Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
The Nikon D5300 is an excellent option for an all-around, general purpose DSLR. Continuing the winning formula that made its predecessor the D5200 so good, the D5300 delivers excellent photo quality, good features, and fast performance for a relatively affordable price. If you’re planning on using Nikon lenses, this camera is a great choice to learn on.
The D5300 retains the 24-megapixel sensor and relatively unimpressive five frames per second continuous shooting; however, this camera is excellent as long as you’re not habitually shooting fast action. Small changes have been made to the design when compared to the D5200 such the camera being smaller and lighter, along with a better grip making it more comfortable to use over longer periods of time.
The low light autofocus is also improved over that of the D5200, while the Expeed 4 processor allows for faster processing of burst shooting and full 1080/60p video capture; the D5200 was an excellent DSLR for shooting video and the D5300 is the same in this respect. However, the lack of both a mic and a headphone jack (the D5300 has only a mic jack) may make more serious videographers want to look elsewhere. Despite not being a revolutionary change from the previous model, the Nikon D5300 is an excellent camera, and should be a top pick for anyone seeking a camera in this class.