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Nikon D5300 Digital SLR with 18-55mm VR II Compact Lens Kit - Black (24.2 MP) 3.2 inch LCD
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- Capture beautifully detailed photos and full-HD movies with the 24.2-million pixel DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter for superior image quality and definition
- Built in Wi-Fi for transmitting high quality images to a smart device for simple sharing along with built in GPS function that records location data
- Explore your creativity with the 3.2-inch, 1037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor with wide viewing angle
- Nikon's new EXPEED 4 Image Processing Engine to ensure even clearer photos and movies than before with shooting in low light
- This updated kit boasts a much smaller, lighter, retractable 18-55mm VR II kit lens, making it more comfortable than ever to carry a Digital SLR
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Optimised for creativity and streamlined for flexibility, the Nikon D5300 is an upper entry-level D-SLR designed to inspire spectacular photos and videos. Boasting built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, this impressive 24.2 megapixel DX-format camera lets you capture and share the magic of your world in incredible detail. With the perfect combination of a powerful image sensor, incredibly fast image-processing engine, Picture Control technology and supreme NIKKOR lenses, the D5300 takes image quality to a whole new level.
Ideal for anyone with a passion for photography, the D5300 is intelligently designed with every button and dial carefully placed for comfortable, efficient operation.
A New Level of Connectivity
As the first Nikon D-SLR to be equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, the D5300 makes it easy to share great shots while they’re still fresh. In a few simple steps you can send photos directly to any iOS or Android smart device ready to upload to Facebook, Instagram and other social networking sites. The Wi-Fi function also makes it possible to control the camera remotely and preview the scene you’re shooting using the connected smart device. Enriching your sharing experience still further you can add location information to photos using the built-in GPS function, another first for a Nikon D-SLR. Recording latitude, longitude and altitude as Exif data, the clever tracking tool can also log your route, even when the camera is turned off. Perfect for those who love to travel, the tracking information can then be displayed using Nikon’s ViewNX 2 software (included) or photo sharing sites like Nikon Image Space.
A Photographic Powerhouse
At the core of the D5300 is a 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that has been designed without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) to capture maximum image detail. Achieving amazingly rich colours and smooth, natural skin tones, fine detail like hair or feathers are captured perfectly, especially when paired with a NIKKOR lens. Such high-quality, high resolution images also ensure you can enlarge or crop your photos without losing any of the striking contrast and detail.
High Speed Performance
Working to an exceptional standard in all light conditions, High ISO capability (100-12800 and extendable up to 25600) delivers brilliant shots and sharp images of fast moving subjects even in poorly lit environments. Equipped with Nikon’s new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, this unique system runs through countless operations at lightning-fast speeds to produce enhanced movie recordings and images with less noise and superb tonal gradation. With continuous shooting available at up to 5fps that fast-moving action shot is there for the taking.
Capture Fleeting Moments
The Nikon D5300 shares an AF system, metering sensor and scene recognition with the Nikon D7000 series, giving this camera a new level of performance and image quality. The superior accuracy of the 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors delivers razor sharp images by maintaining focus on even the smallest subjects however unpredictable their movements may be. Meanwhile, the 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor delivers precise metering for exact exposures and sends data to the camera’s Scene Recognition System to optimise auto exposure, focus and auto white balance immediately before the shutter is released. For closer control you can apply one of 16 scene modes, like Sports, Beach, or Snow. Selecting the mode that matches the subject or situation you’re shooting, the camera will automatically optimise shutter speed, ISO, and aperture for superior results.
D-Lighting (bottom) when retouching, both work to preserve details in highlights and shadows.
D-Movie full HD video recording provide plenty of options for capturing fast-moving action.
Perfect Images with Ease
A variety of practical and innovative in-camera tools help to make the most of every shooting opportunity and ensure your pictures are captured to perfection. When facing extremely high-contrast lighting beyond the camera’s dynamic range, Nikon’s exclusive Active D-Lighting helps maintain details in the highlights without losing them in the shadows. In the most challenging conditions HDR (High Dynamic Range) simultaneously controls overexposure and underexposure to ensure well-balanced, low-noise, natural images with an extensive range of tones. After shooting you can enhance your photos still further with a range of clever retouch editing functions including the new Portrait subjects mode of the D-Lighting feature, which adjusts the exposure of human subjects while still retaining the natural ambience of a low-lit background.
Creative Images from Any Angle
Simply flip, tilt, or turn, and explore your creativity with the versatile high-resolution 8.1cm (3.2 inch), 1,037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor. This swivel monitor gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility to take great shots and movies from virtually any position or point of view including great self-portraits. Applying special effects like colour sketch or HDR painting to create distinctive photos and movies is made so much easier thanks to the large LCD screen. Preview your chosen effect on the high resolution monitor and adjust its intensity as you shoot.
Lights, Camera, Action
For those who want to take their creative vision to video, Nikon’s D-Movie function gives you great compositional freedom. Recording in Full HD (1080p) at frame rates up to 50/60p, this versatile camera offers superior performance. A wide range of movie applications and convenient custom controls, including Live View operation with subject-tracking AF or face-priority AF, ensure large format movie shooting at its best, even when the action speeds up. With the Nikon D5300 movies can sound as good as they look too. Thanks to the camera’s built-in stereo microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s external ME-1 Stereo Microphone, it’s easy to capture footage with crisp, clear sound. When it comes to sharing your latest creation, the HDMI output lets you connect the camera directly to an HDTV to enjoy your movies and photos in superb high-definition.
Built for photographers on the go, a new internal design structure makes the durable D5300 even more compact and lightweight than it’s predecessor. An improved grip ensures a steady hold for both Live View and viewfinder shooting, and with a newly designed pentamirror the viewfinder magnification has been increased to approximately 0.82x, making accurate composition of your shots even easier. Nikon’s superior ergonomics, clear menus, and one-touch buttons for frequently used functions make operation quick and intuitive.
Lens Kits – The Right Choices
With outstanding Nikon technologies behind every lens kit, you can feel confident that you will take amazing, high-quality photos. The D5300 is compatible with the full range of DX-format NIKKOR lenses and is available separately or in a lens-kit with the small retractable NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II lens. Whether you’re shooting fast action, taking a wide-angle group portrait in low light, or zooming in to capture distant subjects, Vibration Reduction (VR II) stabilisation enables up to 4 stops (16 times) faster shooting, helping ensure clear, blur-free images.
With intelligent design and inspiring capabilities, let your creativity soar with the intuitive D5300 from Nikon.
 A Wireless Mobile Utility that can be downloaded free from Google Play and iTunes must be installed on the smart device prior to use.
 An HDMI cable (not supplied) with a Type C connector is required.
 The focal length of 18-55mm has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 27-82.5mm lens in 35mm  format.
D5300 Camera Body - Black
AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm VR II Lens
EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover)
MH-24 Battery charger with UK plug
BS-1 Accessory shoe cover
DK-5 Eyepiece cap
DK-25 Rubber eyecup
BF-1B Body cap
UC-E17 USB cable
EG-CP16 Audio/Video cable
View NX 2 CD
Reference CD (containing the reference manual)
Nikon Europe Service Warranty Card
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I bought mine from WAA on Amazon, and as per other reviewers here, the one I received is quite clearly a grey market product. I bought a body only. Mine came in a 'kit box' with the lens removed, rather than a sealed body only box. Because the box is not sealed I don't kniw if this is refurbished or returned or new. The instruction book is a stapled photocopy, so is much harder to read than the bound book I expect should have come with it. The camera body appears new, and came with all accessories however the charger is a USA one with a built in USA flip out plug. WAA supplied a UK adapter which you need to use. I'm keeping the camera, but I think WAA Electronics should be upfront about the origin of the product you are selling. Also, delivery is very slow, it arrived RM tracked. I expect it has been shipped from overseas and then shipped again locally in UK to my UK address. As for the camera it's a great upgrade to my d80 and I recommend it.
I have been after a "good" camera for almost a decade and when my husband finally said "Buy it for your Birthday" I was very happy to start my search.
Like a child with a free pass in a toy store I began to search and compare many of the cameras available in the market, trying to decide where to spend my money, which model would be the right choice… At the end of the day one does not spend £500 on themselves every day (or at least me). So I needed to make sure I did not make a mistake.
My search turned out confusing, gave me many headaches and at one point I almost even gave up.
There's many articles on the web to help, "Which is the best camera for you?", "Best 2016 cameras"… the list is endless.
But even though I learned bits and pieces along the way, the more I read, the more confused I was.
After a lot of research and I mean reading article after article, product reviews, cameras specs… I made my choice: D5300.
This review is not technical, nor intended to help all those professional or enthusiast that could most surely teach me more than a few things.
This review is focused on all those customers who are after a good camera and do not know which one to choose.
Maybe my weeks search, and own experience, can help others make their choices a bit less daunting.
STEP 1 - Any brand or preference?
I looked at Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon and ended up searching for Nikon due to its track record of delivering solid cameras and lenses.
STEP 2 -What do you want your camera for? Any must haves?
From the start I knew I wanted a camera to take portraits of my children, beautiful pictures on our days out and that as a must have, it needed to have Wi-Fi.
So my 1st advice would be for you to think what do you want the camera for and what minimum specs or requirements you wish your camera to have. That will help narrow the search down.
STEP 3 and the most confusing: Compact / Bridge / DSRL
If you are looking for a basic camera which you can slip in your pocket or bag, take on a night out or take with the family on holiday, Nikon has an incredibly diverse array of simple-to-use compacts as all the Coolpix Range.
Prices can start from the £70 with a L30, and rise up to the £300 mark for a Nikon 1 J5, finding waterproof models on the way as Coolpix AW130.
The Nikon 1 J5 was my favourite compact camera, besides of the specs because it was on sale and seemed a good offer not to miss:
Nikon 1 J5 Compact System Camera - White (20.8 MP, 10 - 30 mm PD-Zoom Lens Kit, 4K Movie Shooting)
I have had compact cameras all my life, so I knew I was after something "more".
Besides I thought that for the price difference it was worth to carry on looking.
So I started looking at the Bridge cameras.
Bridge Cameras help you to get closer to the action, or in some cases, take manual control of your images without the need of changing lenses.
At first sounded like my ideal camera.
I had a look at Coolpix L340, Coolpix P610 and even new releases yet to be released as B500.
Why did I not go for a Bridge camera?
Two main reasons. Firstly because the 16MP was present and almost all the range, making me think that for once I was spending big money on a "good" camera I wanted more MP (although it would be very wrong to think that MP is everything)
And secondly because I learned the difference between RAW and JPEG format.
Raw format is the raw image, meaning more quality, more information in one image as the image does not get "compressed" into a JPEG format.
With a Raw image, you can work more with it, edit it more, giving you a wide angle of new possibilities.
I don’t edit all my pictures, but I wanted the quality of a raw format as well as the possibility to expand, learn more and do more with my pictures.
Once I knew I was after a DSRL model, that was the most simple choice for me.
I wanted to spend £500 to £600, including lenses, so the D5500 stopped me straight away and cameras as D7200 were out of my league.
As main options I had D3300, D5200 and my final choice D5300.
Neither the D3300 or the D5200 had Wi-Fi, so I made my final choice and started my D5300 journey.
Why do I like this camera and why do I think a beginner would benefit from having one too.
The D5300 is an DSRL entry level camera, it has many functions that I have discovered and many more I still have to learn.
1st thing I did was to buy the D5300 for Dummies (in case it helps, this is the link)
Nikon D5300 For Dummies
And my two lenses, one for portraits, 55-200 mm VR II on sale just over £100 mark
Nikon 20050 AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200 mm VR II Lens for Camera
and one for what I call, general photography, 18-55 mm VR II on sale for under £100
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
I also must mention I bought the camera body and then the two lenses separately, because the lenses included in the kit are not VR (do not have vibration reduction).
We must all remember that Nikon bodies don't offer any form of in-camera image stabilisation.
The Nikon VR II range is a perfectly respectable introductory lens that will get out the door and snapping good photos in no time.
Compared to the previous versions, included in the camera with lens kit, the VR II is sharper and lighter.
VRII lenses have the vibration reduction technology which helps stabilise all images.
Just make sure you turn the image stabilisation off if you are shooting with a tripod as image stabilisation with tripod is not required and can affect the quality of the final picture.
The VR button is situated on the left side of the camera by the lens.
So, with camera and lens, I had more or less kept my budget, without all accessories ;)
Main points that me, a beginner likes about D5300
-D5300 can be set to auto mode
So I can experience the camera, play with it, learn with it, take shots with it and the camera adjust to the picture.
Handling and main settings are fairly easy once you simply navigate yourself through the menu.
The book I bought has also helped me set quite a few things up and understand my camera functions better.
At this point I must mention that the camera will auto-focus but you will need to "adjust/set" the lens mm manually.
Basically you manually set the "frame" of the picture, closer or further away by rotating the lens.
Once you have done that, the camera will auto-focus (at least on auto mode, it does)
It's large but compact at the same time.
I like how comfortable it is. For me it seems a good quality camera without the bulkiness of the more professional/expensive cameras.
-Raw and JPEG
I have set my camera to take pictures on both Raw and Jpeg format.
I have the raw format available on my SD card in case I ever want to edit, touch up or work with those pictures but I have the jpeg format so I can transfer those pictures straight to my Android phone.
I have taken "photo-shoot" sessions of my girls on their Birthdays. On the same day, without having to turn my laptop or my All in One on, and without removing the SD card form my camera, I have transferred all pictures from the camera onto my phone.
Sharing instantly with friends and family, through apps as Whats….
The Nikon app is very easy to set up and work with and I love this instant access to my shots.
As I was buying my first DSRL the choice between Wi-Fi and not Wi-Fi was fairly easy.
Buying a better camera, with more functions (even if only a few) a newer model with Wi-Fi, for just over £100 was well worth the shot.
-Articulated LCD with a high resolution
I can move the screen to my picture needs, even been able to take family selfies easily with the help of a remote and tripod.
Now one of us is not missing while taking the picture and we can preview the shot on the screen before cutting someone's head off.
You can also take shots through your phone app without the need of a remote.
Of course the D5300 offers great video (which I have still not tried), GPS, and many more features which I have not mentioned.
But that is simply because I have not got to them as yet.
So far I have only been enjoying my new D5300 for two month's.
-Camera body is mainly made of high quality, shiny plastic. I love the look, my camera feels tough but "light".
-It arrived with an UK plug and a worldwide guarantee card.
You can call the number on the card (0800) or activate the Nikon guarantee online, which I recommend as you will receive a 2 year manufacturer guarantee instead of one.
If you the decide to take out an insurance plan for your camera (mechanical and accidental damage) the insurance will cost less.
What you must buy ASAP (in my opinion)
-A quality SD card
You must buy the SD card as it does not come with one.
I personally recommend ScanDisk, which at the moment is also on offer.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-U3 Memory Card
-A spare battery
I can shoot around 500 pictures, before I need to change my rechargeable battery.
Regardless of how long it lasts, I would recommend you all buy a spare battery.
The model required is: EN-EL14a
There are many batteries available, but in my opinion the original is always the best bet.
At the end of the day you have already spend a good amount of £… a few more will not make that much difference.
In case it helps, here's the original Nikon
Nikon EN-EL14a Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery for Camera
-A lens cleaner
I bought this lenspens and it honestly works a treat if used with a blower
Lens are spotless with no effort whatsoever.
Lenspen New DSLR Pro Cleaning Kit for Camera
The blowers on sale seemed pricey, so I bought this kit:
K&F Concept® Professional Camera Lens Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras Canon Rebel EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Sony Alpha NEX, iPad,Samsung NX & Fuji DSLR 11 in 1 including Double Sided Lens Cleaning Pen /Empty Reusable Spray Bottle / Lens Brush / Air Blower /Cleaning Wipe/ Premium Microfibre Cleaning Cloths
I bought Option 1.
I use the blower to make sure my lens is spotless, the spray bottle to spray the room before I replace my lens and before I clean it.
The cloths I use to clean my daughter's glasses ;) I have just kept one just in case.
-A filter or a hood to protect your lens
The lens hood I bought the original Nikon HB-34 Bayonet Lens Hood
Nikon HB-34 Bayonet Lens Hood for AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
And the UV filter I have bought this one, which is quite decent, but I have still not used it;
Polaroid Optics 52mm HD Multi Coated Glass 4 Piece Filter Set (UV, CPL, FLD, WARMING)
-A camera bag
I am not going to get started on those, as I actually bought around 5 camera bags before I chose the one that was best for my needs.
The camera bag is a very personal choice down to each of our tastes and preferences.
I personally bought this model, and my camera , my 2 lenses and my basic cleaning kit fit just fine;
Kattee Waterproof Vintage Retro PU Leather DSLR SLR Camera Case Bag Satchel (Small, Coffee)
As an overall I know I made the right choice with my D5300 and now I have a good camera which I can learn and progress with, without feeling stuck with the "that's it" feeling again that I have suffered with many compact cameras through the years.
I have mentioned over and over again the word "good" camera. The word good is in between brackets because I believe there are no bad cameras. There is a camera for each one of us... the hard bit is to find the right one for our needs.
I love the photography world, and with my very much loved D5300, I know I have made the correct choice.
I hope that makes sense ;)
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask just remember I'm an amateur.
I hope my review has been helpful to you, thanks for reading.
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