Nikon S5300

 
Nikon Coolpix S5300 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-208mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
  • 138g - 97 x 58 x 21mm
  • Launched January 2014
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
42
Features
40
Overall
41

Nikon S5300 overview

Nikon S5300 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on January of 2014. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The S5300 is placed #31 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #644 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your custom requirements.

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Nikon S5300 history

The Nikon S5300 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S5300 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S5300 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S5300 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S530026-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S5300 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S5300 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S5300 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S5300 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S5300 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S5300 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S5300 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S5300 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S5300 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S5300 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S5300 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S5300 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S5300 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S5300 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S5300 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S5300 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S5300 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S5300 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S5300 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S5300 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S5300 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S5300 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S5300 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S5300 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S5300 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Nikon S5300 based on aspects which are typically viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

built in lens has zoom (26-208mm 8.0 x zoom)
comes with HDMI out
features face detect focus
features tracking focus
flash built-in
has manual focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (138 grams)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
pretty good screen size (3")
pretty wide (26mm)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of headphone support
lack of microphone support
lack of Timelapse function
manual exposure not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f6.6)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW format
no shutter priority mode
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
terrible battery (180 shots)
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Nikon S5300 Sensor specifications

The measurement of the sensor in the Nikon S5300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and supports a standard ISO range of 125 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the S5300's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The S5300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Nikon Coolpix S5300 sensor size Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S5300 dimensions

Nikon S5300 weighs 0.30 lbs (138 gr or 4.87 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 97mm x 58mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Nikon S5300 is lighter when compared with its competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon S5300 besides a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S5300 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button arrangement on the S5300.

Nikon Coolpix S5300 topview buttons dials

Nikon S5300 Lens specifications

The S5300 is equipped with a fixed lens providing a focal range of 26-208mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which isn't really outstanding nevertheless it might be very helpful in certain circumstances.

At the widest 26mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.7 and that is fairly slow and not great in low light circumstances and you will find it hard to capture good bokeh. You might also have to raise the ISO setting resulting in noisy shots. For the tele end, 208mm comes at f6.6 which is quite slow and you may need to use slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon S5300 Connectivity

The S5300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer images and at times adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Nikon S5300 Video specifications

The maximum video resolution in the Nikon S5300 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance between video quality and file sizes but FULL HD is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a mic or headphone port which means that you have got no control over your audio. It is perhaps best to order another model in case you require good audio in your videos.

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Nikon S5300 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Nikon S5300 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Nikon S5300 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon S5300 houses a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 460k dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix S5300 screen and viewfinder Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

The View Finder specs regarding Nikon S5300 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Nikon S5300 Shutter specifications

Nikon S5300 has the ability to shoot continuously at 7.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Nikon S5300 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Nikon S5300 boasts only in-built flash with no external flash ability.

Nikon S5300 Autofocus specifications

Nikon S5300 boasts just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it useful for portraits.

The AF system boasts 99 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Nikon S5300 supports manual focus when needed during low light occasions or you require more accurate control on focus.

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Nikon S5300 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL19) on the Nikon S5300 is built to last for 180 shutters according to the CIPA standards which is lower compared to its rivals. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life within this range of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Nikon S5300 for different kinds of photography

The following chart gives a analysis of the Nikon S5300 for different kinds of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Nikon S5300 Portrait photography details

The Nikon S5300 gets a points tally of 42 which is low, and means the camera is not really very good to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files and ability to use external lighting.

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has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Street photography with Nikon S5300

Getting a very good points tally of 64, the Nikon S5300 is a respectable choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (138 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Nikon S5300 Sports photography highlights

A low sports photography score of 42 means the Nikon S5300 is not really very good for photographing sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery power (180 per charge)
lacks phase detect autofocus

Nikon S5300 Travel photography info

Weight is extremely critical in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon S5300 gets a very good 66 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine fit to take on your trips.

World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
lighter than competition in class (138g)
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
bad battery life (180 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)

Landscape photography with Nikon S5300

For anybody looking to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Nikon S5300 with it's moderate score of 47 as a landscape camera is relatively suitable amongst its competitors.

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focusing manually
really wide (26mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
low battery life (180 shots)
no Time Lapse mode

Nikon S5300 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Nikon S5300 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it receives a low rating of 35.

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rather wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (138 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
does not have selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone port

Nikon S5300 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the S5300, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart just below offers you an overview of the S5300 versus it's top rated competitors shown earlier.

There are more cameras you might check out as alternate options. To go through a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S5300
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2014-01-07
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW files
Max native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
99
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-208mm (8.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.7-6.6
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3"
Screen resolution
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech
TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
4 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting rate
7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
138 grams (0.30 lb)
Physical dimensions
97 x 58 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Other
Battery life
180 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL19
Self timer
Yes (10 or 2 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
Single
Price at launch
$180