the cell phone you send the pictures via WiFi to your computer. Tether yourself to the supplied USB cord and forget the cell phone... unless that feature somehow has use to you.
By the way, you have to first download an app to the cell phone so the cell phone can accept the pictures from your camera. It isn't like you are just going to send a bunch of pictures wirelessly to a group of cell phone holders at the beach or something without some first downloading an app and configuring things.
I haven't tried the video or sound recording.
That said, the camera does take great pictures. It is easy to use. It does have great features. It can do special things like easily make HDR images IN camera. It does have great lenses available. Nikon Image Space is cool.The free image software is great. It feels good. It looks well made. Everything feels right and is designed intelligently and ergonomically as far as I am concerned. It is an amazing piece of technology for the most part.
If you are on a trip with your laptop, however, and don't want or need an Android or iOS phone, just don't forget to bring your USB cable, or two, to transfer your pictures. If you need or want off camera flash then buy a camera with built in commander mode or buy the pricey add on. Still... highly recommended.
November 7, 2014
Superb camera, even for an experienced novice.
I am completely satisfied with this purchase. I have added a few extras including a 18-140 zoom lense, 55-300 zoom lense, a SB-700 speed light, etc. I find the WiFi and GPS very useful. I shoot a lot of genealogy projects such as gravestones, etc. Until now my SLR experience was with a film camera several years back. With more free time these days I decided to return to amature photography and learn to use digital cameras. I am impressed. Even as a novice, I take my equipment seriously. If it doesn't perform, I will return it. Not this kit, it's definitely a keeper.
August 3, 2014