6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Nikon D5300 hands-on

About Video Transcript

First Look: Nikon D5300 hands-on

3:11 /

With the D5300, Nikon remains at the head of the class of sub-$1,000 dSLRs.

Hi. I'm Lori Grunin, senior editor for CNET, and this is the Nikon D5300. The replacement for its popular D5200, the Nikon D5300 delivers a slightly redesigned and noticeably smaller and lighter body. The incorporation of a sensor without an optical low-pas filter, bigger and better view finder and LCD, and an expanded feature set which now includes Wi-Fi and geo-tagging built right into the camera. Combined with the new 18-140 millimeter lens kit, you get a more expensive, but still a great option for the family photographer or enthusiast. The design and interface are fundamentally the same as the D5200. While it's smaller and lighter, it still feels comfortable to use and reasonably well-built. The grip's redesigned to increase clearance between your hand and lens. It really does feel more comfortable. The drive mode button had to be relocated to the side in order to make room for the Wi-Fi and GPS antennas. And I actually prefer it there. The LCD and view finder are both bigger and a bit nicer. It also has a stereo microphone now. And my only real complaint is about the multi-controller. It feels a little too flat and hard to maneuver precisely. The camera incorporates a new version of Nikon's X-speed image processor, which allows for the addition of 1080/60p video and better battery life-- although the camera does have a new battery. The GPS intermittently fail to tag images though, even when I hadn't moved. Connecting to mobile devices via Wi-Fi works relatively seamlessly, though the camera doesn't have NFC to smooth the kinks of connecting. And Nikon's app has limited tethered shooting capabilities. You can't change any settings, but you can touch focus. I don't like that the app stays loaded in memory on Android when you disconnect. Its performance remains roughly the same as the D5200, which is pretty good for this class. Live View shooting is still on the slow disappointing side. But by all other measures, including its 5.1 frame per second JPEG burst, I think most people will be pretty happy with it. If you shoot RAW, it's still insufficient for continuous shootings since it still only has a six-frame burst buffer. The anti-aliasing filter-free sensor produces great photos. And the extra sharpness it provides, plus the excellent JPEG processing results and usable images as high as ISO 6400. In a body less than $1,000, that's really, really good. Even shooting in 14-bit RAW doesn't seem to preserve a lot of highlight detail, but the camera tends to underexpose as a rule and you can recover a lot of shadow detail without introducing a lot of noise. I'm not crazy about the camera's default settings. They include normal image quality, rather than fine-- which is a higher compression level-- manual adjustments during movie shooting are turned off. And what's a real pain for me, sequential file numbering defaults to off. With the D5300, Nikon remains at the head of the class of sub-$1,000 DSLRs. I'm Lori Grunin, and this is the Nikon D5300.

New releases

Top 5: Car tech game-changers
3:05 March 2, 2015
Brian Cooley lists the top five ways electronics have made your car better.
Play video
Blackphone+ is an encrypted tablet
1:25 March 2, 2015
We get to grips with Silent Circle's Blackphone+, a tablet built to foil hackers and spies.
Play video
Blackphone security-conscious smartphone gets a sequel
1:17 March 2, 2015
Silent Circle is showing off its 5.5-inch Blackphone 2, which offers encrypted texts and video calls.
Play video
Huawei's MediaPad X2 is a vast phablet
0:54 March 2, 2015
A 7-inch display and octa-core processor lurk in this huge, beautiful tablet. Or is it a phone? It's both!
Play video
Ford has built two electric bikes
1:29 March 2, 2015
Two wheels good? Car-maker Ford is experimenting with electric bicycles you control with your smartphone. Hit play now.
Play video
Honor's cheap, 5.5-inch Android phone
1:44 March 2, 2015
We take a look at the Honor 4X, a 5.5-inch Android phone with an octa-core processor that's set to come with a very affordable price...
Play video
Sol Republic Shadow Wireless: New neckband-style Bluetooth headphone sounds better than the competition
2:11 March 2, 2015
This $99 wireless in-ear headphone conforms to your neck with a bendable collar and offers strong sound for the price.
Play video
Nokia 5G tech can follow your smartphone
1:54 March 2, 2015
We check out Nokia's futuristic system for getting a focused beam of 5G to your smartphone. Hit play now.
Play video