At first glance, the D5300 looks almost identical to the D5200 in terms of size. The camera’s ergonomics have been greatly improved for to enhance the grip of the user and reduce camera shake. The great features of its predecessor have not been compromised however and the D5300 is capable of delivering stunning shots better with its new, more stable design.
D5300 Design and Controls
One of the most notable differences between the D5300 and the D5200 is its compactness, which is attributed to its more angular design. The camera’s button arrangement has been reconfigured around a substantially larger LCD display and as a result, the buttons have been made slightly smaller. This does not compromise the comfort.
As a matter of fact, the new arrangement has allowed an added bonus in the form of a larger thumb grip fitted on the back of its left shoulder right on top of the minimized d-pad controls and the playback button. The D5300 however is still larger than the less powerful entry-level cameras as is characteristic of cameras from the D5000 series.
Another feature that is certainly a welcome upgrade is the much larger, ultra-high resolution Vari-angle LCD screen that is designed to have a 180-degree swivel. Sadly, like its predecessor, the D5300 still lacks the secondary command dial. This can be attributed to the fact that the cameras in the D5000 series are a bit crowded on the button front. The robust feel of the D5300 in comparison to the D5200 makes it easier to handle. In addition, it is 20 grams lighter than the D5200 despite its compact feel.
A 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor lens together with a 39-point high-density auto focus system with 9 cross-type sensors earns the D5300 a seat at the high-end section of the Nikon table. The camera inherits a lot of its impressive functionality from the D5200 with a remarkable focus system which offers a sufficient range of coverage across the frame.
The impressive focusing speeds are however hindered in low lighting conditions, tending to be a bit slower. Another notable downside of the D5300 is its poor performance when it shooting in Live View. This is because the camera uses contrast detects AF for live view and the process of flipping the mirror out of the way to lock focus makes for a sluggish experience.
A highlight of the D5300 is its 3D-tracking mode which enables it to preserve the sharpness of its images throughout a continuous burst of images. The D5300 is also capable of shooting stunning footage with its dazzling full-HD 1080p video recording capabilities and a built-in stereo microphone. The camera is also fitted with Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS for easy sharing and geotagging of your shots.
The D5300 borrows a lot in terms of functionality from the D5200 but is notably superior to its predecessor. Its extra-large LCD screen with 180-degree swivel and the comfortable new design that is easy to handle takes things a notch higher, giving it the edge over the D5200. Overall, it is a great camera with capabilities that do not disappoint.