Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 front

Nikon D5300 overview

Nikon D5300 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera first announced on February of 2014. The camera has a 24MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Nikon introduced this model to improve the earlier Nikon D5200 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards brought out the more recent Nikon D5500 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this camera.

The D5300 is rated #12 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and all around #159 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D5300 history

The Nikon D5300 is part of a family of products. You can see the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3500 front thumbnailNikon D3500
D5300 vs D3500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2018
Nikon-D5600 front thumbnailNikon D5600
D5300 vs D5600
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D3400 front thumbnailNikon D3400
D5300 vs D3400
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
Nikon-D5500 front thumbnailNikon D5500
D5300 vs D5500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D3300 front thumbnailNikon D3300
D5300 vs D3300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
Nikon-D5300 front thumbnailNikon D530024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Nikon-D5200 front thumbnailNikon D5200
D5300 vs D5200
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Nikon-D3200 front thumbnailNikon D3200
D5300 vs D3200
24MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D5100 front thumbnailNikon D5100
D5300 vs D5100
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Nikon-D3100 front thumbnailNikon D3100
D5300 vs D3100
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Nikon-D3000 front thumbnailNikon D3000
D5300 vs D3000
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D5000 front thumbnailNikon D5000
D5300 vs D5000
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2009
Nikon-D60 front thumbnailNikon D60
D5300 vs D60
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Nikon-D40X front thumbnailNikon D40X
D5300 vs D40X
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2007
Nikon-D40 front thumbnailNikon D40
D5300 vs D40
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D5300 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005

Nikon D5300 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon D5300 based on factors that are usually viewed as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with external mic jack
comes with HDMI support
decent sensor size (APS-C)
does not have anti aliasing filter
good min ISO (100)
has face detection focus
has manual focus
has tracking autofocus
high resolution screen (1,037 thousand dot)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
pretty good screen size (3.2")
saves RAW formats
screen articulates fully
selfie friendly display
supports phase detect auto focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
doesn't have headphone jack
max frames per second very slow (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
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Nikon D5300 Sensor specs

The Nikon D5300 houses the Expeed 4 processor. The sensor spec on the Nikon D5300 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor can resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 12800. The ISO can also be increased digitally to a maximum of 25600. RAW files are supported therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

Nikon decided to omit the anti aliasing filter inside the Nikon D5300. This might result in more sharp photographs but could cause moire under some circumstances.

The picture below illustrates the D5300's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The D5300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D5300 dimensions

Nikon D5300 weighs 1.06 pounds (480g / 16.93 ounces) and features outer proportions of 125mm x 98mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Nikon D5300 is lighter than various rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Nikon D5300 alongside a soda to help you to have a sense of its size.

Nikon D5300 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button design on the D5300.

Nikon D5300 topview buttons dials

Nikon D5300 Lens details

The D5300 works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses on sale. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the D5300.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Tamron-16-300mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-PZD-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro16-300mmf/3.5-6.3 540g
Tokina-Opera-16-28mm-F2.8-FF-Nikon-F-FX lensTokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF16-28mmf/2.8940g
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Nikon-AF-Nikkor-105mm-f2D-DC lensNikon AF Nikkor 105mm f2D DC105mmf/2.0 640g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-17-35mm-f2.8D-ED-IF lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8D ED-IF17-35mmf/2.8 745g
Sigma-120-400mm-F4.5-5.6-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM120-400mmf/4.5-5.6 1640g
Sigma-85mm-F1.4-EX-DG-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM85mmf/1.4 725g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-300mm-f2.8G-ED-VR-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f2.8G ED VR II300mmf/2.8 2900g
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Nikon D5300 Connectivity

The D5300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy files and in some cases change camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Nikon D5300 Video details

The maximum video quality on the Nikon D5300 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance for video quality versus file size but FULL HD is not going to give you much room to crop. Although the body features a mic socket, it is sadly lacking a headphone socket which means you will not have the option to monitor your sound levels.

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Nikon D5300 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Nikon D5300 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Nikon D5300 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D5300 has a 3.2 inch fully articulated display screen with a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.

It has got a selfie friendly screen to shoot self portraits and even group shots if needed. Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon D5300 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.55x

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be very useful.

Nikon D5300 Shutter details

Nikon D5300 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Nikon D5300 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon D5300 boasts both in-built flash plus external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/200 seconds.

Nikon D5300 Autofocusing details

Nikon D5300 boasts both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & precise than Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection making it handy for portrait photography.

It has 39 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Nikon D5300 includes manual focusing when needed for low light scenarios or you need more precise focusing control.

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Nikon D5300 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL14,EN-EL14a) on the Nikon D5300 is built to last for 600 photographs according to the CIPA standards making it comparable with its competitors. The general Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the highest possible (1900) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a collection of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
D5300 vs SL3
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Nikon D5300 for various categories of photography

The following chart indicates a analysis of the Nikon D5300 for various categories of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Nikon D5300 Portrait photography details

The Nikon D5300 gets a points tally of 79 which is great, meaning that it is a wonderful fit for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support plus the potential to work with external lighting.

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manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats

Nikon D5300 Street photography advice

Coming in at a above average points tally of 69, the Nikon D5300 is a respectable choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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fully articulated screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D5300 as a Sports photography camera

A nice sports photography score of 65 means the Nikon D5300 is a very decent option for shooting sports. A camera should have good tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
has phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization

Nikon D5300 Travel photography details

Size is very critical when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon D5300 gets a impressive 80 as a travelling camera which is a awesome option to take on your holidays.

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megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display

Nikon D5300 Landscape photography factors

For anybody looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon D5300 and it's fantastic rating of 76 for a landscape camera is a terrific fit among its competition.

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manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2")
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
supports RAW files
no image stabilization

Nikon D5300 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should really have a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon D5300 is a very decent pick for vlogging as it receives a above average rating of 72.

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display is selfie friendly
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has mic port
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D5300 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the D5300, here is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall into the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The graph below provides you an overview of the D5300 compared to it's top scoring rivals listed previously.

There are more cameras you may view as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D5300
Entry-Level DSLR
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed 4
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
Nikon F
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology
TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/200 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
480g (1.06 pounds)
Physical dimensions
125 x 98 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0")
Battery life
600 pictures
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Launch pricing