Nikon D5300 review

New 24MP sensor and EXPEED 4 processing engine give better images

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon D5300 with the Nikon D5200, the Sony Alpha 65 and the Canon EOS 700D.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon D5300 review

The D5300's signal to noise ratio is very respectable throughout the sensitivity range, but it's beaten by the competition at the middle values. This is likely be because it is calibrated to reveal more detail at the expense of a little noise. It takes the lead at the highest settings, however.

TIFF signal to noise ratio

Nikon D5300 review

Apart from at ISO 100, the D5300's raw files after conversion to TIFF are runner's up to the Nikon D200, Sony Alpha 65 and Canon 700D's files, indicating that they are a little noisier. This is the result of the higher pixel count and/or change in the processing to reveal more detail.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon D5300 review

The D5300's JPEGs have an impressive dynamic range, similar to the D5200's, indicating that they contain a wide range of tones.

TIFF dynamic range

Nikon D5300 review

A camera's raw dynamic range is a measure of its underlying ability to record different brightnesses in the same frame and it is usually higher than the camera's JPEG dynamic range - which is manipulated to give the manufacturer's preferred level of contrast. The D5300's raw (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range competes well at the lower sensitivity settings, but drops off significantly at the upper values.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution24.2 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationNo
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, H.264, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)480 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height98 mm
Width125 mm
Depth76 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD5300
Product NameD5300 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA370AE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Let your creativity soar with the intuitive D5300.

With built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, this impressive 24.2-megapixel DX-format camera lets you capture and share the magic of your world in incredible detail.

The Wi-Fi function connects the camera directly to a smart device, so you can share photos right after you've taken them. The GPS function adds location information to photos, making it easy to add your pictures to maps of the world and share your travel photography with others.

Thanks to the large vari-angle monitor, it's simple to shoot photos and movies from exciting new perspectives; and powerful low-light performance (extendable up to ISO 25,600) ensures clear shots in dark situations.

Package Contents
  • D5300 Digital SLR Camera
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (with Terminal Cover)
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • AN-DC3 Strap
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • Software CD
  • Reference CD (Contains the Reference Manual)
Limited Warranty1 Year