About the Nikon D5300 (no lens included)
Ready for what's around the next bend
The Nikon D5300's fully articulated 3.2" LCD makes it easy to shoot from challenging angles.
Ready for what's around the next bend
You've been going up and over mountain roads for what seems like days, and around every corner the vistas just keep getting better. This trip out west certainly isn't disappointing — and neither are the pictures you're getting with your new Nikon D5300 digital SLR. Just wait 'til your friends back home see — wait, the built-in Wi-Fi® will connect to your smartphone so you can post those vistas on your Facebook page in moments.
Instantly, the people that count in your life are getting a chance to share in the magic of your vacation — and thanks to the D5300's built-in GPS, they'll be able to trace your itinerary as well. And all the connectivity this camera has makes it easy to put yourself in the picture as well — simply use your smart device to view your shot and fire your shutter remotely.
Crisp and clear
Breathtaking landscapes require a camera that's up to the task of delivering exquisite detail. Most cameras include an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) that blurs images ever so slightly in order to avoid image artifacts, like interference patterns that appear on brick work or tiled rooftops seen from a distance. The D5300 has been designed without an OLPF, so it's more than ready to capture images that leap off the screen. You'll see a level of clarity and sharpness that you probably haven't experienced before when you sit down to work with the images this camera can generate.
Features every photographer wants
The D5300's on-board image processing engine gives you blazing reaction speed, sharply detailed images in low light, and smooth, faithful color rendering with subtle gradations. The high-density, 39-point autofocus system helps you keep track of your subject in challenging shooting conditions, even when you're following dynamic action coming toward or going away from the camera. And you can shoot full-resolution images at up to 5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, while panning with your subject. Follow the action in either the optical viewfinder or on the wide screen, 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD monitor.
Images that move with you
The D5300 shoots lush HD video at up to 1080/60p with full-time autofocus. Use either the built-in stereo microphone, or an external mic connected through the stereo minijack input, and adjust your input levels to suit your environment. The more experienced videographer will appreciate the advanced manual modes that are available, even in the middle of acquiring the shot, and your adjustments will be reflected in the easy-to view, articulated live view LCD monitor.
- 24.2-megapixel effective recording
- APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
- high-def movie mode (up to 1080/60p) with adjustable sound level, stereo microphone input and full-time autofocus
- built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS makes file sharing, location tagging, and remote control via smart devices easy
- 3.2", 1037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor can be used from a wide variety of positions to broaden your shooting options
- designed without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF), maximizing resolution and detail reproduction
- optical SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
- Nikon EXPEED 4 image processing engine is impressively responsive in low light and makes fast continuous shooting possible
- high-density 39-point autofocus system for precise autofocusing and accurate exposure
- Scene Recognition System analyzes the color and brightness information in each scene with an incredibly accurate 2016-pixel RGB sensor
- Auto Active D-Lighting mode setting for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
- intelligent pop-up flash and flash exposure compensation
- real-time in-camera effects filters plus editing in both still and video modes via retouch menu
- compatible with optional Nikon wireless and wired remote controls
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses: all autofocus and metering functions supported
- AF Nikkor lenses (type G or D) not equipped with an autofocus motor: all functions supported except autofocus
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting mode: 5 frames per second
- shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
- auto exposure and white balance bracketing (up to 3 frames for each)
- 26 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in virtually any shooting environment
File Formats and Storage:
- image storage modes: JPEG, RAW (NEF 12 and 14-bit), and RAW+JPEG (Fine)
- JPEG options (pixels): 6,000 x 4,000; 4,496 x 3,000; 2,992 x 2,000
- movie options: MOV (H.264/MPEG-4) up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
- records photos and video onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards (not included)
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB interface
- mini HDMI output (cable not included)
- audio input terminal for optional stereo microphone
- 5-1/16"W x 3-15/16"H x 3-3/16"D
- weight (body only): 18.7 oz.
- rechargeable EN-EL14a lithium ion battery
- eyepiece cap and rubber eyecup
- battery charger
- adjustable neck strap
- USB and audio/video cable
- accessory shoe cover
- software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)
- MFR # 1519
What's in the box:
- D5300 DSLR camera body (black)
- BF-1B Body cap (installed)
- BS-1 Accessory shoe cover (installed)
- DK-5 Viewfinder eyepiece cover
- EN-EL14a (7.4V/ 1230mAh/ 8.9Wh) Lithium Ion battery pack with plastic terminal cover
- MH-24 Battery charger (8.4V/0.9A)
- 2' UC-E17 USB cable with proprietary USB connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end
- 47" EG-CP16 Audio-Video cable (with proprietary USB connector on one end and RCA stereo audio and composite video plugs on the other end
- Shoulder strap
- ViewNX2 software on CD-ROM
- Nikon Reference Manual on CD-ROM
- User's Manual (English)
- User Manual (Spanish)
- Nikon Warranty Programs sheet
- Nikon School promo sheet
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
|Sensor Size||23.5 x 15.6mm CMOS|
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/60p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||18.7|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Nikon D5300 has a 3.2" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 1,036,800 pixels and 3-level adjustable brightness. The Vari-angle monitor opens outward 180°, and can be rotated 180° forward or 90° backward for high- and low-angle photography. The large LCD monitor has large fonts with easy-to-view menus. The monitor can display shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, and number of exposures remaining as well as the settings currently applied.
Live View: The camera features Live View, which allows you to frame your photographs in the monitor instead of the viewfinder. When the Live View switch is rotated, the mirror is raised and the view through the lens will be displayed in the monitor. The subject will no longer be visible in the viewfinder. The Live View display will show up to 12 items, including shooting, focus, and AF-area modes, along with other status indicators. You can opt to hide many of the indicators, or overlay a framing grid in the monitor.
Optical Viewfinder: The D5300 uses a fixed eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter adjustment to set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without glasses). The viewfinder's coverage area is approximately 95% horizontal and vertical. During self-timer or remote control operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use the supplied DK-5 eyepiece cap to cover the eyepiece.
Image Sensor: The D5300 features a 23.5mm x 15.6mm DX-format CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 24.78 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 24.1 million.
Dust Reduction System: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be set to turn the auto cleaning function off.
Compatible Lenses: The D5300 is equipped with the standard Nikon F bayonet mount with AF contacts. DX-format-compatible lenses are recommended. Auto focus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses. Auto focus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported, and AI-P lenses. Non-CPU lenses can be used in Manual Mode, but without the camera exposure meter. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Recording Media: The camera records images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards up to 2 GB in size, SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB, and SDXC cards up to 64 or 128 GB. The camera also supports Eye-Fi and ultra high-speed UHS-I cards. No SD cards are included with the camera. The camera has no internal memory.
Still Image Formats: The D5300 records still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats. You can choose from the following Image Quality and Image Size settings:
|Quality Option |
|Available Image Sizes||Description|
|NEF (RAW)||6000 x 4000||Raw 14-bit data, compressed|
|NEF + JPEG||6000 x 4000||Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one JPEG image. You can choose from fine, normal, or basic compression for the JPEG.|
6000 x 4000 |
M: 4496 x 3000
S: 2992 x 2000
|JPEG-baseline compliant with fine (1:4), normal (1:8) or basic (1:16) compression|
Movie Recording: The D5300 records movies in High Definition in 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition in 3:2. Movies are recorded in MOV file format, with H.264/MPEG-4 advanced video coding, and Linear PCM audio, recorded by the built-in stereo microphone. You can record in High Quality or Normal Quality modes. The maximum file size for individual movies is 4 GB. Movies can be recorded in the following frame sizes and rates:
|Frame Size||Frame Rate||Maximum Clip Length|
|High Quality||Normal Quality|
|1920 x 1080||60p||10 min||20 min|
|30p||20 min||29 min 59 sec|
|1280 x 720||60p|
|640 x 424||30p||29 min 59 sec||29 min 59 sec|
* Available when PAL format is selected.
Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS: The D5300 has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS technology. Using the Wireless Mobile Utility app on your Android (2.3 and up) or iOS (6.0 or later) device, you can display the view through the camera lens on your smart device. You can also control the camera remotely, including taking pictures and downloading them to your device for sharing on the Internet. The location data unit can record information on the camera's current position (latitude, longitude, altitude) and the current time as provided by satellite navigation systems, and embed it into photographs and movies taken with the camera.
Focus Modes: You can choose from the following autofocus and manual focus modes:
- Auto-servo AF (AF-A): Camera automatically selects single-servo autofocus if subject is stationary, and continuous-servo autofocus if subject is moving.
- Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): For stationary subjects. Focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
- Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): For moving subjects. Camera focuses continuously while shutter release button is pressed halfway.
- Manual (M): Manual focus is available for lenses that do not support autofocus (non-AF Nikkor lenses) or when autofocus does not produce the desired results.
AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'-8" to 9'-10".
AF-Area Modes: The D5300 offers a choice of four focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:
- Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
- Dynamic Area (9, 21, or 39 AF points): In AF-A and AF-C modes, user selects focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point. In AF-S focus mode, you select the focus point manually.
- Auto Area: Camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point.
- 3D-Tracking: In AF-A and AF-C focus modes, you select the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has focused, camera uses 3D tracking to select new focus point and keep focus locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.
Release Modes: The camera can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an optional remote control. The camera allows you to choose from the following Release Modes:
- Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the shutter release button is pressed.
- Continuous L (low speed): The camera records photographs up to 3 frames per second while the shutter release button is held down.
- Continuous H (high speed): The camera records photographs up to 5 frames per second while the shutter release button is held down.
- Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera shake or for self-portraits. The shutter is released about 10 seconds after shutter-release button is pressed depending on setting.
- Delayed Remote: Shutter is released 2 seconds after the shutter release button on the optional ML-L3 remote is pressed.
- Quick-response Remote: Shutter is released when the shutter release button on the optional ML-L3 remote is pressed.
- Quiet Shutter Release: The camera takes a single photograph, as in Single Frame mode, except that the camera makes no shutter sound when shooting or beep when focusing.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D5300's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging lighting conditions.
Metering: You can choose from the following Metering Modes to determine how the camera sets exposure:
- Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations. Camera uses 420-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II, which does not include 3D range information.
- Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to center area.
- Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only. This ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is much brighter or darker.
Shooting Modes: The Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a wide choice of shooting modes, organized in 4 groups:
- Auto Modes: For simple, point-and-shoot photography: Auto and Auto (flash off).
- P, S, A, and M Modes: For full control over camera settings: Programmed Auto, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-priority Auto, and Manual.
- Scene Modes: The camera automatically optimizes settings to suit the scene selected: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Other Scenes (Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet Portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, and Food.
- Special Effects: You can choose from the following special effects for still images and movies: Night Vision, Color Sketch, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key, and HDR Painting.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps in the P, S, A, and M modes.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes (P, S, A, M), you can choose one of the following white balance options: Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 types), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, and Preset Manual.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 6400. You can manually select from ISO settings 100 to 12800, with incremental steps of 1/3EV. You can also choose HI 0.3, HI 0.7, HI 1 (ISO 25600 equivalent).
High Dynamic Range (HDR): The High Dynamic Range (HDR) function combines two exposures to form a single image that captures a wide range of tones from shadows to highlights, even with high-contrast subjects. You can select from the following options: Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, or Off.
Multiple Exposures: You can record a series of two or three exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures produce colors noticeably superior to those in software-generated photographic overlays created from existing images.
Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.
Interval Timer Photography: You can take photographs automatically at preset intervals. When setting up the interval timer shooting, you can choose the following parameters:
- Starting Time: Now or at an entered time (clock must be set)
- Interval: 1 second to 24 hours
- Number of Intervals: 1 to 999 times
Note: Use of a tripod is recommended during interval timer shooting.
Built-in Flash: The D5300 has a built-in flash that will pop up automatically in low light situations, or can be manually raised with a button release. The camera offers the following flash sync modes depending upon the shooting mode selected: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction, Auto Slow Sync, Auto Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction, Rear-curtain Sync, Fill Flash, and Flash Off.
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) offers improved communication between the camera and compatible external flash units for improved flash photography. The camera's Accessory Shoe is compatible with the following optional Speedlights: SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, and SB-R200.
Flash Compensation: In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure compensation can be set to values between -3 EV (darker) and +1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV.
Picture Controls: When the camera is set to one of the P, S, A, or M modes, you can choose from the following Picture Control options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape.
Custom Settings: The D5300 features a custom settings menu that allows you to customize the camera settings to suit your individual preferences. There are six main setting areas:
- Autofocus: AF-C Priority selection, Number of focus points, Built-in AF-assist illuminator, Rangefinder
- Exposure: EV steps for exposure control
- Timers/AE Lock: Shutter-release button AE-L, Auto off timers, Self timer, Remote on duration (ML-L3)
- Shooting/Display: Beep, Viewfinder grid display, ISO display, File number sequence, Exposure delay mode, Print date
- Bracketing/Flash: Flash control for built-in flash, Auto bracketing set
- Controls: Assign function button, Assign AE-L/AF-L button, Reverse dial rotation, Slot empty release lock, Reverse indicators
Remote Control: The D5300 is compatible with the ML-L3 wireless remote control. There are infrared receivers on the front and back, so you can use the remote from virtually anywhere within approximately 16 feet. The shutter release can be set to Quick Response or 2-sec Delay in the Release Modes menu. In addition, the optional WR-R10/WR-T10 remote combination can also be used with the camera. The WR-R10 receiver plugs into the Accessory Terminal on the side of the camera.
Remote Release Cord: In addition to the wireless remotes, the camera can also be controlled by the MC-DC2 Wired Remote Control. The MC-DC2 plugs into the Accessory Terminal on the side of the camera.
Microphone: The camera has a 3.5mm mini-jack for connecting an optional microphone, such as the Nikon ME-1. The microphone receives power from the camera. The microphone input is also compatible with other 3rd party microphones with 3.5mm plugs.
Image Playback: The D5300 will play back still images in Full-Frame one-at-a-time in the order recorded. You can display varying amounts of photo information, superimposed over the images. Thumbnail images can be displayed at 4, 12, or 80 at a time, or by date in a calendar display.
Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an automatic slide show manner. You can set the frame interval at 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds.
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. Once the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.
Retouching Menu: These options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Quick retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color outline, Color sketch, Perspective control, Miniature effect, Selective color, Edit movie, and Side-by-side comparison.
Movie Playback: When playing back movies, you can perform the following functions: Pause/play, Advance/rewind, Skip 10 seconds (ahead or back), Adjust volume, and Edit movie. When editing, you can create a copy from which the opening or closing footage has been removed. If desired, you can save a selected frame as a JPEG still.
PictBridge Printing Capability: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand. The supplied USB cable is required for connecting the camera to the printer.
USB/AV Connection: The Nikon D5300 utilizes a single connector for interfacing the camera with your computer via USB or with your standard definition TV. This micro-USB jack is USB 2.0 High-Speed compatible. A UC-E17 USB cable is supplied for connecting the camera to your computer. Also, the EG-CP16 audio/video cable is supplied for connecting the D5300 to your TV. You can select between NTSC or PAL video playback.
HDMI: The camera has a Type C mini-HDMI connection for connecting to an HDTV for playing back High Definition movies and high resolution still images. A Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The HDMI output resolution can be set to Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.
Microphone Input: A 3.5mm stereo mini-jack microphone input lets you connect an optional external microphone.
Accessory Terminal: The Accessory Terminal is provided for connecting optional devices, such as the receiver for a wireless remote or remote shutter release. (See Optional Accessories section above for specific accessories.)
Li-ion Battery Pack: The D5300 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (EN-EL14a), with the capacity of approximately 600 shots per charge. The camera can use either the EN-EL14a (7.4V 1230mAh) or the EN-EL14 (7.4V 1030mAh).
Quick Charger: The camera also comes with a Battery Charger (MH-24) to the charge the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-24 will charge the EN-EL14a battery pack in approximately 110 minutes or the EN-EL14 in 90 minutes.
Backup Battery: The camera's internal backup battery can provide up to a month of backup power after about three days of charging from the EN-EL14 battery pack. The backup battery powers the camera's internal clock, and maintains settings when the power is turned off.
Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed to prevent battery drain. You can choose from Short, Normal, or Long options, which have timers of preset durations for Playback/Menus, Image Review, Live View, and Standby Timer. You can also customize separate delays for each, if desired.
Optional AC Adapter: The EP-5A Power Connector and EH-5b AC Adapter can be used to power the camera for extended periods. It is recommended for long slide shows, extremely long exposures, or interval timer shooting.
ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer 2, View NX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. View NX 2 is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.
Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with computers running the following operating systems:
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP (except 64-bit versions)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.8 or 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6
The Nikon D5300 (no lens included) replaces these items
- vari-angle 3" high-res (921,000 dots) LCD screen with Live View for composing stills and movies on-screen in real-time
- high-definition movie mode with stereo audio input level control (up to 1080/60i resolution)
- optional Wi-Fi® capability allows uploading, control, and monitoring from compatible smartphones and tablets
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