Our original Nikon D5300 launch story
Nikon has unveiled its latest enthusiast-level DSLR, the Nikon D5300. Boasting a 24.2-megapixel sensor with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the Nikon D5300 price tag will be £729.99 for the body only, with a release date slated for 14 November 2013.
The Nikon D5300 will not replace the Nikon D5200; instead, the new Nikon camera will sit next to its sibling below the D7000 and above the D3200 in Nikon’s DSLR range.
Nikon says the D5300, which boasts a smaller body design made from “new materials”, will be aimed at photographers who are seeking an upgrade from a compact camera or entry-level DSLR, and ‘networkers’ who actively use social networks and desire to share their images immediately.
Nikon D5300 New Features
To appeal to this latter market, Nikon has given the D5300 a built-in wireless LAN function that allows photographers to transfer their images to a smart device. To do this, photographers must download and install a free Nikon WMU app on their smart device.
Once they take pictures on the D5300 they can select images to upload using the i button on the back of the camera. The Nikon D5300 will then transfer their images to their phone or tablet, and using the free app photographers can then choose to upload their images to a number of social networks, including Nikon’s recently launched Nikon Image Space platform.
Another signature feature of the Nikon D5300 is its built-in GPS connectivity. This new feature offers photographers the same functionality as the Nikon GP-1A wireless adapter, except within the camera body. Once enabled, this feature attaches longitude, latitude and altitude information to your images’ EXIF data, and it also adjusts the camera’s clock according to acquired information.
A logger function also records location data to display on Nikon Image Space, ViewNX2 and other mapping software.
Another introduction to the Nikon D5300 is a new D-Lighting functionality for portrait subjects. Enabled within the Retouch menu, D-Lighting can be applied to human subject areas only while maintaining the ambience of the background.
Nikon’s normal D-Lighting function can be selected in the image editing menu.
Nikon D5300 Sensor & AF
Like the Nikon D7100 released earlier this year, the Nikon D5300’s 23.5mm x 15.6mm sensor is designed without the Optical Low Pass Filter to allow for sharper detail.
The new Nikon DSLR also incorporates an EXPEED 4 processing engine, which is new for this camera, Nikon says, and allows for enhanced Auto White Balance performance, improved colour processing, better resolution and an improved performance at higher sensitivities.
Like other new Nikon cameras this year, the D5300 offers an ISO range extending from ISO 100 to 12,800, which is extendable to ISO 25,600.
Also on-board is an AF system featuring 39 focus points, driven by the Multi-CAM 4800DX sensor module. The D5300’s AF system also uses a 3D tracking system, which works in collaboration with the camera’s Scene Recognition System – another recent addition to Nikon’s new DSLR additions.
The camera’s Scene Recognition System relies on Nikon’s 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to ascertain the scene being shot, and reflects its results in AF, AE and AWB settings.
Nikon D5300 HD Movie Recording
LIke all of Nikon’s new DSLRs, the Nikon D5300 offers full HD video recording (1920 x 1080p), which can be recorded at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p. Photographers can edit their movies with a range of options such as choosing their start and end points, and selecting frames to save as still images.
The D5300 also features a built-in stereo mic and is also compatible with Nikon’s external mic, the ME-1.
Nikon D5300 Other Features of Note
The Nikon D5300 incorporates an HDR mode, which takes two consecutive images at varying exposures from a single shutter release. Users can then choose their preferred setting, such as Auto, Extra High, High or Normal.
The new Nikon camera also adds two special effects to its arsenal. Toy Camera and HDR Painting modes join the Silhouette, High and Low Key, Colour Sketch, Miniature Effect and Night Vision filters.
Nikon D5300 Body Design
The Nikon D5300 body measures 125 x 98 x 76mm and weighs 480g to come in lighter than the D5200. To achieve this lighter weight Nikon says it eliminated the conventional chassis and adopted a “monococque structure” made of “new materials” for the outer frame, allowing the body shape to be lighter and more compact.
The camera also comes with a new battery and what Nikon says is a more efficient power circuit, allowing photographers to achieve approximately 600 single frames per charge, or 50 minutes worth of movies.
The Nikon D5300 bodies come in black, red and grey.
Nikon D5300 Price & Release Date
The Nikon D5300 price tag will start at £729.99 for the body only, rising to £829.99 for the body + 18-55mm VR kit.
The Nikon D5300 release date is set for 14 November 2013.
AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon also today launches a new Nikon prime lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G.
The fast aperture prime ‘excels in difficult lighting,’ Nikon says, and offers photographers the opportunity to produce ‘beautiful bokeh.’
The new Nikon lens features 9 elements in 6 groups, 9 rounded diaphragm blades, 2 aspherical elements and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating. The Nikon 58mm lens weighs 385g and comes supplied with an HB-68 lens hood.
The Nikon 58mm price tag will be £1599.99, with a 31 October release date.
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