Nikon D5300 Review Part 1

*This blog was started back in June of 2014, some things may have changed. 
Ethics Statement: I was not approached or paid by Nikon to speak about this camera or do this review as this is my own opinion and mine alone.
Special Thanks to for allowing me to rent this camera and other gear for this past gig and others.
So I know some of  you have been waiting for this review a couple of days and I know some of you are saying "why do it when it's all about 4K", well everything will still be shot in 1080 for a few more years until clients ask for it and the Web/TV can handle it.

So I originally rented this camera for a gig this past week which needed both stills and video within 2 hours but the client had to reschedule so I thought I would still do some shots with it outside my house.
So let's start off with what everyone wants and loves to hear and that is "Specs"
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter (aliasing and moire could come into play)
  • 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot flipout LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
  • 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
  • ISO: 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
  • Active D-Lighting and Built-in HDR
  • Price: $800 (which makes it the cheapest Nikon DSLR with full 1080p video)
As you can see on the specs that it does not have a full frame sensor (not a big deal) along with it not having a OLPF which means that you might get some morie and aliasing but it's not as bad as the Canon Cameras. The flip out LCD Screen is very well built and so usable especially with those hard to get shots. The 1080p is very nice and sharp as it shoots at 35MBPS but the 60p will not record true 60fps internal like the Sony FS100 so you will have to slow it down about 50% in post. This camera does really well in low light but if you go past 1,200 ISO then you will start to see some grain but it's still usable and very nice. The built in GPS is very handy because you can control the camera from your smart phone. I always have Active D Lighting off and the built in HDR is nice for people who like it but for video I would not use these 2 functions.
Posted in
Tagged with , ,

Corey Steib

I am an award winning cinematographer and photography based in Orlando, FL. I have worked on over 200 feature films, tv shows and live events.

Related Posts