First Look: Nikon Goes Wi-Fi with the D5300 and Announces a New 58mm f/1.4 Lens


Nikon has announced its latest DX-format mid-range DSLR camera and it becomes the first to feature built-in Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity, thus ushering Nikon’s high-resolution DSLRs into a new world of direct instant upload, social network sharing and remote image viewing. The Nikon D5300 DSLR is available as a body-only in black, red and gray models.  It is also being bundled with a wide-angle zoom lens to create the Nikon D5300 DSLR with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.  In addition to the new camera, Nikon has also released the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.5G lens.

The D5300 is the successor to the D5200 and shares with that camera a compact and comfortable form factor that is just right for those who want the image quality and versatility of a DSLR without the bulk. Indeed, the D5300 has advanced in this regard by coming out of the box 2.5 oz lighter than the D5200. It has also upped the size and resolution of its full articulating tilt-swivel LCD monitor to 3.2” and 1037k-dots respectively, which enables clearer image composition and playback of photos and videos. However, the advancements go much deeper than the camera surface. The D5300 houses a 24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor with a design that omits its optical low-pass filter to enable image capture at its optimal resolution and with the sharpest of details. The lack of a low-pass (or anti-aliasing) filter puts the image quality of the D5300 into the territory of the best Nikon has to offer and when combined with the large selection of compatible F-mount lenses, your photo and video capabilities are exceptional.   

Full HD 1080p video capture is also supported by the D5300. Multiple frame rates, including 60p, 30p and cinematic 24p are available and lower resolution 720p and VGA formats are also provided. Stereo audio via a built-in microphone or an optional external mic can be adjusted manually during recording and full-time autofocus will keep a moving subject in focus throughout your clip. Continuous video clips can be recorded at highest quality for up to 20 minutes and HDMI output enables direct connection to HDTVs.

In addition to its ultra-high-resolution capture, the D5300 features metering and focus capabilities that enable stunning high-speed and low-light photography from shooters of all levels. Its 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors quickly locks onto your subject, and Nikon’s 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow a subject across the frame. Continuous shooting of 5 fps and a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second allow you to capture fast action or that perfect moment when a hidden smile appears.  The CMOS sensor and high-speed image processor not only offer fast performance speeds but, aided by an ISO range of 100-128000 that expands to 25600, rich color saturation in strong light and low-noise sensitivity in dim light.

Nikon’s Scene Recognition System automatically analyzes your scene, comparing it to its on-board database, and applies the most appropriate exposure, white balance and shutter speed for exceptional auto imaging. Of course, aperture and shutter priority and manual exposure modes are also available for more exacting control of your images. Additional automatic functions such as the new subject-based Active D-Lighting, built-in HDR and 16 Scene Modes enable even beginners to capture images with tricky shadows and contrast.  Creative Image Effects and Retouch allow you to add artistic flourishes to your shots either before or after capture.

As mentioned, the D5300 is a compact DSLR and in being so, it has designed its access to buttons and controls in a simple and ergonomic fashion. The Nikon menu system is intuitive and easy to navigate. Both a built-in pop up flash and hot shoe for external flash are provided and its LCD monitor is complemented by a bright optical viewfinder for stable eye-level composition.

Images are stored on SD, SDHC or SDXC media cards and with built-in Wi-Fi as its most important new feature, the D5300 can instantly send photos to your Wi-Fi enabled computer or iOS or Android smartphones or tablets. Easy transfer of these images is one benefit of the wireless connection, however you can also browse your camera’s images on your smartphone and select your favorites to upload and share via social networking sites. The Wi-Fi connection also enables you to use your smart device as the camera’s viewer for large screen composition and even for remote shutter release. In addition, built-in GPS functionality geo-tags all of your photos, can share your location data and can point out places of interest that you just may want to photograph.

The D5300 comes as a camera body-only in three colors but the black body is also offered combined with a compact zoom lens. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens provides the 35mm focal length equivalent of 27-210mm for an incredibly versatile shooting range from true wide-angle to full telephoto. Its aspherical and ED lens elements reduce aberrations and improve image clarity throughout the zoom range. Nikon’s Vibration Reduction image stabilization offers 4-stops of shake correction for clear imaging in low light and at long focal lengths, and the Silent Wave Autofocus Motor provides smooth and silent AF action, which is particularly important when shooting video.

Camera Type Digital SLR
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet
Compatible Lenses AF-S and AF-I CPU, AI-P, type G and D, non-CPU lenses
AF available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; not available with other type G and D lenses, AF and and AI-P lenses
IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported
Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but the camera exposure meter will not function
Electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have max aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Camera Format Nikon DX format
Pixels Effective: 24.2 MP
Total: 24.78 MP
Max Resolution L: 6,000 x 4,000
Other Resolutions M: 4,496 x 3,000
S: 2,992 x 2,000
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS / 23.5 × 15.6 mm
File Formats JPEG: Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8) or basic (approx 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW): Lossless compressed, 12 or 14-bit
File System DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format)
Noise Reduction Yes, long-exposure and high-ISO (low, normal and high)
Dust Reduction Image sensor cleaning
Reflex Mirror Quick-return type
Lens Aperture Instant-return type
Memory Card Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Card Slot 1x SD
Focus Control
Focus Type Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Focus Mode Normal area AF, Wide area AF, Auto-area AF, Single-point AF, Dynamic AF, Single-servo AF (AF-S), continuous-servo AF (AF-C), auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), full-time servo (AF-A, in Live View only), predictive focus tracking (activated automatically according to subject status), Face-Priority AF (in Live View only), Manual focus (MF) (electronic rangefinder usable)
Autofocus Points 9, 21, 39 (dynamic-area AF), 11
Detection Range approx. 1.7 - 9.8' (0.5–3.0 m)
Focus Lock Yes, by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Autofocus Sensitivity From -1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Viewfinder Type Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.82x
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter Adjustment From -1.7 to 1.0 m -1
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Display Screen 3.2" TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
Resolution 1,037,000 pixels
Angle of View 170 degrees
Live View Yes, for both stills and movies
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Playback Functions Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 12, or 80 images or calendar), playback with zoom, movie playback, slideshow, movie slideshow, highlights, histogram display, auto image rotation, image comment
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance, Color Outline, Color Sketch, D-Lighting, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Image Overlay, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Perspective Control, Quick retouch, Red-Eye Correction, Resize, Selective Color, Side-by-Side Comparison, Straighten, Trim
Image Comment Yes
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100 - 12,800, expandable to 25,600
Shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Bulb mode available
Remote Control Optional
Metering System TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method Matrix: 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses), Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses), center-weighted, spot
Metering Range 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2 to 20 EV (spot metering) (ISO 100, f/1.4, 20°C/68°F)
Meter Coupling CPU
Exposure Modes Auto, Aperture-Priority (A), Manual (M), Programmed auto with flexible program (P), Shutter-Priority (S), Scene selection
Scene Modes Autumn Colors, Beach / Snow, Blossom, Candlelight, Child, Close-up, Dusk / Dawn, Food, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Party / Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset, Special Effects Mode (Night vision, Color sketch, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Selective color, Silhouette, High key, Low key, HDR painting)
Settings / Effects Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, and User-customizable
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure Bracketing 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Exposure Lock Yes
White Balance Modes Auto,  Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 types), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Preset manual
White Balance Bracketing 3 shots in steps of 1
Depth-of-field Control N/A
Active D-Lighting Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off
D-Lighting Bracketing 2-3 frames
2 frames using selected value for one frame, or 3 frames using preset values for all frames
Mirror Lock Up Yes
Flash Modes Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. Approx. 39' (12 m) or 43' (13 m) with manual flash (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged
Flashes after flash is fired at full output
Max Sync Speed 1/200 sec
Flash Compensation From -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash Bracketing N/A
Flash Control i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300
i-TTL balanced fill-flash used with matrix and center-weighted metering; standard i-TTL flash used with spot metering
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander
Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
External Flash Connection Hot shoe
Flash Sync Terminal Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (available separately)
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 1920 × 1080, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p
1280 × 720, 60p/50p
640 × 424, 30p/25p
Video Clip Length 20 min at highest quality
29 min 59 sec at normal quality
File Format MOV
Video Compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio Recording Stereo, Linear PCM
Built-in stereo microphone
Continuous Shooting CL (low-speed): 1-3 fps
CH (high-speed): 5 fps (JPEG and 12-bit NEF/RAW) or 4 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW)
Self Timer Yes, 2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures
Interval Recording Yes, for still images
Connectivity External stereo mic input, USB 2.0, accessory terminal (for remote cord MC-DC2, GPS unit GP-1 / GP-1A (optional)), HDMI Out (Type C mini), remote control port for WR-1 / WR-R10 remote (optional)
Wi-Fi Yes, built-in (IEEE 802.11b/g)
Total Custom Settings 46
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion EN-EL14a or EN-EL14
AC Adapter EH-5b (requires EP-5A power connector, sold separately)
Charger MH-24 Quick Charger
Operating/Storage Temperature 32 to 104 deg F (0 to 40 deg C)
Software ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
Tripod Mount 1/4"-20
Dimensions Approx. 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0" (12.5 x 9.8 x 7.6 cm)
Weight Approx. 1.1 lb (0.5 kg) body only

A Nod Towards Noct

Also announced today is the new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens, which is a very fast prime FX lens with a standard focal length that rests in the “sweet spot” just a bit beyond 50mm but not quite yet telephoto. With deference to the acclaimed Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 lens of years gone by, this state-of-the art optic offers exceptional low-light capability and enhanced depth-of-field control. It is also allows for fast shutter speeds when shooting distant subjects at infinity and a 9-blade rounded aperture for beautiful out-of-focus background areas. Two aspherical elements reduce aberrations and its advanced optical design minimizes sagittal coma flare at the edge of the frame when shooting at maximum aperture. Nano Crystal Coating and Super Integrated Coating are effective in minimizing reflections and eliminating flare and ghosting. Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor provides smooth and silent autofocus and manual focus override allows for precise manual focus at any time. With its wide maximum aperture, exceptional optics and autofocus capacity, the 58mm f/1.4 is an ideal lens for impressionistic filmmaking, standard length photography in the FX format and portraiture when using DX-format cameras for which it provides a 35mm focal length equivalency of 87mm.

Mount Type Nikon F Bayonet
Format FX
Compatible Formats FX, DX
Focal Length 58 mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.4
Minimum Aperture f/16
Angle of View DX format: 27° 20’
FX format: 40° 50’
Maximum Magnification 0.13x
Groups/Elements 6/9
ED: none
Aspherical: 2
Image Stabilization N/A
Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded)
Autofocus Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes
Focus Mode Auto, Manual, Manual/Auto
Rear Focusing Yes
De-Focus Control N/A
Minimum Focus Distance 1.9' (0.58 m)
Distance Information Yes
Nano Crystal Coating Yes
Super Integrated Coating Yes
Filter Thread 72 mm
Filter Attachment Screw-in
Dimensions Approx. 3.3 x 2.7" (85 x 70 mm)
Weight Approx. 13.6 oz (385 g)

For more information on the new Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera or the lens, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.

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Absolutamente ridiculo el precio!

Wow! I am not sure I get this. I can get the 50mm 1.4 for $400 and change or I can get 8mm more for another $1200. So like many others I am sure, what gives? The 50mm 1.4 is a great lenses and I can't imagine how you could make it $1200 better.

Anyone buying this lens instead of the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G for a tad over $400 should be spending their money on a neurologist.

I for one have been waiting for a few years for a Nikon AFS pro-level 50mm lens that has its sweet spot at f/2.0 or faster as is my manual ais 50mm f/1.2 purchased earlier this year and which is one of my favorite lens--in particular for shooting at f/1.2 and f/2. Note the sometimes back-log market for the Leica 50mm f/0.95 at over $10k and I had considered it, too, as a past Leica, if this Nikon lens meets my expectations, I will gladly purchase--I now prefer a 50mm over the 35mm format, and this lens will compliment my other lenses--though, I have become so found of my manual 50 f/1.2 'artistic' optical flaws at f/1.2, I'm not sure if this new lens will add that much more (I'm seasoned at focusing this manual lens on my F/1.2). In fact, this new lens will likely also be on my wife's D7000 as a portrait lens in addition to my D4.

Of course it's worth $1700 it has nano crystals and a Super Integrated Coating...

Actually, you could trace the lineage on this lens even further back to the original Nikon F's which came with a 50mm f2 lens or a 58mm f1.4 lens. I own an original Black F with one of these magnificent lenses. The difference in picture angle from the 50mm is minimal and the Nikon RF's came with 50mm f1.4 lenses, so why the 58mm?

Being devilishly clever chaps, the Nippon Kogaku people figured out that if you placed the 58mm f1.4 on the Nikon F, whether you were right-eyed or left-eyed on the viewfinder, you could open the other eye and SEE EXACTLY THE SCENE THAT WAS ON THE GROUNDGLASS! If a photographer so desired, he or she could train "themselves" to compose on the ground glass focusing screen while switching brain paths and taking in the surrounding area for items of interest.

Pretty darn neat, huh?

David Blocher, Photographic Officer, Dept. Army Spec. Photo Detachment (DASPO), CONUS; Southeast Asia Pictorial Center (SEAPC), Phu Bai, RVN; Photographic Sales at Altman Camera and Helix; Medium and large format Photographic Columnist at Shutterbug, 1977-83, Photographic Expert Witness and Attorney