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

(based on 146 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (91)
  • Large clear LCD (82)
  • Fast shutter speed (65)
  • Great resolution (61)
  • Good in low light (48)

Cons

  • Complicated controls (8)
  • Lag / shutter delay (6)
  • Short battery life (6)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (87)
  • Travel (81)
  • Low light (61)
  • Wildlife (54)
  • Sports/action (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (51), Casual photographer (41), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (5), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (96), Yes (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice one!

My last camera was a Sony A55 with a Sigma 18-250 lens. Even though I felt that the lens in some situations was a trade-off in respects to image quality (especially sharpness),...Read complete review

My last camera was a Sony A55 with a Sigma 18-250 lens. Even though I felt that the lens in some situations was a trade-off in respects to image quality (especially sharpness), I really was fond of this combo as changing lenses (while travelling etc.) is not an option at the moment. Unfortunately the A55 body got damaged and I needed a replacement. I asked B&H for advice (see below) and they recommended the D5300 with the 18-140 lens. Still quite fond of Sony, I again got in touch with B&H telling about my affection for the Sony A77. B&H once again recommended the D5300 for my use and so I gave it a try, but included the Nikon version of the Sigma 18-250 in my order. 5 days later, I received the shipment from B&H here in Norway. I´ve been using the Nikon for a couple of days now with both the Nikon kit lens and the Sigma. Personally, I do prefer the Sigma both in regards the zoom range and the colors produced. But still, the Nikon lens is really nice. Coming form a DSLT I instantly missed the live view of the Sony. This was really a fantastic feature and I have to get reacquainted with the small optical viewfinder. It might sound a bit harsh, but Nikons live view on the LCD is a joke - it's slow and inaccurate. BUT, the optical viewfinder is perfect and allows composing pictures perfectly, it's just not as comfortable as using the LCD screen, especially when you are wearing glasses.The pictures produced by the Nikon-Sigma-combo are surprisingly crisp and with nature true-to-live color reproduction. Especially taking into account the use of the travel-zoom Sigma, the images are amazing.Low-light performance is quite astonishing.Settings are easily accessible and the menus are logical.The Nikon body is nice to hold and nicely balanced, even though space between the camera grip and the lens is rather limited, resulting in your fingers getting somehow stuck.The Nikon can be used as a point-and-shot-camera, but invites to explore the world of photography to a higher extend as my previous Sony A55.All in all I'm glad I listened to B&H and got the D5300 and not the A77 (which by now has become quite old in terms of date of release).Part of my original question send to B&H:The problem is, I really don't know in which direction to go. I love taking pictures in all situations, indoors, outdoors and often in low-light conditions. With a child in the house, video-functionality and high fps (the Sony could shoot at a rate of 10 fps) as well as GPS and a swivel-mounted display are so to speak a must. In regards to the lens, the Sigma was just perfect for my use, but a faster lens would be nice - even though some of the zoom range would have to be scarified. So getting to the point, what I'm looking for is a camera that offers the specs of the Sony a55, but more refined, faster and most of all more reliable. Any feedback from your side would be highly appreciated.

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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

great so far

By Scott

from Roanoke, VA

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

This is a great camera/lens outfit. We took some great photos during our trip to NOLA. Everything from architecture to wildlife in low light bayou/swamp settings. We have not shot any video as yet.

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5.0

Great beginners camera

By Andrea

from Long island ny

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

I've taken such beautiful photos with this camera that I've received countless compliments on my pictures! Have convinced others to purchase as well! Still not sure of how to use every feature, in fact I'm really still a novice at this, but trying hard to Learn and have not been disappointed so far! So impressed with how sharp photos come out even when my 2 year old is moving and running all over the place. WiFi is a great feature too. Sometimes the app on my phone glitches and I have to reconnect, but the convenience overall is amazing! Love my camera!!!

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5.0

I am glad with my camera

By Gonzalo

from Paysandú, Uruguay

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I am learning tu use it

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good product

      By MLMW

      from Miami

      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

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

          Good product

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          So far so good...

          By Fast Eddie

          from Long Island City

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

          Great photos so far. Testing it this weekend.

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          4.0

          Very good image quality

          By CHRISTIAN

          from NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

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

            Goods: Very good Image quality for detailed images. Good Frame Coverage of the autofocus system. Wi-Fi built-in
            Bad: built-in flash is limited; On screen Info is not so fast

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Video win!

            By Sonnettics

            from Ocean Shores, WA

            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

              • Video

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

              I just shot my first short video using my D5300 and I love it! Sharp images and easy to use. I love the flip out, rotateable view screen.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Camera

              By Bill

              from Westport,Ma

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

                Being new to Photography i wanted a good mid range camera and i found this to be the one. It has all the bells and whistles to keep you going for some time before you think of upgrading to a new one. The 18-140mm lens is all most may need at the start. If your new to this such as i this is the one.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Good camera

                By Henrique

                from Southfield, MI

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                • Weak Battery Lid

                Best Uses

                • Everything

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

                I use this product as an amateur photographer, if you're using a Canon and changing to a Nikon, be prepared to feel like windows users using Mac devices.
                One thing that I liked more in my Canon, was the sturdiness of the battery lid and the easiness of removing the battery. It worked better than in my new Nikon.

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                • No

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Camera, good price

                By Mack

                from Chicago

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is the best price I could find from a reputable dealer with US warranty. BH is a top notch outfit.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  good price and excelent quality

                  By Anibal

                  from Uruguay; south america

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    photo fan use

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great High Quality Entry Level Camera

                    By peterb

                    from Sarasota

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action

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

                      Bought this camera with the 18-140mm lens just in time for the Daytona Historic Sports Car Races. After 1,500 photos over two days, very well pleased with how it performed. Great AF, shooting cars on the infield part of the course and lots of stills in the garage area/pits, including a friend's car. I knew the lens was too short for shots on the banking, but that will come soon with a 300mm lens. Could not have asked for better shooting. Bought extra battery and 32GB card and had no problems with battery life, but I understood not to use rear screen too much. As a camera at the top of the entry level, this is a no brainer.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Upgrade

                      By GrayGhost52

                      from Natchitoches, LA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      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
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

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

                        Love the new camera and lens. I have enjoyed the back screen being able to flip out to view pictures with others and folding in to protect the screen. Still learning the rest of the camera. The lens is a nice in-between lens from my 18-55 mm and my 55-300 mm. I have enjoyed them both and still learn about them. Would recommend this set up to anyone looking for a good camera and lens.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Amazing Camera

                        By Su Heller

                        from Santiago, Chile

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Lack Of "macro" Function

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        It's really easy to learn how to use this camera, you have the possibility to record videos easily, and the quality of the pictures are great. The only thing that I did not like so much, is that for closer pictures, you don´t have definition with this lens. So you have to take a step back, and use de zoom to take the picture....

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Love it so far

                        By THEbuckeye

                        from New York, 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
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          Started taking portraits and some landscape photos. I wish there was a wider aperture, but the pictures look great. Been mostly using it on manual. The aperture and shutter speed adjust quickly. There are a lot of functions on the camera and could potentially be never be used for some people.

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                          4.0

                          I'd buy this product again

                          By DCB

                          from NJ

                          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
                          • Quiet
                          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I rec'd the camera on time and with all of the components. I am fairly new to the Photo-World, but am taking my time to learn. This camera has a great deal of functions and can be overwhelming, but it was easy to get started.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Camera !

                            By Flaco

                            from Tampa, 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

                            • None

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            Love the camera ! Definitely worth the money.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Good for semi professional

                            By Abhijit

                            from SanJose CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Travel

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

                              Good camera for amateurs who want to develop their interest. Got this as a gift for someone and the gear is comfortably been used without any training.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Just right

                              By LL

                              from Lake Worth, FL

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  Business, Lighting design photographs

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again and again

                                  By greycorey

                                  from Trinidad and Tobago

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

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

                                    Best beginner DSLR on the market.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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