I am editing "Very Early" out of the title. I have now had this camera for over a week- points below reflect my latest views
- This camera is FAST- AF Servo easily captures a fast dog. Gone is the hesitation I saw in the D5200
- The buffer is impressive, in fact the D7100 must be feeling a little inadequate- Using a SanDisk Extreme Card I can get 30 RAW shots in 10 seconds. The D7100 could only manage 23 with the same card!!! The D5200- 21 and to compare vs Canon- The Canon 70D gets 34. - Note with JPEGS the D7100 still has a faster FPS and can get in more shots but that doesn't matter in RAW as the D7100 very quickly fills the small buffer and slows down.
- Auto mode produces VERY good images and flash exposure is excellent. The greenish tint is still present under some fluorescent light sources.
- GPS is a mixed bag They offer a simple setup and a nice little track log option too. After using it for awhile I was very dissapointed at times when it took 10+ minutes to get a lock on location AND would lose location very quickly from one photo to another. Applying the A-GPS file provided on Nikon's website helps greatly and you risk draining your battery but you can turn GPS stand by to off which keeps a lock. Overall I wish the system were a bit smarter, it seems you have a choice of missing GPS data when you let it sleep or draining the battery. I have a few examples where it didn't go to sleep and still missed marking photos with locations so more testing is needed here.
- Wifi is painless to setup video functions are disabled when WIFI is ON and you can't even change camera settings - Basically it is a glorified remote(streams live view) that can download photos too.
- 3.2" LCD Screen is gorgeous and looks good in bright sunlight - I wish it was touch sensitive, picking focusing points is a chore.
- High ISO files(photos and video) are clean, very clean - a few sample images below - more coming soon.
- Still quirky - shutter speed and aperture can change when you switch in and out of live view. In some modes you have control over aperture in live view - in others you don't. Manual movie mode needs to be on for exposure simulation to work and then you are limited to 1/30 of a second as your slowest shutter speed.
The 18-140 Lens is good - not an amazing improvement over the 18-105 but a nice balance of convenience and quality. Bought with a camera it offers good value. My Review of the Nikon 18-140 Lens.
- 18-140 lens is convenient and quality is much improved over previous kit lenses - will have side by side vs 18-105 in a few weeks
- 18-140 Focusing is similar to previous lenses on D5200/D7100, still not quiet or as smooth as an STM lens.
More info coming -
- Is the buffer really larger? UPDATE- YES!!
- How much sharper is the new sensor without the AA filter? Still testing. . .
- How does 60fps look at 1080p compared to the max of 30fps on CanonSmooth - it may go without saying but the 1080p is a vast improvement over the 1080i offered by the Nikon D5200.
- Is Moiré an issue?Early tests suggest not.
- Bit rate of the files?About 40MBits/s
What else do you want to know about the Nikon D5300?
Buy the Nikon D5300 with 18-140 lens from B&H - they have a $300 off deal that gets you the D5300 and the 18-140 for $1096