by Ravi on 2015-06-23
This is a top class camera. I got it last October for 43k with 18-55 and i'm loving it. Yes the downside is lack of manual control, but i knew what i was buying. WiFi, i thought is useless, but no ! You can transfer the pics immediately to your TAB/Phone for better viewing. I use only 18-55mm and 50mm and fairly happy with results. Its light and small(which for me is a downside) hence easy to carry. It works well in extreme climates(used it at Nathu La Pass). The sensor is the same as that of 7100. And best part is , the DX crop sensor makes this camera ideal for the awesome Tokina 11-16mm. I just Love that lens. You can opt for D7000(older, yet solid) if manual control pleases you. Can check the images, all taken with 18-55mm kitl lens.
A good feature which i recently started using is the Intervelometer feature- can be used to make time lapse. I think Canon doesn't give this feature inbuilt.
If possible get the camera: an 18-55VR II, 55-200mm VR, and a 35mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.8, and i believe all the situations will be covered. Then save up for a 11-16mm Tokina (around 37k). Else if Zoom is what you crave for, Spend a solid 25k and get the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC USD. It is better than the Nikon 70-300 which costs almost 6-8k more.
Now i will say about a con- which i knew, but thought it won't be an issue. This camera, in fact none of the Nikon entry level camera provide you "commander" mode for flash, meaning, you cannot wire a flash remotely without popping your camera flash. (However you can achieve this using wireless flashh trigers available for 2k upwards). Nikon d7000 upwards provide this feature. Once you use a DSLR for some time, you tend to grow as a photographer, meaning you'll start using external flashes, diffusers, dolly etc.. If you fell that you want to grow as a photographer and not stuck as an amateur/hobbyist i suggest save up and get a more proffesional (no matter if it is outdated) model, like D7000,7100 OR 7200. Otherwise with the Nikon D5300, youll hit all major spots of photography more broadly than specifically, still providing you with exceptionally good images.
Decide after reading my review
by ps26 on 2016-05-24
If you gonna say, I don't get good pictures with this DSLR, then you gotta kidding me. Thousands of reviews are written about this product & most of them indicates this product in a positive way. There are lots of comparisons with lots of cameras where it came first or even sometimes it's not the best for someone who rated the other camera 1st. So there are some problems which can be minimized anyway. So I'm going to say bad things about this beast then I will go for the good ones.
1.Noise- Three types
i) Audio noise made by any sort of lens auto focus system you connect to this camera, like canon's it can't make a truely silent video if you set the camera in auto focus. It can be minimised by using manual focus.
ii) While doing a video, if you use the internal mic of the camera you will hear a lots of noise, when you review it at your home. You can use a good quality external mic while doing a video and minimise the audio noise.
iii) Noise appears when capturing a long exposure shot which is longer then 10 sec or above, at night. Even when you tune your camera at lowest ISO you will notice a bit noisy image if you zoom it. If you want to minimise it then you can turn on the LONG EXPOSURE NR which is present in the camera's menu(SHOOTING MENU). But remember turning on this LONG EXPOSURE NR, your long exposure shot time will get doubled(if you take a shot for 25 sec then camera will take 25 more secs to process the image i.e total 50 sec). Another way of minimising the noise is using a computer software like lightroom or photoshop if you don't want to waste your time for jumping one shot to another.
2. Live view autofocusing is slow because of using contrast detection technique when you are in live view mode. The solution is try to take most of your shots using the viewfinder. The other solution is to use the manual focus.
3. Manual focus is a little pain using the viewfinder for the first atleast 100 shots. The good solution is practice practice and more practice. The other solution is to use your live view while manually focusing and use your +magnify button to see if it's in perfect focus or not.
4. The onboard FLASH. It's not great and mostly it will give you a very bad shadow and reflection when you capture people wearing glass. The solution is to use 3200 ISO and do post production for removing noise. The other solution is to buy a inexpensive manual flash which is good actually if you want to learn controlling your shots really well. The ONBOARD FLASH consumes a lot of battery also, so try avoiding it as much as possible.
5. There is a intervalometer for taking photos continuously and then make a timelapse using pc softwares. There are cameras which can produce a time lapse video after taking the shots and combine them in the camera and give us a ready made video. But here this camera, you can use the intervalometer for taking the shots for a continous period of time, but it can't give you a direct video out of it. But if you see it in a positive way, you have all the raw image files, then make the adjustments as you want and then make the timelapse in a more artistic way and this is good also because if the shots are not properly exposed then you can make the exposure and other staff like saturation, highlights, shadows as you like and give the final video a better look.
I made a timelapse video using this camera, you can check it out here-[...]
6. No autofocus motor, you have to use the manual focus if there is no autofocus motor in the lens inside.
Here are the BAD ones for me, which I think I can get over. If you can too, then there is no way stopping you from buying this camera.
The Good Ones-
1. Image Quality is awesome. The 24MP is really worthy while cropping and if you print large images then this won't let you down.
2. Easy to use. This is very important because if you don't understand your camera, then the camera can't understand your shot (if you have your own perspective for your frame).
3. Light weight. This is one of the major reasons I choose it over D7000. If you use it using hands, then using it over several hours don't feel a bit of pain.
4. WiFi- Admit it or not it's a great feature. You can take beautiful group photos & if you want to see yourself in your group photos after 10 years of graduation, this wifi feature helps & moreover you can lock your shutter for more than 30 min while using the bulb mode (you don't need a smartphone always to lock your shutter longer then 30 min or using the bulb mode, there is a mode called time mode after the bulb mode where you click the shutter button once it will lock the mirror up & then as long as you don't click the shutter button again it will remain open until the battery dies).
5. Battery gives atleast 1500 shots if you don't review your images. If you review the image everytime you clicked then the no of shots will be 450-500. If you use onboard camera flash for every shot the no of shots will reduce to 350-400.
6. Battery Charges very fast. Hardly take 1 hour if you charge the battery, when battery showing is one bar only. If the battery dies completely then it take 1.5 hours to charge it completely. Charging it for 15-20 min will give your atleast 100-150 shots (hidden quick charge you know).
7. Pair it with tamron 70-300 VR, the photos will shock you absolutely. Try buying the tamron lens I mentioned.
8. Built In Intervalometer can give you the joy of taking timelapses. You will find the camera's true potential then.
9. Videos at ISO 6400 looks less noisy, you can use upto that level of ISO while doing your video at low light.
10. The quality of the display is marvelous. If you see the displays of D3300 or D3200 you will thank yourself for buying this right camera.
11. The autofocus is damn fast while using the viewfinder paired with it's 18-55/ 55-200/ 18-140mm nikon lenses at night. Just try to focus on a light and it will bring a smile on your face.
12. This list is never ending because the more you use , the more you discover the amazing facts about this camera.
P.S- There is also a gps, which I don't use actually, but if you want to use this then try to use it under a clear sky. It will get tracked easily, it consumes a lot battery too. So take a single picture using GPS, then turn it off & then synchronize the location data to rest of the pictures in lightroom.
[...] Thank you so much for reading my review. Will update the review if I find any difficulties/new fact about this camera (and if you click the menu+i button together, the whole camera settings will get a full reset) and stay tuned.
Verdict- Just go for it.
Review "FOR" the first time buyer
by Neo on 2016-03-07
I want this review be helpful for someone who is making a decision for his first DSLR.
One sentence review is, buy this if you value photo image quality above everything else.
Obviously if you are looking at D5300, you will have the following cameras in your consideration. Nikon D3300, D5200, D5500, Canon 600-750D.
Let me tell you that if you just want pictures to be taken in auto mode and do not want to tinker much, then you can choose any of these cameras they are all fine. But if you want to eke out the last drop of performance, there is nothing better than D5300 in cost/performance right now. Why ?
It is the best APSC image sensor in the market that can challenge a D800 (per Ming Thein).
1. No built-in motor. (Not a big deal, most lenses are AF-S anyways)
2. Average Live-view and remote shooting abilities.
3. Typical Nikon video control limitations.
While Canon is busy repackaging their 2009 sensor in incremental updates, the Sony sensor in D5300 is top of its class. By the way, the straight out of camera pictures of D5300 is as good as canon, a weak point for al Nikon cameras before this generation. So the only place it lacks is pro level video capabilities that Magic Lantern can unlock for Canon cameras.
If you need responsive live-view, video controls, skip Nikons. Canon is a better wholesome package. For image quality that is best in the industry D5300 is as good as it gets.
Against other Nikons:
D5200 > While pretty good, I consider the D5300 a worthwhile upgrade.
D3300 > Cheap D5300 with missing features, buy if you cannot afford D5300.
D5500 > D5300 + Touch Screen without GPS
By the way, buy with 18-140mm and not any other bundle, you will thank yourself later. Of course, buy the 35mm 1.8.
Finally I get my hands on a DSLR!!
by Twizter on 2015-11-08
This is a great beginner DSLR!! Bought the Dzoom (both lens VR2) in Oct 2015 for 42K. Delivery was swift but packing was poor no bubble wrap or airfills just the camera box in another amazon box. It came with that 300rs cheap camera bag which can accommodate only the cam with one lens and an 8 gig sandisk 40mbps card.
There are lots and lots of information online say YouTube, snapsort whatever which give the performance specs etc.
I present some of my experiences which might be useful to people who are still deciding (wasting hours browsing the internet) which one to get.
1) D3300 vs D5300
Get the D3300 (same sensor and processor ) and save the extra money for other stuff , bcoz camera + lenses (18-55 + 55-200 + 35) + bag (lowepro or any good brand) + filters (hoya 52mm for all 3) + cleaning kit = 60k blown away (s**t!! this is a very expensive hobby!!!)
The key differences are
a) HDR (can be done in D3300 using manual exposure adjustment and post processing)
b)Auto bracketing. (same solution as in "a" manual exposure adjustment )
c) Autofocus points - I use the central focusing square only for 90% of shots!!!! the other 38 are never used (may be when shooting sports like football, hockey which many of us won't!! ) So go for the 39 pt focusing only if u really need them , u can save 10k if ur not going to use it atall.
d)Flip out screen - breakage hazard! The viewing angles are good enough for u to see when held high and low even without the flip out screen!
2) D5200 vs D5300
Only diff noticeable is the shape and name tag. Everything is the same. (Ok on paper there is newer version of sensor and processor!!)
If u can be patient till you go home and then transfer the pics to your phone , u just saved 10K. wow!!
Ah the GPS ....its there but its almost like its not there!! lol
The D5200 sensor has a better Dxomark score compared to D5300!. I don't know why when the D5300 is the one which is missing the OLPF?
Oh yeh! almost forgot the D5300 has a new battery ENEL14a (white).
PS: RAW banding issue with expeed3 processors (google it only if u use raw format otherwise plz don't bother!!)
3) D5300 vs any cannon D760 /D700
Canon's auto focusing system are far more superior to Nikon's - No of focusing points does not matter , the quality (cross type and their distribution) matters.
Image quality is slightly behind in the canon. For casual users like me , the fine details does not matter or not recognizable. In fact I cannot tell the difference between D5300's pics and my friend's Cannon 700D pics when kept side by side. (both using kit lenses).
Battery backup is poor in lower end cannons, till you reach the 70d range then its the same as Nikon!!!
STM lenses are great quality compared to nikon's lenses . If u get a good deal on Canon 700D + 18-135 STM plz go for it.
Best advice : Go for the cheapest DSLR u can get in the market (they all take great pictures) and buy many good lenses. Don't overspend your hard earned money on fancy camera bodies.
Hope its useful.
by Amazon Customer on 2016-06-08
And the Nikkor AF-P DX VR 18-55 newly launched lens is pretty good....
nikon doesnt help on warranty
by sooksham on 2014-11-17
Excellent product, the issue is only with the warranty, as amazon is not a authorised dealer of nikon, hence you need to go to a service centre to know weather the product and it's accessories are original and get a valid warranty.
Awesome Camera!! I am just in love with it!!
by Amazon Customer on 2016-08-08
Did a lot of research before buying this camera. I have no qualms in giving 5 stars for this products. The Best Camera for beginners. My advice would be to go for 18-140mm lens and not the kit lens18-55 mm.There is a built-in wi-fi. I fortunate to buy this during the last Great India Sale in January for 40k. D5300 provides excellent image quality. Loads of features. Check for tutorials on YouTube. You can explore more with the camera. Product packaging too good with a Kit-Bag. Thank You Amazon & Nikon :)
by Abhishek on 2016-10-06
All concerns about the genuniety of the product are unwarranted. I registered the product on Nikon India and it is covered under the Nikon India warranty. The Camera is awesome and probably the best mid segment Nikon camera. So don't fall for any rumours about the product being refurbished, not covered etc etc. Buy it from Amazon with your eyes closed.
Got with AF-P lens, images of lens doesnt match the product
by Amit.K on 2016-07-01
Camera is good but don't go with images posted for lens. I received the product with Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. But if you check the images it has AF-S vr or AF-S VR II lens. When I Google it and found AF-S VR was launched in 2007 and AF-S VR II was in 2014. AF-P was launched in Jan 2016. Will use it more and provide the review on lens if it's better than previous ones
by Santosh Yadav on 2015-06-10
The Nikon D5300 is my first DSLR (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!
by Vignesh R. on 2016-04-13
Got this Double Zoom kit just for 42.8K .Although it's my first Online purchase & first DSLR too.. Pictures coming soon!
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