Nikon D5300 Announced

 Preorder Nikon D5300 from AmazonNIkon has updated the D5200.  Shipping later this month or in early november depending on your location the D5300 will be available.  It looks very similar to the D5200 but has some noticeable differences inside.   The sensor will be the same used by the D7100(My D7100 Review), which in my tests is excellent- really top notch especially in low light.  The processor is upgraded, Expeed 4, and this should really improve the hesitation and slowness that I found in the D5200(My D5200 Review).  We now have full 1080p at 60fps, previously only interlaced video at 60fps and 1080.  And Wifi built in - goodbye dongle - and GPS. Nifty features.  Battery life is stated to be improved though as far as I can tell it is using the same battery and with WiFi and GPS on you are going to see a decrease in battery life.  Interesting they have completely ditched the 18-55 kit lens.  This camera will be available body only or with the new 18-140 lens.  I feel vindicated here - I couldn't believe how bad the 18-55 Nikon kit lens is on the D5200 - it really holds that camera back from image quality greatness and I am glad that it won't even be an option, though I am surprised there is no alternative other than the much more expensive 18-140 kit lens.   On a tight budget but want the D5300? Grab it with the 35 f/1.8 or pick up a used 18-105. I have additional lens recommendations for the D5300.

D5300 Specs

  • 24MP - Same sensor as in the D7100 (no OLPF/AA Filter)
  • 5 fps -same as the D5200
  • 39 AF points (9 cross points)
  • EXPEED 4 Processor
  • 1080P video recording at 60p/50p
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • 3.2" vari-angle LCD monitor

Will be available in Red, Grey or Black $796 for body only $1,396.95 (buy from Amazon or B&H) for camera and 18-140 kit lens. This will be an excellent travel camera with the GPS, Wifi and a kit lens that can match the quality of the sensor.[gallery ids="3997,3996,3995"] Preorder Nikon D5300 from AmazonFrom this angle the two cameras look very similar.

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 Looking down on the D5300 you can see a small bump for the GPS and WiFi Antennas,D5300-Wifi_GPSBUMP Preorder Nikon D5300 from Amazon