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Nikon D5300 trivia: the body is made out of a new carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics and you can now change the aperture in live view

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Nikon D5300: new carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics body

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Nikon listed on their website that the new D5300 ($796.95) is made out of a "newly developed monocoque structure with carbon fiber reinforced plastic material", similar to the material used in Formula 1 race cars and in the new Boeing Dreamliner 787. The new material is called Sereebo carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics and is produced by Teijin:

"Just two days after launching its Sereebo carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) brand, Teijin has announced that Sereebo has been selected for use in the structural parts of Nikon’s new D5300 digital SLR camera, which is being released today. This is the first time Sereebo has been adopted for a commercial product.

Made with Sereebo CFRTP, which is said to offer outstanding strength and high conductivity, the camera’s structural parts achieve high strength and electromagnetic shielding. Also, Nikon says, the surface is extra smooth and has no carbon fibre ‘bosses’ thanks to Teijin’s superior resin-processing technologies." (source)

A while back I reported a rumor that Nikon was working on a new carbon fibre pro DSRL body, maybe the next D4 version will also be made out of the new material.

Nikon D5300: you can change the aperture while in live view

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The second interesting fact (?) about the Nikon D5300 is that you can now change the aperture in live view according to a post by a Nikon rep on this official product forum. This is a great news since the Nikon D5200 and even Nikon D7100 don't have this feature. Can any D5300  owner confirm this?

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  • Andy

    This would seem to be a major selling point so I wonder why Nikon are keeping quiet about it? I see no mention of this on the Nikon website. My guess is that the d5300 is sort of a beta test for this new construction method to see if any long term problems are reported. It does make sense though, as such problems on a high end model would be disastrous for nikon.

    • djkmann

      Nikon was going to mention it, but then they figured everyone would get all snarky about it and jump to conclusions, so they just kept it quiet ;)

    • Ronan

      Because most people buying those cheap consumer DSLR’s couldn’t care less about it.

      Except on the internet.

    • Toshik

      It seems the’re betatesting the technology which will be used un future full frames.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Nikon always uses the D5XXX series for testing new things. The D5300 has the carbon fiber plastic as well as the Expeed 4 processor. I can’t say that I’ve noticed a big difference in IQ with Expeed 4 though.

      • mikeswitz

        No where have I seen delineated the differences between Expeed 3&4. Theoretical or practical.

        • J. Dennis Thomas

          It’s possible they just stuck it in the D5300 to test it’s stability before putting it in a D5 with improvements.

          That’s probably why the Dƒ has Expeed 3 and not 4 as well. Proven technology.

          • mikeswitz

            yeah, well so many posters whined that the Df was an intentionally crippled camera because, among other things, the used Expeed 3. Go figure.

          • Andrew

            It makes sense to stress test new technology.

      • Andrew

        Yeah, but that 1080p @ 60 fps is nice!

        • J. Dennis Thomas

          I don’t really shoot video, but yeah I could see that being a nice feature. Took long enough to implement.

  • Eric

    I own a D5300. Sadly, this rumor is NOT true.
    In Manual mode, you cannot change the aperture in LiveView.
    The rep has no idea what he’s talking about.

    • Benno

      Sorry Eruc what are you talking about? Are you sure you own a D5300? I have it right here on my desk and YES you can change the aperture in Live View movie mode. You can change the aperture in M mode as well as in A mode.

      • Benno

        Sorry fir the typo, Eric.

        • Spy Black

          Most people don’t realize they can edit their comments after they are posted. You need only to be logged into Disqus.

      • Peter

        BS Benno you are full of it – post a video on youtube proving you do own this camera and you can change the aperture in live view. I’ve tested this camera for this VERY reason at NPS and you CANNOT adjust the PHYSICAL aperture blades INSIDE the lens while in live view. PERIOD!!!

        • bitoQ

          Completely agree. I have a D5300 here under my hand and there is NO WAY that Exposure/Aperture changes are reflected in the Live View as you turn the wheels. Bummer :/

    • djkmann

      Try turning the “Manual Movie Settings” menu item to OFF, and then go into Live View and adjust the aperture. Yes, it is counterintuitive, but what Manual Movie Settings does is limit your shutter speed to a reasonable shutter speed for those who don’t know what to set it at (and it prevents you from adjusting the aperture, which – I know – makes no sense, but turning Manual Movie Settings OFF actually gives you more manual control).

    • Ben

      I have a D5300 here. For live view, you can change the aperture value in aperture-priority mode but the aperture itself won’t change until you capture a shot, so there’s no depth-of-field preview. I can’t change it in manual exposure mode unless I exit live view, adjust and enable it again. As far as I recall, it’s the same as for previous Nikon SLRs.

  • Kynikos

    “Those of you who expect to use third party batteries and grips will now kindly bend over and take our newly developed monocoque structure with carbon fiber reinforced plastic material”

    –Nikon

    • Barbu Mateescu

      …”3rd party grip… kindly bend over and take our [...] monocoque”…
      NR comment of the year, please? :D

  • stillfree

    no metal frame… i look forward to how it will witstand a blackrapid strap on the tripod mount, with the weight of flash and a 24-70mm

    • CajunCC

      Yeah, that sounds like a pretty typical use case for an entry-level camera body…

      • MyrddinWilt

        I think his point is that if this is a test for a later pro model it had better survive that type of use.

        Carbon fiber is actually a lot tougher than metal. It also has the ability to absorb shock rather better, it flexes rather than cracks under impact.

        But will it flex in ways that ruin the calibration with a heavy lens on the front?

        I am starting to see a new logic for the Df body. Moving to carbon fiber is going to upset a lot of the die hards even though it is the unquestionably superior material. Using carbon fiber on the D400 would be an interesting way to test the market.

        But the bigger impact of carbon fiber is likely to be on lenses. Particularly on big pro style lenses and on telephotos which have more body than glass.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          as long as a substantial bit of metal is running from the lens mount to behind the sensor and back, it shouldn’t make much difference what the rest of the camera is made out of, particularly if the tripod mount is threaded into the same piece of metal. I don’t know if that’s how it is with this camera.

        • Ken Elliott

          We can’t tell anything about this material, just because it uses carbon fiber. The plastic resin will have a huge factor on performance. Carbon fiber and epoxy are very strong (think Formula 1 cars), but will indeed crack because the epoxy used is brittle. Carbon fiber and nylon is very tough (GT mountain bike) and very crack-resistant, but has more flex than epoxy/carbon. I see that Sereebo uses a thermoplastic, but I have not found which one they use.

          The major benefit of a thermoplastic is you can injection mold it with cycle times of about 1 minute. For a mass-market camera, this is a huge cost saving – much less so on a US$5000 pro camera. This may indicate that when Nikon moves to an all-electronic camera (vs. current electro-mechanical cameras) they might end up with the lowest cost of manufacturing, and be one of the few survivors in the market. I think this shows Nikon is more focused on long-term survival than most people think.

          • Ronan

            We can tell a lot about this material. Go do some research, it’s all available (well within limits, trade secrets and what nots).

            • Ken Elliott

              You missed my point – simply using carbon fiber is not enough data – we need to know the resin as well. I did a quick search and found nothing about the thermoplastic used by Nikon. Perhaps you have access to data you can share?

            • Ronan

              30 seconds in Google found me information about the company, and about the history of CRFTP and it’s usage in Formula 1 races.

              Try google dot com

            • Ken Elliott

              Ha. You do realize that Google does not provide the same search results for each person, right? I do notice you don’t mention the resin used, so your answer is of no value. Come back when you can contribute something of value.

        • J. Dennis Thomas

          “But will it flex in ways that ruin the calibration with a heavy lens on the front?”

          The D7100, D600/610, and Dƒ are only 3/4 metal frames. The front (where the lens attaches) is plastic. I haven’t heard any complaints of flexing on these yet.

          • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

            Also, the “plastic” in these bodies is polycarbonate, which actually reacts more like a metal than a conventional plastic to being machined/bent/drilled. It’s also a major component of bullet-proof glass.

            plastic =/= crap.

            I’ve had zero problems with any of my plastic bodied cameras.

        • Mike

          Coming from a mountain biking hobby background, carbon fibre is always the sexier material to use. For it’s properties of course but also for how it looks naked… the woven interlaced look. The only problem with CF is that when fails it’s snaps. Metal bends or warps. I saw a downhiller once land after clearing a small Rick garden. When landed his left hand kept going down after his handlebar failed, it was not a pretty ending. Right them I swore off CF as a bike part. Cameras are different of course they take loads differently. If an area were to crack it would be around the tripod socket (if using a BlackRapid for example).

          AF hit consumer cameras before pro cameras, so maybe we see this tech in the D4x or D5. Or D400?

        • catinhat

          > it flexes rather than cracks
          >
          This part makes me wonder whether it would flex under the weight of a heavy lens which may have an affect on how the image is projected onto the sensor.

    • AnthonyH

      If you look at the sketches, it does appear that there is a metal sub frame, just not as much.

    • Ronan

      If the tripod socket is mounted in the CFRTP then it’s fine.

      95% of the people owning this camera wouldn’t use a 24-70 anyway…

      • Mike

        The Sigma 18-35 1.8 is better suited.

  • Horshack

    It’s probably like the Df – you can change the aperture in Live View but it only affects the exposure preview available. It doesn’t actually change the physical aperture, so the DOF preview isn’t affected.

  • tertius_decimus

    I AM PLASTIC.

    • Rudi

      Formula 1 racing cars also have monocoques of carbon. Why? Stronger, lighter, better safety…

      • tertius_decimus

        Not disputing here. But you know… get a sense of humor, just a little. :)

        • Aldo

          humor? never! I AM : ANGRY NERD

  • Jon Sparks

    Yes, you can change the aperture setting (in Aperture Priority mode) but it doesn’t change the aperture itself until you take a shot. So:
    1: it is pretty limited
    2: it’s not new

  • Jon Sparks

    Yes, you can change the aperture setting (in Aperture Priority mode) but it doesn’t change the aperture itself until you take a shot. So:
    1: it is pretty limited
    2: it’s not new

  • Jason

    I agree that this is likely to be Nikon’s way of sorting out the issues with a new technology before they bring it in in a pro body. There’s not much point in publicising it because most of the consumer public believes there are two materials called ‘Plastic’ and ‘Metal’, and metal is better. Few customers will be impressed by a different plastic. The D5300 is a good body to try it out in – the majority of them won’t be put under much strain

    We may be seeing a new way of doing things, borrowed from the automotive industry – bring out new models one year and the new engines the year after, except it’s a new shutter mechanism, or body material, or AA filter etc.

  • unpluggged

    You can change aperture in LiveView on any Nikon camera provided the lens has aperture ring and the camera has the corresponding feeler. This how I manage to change aperture on my D7000 while recording video.

    • djkmann

      No aperture ring needed – see above

  • MRGABE

    5xxx is DX flagship.

  • One More Thought

    Interesting new tech in the new D5300: the new EXSPEED 4 and now this carbon fiber. A preview of things to come from Nikon. Also a heck of a little camera…which is very capable, and relatively small and lightweight. For those looking to mirrorless for size/weight savings, this D5300 can be a very viable alternative.

    Also for those who always predict doom for Nikon, it shows that Nikon is alive and kicking.

    Finally, I think people have this kind of a bias against plastics. The right plastic can be among the toughest material for any job or product. Many judge the plastic/metal ratio the way they do megapixels, etc…they just assume the more metal, the better, the less plastic, the better.

    I remember one time seeing a video on Youtube where this Canon Rebel falls out of a plane and survives. These plastic compounds can be very tough.

    Also, there are a lot of people judging these cameras as if they were a National Geographic photographer going to shoot in the rain forest, or in Antarctica, or such, when in reality they will just shoot in very average conditions.

    So just like there is the myth of more megapixels always being better, there is this myth of plastic always being a worse material.

    • Aldo

      If bikers trust this material with their life… I don’t see why we can’t give it a shot.

    • Spy Black

      Extreme cold may be a problem for plastics. I don’t know about this particular one, but typically they become quite brittle. I doubt most people who own a D5300 may go to extreme cold conditions, unless they in someplace like Norway.

      • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

        Metal also gets brittle in cold conditions. I don’t know which is worse. A discussion of this topic on a biker forum pointed out the ski gear and jets are frequently made of carbon fiber.

      • Nimloth

        Having used my D5100 frequently in Norway – actually almost all the time except when abroad – I’ve never yet experienced any issues. Even when forgetting to bag the thing before returning home or to my cabin (except that it need drying out for a while, of course). Admittedly though, I’ve yet to try it below ~ -25 °C, so “extremely cold” may not apply. That said, if the stuff they used on the D5300 is an improvement over the old camera, I’m fairly confident there will be no issues.

        Digressing a bit: Being a chemist, plastic gear and extremely low temperatures ( < -100 °C) is something I deal with on a near daily basis. Never yet had an accident. It all depends on the type of polymers used. ;-)

        • Spy Black

          I think it really refers to how it may react if it is dropped or banged sufficiently. Most people traveling into extreme conditions would usually be going there with higher-end gear.

      • Remedy

        Manufacturer says You shouldn’t be using below -10C so I can’t see a problem there. If You’re taking Your camera to locations where temperature drops way below -10C it’s Your fault/problem. You don’t wanna know what happens to LCD screens in very low temperatures.

        • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

          I live in north Sweden, and through the years I’ve used alot of cameras in temperatures around -30°C to -35°C for several hours at the time. Never had any issue with the back display, even on the most basic DSLR and P&S, never any issue. the top display gets a bit slow to update, but other than that they’re doing just fine.
          If you mean temperatures around -40°C or lower, then I don’t know. But that’s a very limited world.

          • paintitwhite

            Yep. I’ve shot with my old D200 in -20°C as well. At that temperature the display seems a bit slower, the mirror and the shutter sound a bit differently – and that’s about it. Haven’t had any issues either.

      • Andrew

        “The Airbus A350 is built of 53% CFRP[3] including wing and fuselage components, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 50%.” – Wikipedia.

        Well, if this is the plastic that’s holding the structural integrity of the new Airbus and Dreamliners, then I want it on my next camera! I am sure this plastic has overcome the extreme cold problems you speak of. Yeah, if we were talking about its application on bicycles only, then I can understand, but when applied to airplanes, all doubts are removed.

  • Wills

    Who care? Real photographers need camera built from metal.

    • Ronan

      With lead wiring and mercury sensors!

    • zoetmb

      No. Only macho men with weak egos who need something to complain about and who are stuck in the technology of the last century need metal. These are the uninformed who think that all plastics are the same as they were as the plastic made for toys in 1955. I don’t know whether the composite material in the D5300 is good or bad, but I don’t discount it simply because it’s plastic. I would prefer a lighter weight camera. I remember the first time I picked up an F4, I couldn’t believe how heavy it was. My D800 certainly feels solid and it’s fine for shooting (except hand-held video), but carrying that weight along with heavy lenses is really a pain and I look forward to smaller and lighter future bodies. The film body I loved the most was not my Nikons, but the Olympus OM-1 (although I hated the OM-4).

      However, in this case, I see the D5300 is only less than an ounce lighter than the D5200 (16.9 vs 17.8 ounces), so I don’t know that this new material is actually bringing any real advantages to users.

      • SCOOBYDOO

        IT DOESNT RUST.

        • saywhatuwill

          Neither does aluminum alloy.

          • desmo

            it doesn’t bend ,warp or dent

      • Lee

        The D5200 didn’t have the robust metal frame of the higher-end models. I would guess that we’re seeing “similar weight but higher strength” on this model and will get “lower weight but similar strength” when they use it on those higher-end models.

  • Jon Ingram

    Quit complaining about this being “plastic”. This is a potentially exciting advancement in materials as it would give the advantages of plastic (lightweight), without the disadvantages (lack of rigidity). Look, I love metal bodies as much as the next guy, but dismissing a new material outright is stupid.

    • iamlucky13

      When did the D3xxx and D5xxx ever have metal bodies?

      I just looked up one of the tear downs and don’t see anything more than a bunch of very thin sheet metal bracketry. I’m pretty sure Nikon is just referring to their higher end cameras when discussing a metal chassis, mentioning carbon fiber to allay concerns that the plastic entry-level bodies might not be tough enough for a consumer camera.

      I’ve dropped my old D40 enough times (worst one was about 4 feet onto gravel from a poorly chosen perch) that I really don’t fear for the body cracking. I’m much more worried about shock damage to the internal components. 7 years old with around 25,000 shutter clicks and it still works perfectly, although now it’s just my backup.

      D5200 teardown:

      http://www.chipworks.com/en/technical-competitive-analysis/resources/blog/inside-the-nikon-d5200-dslr-toshiba-found/

  • Jacinto

    I prefer cameras in matte, don’t like that glossy look.

  • whisky

    think of it as a lightweight pelican case stuffed with electronics.

  • saywhatuwill

    I was just about to mention that it sounds like a Formula One car when I read the article and it mentioned that it was the same type of material. Problem is when it hits the wall at 200mph you get sharp carbon fiber shards all over the place. Best not to throw this camera against the wall while walking barefoot.

    • SCOOBYDOO

      IF I CAN THROW IT AT THE WALL AROUND 200MPH THEN YES ITS A MUST BUT THATS NOT GONNA HAPPEN. LOL

    • iamlucky13

      I’ve worked with carbon fiber and broken carbon fiber. I can tell you from direct experience the alarm about shards is greatly exaggerated. It’s not remarkably different than fiberglass, which I believe is what they used in previous bodies.

      Also, if this is the type of composite normally used in this kind of situation (especially with thermoplastic resins), it is extremely short fibers that can be injection molded directly with the plastic resin, instead of layed up in sheets. When it breaks, which mind you is extremely difficult to do, as most resins used allow it to deform a huge amount before actually cracking, the resin tends to hold the fibers in place.

  • BernhardAS

    Isn’t that the stuff that caused the production delays for the Dreamliner due to hairline cracks?

    • saywhatuwill

      Since people’s lives aren’t at stake if there’s a hairline crack in the camera body I don’t see any delays in the D5300 if one is found.

    • ereshoping

      Dont worry Nikon will do what they always do……..ignore any problems ;)

    • iamlucky13

      The short answer is no.

      The long answer is there was one delay related to delamination of carbon fiber in the wing, but it was not because of a limitation of carbon fiber. It was because the brackets that spread out the extremely high forces where the wing attaches to the fuselage to minimize the peak stresses did not distribute the load far enough. This actually occurred about 20% beyond the maximum lift load the wing is capable generating, but the legally required safety margin is 50% overload. It took Boeing several months to design, fabricate, retrofit, and test new brackets, making it one of the smaller delays they experienced.

      Most of the delays were actually related to incompetent supply chain management, combined with incompetent suppliers.

      • BernhardAS

        Thanks for clearing that up

  • stormwatch

    D5300 is the ONLY contemporary NIKON out there. And it’s good! You can change the aperture!!!!!!!

  • I AM DESPICABLE

    And the body will biodegrade 2 months after the warranty expires, or sooner if third party products have been used.

  • J. Dennis Thomas

    I think the whole “change aperture in Live View” should be clarified.

    Yes, the aperture SETTING can be adjusted in Live View. NO the D5300 doesn’t have “power aperture” like the D800 where the aperture physically closes down when the setting is changed during Live View.

    Just like the previous Nikons in order to set the changes in aperture setting you must exit Live View then turn it back on to make the physical change.

    • Eric

      I have a D5300, and I cannot change the aperture in LiveView mode (I have “Manual Movie Settings” set to ON).
      Changing this setting to OFF, If I can’t get a “live” view of the effect of the aperture on the exposure and DoF, then it’s no good.

      • J. Dennis Thomas

        That’s the point of my post. You can change the SETTING, but not the physical aperture. When you switch to Live View the aperture is set. You can then change the aperture setting (you can see the numbers changing on the screen), but the aperture doesn’t PHYSICALLY change until you press the shutter release or reset the Live View.

        • Droleg

          Does it mean that if you change the aperture in the LV-modus, your next shot will be done with the aperture you have choosen in LV? If so, then it’s not dramatic.

  • MsKrystalMeth

    I guess this is great news for those who insist on shooting DX. I guess Nikon and Canon got to cater to the old pussy crowd that have a 18-200mm vr2 lens attached.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Why is shooting DX so bad? Why do you think it’s for the “old pussy crowd”? Currently I have a D700, Dƒ, and a D5300. I use the D5300 a lot due to it’s small size and moveable screen. I don’t even own an 18-200. I’ve been using the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 almost exclusively with it.

    • scott800

      we use a set of three d5200s for our video production, along side our d800s for still/video. DX is a great format for video, especially with the d5xxx flip screens

  • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

    It sounds like the D5300 is such a superficially boring camera because it’s introducing a whole bunch of new things under the hood.

    I wouldn’t be surprized if many of these features will be used in all future high end cameras, (while a few may be abandoned and swept under the rug…)

    • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

      First Nikon DSLR with GPS and WiFi built in, much improved AF, new CPU. If only the D610 had been so boring.

  • Shutterbug

    The D5200 can actually change the aperture in live view without exposure preview. If you you disable exposure preview (which is linked to “manual movie settings”), the control of Aperture in live view is gone: http://youtu.be/Qd6urjDuqtY?t=26m22s
    The intersting question is: Can the D5300 change the aperture in live view WITH exposure preview?

    • Shutterbug

      enable, I meant

  • Lee

    Sure is a shame to give such a cool new material that’s going to change a lot of things such a stupid-ass name, huh? At least they didn’t call it Otus, I guess.

  • saywhatuwill

    Keep looking at the new features that keep coming out for each new Nikon body. Those will trickle into a new higher end camera body, maybe a D900 or so. I can’t wait.

  • http://micahmedia.com/ Micah

    Can anyone confirm this about the D5300? And if true, can this be done while rolling video?

  • neonspark

    It was ridiculous that you can’t change the aperture in LV. No technical reason, just Nikon’s laziness.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      HUGE technical reason. The D800 has a separate micro-motor built-in to make “power aperture” work. Individual motors drive the shutter, mirror, and aperture independently.

      • neonspark

        They don’t need this. They can use the aperture actuator that the camera already has to set the lens at the right aperture when you take an image in LV all they have to do is leave it set at the right position. Just do some research.

        • J. Dennis Thomas

          To do this the the mirror has to be flipped back down. Hence the need to reset the LV before the aperture can be closed back down.

          This is why the D7100, the flagship DX doesn’t have power aperture either.

          Do you think Nikon just does it this way because they’re “lazy”?

          Why don’t you do some research?

          And if it’s such an important feature to you why don’t you just buy the proper camera that can do this for you? If you’re a working pro videographer you shouldn’t be using a D5XXX camera anyway. If you’re shooting videos of your kids soccer game you don’t need it.

  • peter2

    A lot of people only want everything metal. Then they put their ten thousand dollar equipment on the three legged things made of plastic, aka fiber. Ironic much?

    • peter2

      * carbon fiber*

  • iWantAPinkOne

    So when the paint wears off on the corners will we have to paint in our own brassing?

  • plasticman

    Fancy name for plastic? For the record, I don’t have any issue with plastic body. It is just funny to see manufacturers came up with fancy names instead of just calling it plastic.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      What fancy about it? It’s more than plastic. Carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. That’s what it is.

  • Roger Martin

    Yes you can change the Aperture while in Live View.

    It is also possible to adjust shutter speed and ISO.
    You will have to set up the controls ahead of time but then you can make changes live while in Live View and/or recording a Video.

    The Video Quality at 1080P 60 is amazing
    Very sharp and smooth
    You can also record in near dark at ISO 12,800

    Not sure why DXO did not rate the Sensor higher,
    but it must be out of camera and not while using Expeed 4
    Even the stills at 12,800 are better than either the D5000-5200 or the D7000-7100 at 3200 in low light.

  • Euroborne

    Changing aperture in LiveView – you can do so on other cameras, as long as it’s in the Photo LiveView vs. Video. They don’t seem to indicate that statement pertains to Video LiveView.

  • Neopulse

    Still isn’t on par with the Pentax bodies though :-/

  • Klix

    Can any one here let me know what the the bitrate of the video ? Can you use atomos ninja with this body to get raw footage out of HDMI ? Any info would be great…

  • tobiasg1

    Full review of the Nikon D5300 and around the 6 minute mark a look at the aperture control and manual movie mode that everyone seems so confused about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X992H69xgfU

    • grg

      Hi, you cannot change shutter speed when you switch off manual video mode. You can set any value, but that refers only photos, doesn’t change the shutter for video. In that case shutter speed is set to a fixed value…In manual video mode you can change shutter speed, but not aperture… shame on Nikon…

  • Neopulse

    Wonder if Nikon will make a battery grip for it since the firmware updates have been making it difficult to use 3rd party accessories.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Nikon has never made a grip for entry-level cameras. If they were going to it would have been announced with the camera.

      • Neopulse

        Yeah, I know :-( I think this camera would deserve one to compensate for the extra battery consumption done by the GPS or Wi-Fi tethering.

        • J. Dennis Thomas

          You can’t tether with the Wi-Fi. It connects to mobile devices only and doesn’t store directly to the device.

          The GPS is a battery sucker. But there’s a setting that allows you to save the locations and add them to the EXIF in-camera so you don’t have to have the GPS on at all times.

          • Neopulse

            Ah, thought you could tether it wirelessly to an iPad. That sucks… and yeah, the GPS is a battery sucker :-/

  • Dunlapple

    I’m happy for the 5300 owners but I can’t even control aperture in liveview with my 600. Is it just me or is something really wrong with that.

  • Shutterbug

    I just tried it in a local store and it’s like the D5200: You can change the aperture in live view, but only with disabled “manual movie settings” in the menu, which include a exposure preview! What a shame.

  • grg

    I bought the D5300 and 3 things are quite strange for me right at the beginning… ( altough I have to admit that this is my first DSLR with video capabilities. I had D200 and D3, and I am using a Sony HX100 MILC for video, which is pretty awesome for the price… )

    1. Rolling shutter is pretty bad. I tried it with a 24-70 f2.8 which is the best Nikon zoom lens, and it surprised me in a bad way. Sony is ways better… it doesn’t have this issue, altough it is 3 years old ( and 60fps )

    2. Very shaky picture from handheld video shooting… Again, comparing to Sony… altough Sony has built in VR, I wouldn’t think that a much heavier Nikon , even at around 24mm is not steady at all. Probably not balanced well…

    3. Manual video settings… You can control aperrture if you switch off Manual video mode in menu, and if you jump out and back in from live view, BUT when you switch off Manual Video Mode, you cannot control Shutter speed ! If you want to set shutter speed, you have to switch back Manual Video Mode, but in this case you cannot control aperture ! What the heck ?

    These are my first experiences so far, now thinking of selling the whole stuff, and heading toward to Canon…. :)

  • gorgo73

    Nikon D5300 manual video aperture mode solved !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWRDst7ip6Y&feature=youtu.be

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