Nikon D5300 Hands-On Preview

Earlier this week Nikon announced 3 new products – the first is the new advanced entry level DSLR camera – the D5300. This is the replacement for the D5200 Nikon announced less than 12 months ago. This new revision has some interesting modifications and a few new features – here is a list:

  • A 24MP APS-C CMOS Sensor with no optical low pass filter (just like the D7100).
  • New, faster  EXPEED 4 Image Processor (supporting improved video and more)..
  • Larger – 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (the D5200 has a lower res 3″ LCD).
  • Full HD 1080p video @ 60p (a first for any Nikon camera).
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & GPS (another first for Nikon DSLR cameras – similar to the Canon 6D).
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps.
  • Improved battery life (CIPA: 600 images).
  • 2 new effects: Improved Toy effect/HDR painting.
  • Smaller lighter body (compared to the D5200).
  • Price: $800 (pre order on B&H).

The above video is a hands on preview of the D5300 by Angela Nicholson from Digital Camera World.

The D5300



Nikon also announced two other products – a new fast prime lens in the form of the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G. This is a unique lens which is meant to produce much sharper images wide open than the existing 50mm f/1.4. It comes with nano coating for the front element (which is fairly large for a lens of this type – 72mm), it also has 9 rounded blades aperture and a completely new optical design with 9 elements in 6 groups. We can’t testify how good this new design really is but we are going to test this lens in the next few weeks and publish the video here. Meanwhile you can pre order the lens on B&H for $1700.

The new premium AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G fast prime from Nikon


The final product announced by Nikon is the Zoom/Focus Assist Lever NAL-1 – this is the first focus assist developed by a major manufacturer and it is meant to help HDSLR shooters. There is currently no  price or release date for the NAL-1.

The Zoom/Focus Assist Lever NAL-1

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