Camera Body and Ergonomics
Let’s first take a glimpse of the camera body, it is the first and foremost part of every camera which makes it attractive. Nikon D5300 has new Carbon fiber reinforced camera body which makes it a little bit lighter and stronger than its predecessors. It weighs around 530gm with battery.
It is incorporated with a nice firm grip which builds it an effortless and comfortable camera for holding purpose even with large lenses. Though it’s not having a weather and dust sealed body but it can resist up to some extent (although it’s not recommended by Nikon). This camera involves Nikon’s F mount for lenses.
NIKON D5300 has a built-in flash (sync speed up to 1/200 of a sec) which is very handy and useful in low light situations. It also features a 3.2-inch 103K dots articulated vari-angle LCD display, which is pretty good for previewing images but unfortunately, it’s not a touchscreen, it becomes really handy using the touchscreen to scroll around the settings and menus and viewing images, it gets decently brighter in daylight. It also has a stereo microphone input, HDMI input and USB type 3 for transferring files at higher speed.
Its optical viewfinder is now improved with new pentamirror having a 95% coverage area and .82X magnification. It supports SD, SDHC and SDXC type cards. It has wi-fi connectivity for faster sharing of photos and GPS too which is useful for travel and landscape photographers.
This camera has 24.2 Megapixel DX-format APS-C image sensor and rocking with an Expeed 4 image processor which gives improved battery and camera performance (about 600 shots on a single charge). On continuous shooting mode, this camera has a frame rate of 5fps.
It comprises 39 autofocus points with 9 of them are cross-type which allows fast-tracking and focusing on moving subjects. The focusing modes on this camera are
- Single shot focus
- 3D tracking
- Continuous autofocus
It has a 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor for good color profile. It shoots JPEG, RAW (Compressed RAW at 12 bits and 14 bits) and JPEG+RAW. It has a minimum shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second and maximum shutter speed of 30 sec. Different camera modes are as follows
- Aperture priority
- Shutter priority
- Manual mode
- Auto (flash off)
- Programmed auto
- Scene mode
- Sports mode
The exposure compensation on this camera is +-5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. This camera also marks exposure bracketing of 3 frames in step of 1/3 or 1/2 EV.
It features Auto ISO which is very useful when the light is changing drastically and there is no time to change camera settings.
The native ISO sensitivity on this camera is 100-12,800 extendable up to 25,600. It does have noise reduction capability at higher iso and long exposure shots, which works pretty well.
On the video hand side, it does 1080p at 60fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps, it does have a built-in stereo mic which provides a decent sound quality. It also features a time-lapse mode which clicks shots continuously in a particular duration of time period. The color quality is up to the mark but it lacks in autofocus during live view mode, but overall its pretty good.
This camera performs better in low light situations like photographing in a zoo.
These are some shots in a zoo showing a great low light performs of this camera and some shots in daylight. (all these photos were shot in RAW 14bit).
Comparison between Canon 700D and Nikon D5300
- Sensor resolution = Nikon has 24 MP CMOS (no OLPF) sensor where canon has only 18MP CMOS sensor
- Autofocus system = Nikon has 39 AF points (9 of them being the cross type) whereas canon has only 9 AF points (all cross type)
- Iso sensitivity = Nikon and canon both have same ISO range of 100 to 12800 (max up to 25600).
- Display size/resolution = Nikon has a 3.2”, 1.04M-dot vari-angle display whereas canon has 3.0”, 921K dot vari-angle display.
- Maximum frame rates = Both the cameras have the same frame rate of 5fps.
- Movie modes = Nikon shoots at 1080 both in 60 fps and 30fps whereas canon only shoots at 1080 30fps.
- Battery life = Nikon has a battery life of about 600 shots whereas Canon has a battery life of about 440 shots.
- Weight = Nikon weighs around 480 gm whereas canon has 580 gm.
As a conclusion Nikon D5300 is better than Canon 700D in every perspective.
A Comparison between Nikon D5300 and Nikon D5200
- Sensor resolution = Both the cameras have same sensor size i.e. 24MP CMOS sensor
- Autofocus systems = Both cameras have same autofocus system (39 AF points having 9 of them being the cross type)
- ISO Sensitivity = D5300 has a native ISO sensitivity of 100 to 12800 whereas D5200 is having only up to 6400
- Maximum frame rates = Both camera shoots at the same frame rate of 5fps.
- Movie mode = Both camera shoot at 1080 60 fps and 30fps
- Battery life = D5300 can shoot about 600 shots on a single charge whereas D5200 can shoot 500 shots on a single charge.
- Display size/resolution = D5300 has 3.2”, 1.04M dots vari-angle display where as D5200 has 3”, 921M dots vari-angle display.
- Weight = D5300 body (without battery) weighs around 480gm whereas D5200 (without battery) weighs around 505 gm
In conclusion, in terms of picture quality both cameras perform similar in daylight but in low light, situation D5300 will perform comparatively better than D5200 because of increased range of ISO. There is also a slight difference in battery life and display quality.