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NikonD5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
 
4.7

(based on 126 reviews)

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    (91)

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    (32)

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    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (78)
  • Easy to use (71)
  • Large clear LCD (66)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (61)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (58)

Cons

  • Short battery life (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (68)
  • Family photos (61)
  • Travel (57)
  • Wildlife (44)
  • Low light (39)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (77), Yes (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (42), Casual photographer (21), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this product again and again

Why Nikon?
Simply saying I like Nikon. It may be funny, but as to me, Nikon brand is like Stradivari brand for violins.
I have several generation Nikon cameras from...Read complete review

Why Nikon?
Simply saying I like Nikon. It may be funny, but as to me, Nikon brand is like Stradivari brand for violins.
I have several generation Nikon cameras from FE10 to F65 and therefore several lenses equipped with Nikon mount.
Why this model?
It seems to me to be a gold milestone between digital and film cameras. Quick response like film cameras completed with sophisticated automatic features. From another side, full frame cameras are too expensive for me because I earn money mostly by another way, I'm not a professional.
The main reason of choosing this model is resolution specifications of the most photo stocks. My proved Olympus SP-350 don't meet these requirements by a little piece.
There are several attempts to try my new Nikon D5300 with previous lenses.
It is possible to use the Zoom-Nikkor 35-70 with Nikon D5300 (5300+3570) but only for taking still pictures like this one (#3570_01) because difficulties with exposure control (manual try-shot-check-try type) and sharpness control problem (I checked the main subject sharpness at camera monitor).
Another turn of testing was the set of Nikon D5300 with AF Zoom- Nikkor 28-200. It was not bad idea because greater focal length of this lens mounted at DX-format camera. It was not good idea because lack of automatic sharpness control in this option. But a combination of Nikon D5300 + AF Zoom- Nikkor 28-200 is alive and useful for taking still pictures (#28200_01), architect details (#28200_04) and perfect for landscapes (##28200_02, 28200_03). This lens can serve as auxiliary long focal lens because format transition from full-frame to DX cameras.
The great feature of Nikon D5300 consists of traditional optic viewfinder and folded display. In some cases, for example, occasional shots in the streets and public places takes a few seconds and do not pull attention of surrounding people, comparing with contemporary manner to take pictures viewing at the camera display. However such manner requires some training of photographer.
The choice of lens is defined mostly by photographer style, I mean. Thus I prefer AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140 lens which completely fit my behavior as photographer. By the way, I was pleasured with wider angle of AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140 comparing with this one of AF Zoom- Nikkor 28-200 attached to the full-frame camera, 76 degrees vs 74 degrees. There are several pictures made within full range of focal length (18 mm: ##18140_02, 18140_04, 18140_06, 20 mm: #18140_03, 24 mm: #18140_07, 27 mm: # 18140_09, 66 mm: #18140_01, 90 mm: # 18140_05, 140 mm: # 18140_08) and under various lighting conditions.
Also I like a GPS option, it is handy in most situation.
The Nikon D5300+ AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140 provides me all opportunities for enjoying with photography!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Auto Focus Issue

I purchased the Nikon D5300 for my B-Day in December 2013 from BH Photo. The Auto Focus will only work in live liew and not through the view finder. I have shot less than...Read complete review

I purchased the Nikon D5300 for my B-Day in December 2013 from BH Photo. The Auto Focus will only work in live liew and not through the view finder. I have shot less than 50 pictures. Today, I contacted Nikon USA regarding the issue. They want me to send back the body for service. I am a little disappointed in the product. I know that it is not the lens because I purchased the same camera for my spouse at that time. That camera is working fine with all of our lenses at this point. I now have to pay the shipping cost and insurance cost for this defective product. I will be caution about further purchases from Nikon. I am giving this product 3 star because of the focusing issue.

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5.0

Awesome!

By JYoung

from Missouri City, Texas

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

    Awesome camera, wifi works great, quick to focus. Shopping with B&H was a great experience.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Camera

    By Hydro

    from Ohio

    Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

    First dslr purchase and love it!

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    5.0

    Great all around camera!

    By graceNfocus

    from Florida

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

      Great camera.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great camera

      By rhymeswithsausage

      from Haddonfield, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Gray):

          super light, takes great pictures, really nice menu options show up on screen to let you know about everything from aperture to volume levels.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Solid little camera

          By GYSOT

          from Vacaville, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

            This is a solid camera and it's easy use. You can unbox and start shooting almost immediately. So far I have only used it once, I took it to the coast and it performed wonderfully. I do wish it had a touch screen though.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            My 4th DSLR body.

            By Fred

            from Westland, Mi.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

              I bought this camera to take the place of my D3200 body.
              Primarily for the larger and variable display screen.
              I am happy with my purchase having used Nikon products since 1968.

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              • No

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              5.0

              My new backup camera

              By Bkiess

              from Douglasville

              Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Red):

              I love this camera so much I had to buy a second one as a backup. I especially love that it has Built in WiFi and I can bow load pictures right on my iPhone. Also with the Nikon App I can use my phone as a shutter release.

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              5.0

              The best pictures

              By xray

              from CLEVELAND, GA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                The pictures are the best I have ever seen. What a nice camera. I expected Nikon to be good but this is really something.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great design - light weight - All the bells and whistles

                By Cece

                from Boston

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                  I had a D200 which I did not use very often. It was heavy. And when I did I had to re-learn all the features. I wanted a video option for when my grandchildren play sports. I wanted to get great landscape pics easily. I wanted wifi to make it easy. This does it all in a lightweight, small package - but my wonderful lenses, which cost more than the camera - are perfect. Love this camera.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great camera for the price

                  By Markieg

                  from Phoenix

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                  I bought this as a back-up camera. I've been shooting with the D7000 for years and love it. I had a D200 that had to be retired. The battery does not last as long on the 5300 as the 7000, and there is only a bar that gives power left. Some little things are bothersome. When shooting with the tilt screen, it doesn't seem to focus with the sames points as with the viewfinder. A small learning curve as to where the buttons are, etc. However, quality is great, and hi ISO is astounding as I shoot lots of theater photog.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Amazing camera!!!

                  By Bknl

                  from Gilbert, AZ

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Red):

                    Love exploring the outdoors and capturing nature's beauty!!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Excellent camera and camea value.

                    By efeib

                    from Summit, NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                      For the money, I find the Nikon D5300 an excellent value, especially considering the image quality. The Image Quality on this camera is far better than expected. After some manual focus tweaking, I have found the images to be very sharp. However using good glass like Nikon's 16-85 f3.5 VR lens allows this camera to really show its potential. Though I haven't had it too long, the learning curve is very fast.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Love it compared to my D40!

                      By Lisa

                      from Michigan

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                        So much better for my kids sporting activities than my D40! Lets more light in, allows quicker pictures!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        LOVE! !!!!!!

                        By madiecheco

                        from New york, new york

                        Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Red):

                        Omg, this camera is sooo great.. I had gotten the d3200 for my husband and we lost. It on our way back from our wedding. We where so sad. But when I got him this d5200 omg it was awesome. The pictures are amazing, the video quality is beyond great. My husband loves it.. I love it and the color is great. This is a great gift or even for yourself as a upgraded camera at a great price and what I loved the most was that I got it in a bundle pack which came out at a steal, the only thing was that the person who offer my bundle order the wrong one and told me the the 18mm lens was in the box with the body and the 55-220mm lens as well. But when I gave it to my husband it only had the 55mm lens. I was so upset after I told him and showed him the bundle and confirmed verbally that this was the bundle I wanted. He agreed and confirmed that this was what I wanted. I live to far to go back to the store. So my advice for anyone buying something check inside the box and make sure your getting what you asked for. Other then that it's a great deal and the camera is amazing , would recommend it to anyone who wants a great camera at a great price.

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                        5.0

                        Nikon D5300 DSLR

                        By Tuan

                        from Rochester New York

                        Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                        Nice Camera it's my lovely one

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                        5.0

                        So far so good!

                        By John CRUSH

                        from SW Florida

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                          This is my first new camera body in ten years. My B&H representative was very patient with me and made great suggestions for my needs. I'm still in the learning curve but so far, so good. I'm shooting all the photography for my food & wine magazine.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Very impressed

                          By Amanda

                          from Ny

                          Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                          Had been going back and forth between this and the d5500 but went with this in the end because of cost. I honestly couldn't be any more happier with it. I upgraded to this from a D3000 and wow what a difference! I'm not camera savy but I was looking for something that would work best for my my needs ( up close still photography ) the lens I use is a micro nikkor 40mm and the results I get make me very happy! The only downside is battery life. The battery for me is fine while photographing but filming kills the battery quick

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Camera

                          By Upsetter

                          from North Charleston

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                              I bought my first SLR (Pentax film) camera in 1972 used this brand until 1995 when getting film processed became difficult. I gave up on D SLR cameras because they were so expensive. Then I discovered the Nikon D3300 and loved it. So I became a SLR fan again, but I wanted more. B&H advertised the D5300 with built-in WiFi and GPS and I was hooked. This is an outstanding camera and I have only scratched the surface of what it can do. B&H is a fantastic photo company to deal with. Fast and courteous.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              My New Nikon

                              By me

                              from tx

                              Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                              Wow! My first digital slr. Love all the features. If I had it to do again, I would have bought the 5500, but the 5300 will get the job done.

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                              4.0

                              Cool little camera

                              By Sam

                              from Atlanta, Ga

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                              Cons

                              • Lag / Shutter Delay

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Red):

                              Bought this for my wife to get her into photography, it is a light well built camera. I use a D610 and a D750, was very impressed with this little shooter. She loves the color and is slowly working her way into all the setting and controls. I just wish it had a front command dial.

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                              • Yes

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