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Nikon D5300 starts shipping tomorrow, gets tested at DxOMark

Nikon-D5300
The Nikon D5300 camera that was announced last month is scheduled to start shipping tomorrow. The D5300 user's manual (PDF file) is already available for download here. DxOMark also published their D5300 test results:

"Compared with rival models from Sony and Canon, the D5300 maintains a competitive advantage in color depth, DR and low light capabilities, and that’s before assessing the effects on image sharpness from a higher pixel count and from removing the AA filter. When considered against its predecessor, or even the pricier D7100, the new model’s sensor performs similarly and so the iterative improvements in specification make the D5300 look very tempting, especially if on a budget."

Nikon D5300 DxOMark test
Nikon D5300 DxOMark review

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  • Dpablo unfiltered

    I wonder why the bump in the ISO rating.

    • fred

      I wonder why 5300 is 1 point LESS than 5200.
      Low light figure is improved.

      • EcoR1

        Improved? Do you understand that ISO-score is logarithmic-scale and that difference between 5200 and 5300 models is something like <0.1 stops. Difference is so small that it's probably close to the measurement error limits.

        • Sonikon

          Isn’t the sensor in the D5300 the same one in the D7100. So no AA filter,

          The 60P will be interesting as will the Moiré performance.

        • Bertrand

          Big question is if the banding problem is gone. Based on some RAW samples online it seems the D5300 doesn’t show banding any more when pushed to the extremes.

      • Sahaja

        The differences are within DxOs measurement errors.

    • scott800

      The new expeed 4 maybe? But why loss in dynamic range? I wonder if Toshiba is still making the sensor?

  • scott800

    I am very curios to see how this camera performs for video. The d5200 has been bordering on legendary with fantastic ISO performance and almost no moire or compression artifacts. If this camera is even close to the d5200 the 60p slow-motion possibilities are going to be awesome!

    • Andrew

      This cameras is very tempting. Its design is really beautiful and its expected performance makes it attractive for people who want to go beyond the smartphone nonsense. Nikon’s high ISO expertise sets it apart from the field. This looks like an excellent all around camera; possibly the best camera below $1,000!

      • Global

        “smartphone fad”

        That’s going to be one very, very long fad… ;-)

        • Andrew

          I know! But actually, smartphones are very useful for introducing a larger audience to photography. But I also take pictures with them so I am a fan of the “fad”. But you are right, a fad is something that comes and goes away very quickly and so in that context, the smartphone is not a fad.

    • Global

      They are taking OUT the moire filter & increasing pixel count — so I feel doubtful the moire will get better. If anything, it probably going to be worse with moire.

      On the other hand, some claim that ISO was improved, which should be good for those slightly darker scenes.

      • Richard709

        I believe that increased pixel count lessens the appearance of moire.

      • scott800

        Perhaps the expeed 4 will employ some magic to correct some of the moire

        • KnightPhoto

          Watched a great head to head D7100 / 70D video on Youtube – the Nikon smokes the Canon on video Moire (and that is EXPEED3). So no doubt the D5300 will be as good or better.

          On the stills side, the Nikon cameras don’t seem to have a moire problem either.

          • scott800

            Have you seen the eosHd.com d5200 reviews? They are spot-on. We use 3 of them for the video side of our business (along with our d800s) for wedding and short film making. The 60p is going to be great for hand held slo-mo and glidecam work. I can’t wait!

          • stormwatch

            Nikon smokes Canon in video mode in almost every aspect…and that lazy dual pixel AF in 70d is almost useless when faced with only a tinny bit more complicated scene. The pro videographer who doesn’t shoot MF is not a pro.

      • desmo

        I get the moire filter part
        but,
        are not the D5200 and D5300 both 24MP cameras?

  • tertius_decimus

    Peter, with all due respect, why do you keep posting this DxO idiocy?

    • http://www.davidiam.com/ davidiam photo

      To feed the Canon trolls. What other reason is there?

      • tertius_decimus

        I’m Nikon troll, FYI.

    • Aldo

      their scores are a good reference… if you know how to interpret them…

    • neversink

      I like seeing the DxO tests. There are other tests on the web if you would like to search for them. DxO does not take into account all the variables of a lens, which puzzles me, as their scoring seems to be subjective, yet their individual rating appear objective. I’d ilk to emphasize “appear.” You have to take these test with a bit of understanding that they aren’t going to tell you everything about a camera or a lens, and DxO states this on their site.

    • desmo

      they generate a lot of hits

    • Jon Ingram

      DxO scores are pretty good for sensors, but need to be taken with a grain of salt for lenses. It is frustrating when people just look at the (often misleading) final score and make a snap judgement. However, DxO scores are the easiest way for me to find out the DR for low ISO’s and noise performance at high iso’s, which I find to be very useful scores.

  • Aldo

    Took my d800 for cleaning… now they are saying they are giving me a new dslr… I should probably get this one and go to Vegas with the change…

    • Aldo

      I’m seriously considering the d7100… I’m gonna need wide coverage… and a fast prime for low light. Any suggestions?

      • http://photokaz.com/ Mike

        Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for wide. Nikon 35mm f/1.8 as a fast ‘normal’ prime. Had both and they are great.

        • Aldo

          Thanks. The tokina is a bit steep price wise. the 35mm seems great though. Any other you would recommend on the wide range? It doesn’t have to be too wide… 24mm (35mm equivalent) would suffice.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            You could be everyone’s guinea pig and try the Sigma f1.8 zoom for us. Why don’t you just enjoy shooting your new D800? If you ruined it think how many of these you’d have been through.

            • Aldo

              Well I have the option to switch cameras… I was thinking shooting dx for a while til we get a new d800/d600 based full frame… and save the cash for when that comes out. The sigma is too expensive.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              I’m just saying that the new camera is a stop and a half slower for ISO noise and there’s no lens that will give you that back save for the Sigma vs your 24-70. It actually gives a bit less and less range. You would need something like an f1.0 prime to go against your f1.8. And then the durability is a factor. And I don’t see another new camera soon. They will be working on something to replace the D300 because Canon is saying they will have their new one in the first half of next year and the D610 and Df are brand new. I also haven’t heard people wanting an update for a D800.

              Curious. What broke with yours?

            • Aldo

              I sent it for cleaning. Both external and sensor. I mentioned the memory card hang issue but said it wasn’t a big deal. Few days later… I was told they would be replacing it. Shutter was only at 60k. Figured I could mix things up a little bit and save some cash.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              I know it’s both easy and tempting to do silly things when you are bored but I would stay with what you have. You aren’t going to save anything in the long run. There’s really nothing to upgrade your camera or lenses to.

            • Aldo

              I may end up getting the d610… but 2k seems too much to pay for it considering some d600′s go for 1300… my credit only works at best buy.

            • mikeswitz

              Are Nikon giving you a new D800 or the cash to buy a new one? If they are giving you a new camera I don’t get why you would downgrade. You of all people knows how great the D800 is. I’ve never shot with the 7100 but it seems to me like its like having lived in San Francisco you decided to move to Palmdale because its a lot cheaper.

            • Aldo

              lol…. I didn’t move to Palmdale… but I did move to the outskirts of Oakland as I ended up getting a brand new d600 for 1499 and got $1300 on a gift card. I was gonna get the 610 but the deal I got on the d600 hypnotized me. This is from best buy. I had the geek squad protection plan… the nikon warranty was long expired. I also bought baby wipes … so I’m ready for that oil =] I also live like next door from the nikon service center :P

            • mikeswitz

              Okay, I quess the foods still pretty good in Oakland. Don’t think your clients will notice the difference, but you did drop .5 fps!

            • Aldo

              haha I hope they don’t bust me for it.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              It sounds cheaper in the long run. Most of the lenses they mentioned are expensive and cover a different range than what you have in addition to being totally inferior to what you have. I think a used D610 will cost a lot more than a used D600 for a long, long time. And remember, you get a stop and a half less noise at any setting, better dynamic range and color depth at various ISOs…
              And also nice viewfinder with 100percent. And take the change and get an 85 f1.8. It makes a better complement to your zoom than the 50 does.
              How does the 50 do against your zoom? Is the difference apparent to you?

            • Aldo

              the 50mm is sharper from f1.8-3.2 after that the 24-70 is better at everything else (color, contrast, etc.) except distortion at 50mm.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              Well it’s worth it then. It can probably do something at f2.2 as good as your zoom wide and can open even further if need be. I remember a lot of 50s not being able to beat the 35-70 and your lens is supposed to be better, so that is a good 50. A lot of old 35s and 50s wouldn’t stand up to the 35-70 at any aperture except maybe 2.8 for contrast in some less than ideal conditions. But if you get either 85 f1.8 I think you will find that it outperforms any zoom you can find and those are some HEAVY zooms compared to a modest lens.
              And that sounds like a good deal on the camera.

            • Aldo

              If 1.8 … 1/60 1600-2000 iso doesn’t cut it… then the available light I’m trying to use is probably not worth the hassle for me, at which point I would just pull out the flash.

            • umeshrw

              I recently used a 7100 as second body along with my 800. I seriously didn’t feel like holding it in my hand. Toy. Even though there was 70- 200 attached to it. Difficult to process the images compared to DR and IQ of that of 800.(I am doing it just now) Having said that I also agree to your reasoning. Also one can get accustomed to 7100 in time, albait a bit painfully. Now maybe D400 wouldn’t have been so drastically different to use………..

            • Aldo

              Thanks for the input. What worries me most is the low light downgrade.. but I think there could be a work around using fast apertures

            • DaveyJ

              My best field camera is the D7100! It is amazing in every way!

          • http://photokaz.com/ Mike

            What do you have for lenses now? The D7100 kit has an 18-105 which is decent.

            • Aldo

              I have the 24-70 2.8… and the 50mm 1.8g both full frame… the 1.8 is fast enough… but I’m afraid it will be too tight as a low light workhorse. the 35mm you suggested puts me back at 52.5mm which is great. I would just need wide coverage. My goal is not to go past 1600 iso hand held on the d7100.

            • http://photokaz.com/ Mike

              Why not just use the 24-70, it’s an awesome lens?

            • Aldo

              That’s the plan… but I need 24mm coverage… 28 at the very least

            • http://photokaz.com/ Mike

              Sorry, misread. You want the equivalent to 24mm on FX, which is 16mm. Again, 18-105 kit gets you close. If you really need 16mm then get the Tokina 11-16mm. You can’t get there for cheap.

            • Aldo

              Thats what Im realizing.

            • Chris

              I can recommend the Samyang 14/2,8 if manual focus doesn’t bother you. It feels like high quality with a smooth focus ring, and gives great results on my D5100.

            • Aldo

              good choice… but I’d rather stay AF if I’m gonna be on the move.

            • R!

              …the best choice is the new version of Tokina 11-16 f 2.8 IT WILL WORK ON FULL FRAME at 12 Its an F2.8 lenses and on dx It is the sharper wild angle lens for APSC .(but AF in video will not be great)

            • DaveyJ

              No thanks on MANUAL focus. There are situations that AF is far superior. First of all, faster!

          • umeshrw

            If you are looking for Dx zoom on budget (wide end at 24 equivalent) then nikkor 16-85 is excellent performer. Try it somewhere. Maybe you would like it.

            • Aldo

              Not bad… but If I was to get that one I would just use it at 16mm because of tha variable aperture. Do you know of a prime at around 16-18mm prime you would recommend?

            • edo

              Samyang 14mm f/2.8. Great lens and very affordable. It’s around 350$

            • umeshrw

              What about 12-24 nikkor. I have one and it is beautiful for Dx. Would have suggested 10-24 but never liked its distortion. But you should go for Fx lenses as you are switching to Fx later on.

            • DaveyJ

              The older 12-24 DX Nikkor is our favorite DX lens. It goes to ALL of our best travel destinations. I have also the FX wide angles also but the are very heavy, expensive and often get LEFT home when we are on a photo safari

            • Neopulse

              Why not get the Sigma 10mm f/2.8 prime, it’ll give you about 15mm FOV.

          • Eric Duminil

            I love the 11-16 and the 35mm.
            Maybe you could get a good deal on ebay for the first version of the 11-16.
            If you don’t like it, you could sell it for the same price.

            • Aldo

              Don’t see it for less than 450 bucks.

            • R!

              First version of 11-16 does’ntv a have motor in it!If that’s forn 5300 and the 10 24 is better for video ,If you got a D800 maybe you already have a wild angle ,the 16 35 VR works better than the 16 85 VR and the 18 35 is sharper and smallighter,If you own an FX just keep FX lenses ,you don’t need DX lenses.

          • Eric Duminil

            I also love my 18-55.
            Sharp, small, light, great macro and not a big problem if it gets stolen or broken.
            I treat it as a constant f/5.6 aperture :D

            • Aldo

              I would also just lock it somewhere around the focal length as to not deal with variable aperture… I may go for that one (18-55mm) if I go d7100 route.

            • Global

              The Tokina would be worth it (treat it like a DX version of the 14-24/2.8 Nikon).

              But both Nikon & Tokina have a 12-24/f4 which would probably suit you better, around $400, and are covering up a 35mm (in FX terms), as well as an 18mm (in FX temrs), which is as wide as most people will ever need to go. Seriously consider either of these lenses, if you can get a good price.

              Here are a lot of reviews for APS-C Nikons:

              http://www.photozone.de/nikon–nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests

            • a4

              If you care for constant aperture and want a good lens at a good price, I can’t but recommend the 17-50/2.8 Sigma. Great optical performance, fast, stabilized (not as fast, yet not as big and heavy as the 18-35/1.8). Been using it with my D7000…

            • DaveyJ

              As a photo pro I have been astonished at how good the modest 18-55 Nikkor is! It is a GREAT buy!

          • Stefan Georgiev

            I had the tokina 11-16 on my D7000. Incredible lens! and add the new sigma 18-35 1.8
            You’re done!

          • Mike

            The 35/1.8 is mediocre at best. The 11-16/2.8 is ok once you stop down.

            I’d recommend to just bite the bullet and get the 17-55/2.8, rather than getting 2-3 separate lenses.

            The 17-55 is light years better than the 35/1.8 at the same focal length, and it’s probably your best option on DX for the 17mm and 24mm focal lengths as well.

            • Jim

              Those statements about each lens are true on 16mpx, but an improved story on 24mpx apsc. (I own both lenses & both mpx cameras.)

            • jonmacapodi

              I disagree highly, the 35mm f1.8 is unbelievably sharp at f1.8 for the cost, and certainly even sharper at f2.8.

              It’s quirky on a full-frame but I absolutely love shooting it on my D800, because of the shallow depth of field and it’s sharpness wide open.

            • a4

              I’d go for Sigma here, again (and did, actually). The 2nd generation 30mm f/1.4, great performance for the price…

            • nostatic

              Have you actually used the 35/1.8? It’s a tremendous lens. Very, very sharp and a unbelievable bargain for $200. The 11-16/2.8 is also a superb lens. And since when does a 17-55 replace 11-35mm? Try posting when you’re sober.

          • Northerntrumpeter

            If you can stretch to buying a used Tokina on eBay you really should. I never buy new lenses as they only start going wrong when they’re long out of their warranty period. Most photographers look after their gear so you’ll find a mint one on eBay for quite a big discount. I LOVE that lens. It’s worth the money. I had the Sigma 10-20 too. It was ok…but if you want excellent then the Tokina smokes it. Only down side is the limited zoom, so you have to change lenses a lot if you’re walking around. Speaking of walk around lenses, if you’re shooting outside a lot then the 16-85 f/3.5-4.5 is pretty impressive. It’s wide enough for most situations, reasonably fast, has ample reach for general use and is sharp too…and it won’t break the bank if you’re using just that one lens.

        • Ronan

          The Tokina 11-16 2.8 II is a superb lens.

      • decisivemoment

        Sigma 30/1.4 Art? Nikkor 35/1.8 also worth considering simply because it’s such a good combination of sharp and cheap that it’s worth trying out even if it isn’t quite the “right” product.

        • Aldo

          that sigma @ 1.4 looks good… pricewise as well… thanks for the info

          • The Wayne

            How about the Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 OS? I used it on a D7000 and loved it. Sold it when I went to the D800. I also vote for the Sigma 18-35 f1.8. I’m tempted to buy a DX body just to play with that lens.

      • KnightPhoto

        Ok. If you are seriously considering a D7100, I get the 51-point AF advantage on DX, I used to shoot a D300 so it’s where I cut my teeth. And have you seen the 1.3-crop mode – the AF points cover the entire frame.

        Anyhow I’m chiming in to vote that you wake up, have a strong coffee, and stay FX ;-)

        • desmo

          D600 or D610( if your worried about the oil issue)
          Nikon 16-35 f4 for wide plus plenty of Fx Nikon primes to choose from

        • DaveyJ

          FX is SEVERELY overrated compared to DX in field use. I like the D7100 focus arrangement WAY more than the D610. If I were to go FX the only choice for me would be the D800.

      • Spy Black

        It may not be in your budget, but comically this may be the sign most DX users are looking for about the D400:
        http://tinyurl.com/k2d667e

    • Aldo

      Thanks for all the great advice…. I ended up getting a d600.

  • Ric

    Peter,
    Time to update your buying guide.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Yep, coming up later today.

      • Stefan Georgiev

        nice.
        have you heard about 200mm micro replacement soon?
        the current f/4 metal beast is too old and too heavy (and lacks VR).

        • Ian Dangerzone

          Yeah, VR on a macro lens /facepalm

          • Aldo

            I hear tripods shake when you photograph spiders…

            • Ian Dangerzone

              usually it’s the spiders. sometimes they pose for you, though =P

          • Stefan Georgiev

            well, there is a reason to put it on the 105mm I guess.
            And on quite other Macro lenses (not Nikon).

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            • Ian Dangerzone

              Yes, most of the best macro guys use a similar rig. Although typically not as fancy. I’m just a working stiff who does this for fun, so I’d rather spend the money on good support!

          • Global

            They are good for not just Macro! The 105 VR/2.8 is a SUPERB portrait lens! 100mm-200mm has always been excellent for this with sharp primes. The VR helps when using outside as a short tele prime to complement a wide angle, as well.~

            • Ian Dangerzone

              Just because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s the best use of the thing. And there’s a hell of a difference between 105mm
              and 200mm when you’re composing, and there’s a hell of a difference between f4 and f.2.8 when you’re shooting freehand.

              If you’re buying an f/4 lens to shoot portraits (?) at 200mm (??) and you’re not using a tripod (???), there’s superior options available in the 80-200 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8. “Say honey, why don’t you walk across the yard there so I can shoot this portrait. Nope, farther. Keep going. Okay, good!”

              Saying a 200mm macro lens needs VR to support a practice that’s akin to pounding a round peg in a square hole is asking Nikon to needlessly complicate the design of a lens that is already optically excellent, while jacking up the price. Simplify, Simplify (Thoreau)

  • stormwatch

    Superb! The only true NEW and modern camera from Nikon this year!

    • mikegorton

      I guess the D7100 doesn’t count even though it still tops most competitors and was released in February? lol

      • stormwatch

        Of course it counts, but let’s face it, Nikon D5300 has everything like D7100 and more of that – 50/60p video, wi-fi and a gps, the only modern Nikon of 2013.

        • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

          So, in your opinion, the Nikon D5300 is the only true NEW and modern DSLR because it has the higher vid rate, wifi, and gps… I see. In my opinion it is inferior old tech because of 39 pt AF system in it negates the wifi and gps. And the lack of external controls, in my opinion, hurts it severely in the “modern” department.
          Your comment would have better served with a “IMO” disclaimer.

          • Matthew Saville Baldon

            The “fact VS opinion” police strike again!

            Honestly, it just comes down to what you shoot. I would love to own both the D5300 and the D7100, and I would prefer one over the other depending on what I was shooting. The D7100 is killer for things like action and portraits and maybe even weddings, where the extra AF and speed and dual card slots are a huge advantage. (That, and the 1-click 100% zooming during image playback, a feature I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT as a full-time wedding photographer.) …On the other hand, as the only camera in it’s weight, size, and price class the D5300 packs a huge advantage over anything else with it’s GPS / Wifi, articulated screen, and true 1080p 60FPS shooting. I am eagerly awaiting my D5300 for adventure / landscape photography and yes, in response to what Stormwatch said, I would consider the D5300 to be the 1st or 2nd most momentous DSLR in 2013 for Nikon, with the D7100 being that other camera.

            • Global

              I think he just forgot the D7100 was released this year, because it feels like last Christmas. I think it was around January that the D7100 came about, so its could be considered the LAST real camera of 2012, in a sense. Nikon was just busy getting rid of D7000s during the xmas and held back until the return and exchange periods expired, heh.

            • DaveyJ

              The D7100 was first AVAILABLE in March 2013??

            • DaveyJ

              Some people DISTRUST GPS on a camera. Having heard the argument details I do NOT consider GPS as all that important.

          • Global

            Hilarious, because the Df only has 39 af points. While the D7100 has 51 pts. The Df has no video, while the D5300 has Expeed 4 and true HD in 60fps upgrade first in Nikons line.

            Such a joke. The D5300 is Nikon at its best. The Df is Nikon at its greediest.

            • DaveyJ

              @Global: I have been in the biggest camera stores in the world lately and your take on this was pretty close to theirs. The D7100 is a fantastic camera though and has some differences that make it more attractive to some who have been lucky enough to see the D5300 already. I think the D7100 and the new D5300 will HELP Nikon and all of us on NR directly or indirectly!

          • stormwatch

            That AF system is more than enough for the price range of D5300, so your statement is off the course…I’m only not ok with the fact that there is no CLS and Microadjustment, but for the backup photo-video body I can live with that. Sad Nikon fact is also, that with this entry level body changing everything from the aperture, ISO and shutter is faster and more convinient that with the cameras with dedicated buttons.

  • usa

    Hoping this one is a huge success for Nikon. Sensor score is higher than my D3s. Here’s hoping Santa throws out his back delivering all of these!

  • ColorMatched

    I guess they will be testing the Red and Black versions too?
    Any perfomance differences willl be interesting to see.
    Just lurv that red!

  • Janko

    I am looking for new camera because my D60 died (shutter mechanism does not work anymore after 25000 images). Will the price of d5200 drop after the D5300 will start shipping, how much and when? In europe the d5200 is 550€ body only.

  • decisivemoment

    So, same sensor as the D5200, differences within production variances. This is all about packaging, with the WiFi and so-on, and to test the next generation Expeed out in a production model. Let’s hope it works well.

  • R!

    I’m getting that baby!! for sure,to bad there is no touchscreen!!!

    • Captain Megaton

      Nikon really need to get with the program on touchscreens.

  • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

    Hey Peter, any updates concerning the Nikon 1 V3???

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I have something, but I am trying to confirm it. Hopefully I will have some answers in the next few days.

      • The Wayne

        What happened to the 300mm f4 VR??

      • Andrew

        We know the D400 is next, but you have been silent on it.

        • Joel

          Sorry bud, the bad news is that the D7100 *is* your D400 :)

      • Bo

        I’ve heard from two independent Nikon Pro dealers, that the D4X is released in early December, have you heard anything?

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          Yes, that was the initial plan, but now with the Df announcement I am not sure.

          • Neopulse

            Yeah, would be kinda weird releasing that camera now. Chances are it’s going to be at a high price where people are around this time of year hoping for a sale.

      • Captain Megaton

        Wow, that’s a huge number of cameras for Nikon this year. Or seems that way…

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          I think this will be announced at the CES show in early January 2014.

  • One More Thought

    This is a great camera and a great buy. I like the size of the D5xxx series for travel.

    This is more camera than the pro’s had a few years ago. And this is the first Nikon to use the new EXPEED 4 processor.

    • Kasponaut

      The Nikon D5300, D5200 and D3200 COMPLETELY SMOKES the Canons. NICE!!!!

      • bob

        be more objective. yeah Nikon is clearly surging right now, canon still makes a good product. I do agree Nikon’s offerings across the board seem to perform better than canons, but I think “completely smokes” is too strong a term.

        • Clint

          Sure…but why let objectivity get in the way of a good ‘all caps’ proclamation…

          • Markus Arike

            He’s talking about the DxOMark tests above. Even looking at it objectively, it’s not inaccurate to say the Nikons do better considering the 22 point difference in the lab test scores.

  • Matthew Saville Baldon

    Too bad my red D5300 is NOT going to ship tomorrow! Boo shipping delay!!!

  • Fred Flintstone

    Every time I see a photo of a Nikon camera with that 18-55 mounted on it I just cringe, I can’t explain why but it’s such an U-G-L-Y lens. UGLY

    • Global

      It is pretty ugly isnt it. Although ive never considered this a serious issue. It works fantastic for what it is. Anyway, its $100, every other lens is like $399-$2200. Guess you can have everything… though Nikon should really update it aesthetically.

      I like how Sigma is keeping its line looking fresh. Their new look is great.

    • DaveyJ

      That is what I THOUGHT to until I bought one! It is a fantastic lens for the price!

  • Mansgame

    No AF motor, no CLS? No thanks.

    • Global

      It does support CLS.

      And theres never been motor drive in the lower bodies. Most people at the lower end will use nikons excellent and cheap DX lenses ($200 gets you 18-55 and 55-200mm). Get a D7000 for the same price if you need a mechanical motor drive for 20 year old lenses. Every modern lens uses electric silent wave motors these days.

      • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

        No it doesn’t. It only supports it via CLS enabled flash or the su-800. In other words, you can’t use the pop-up flash as a commander. It’s really a shame, because once Nikon was a leader in wireless flash, and now Canon has commander mode built in in more cameras than Nikon :(

      • dave

        Ummm…D50. Most under-rated Nikon in the lineup. Similar pixel density as D3, and drives D lens. 8×10 prints is the max, but who cares for such quality.

        • Charles

          Had the D50 for 6 years – never a problem – great camera, it´s true and sad that this one is so underrated (same with the D40).

    • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

      The motor drive doesn’t bother me much, I didn’t expect one (I don’t think anybody did). But I did expect CLS at last. Nikon used to be ahead of Canon in this respect, but now it’s shamefully behind. Now even the cheap Rebels have commander mode built in, while Nikon has a single current model, the d7100. Shame and a dealbreaker. If you don’t count the d300 as current of course.

  • Neopulse

    Oh crap, there’s a Nikon DF Burberry Edition :-/

  • Jon Ingram

    Nice affordable body…, might be worth selling one of my older dx bodies and buying this. I prefer fx, but 1 lb. is an awfully light camera for backpacking. Very tempting.

  • jkclapham

    If Nikon made a Df2 with the 51-point AF system, Expeed 4 image processor and built-in Wi-Fi, I would give them all of my money. It would be my forever camera.

    • jkclapham

      Really? A down vote? And no explanation? How helpful.

    • Neopulse

      Why not just get a D5300 and be done with it,
      Has Wi-Fi,
      Expeed 4,

      And the AF pts will most likely be more spread out like with the D7000 on it.

      That’s why you got a downvote most likely

      • jkclapham

        Size. Sensor. Build quality.

        • Neopulse

          Wow, aren’t we picky.

          • jkclapham

            Nothing wrong with being picky when it comes to investing money in a digital camera body. Why the Expeed 4? Too many reasons to list–read the product description!

  • Nicu

    Who asked for the D5xxx series ? What is the point of this D5300, launched shortly after the D5200. What is the point in spending this much money on an evolution of the D40 ?

    Where did the Dxx series go ? Where did the Dxxx series go ? And they complain about the sales ..

  • spicynujac

    This is a great camera. Unfortunately the Nikon 1 AW1 at essentially the same price will take my dollars this year. I don’t need both. But why is the AW1 which was announced far earlier still not in stock at many retailers and I can find no full reviews of the camera?

  • FarQinell

    This D5300 would make a sharp lightweight long lens combo with a 300/4 VR but where the heck is it??

  • J. Dennis Thomas

    I used my D5300 to photograph Sting last night. It’s a great little camera. Focus is FAST. IQ is on par or even a little better than the D7100. The shutter/mirror is super quiet.

    For $800 it’s a great camera.

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