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NikonD5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
 
4.7

(based on 92 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (57)
  • Easy to use (49)
  • Large clear LCD (45)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (43)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (41)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (49)
  • Family photos (45)
  • Travel (42)
  • Wildlife (32)
  • Low light (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Casual photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56), Yes (12)

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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4.0

Good camera

By Barbara

from NJ

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

Features I needed

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5.0

d5300

By newbie

from California

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

Love it.

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5.0

First dslr

By Gattus35

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

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

    Nice menu system and ease of use. As an initial assessment it takes great pictures. I use it for taking pictures of our son.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Camera

    By Maxx

    from Northern California

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

    I bought this camera for small, macro work. The d5300 has an amazing amount of features that normally come standard with pro cameras. I have a canon 6D that I recently purchased and I am amazed with the similar quality. I definitely recommend the 35 1.8 and 105 2.8 for this camera because it offers a great range especially for macro work. Overall, this is a well made-great camera for beginner or intermediate photographers.

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    5.0

    D5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only,Gray) Nikon

    By Roy

    from Anchorage, Ak

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • None so far

    Best Uses

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

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

    Great second camera back up for my D300s Nikon. Much, much lighter. The smaller body fits in hard case with tripod mounting plate attached. Love the gray color. Delivered on time and packed superbly.

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    • No

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    4.0

    I would buy this product again!

    By DH

    from Pequaming, MI

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife photos

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

      Easy to use and great results.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Love my new camera

      By Debra

      from Wingdale, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • 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, Black):

        I photograph for a hobby, and needed an upgrade and this one is great for me. Fits in my hand and is not to heavy.
        I like the screen and pretty easy to master.Thanks B&H for your fast delivery.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great product!

        By Guille

        from Buenos Aires

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • GPS
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Wifi

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

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

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

        The pictures are incredible great! And having the option of transfering them to my cellphone via wifi is ver useful for me. Be aware that GPS takes a lot of battery, even with the camera turned off.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Unit!

        By SenseiNYC

        from NY, NY

        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

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

          Works as described. This was a great gift. I would go back to B&H in a heartbeat! The staff was incredible!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Right Price, Right Camera!

          By Photo Junkie

          from Branford, Connecticut

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

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

          I had a D80 before this one. I like taking scenery shots but also pictures of sports. This camera can do both with ease. Its fast shutter response with its range to shoot perfect stills is one of the reasons I chose this Model. The price point was just perfect for what I wanted to spend. Having the right lenses from my previous camera was a great start.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera

          By Suz

          from Oc md

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

          Favorite if the three SLR digitalis I R owned in the past decade. Heart aches because i have received toy lost it on an airplane. Truly a fav camera -- reminds me of the film quality shots I got with an old old Nikon

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          5.0

          Nikon & Red!

          By Shell beach lady

          from Ca

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

          Just getting acquainted with my new 5300, but getting a lot of attention on the color! Excited it has the wi-fi feature. I have grandchildren who run cross country so I know I'll be using Movie as thet come across the finish line! My main concern was having a camera that I could enjoy without being heavy.

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          4.0

          great buy for the Price

          By Josh

          from Chicago, Il

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

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

            This camera is a great entry-level camera. I like it better than the Nikon D5100.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Step-Up Camera

            By Bassman

            from Fort Myers, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

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

              As a beginner to DSLR photography, I had been happily learning my way around on a D3200, but realized that there were a few things that I could not do. The D5300 meets (almost) all my needs wonderfully. Since they are basically the same cameras, the learning curve for the D5300 was very easy. I especially value the swing-out LCD screen, and I am having a lot of fun learning how to use the built-in HDR.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Very Pleased!!

              By Andy, FTer

              from Otis, ME

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              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):

                Well laid out. Just started getting used to camera - moving up from D50. I am very happy with the camera and am sure I will be even happier the more I get to use it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Have fun taking photos

                By Gram Pam

                from Nashville, IN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

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

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

                Like this camera so much I just purchased a 2nd one for my husband.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great shots, poor GPS

                By Dr.nyc

                from NYC, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                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

                • Poor Gps
                • Straps Can Get Loose

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is my 3rd DSLR from Nikon. I love the cameras and was very excited about the built-in GPS. However, the GPS is the only thing I cannot make work. I've tried updating the file and after reading other reviews, I have noticed it really works poorly. Also, the shoulder strap has plastic pieces, a worse quality than previous models. Otherwise, I love my new addition to the family.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Some nice improvements over the D5100

                By Thomas Graves

                from Washington DC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Have had the D5000 and the D5100, and this model builds on the best parts of both of those. Bigger LCD screen is nice, and the menu and button layout is very user-friendly. One very nice addition is the internal wi-fi, which lets me control the camera remotely and not only view images on my Android but fire the camera too. That's a little buggy so far, but worth it nonetheless.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  SHORT BATTERY LIFE

                  By majeda

                  from nyc

                  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

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  so far i'm disappointed with the battery life. on the first round i only got 476 pix IN RAW before the battery ran out. i was told by nikon that this will increase with recharging up to 600 pix. this is still much lower than with my D5100. i don't understand this b/c the D5300 is supposed to have improved battery life. this isn't a problem while at home, but traveling abroad when out the entire day would be problematical. would need to carry MANY batteries - expensive and extra weight.using wifi and gps will further decrease battery life. self-timer button is difficult to access while on a tripod in the vertical position. otherwise, pix are clear and sharp and camera is fairly easy to use.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  It does the job

                  By Jeff L.

                  from Columbus, Ohio

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No Remote Flash Control

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

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

                  Small, easy to use camera, produces great pictures

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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