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NikonD5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 101 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (63)
  • Large clear LCD (60)
  • Great resolution (53)
  • Fast shutter speed (42)
  • Good in low light (40)

Cons

  • Complicated controls (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)
  • Short battery life (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (62)
  • Travel (61)
  • Low light (49)
  • Wildlife (38)
  • Sports/action (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (42), Casual photographer (25), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (70), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Camera

This camera is amazing it's ease of use will come handy to starters but don't be fooled by me say ease of use the images it captures is amazing they are so clear. I...Read complete review

This camera is amazing it's ease of use will come handy to starters but don't be fooled by me say ease of use the images it captures is amazing they are so clear. I am a amateur and take picture of sports and nature some of the hardest images to capture with good clarity. If you do buy this camera make sure to buy a lens hood because that is the one thing in packaging it lacks be sure to get the 67mm lens hood. It takes time to get used to the articulating screen and which way it rotates so until you are fluent in knowing which way to spin it to close and open I recommend opening and closing it softly so you do not break it. Also I use the mode which is Aperture Priority and the shutter is quick but remember if you use the S mode Shutter Priority the images will usually be dark or faded. The RAW images are amazing I don't use JPEG so I don't how those images are like but I imagine they are good to. The 18-140 lens is great they combined the 18-55 and the 55-200 lens together yes you lose 60mm but when you take the shot you can barely recognize if you are looking for one lens to walk around with and take picture of everything from birds on the sidewalk to a group of people this is the lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost a Winner

What a wonderful little beginner camera...sort of. What a terribly bad kit lens. Strange green caste on virtually every image in RAW (and JPEG) format is less than good practice to...Read complete review

What a wonderful little beginner camera...sort of. What a terribly bad kit lens. Strange green caste on virtually every image in RAW (and JPEG) format is less than good practice to correct in Lightroom.

Body--With a very plastic feel the camera body is ergonomically better than I expected after a few days of use. After changing many of the presets to something much more logical (like turning on sequential file numbering) and getting rid of the, patronizing 'diagram', information screen settings I'm beginning to like this camera. It's still missing a dedicated dial for the aperture—you have to awkwardly push a button while dialing with your thumb to get to the aperture control. Flip screen will be useful I think.

RAW Image files—have a putrid green caste on virtually every image regardless of white balance setting (as well as auto). In broad daylight, shade, etc. there is a 'fluorescent' type green caste to everything in the image files. Shooting in RAW you can correct this, but it's a manual process as the adjustment is a bit different for each image except those shot under fluorescent light. Images under fluorescent light are not completely corrected but the green 'error' is uniform between the images making it easier to cut and paste settings in Lightroom. The more over exposed the image is the less of a caste there seems to be what it seems like right now. As for sharpness….I'm going to be optimistic and blame the kit lens for the absence of that for now.

Kit Lens 18-140 AF -- The people running Nikon should have been too ashamed to put the Nikon brand on this one. If this will be a starter gift or if you are not picky or don't wear your glasses anyway most of the time than this might be a good lens for you. The autofocus is difficult in less than bright light and inconsistent as there is so much play in the focus gears that images are often soft even though the camera is done focusing. Sometimes the autofocus just gets confused and I have to manually focus or shut the camera off and on. Manually focusing this lens is even harder because of this play…less than a hair's movement and you're out of focus again…move just a hair back and you're in a completely different focus again. Wish I had bought a different lens.

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5.0

Inspirational

By Jim the bass baritone

from New York, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

    As it says in the headline of this review, Inspirational. By that I mean that this camera actually encourages the user to want to shoot. All the essential controls are easy to access for the necessary settings.
    The D5300 is light and easy to handle and is comfortable in the hand.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By Vaidy

    from San Diego

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

    New to dslr, it was very easy to learn and a great upgrade from point and shoot.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Love my Nikon

    By RacerBob

    from New Jersey

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Shutter Speed

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

    I read many reviews that compared the Nikon D5300 to the Canon 70D. Some said the Nikon had shutter lag (I haven't seen this at all), some said the battery life of the Nikon is not as good (probably so, so I bought extras) and all said the video of the 70D is far superior (I shoot 99% still, so this didn't matter). What they all said, however, is that the Nikon has the better image. At the end of the day, that's all you're left with. The image. That's whay I went with the Nikon, and it just kills. In low light it's a little poor, but that's the lens, not the camera. Now I'll start investing in faster lenses for those conditions.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great product for starters!

    By Will The Traveler

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

      I'm a beginner to photography and I have to say that the Nikon D5300 was a great choice for me to start taking great photos and videos. The camera is extremely easy to use once you become familiar with all the settings and it's extremely compact and great for travel.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Camera and Lens

      By Boxer

      from Suffern, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Navigate Menus
      • Easy to Use
      • Good ergonomics
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

      Purchased to move on to deeper knowledge and photographic skills

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      • No

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      5.0

      Love it!

      By Skrapy

      from CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

        Love the display- great for learning how to shoot outside of "auto".

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Excellent upgrade from D5100

        By xleare

        from NC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

            Purchased this as a gift. As someone who started with the D5100, I can say this is an excellent upgrade with similar build - very easy to use for newb/enthusiast.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            This camera is just great, exactly what

            By Flavio

            from Porto Alegre, Brasil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Not To Havie

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • I Use It I'm My Traveling
            • Macro Photography
            • The Movable Display Is Gr
            • Travel

            Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

            It`s a perfect camera for my needs of amateur photographer.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Buy

            By Your Realtor of Chice

            from Rehoboth Beach DE

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

              I use this for my Real Estate business. It's a great camera, easy to use, easy to handle, substantial enough weight, but not over the top. Well designed and thought out. Love the pivoting screen. B&H delivered as promised, well packaged and on time!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great camera for a rookie

              By MellowGAman

              from McDonough, GA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                My wife and I decided to buy this camera to take family Photo's, We recently went to WDW and used it non-stop. It took wonderful pictures of the kids and it was simple to use. We have more learning to do with what this Camera is capable of, but for us it is a great camera and wonderful quality.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Better than D5100.

                By Andre

                from Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                  I am pleased with the service and purchase. The câmera is visually similar to D5100, but it is better.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Camera

                  By Ccourtney

                  from Colorado

                  Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                  I've had my camera almost two weeks and am really pleased. I've been using a Lumix point and shoot and have been very pleased with it , but not able to do much artistically due to no manual mode. The 5300 is awesome very crisp and clear in all of the modes. Does very well in low light.

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                  4.0

                  Great camera and clear photos

                  By EGrace

                  from Lampeter, Pa

                  Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                  The Nikon was my first quality camera! I cannot put it down since I got it. The quality of photos are stellar without any editing. The camera manual is easy to follow and read. The screen for picture taking and viewing is a wonderful feature on this camera body.

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                  5.0

                  good

                  By haohui

                  from REVIEW_NUMBER_FIELD_

                  Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                  This is a good cmaera

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                  5.0

                  So far so Good

                  By Danny

                  from NY NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                  WAS F3 user DSLR beginner
                  Love D5300 ,,,Shutter Little bib slower than D7100
                  but For A family user...more than you need..
                  good camera,,

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great so far

                  By made

                  from miami, fl

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                        Great shots when kids are moving around and zoom is amazing!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Nice midrange DSLR

                        By SoCal Archer

                        from Southern California

                        Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                        Very good compromise lens sharpness versus versatility versus weight and size. Provides good signal processing and other bells and whistles. Good manual controls, but some seem hard to access via menus/buttons. Fun to use and generates great photos with great dynamic range in a very light package.

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera

                        By Forrest

                        from Boonton, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Battery Life
                        • Great Resolution
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                            My first DSLR; did my research, but I am very glad that I came into the store to talk to a representative. He was extremely knowledgable and knew just where to point me.

                            I love the camera so far.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Nice Camera

                            By Deb

                            from Bronx, NY

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Great Resolution
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                            it's really nice and taking beautiful snapshot and easily compitable

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Great for the way I like to shoot

                            By lenspixels

                            from Baton Rouge, LA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Battery Life
                            • Great image quality
                            • Great Resolution
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Low Weight
                            • Small / Compact
                            • small size

                            Cons

                            • Poor Manual

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens (Black):

                            This is my first Nikon after using Canon DSLRs for many years. I decided that I liked what Nikon was doing with sensor resolution and image quality, even in their entry level cameras. I researched until I got tired of researching, then bought this package.

                            After using it for a month, I'm still amazed at the detail and clarity of my pictures, especially at this price level.

                            The zoom range of 18-140 matches my shooting style perfectly and, as mentioned before, image quality is excellent.

                            Additionally, the small size and low weight make it easy to carry. I can go out for a day's shooting without feeling like I was packing for a week-long backpacking trip.

                            The only negatives I can think of are having to get used to a different menu system combined with a very elementary and incomplete manual, and having to twist the lens in the opposite direction from Canon for removal and attachment... muscle memory is pretty well ingrained.

                            Nikon has a new fan.

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