Nikon D5300 DSLRNikon has announced a camera that I’m quite excited about. For under $800, you can now have the Nikon D5300 DSLR that accepts DX format lenses and comes with Wi-Fi and GPS built-in. With the free apps for iOS and Android, you can review, upload and post pictures to social media right from your camera to your smartphone. You can even use the live view on your smartphone to remotely fire your camera.

In a nutshell:

  • DX Format
  • 24.2 Megapixels
  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor
  • 39-point high-density autofocus system
  • 5 FPS continuous shooting
  • ISO Range 100 – 12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • Full HD video 1080p at 60/50/30/25/24p with autofocus
  • Built-in flash
  • No optical low-pass filter for maximum sharpness

After having used the precursor to this camera, the D5200, I was quite thrilled with the quality of the 24.2 MP sensor.  Now with no optical low-pass filter, this holds the promise of even sharper photos.

The camera is loaded with special scene modes, special effect modes and in-camera editing functions:

  • Scene Modes: Autumn Colors, Beach / Snow, Blossom, Candlelight, Child, Close-up, Dusk / Dawn, Food, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Party / Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Sports, and Sunset.
  • Special Effects Modes: Night vision, Color sketch, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Selective color, Silhouette, High key, Low key, and HDR painting.
  • In-Camera Image Editing Features: Color Balance, Color Outline, Color Sketch, D-Lighting, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Image Overlay, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Perspective Control, Quick retouch, Red-Eye Correction, Resize, Selective Color, Side-by-Side Comparison, Straighten, and Trim.

There’s a lot to like about this camera and I predict a shortage when they first start rolling out.  B&H is accepting pre-orders now, so don’t delay if you’re considering a new DSLR.

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