The Nikon D5300 : A good deal, or a result of strategical marketing ?
Nikon announced today the release of the updated version of the Nikon D5200 : The Nikon D5300. The Nikon 5000 series started back in 2009, and the initial plan was to update the models every two years, but since the Nikon D5200, the company has apparently increased the number of release dates, leading up to the current release of the new Nikon D5300. As a reminder, we already gave our opinion on the Nikon D5200 last year (a model that didn’t really live up to its name).
I may be very familiar and experienced with Nikon products, but the current model that has been released isn’t that satisfactory. After the Nikon D600 fiasco (the updated Nikon D610 having been released the year after), the company seems to be repeating history – it has only been a year since the Nikon D5300 and yet again only one year later, an updated model is available. Is this a coincidence, seeing as I had previously stated that the Nikon D5300 wasn’t worth all the hype ? In any case, I can bet anything that if the previous product had sold more in numbers, we would have had to wait another year for the Nikon D5300.
Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5200 : Differences and similarities.
Both are identical – an APS-C CMOS sensor (24 Mpix, 6000×4000) – but with a slight difference. The new Nikon D5300 doesn’t have a low-pass filter to get rid of moiré. It’s actually incredible : so many engineers and resources used to eliminate moiré since the D800E model, and all of the sudden, it’s taken away from us. A part from the filter being taken away, the sensor is exactly the same as the previous one ; even the number of photosites is the same.
The image processor
The expeed 3 has been replaced by the Expeed 4 – personally, this updated version of the software isn’t what makes this Nikon stand out at all – it’s the same old stuff really.
The Nikon D5300 and D5200 have the same pentaprism with around 95% frame coverage.
Both cameras have the same flash, with maximal sync mode at 1/200s.
5 frames per second for both models.
The latest Nikon D5300 has higher sensitivity – 12800 ISO (previously 6400 ISO) – this is obviously a big step forward, and very helpful if no flash is used.
LCD Control panel display
I’ve already talked about this extensively before – and finally, Nikon has released a product with a 3,2 inch LCD screen, with much higher defition (1,037,000 pixels).
On the previous points mentioned, not much has really changed. Now lets see the new things that come with the Nikon D5300 :
As with the screen, it’s a shame that a GPS wasn’t included in the Nikon D5200. On a personal note, I’m not a big fan of gadgets, but for some people (those who enjoy road trips and traveling across the globe), having an integrated GPS is a must ; for example, it’s a great and innovative way to categorize photos or place them on a Flickr map ! But I don’t know if this new GPS is more responsive and up-to-speed than the Nikon GP-1 module that could be bought as an option with the previous models (slow connection speeds to satellites, and certain battery drainage).
Personally I don’t see the point in having this sort of thing on a camera, especially when the SD chip can be taken out and put in to a computer. I can already see those facebook and iPhone fans posting hundreds of photos directly from their cameras to facebook. But with all wireless technology, the Wi-Fi requires a lot of power. Plus, if the GPS is turned on at the same time, one can only imagine how long the EN-EL14 battery would last (the Nikon website doesn’t even touch upon this issue).
Yes, there has been some improvement if you compare the Nikon D5300 with the Nikon D5100 (seeing as the D5200 model was essentially useless). It won’t be because of the pixels that I’d buy the camera, but rather the GPS (although the mystery of how much battery life it would consume is yet to be solved), the 3,2 inch screen and the attractive display panel (and maybe the absence of a low-pass filter). In any case, I would advise anyone wanting to buy this camera to hold on to their money for a bit – better to wait for some concrete technical verdict on the camera’s functionality (the image processor and sensor) and most important of all, if the model doesn’t have any defaults (as most new products tend to have).