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 is a great choice for learning 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: the camera is smaller and lighter, and with a better grip that makes 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.