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Nikon D5300 preview

Nikon has announced its latest D-series DSLR, the D5300. The D5300 is replacing the D5200 and boasts a slew of upgrades. This is not just a simple re-badging. The D5300 is the smallest D-series camera to date despite having a new grip that offers more surface area and a better hold than the D5200. The D5300 is also the first Nikon D-series camera to shoot Full HD video at 1080/60p, offer built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, and to include the new EXPEED 4 processor, which improves low-light capabilities, shooting performance, and noise levels.

The D5300 also boasts a newly developed 24.2-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS image sensor with no OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) for greater sharpness and detail when taking advantage of the camera’s wide ISO range of 100 – 12,800. The D5300 also features Nikon’s Scene Recognition System, which uses a 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to analyze shooting conditions and then adjust exposure, AF, and white balance levels for perfectly balanced photographs.

As the first Nikon DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, users will be able to connect the D5300 to a free app on iOS or Android smartphones. From there, it’s easy to email photos or share them on various social networks like Facebook. GPS is great for geo-tagging, which allows social networking sites, mobile phones, and PC picture editors to keep track where you’ve taken all your photos.

Nikon D5300 features

  • Newly developed 24.2-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS image sensor
    •  no OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter)
  • EXPEED 4 image processor
  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD Display (1,037K dots)
  • Full HD 1080/60p Video Captures
    • Built-in Stereo
    • Improved full-time AF
  • 39-Point AF System
  • 5 Frames-Per-Second Burst Shooting
  • ISO 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Scene Recognition System
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • Two new Special Effects modes
    • Toy Camera
    • HDR Painting
  • New Battery, EN-EL14A,
    • increased battery life up to 600 shots (the camera can also use the older EN-EL14 battery from previous models)
  • Compatible with NIKKOR lenses and accessories
  • Weighs only 16.9 oz

 

The Nikon D5300 will be available this October (2013) in black, red, and gray. The $1,399.95 kit will include (1) D5300 body and (1) AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR zoom lens.

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