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NikonD5300 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Gray)
 
4.7

(based on 77 reviews)

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    (57)

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    (18)

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    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (49)
  • Easy to use (42)
  • Large clear LCD (37)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (36)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (34)

Cons

  • Short battery life (5)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (41)
  • Family photos (36)
  • Travel (35)
  • Wildlife (27)
  • Low light (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48), Yes (10)

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

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Choice :)

    By Bill

    from Athens, WV

    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
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Very easy to use, enjoy being able to take pictures of waterfalls and get that special look.

      The salesman was very helpful and courteous.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Val

      from Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        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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        5.0

        Outstanding Camera for the Money

        By Clint

        from Jacksonville, FL

        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

          Best Uses

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

            I just upgraded from a D70S to the D5300. I haven't used the GPS or Wi-Fi functions yet; but overall the camera is considerably lighter, has a much-improved review screen, the function adjustments seem more intuitive to me, and it takes extremely sharp photographs. I feel this camera would be a great choice for any type of photography.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great Camera

            By Lauryn

            from CT

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

            Still trying to get the hang of the D5300 as I'm coming from my first camera (the D3100) but overall I'm very happy with it - very sharp images, love the wifi capability and the flip out screen

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            5.0

            Nikon in Red

            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
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

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

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

            Still playing with it to become familiar with the settings. So far love it for nature type shots and still learning how to handle low light. Easy to use and to change settings as needed. Love that the body is red as it's easy to differentiate from other cameras I own.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great camera. lots to learn

            By Mom and Artist

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            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

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

                You can use it on basic settings. but the good news is there is a lot to explore as I get better at photography. It feels like a quality camera in your hand. Good weight. Good balance.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great DSLR

                By Siouxfan

                from La Crosse, WI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

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

                It is easy to use, quick and has many new options over earlier models. The photos and videos are outstanding.

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                5.0

                Very nice camera

                By Dimitri

                from New York

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is a very nice camera for someone interested in the semi-automatic programs (PASM). The autofocus is very fast in all situations, easy access to change ISO when in A or S mode.

                  The GPS is a nice feature, though it takes a lot of energy. if you plan to use it, buy at lease another battery.

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                  5.0

                  What a great camera!

                  By dhpw

                  from St Petersburg Fl

                  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
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    I am just an amateur - general photograpy, still and video. I has a D5100 and wanted to upgrade. I looked at the D7100 but it was really just out of my price range. After a lot of research on line and reading reviews I found out that the D5300 was capable of shots just as good as the D7100 but with much less imput from me - the amateur, not semi pro. I had dealt with B&H previously and decided to buy from them again and get the USA version of the camera rather than getting a grey market one from a less reputable dealer. All in all I am delighted with the camera. It is a mucher simpler unit for me and also weighs considerably less than the D7100 but still produces great pics. I am sure there must be a down side but so far I haven't found it. Love the camera. Thanks B&H

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                    5.0

                    Great step up

                    By Jesse

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    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

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife photos

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

                      I upgraded from a mirrorless camera, and i'm incredibly happy with this camera. I usually use this camera for landscape and wildlife and the image quality is insane. The video quality is really good too, and so is the slow motion at 1080p and 60 frames. I absolutely love this camera and have had no problems with it so far.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for me

                      By Divakeys

                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                      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
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I REALLY struggled between this and the 7100, but after much debate, I bought the 5300. It is terrific-superb image quality, has the wi-fi and GPS which were two features I really wanted, and the deciding factor of weight (this is nearly half the weight of the 7100) really makes this perfect for me. If you are a pro, I assume the 7100 has a few bells and whistles you may like (i.e. the dual card slot), but for anyone else, this is as good as it gets. I am extremely happy with this camera.

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                        5.0

                        Nice Camera

                        By Photo Enthusiast

                        from Brea, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I bought this camera for my D800 backup. This camera takes very sharp pictures, somehow, it's appears sharper than my D800. Overall, I'm happy with this little camera.

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                          4.0

                          Good consumer camera

                          By Minotaur

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Lag / Shutter Delay

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

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

                          Upgraded after my D80 died, couldn't be happier ( I bought two, so I have a back-up)love the ability to use a remote trigger and the 90 degree angle viewfinder makes landscape photos a breeze.

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                          5.0

                          Replace older DSLR

                          By Hal

                          from Orange County, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            So far so good. Taken about 300 pictures so far, to teast out the different features. Haven't used them all, but the "SCENES" seem to do as avertise.
                            Only drawback is the compactness - weird, I would have liked it if it was slightly wider body. Otherwise the camera coupled with the Nikon 18-200 zomm fit most all my general needs.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Choice

                            By bobv

                            from Orange County, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I owned a D7000 and purchased a D5200 as a backup. After selling the D7000 I thought about buying the D7100 but purchased the D5300 instead. It has the same EXCEED 3 processor and 24M megapixels as the D7100. It does sacrifices some features in high end flash and no auto focusing some lenses. But I liked my D5200 so much I chose the D5300 for my second body. Nikon has now introduced the EXCEED 4 processor and I will wait for my next step up in bodies. The D5200 will be sold then. My only regret is choosing the Grey body. It's Shiny Grey, don't like that. Oh, you can add a histogram to the screen to help evaluate your exposure. It's deep in the menu.

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