Nikon D5300 Review: Build and Handling
Although the D5300 doesn’t have the tank-like feel of the Nikon D4, it feels well-made and solid in your hand.
The navigation control, however, feels a little more lightweight and slightly cheaper than the D5200’s.
On the other hand, the control dial above the thumb rest on the back of the D5300 has a more positive feel and is quieter in operation than the equivalent control on the D5200.
There are relatively few buttons on the Nikon D5300; most adjustments are made via on-screen controls. This has the disadvantage that few controls can be accessed directly, and setting adjustments is slower as a result.
Pressing the i button on the back of the camera brings up the Information screen, which displays up to 14 key features for adjustment.
However, it would be nice if the list was customisable so that if you don’t need to be able to switch off raw recording on a regular basis, you could swap it for Exposure Delay mode, or something you might use more often.
Unlike the D7100 and D610 further up the SLR range, the Nikon D5300 doesn’t have the button-and-switch arrangement for setting the focus mode and focus point selection mode. It’s done via the Information screen. It works fine, but you can’t use it while the camera’s held to your eye.
As it has a vari-angle screen, the D5300 is far more likely to be used in Live View mode than some other Nikon cameras.
The new 3.2-inch, 1,037,000-dot screen provides a lovely, clear view with a lot of detail visible, which is especially useful when using the enlarged view to focus manually.
The screen also copes with bright light, and doesn’t suffer excessively from reflections.
It’s easy to connect the Nikon D5300’s Wi-Fi system to an iOS or Android smartphone via Nikon’s Wireless Mobile Utility app.
Images upload quickly, ready for sharing, but it’s disappointing that it’s still only possible to set the AF point and trip the shutter remotely. It would be nice if it were possible to change exposure settings remotely.
As on the camera, the self-timer needs to be activated every time it is used, but it’s quicker and easier to do it on a phone rather than via the menu on the camera.
It’s frustrating that there’s no option to set the camera to self-timer mode until you decide to deactivate it.
It seems especially odd given that the timer can be set to take up to nine images in succession, and the Exposure Delay mode is an activate/deactivate feature.
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