Nikon D5300 Review

With Vloggin’ on youtube cameras are everything, whether you use a point and shoot, or an DSLR camera.

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BEFORE THIS REVIEW STARTS, I WILL BE REVIEWING THIS CAMERA AS A YOUTUBE CAMERA NOT A PHOTOGRAPHY BASED ON ONE.

One camera I have started to use is the Nikon D5300, and to be fair it’s a beautiful camera, and I use it as a vloggin’ camera, and soon I’ll be incorporating it into client work (once I get a better understanding of it). When reviewing this camera, I will be looking at 5 different things.

  • Weight and Size
  • Durability
  • Quality
  • Audio
  • Price

Then I will be scoring the camera on this categories out of 10.

Weight and Size

Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions/weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 125 x 98 x 76 mm (4.9 x 3.9 x 3 in.)
Weight Approx. 530 g/1 lb 2.7 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 480 g/1 lb 0.9 oz (camera body only)

The camera isn’t that heavy weighing less than a bag of sugar, but holding it in place for a long will cause pressure on your wrists, but if only using it for a small use, for example a 2 minute clip, it should be too bad. Another problem is the size, if you’re vloggin’, you can keep taking the lens away from the camera, or taking an external microphone off, since it’s counter productive, and because of this, it’s really bulking, so I suggest taking a bag.

Overall 6/10.

Durability

This camera is very durable, well it should be for the size of it. The camera is very sturdy, and it actually feels like it can take a beating (minus the lens (for obvious reasons)).

Overall 9/10

Quality

As we’re focusing on the vloggin’ side, here is the quality of a video shot in 1080p 50fps.

The quality is so crisp, and looks so beautiful, but there are faults here. One of the biggest problems I’ve noticed comes from the default lens (a lot of people will be sticking to this lens as it’s the cheaper option), the auto-focus on the lens is great, but it has a loud noise when auto-focusing, which can turn people off, because of this, when I’m shooting I normally focus my video manually, which is a massive problem in high lit areas. When focused the quality is so crisp, and is to die for.

7/10

Audio

The audio is semi-decent when inside, but when you leave to actually go outside and film (which vloggers do), it becomes a huge problem. The wind is a killer to the audio with the microphone, and that’s what makes it lack, it makes it sound really bad, which sucks. So an external microphone is a must, which can cost anything from £20 – £60 for a decent one.

With the auto-focusing noise, it’s annoying, the external microphone can’t fix the problem, so you have to either get a silent lens or change cameras, take a listen.

This is a massive turn off, so you have to use manual focus, which can be a problem.

4/10.

Price

The price of the Nikon D5300 is only £430 – £800 (depending on the lens), a fantastic starting camera.

10/10

Overall rating 

7.2/10, it’s a great camera, minus a few problems, if you’re looking for something to start to shoot video, I suggest this, but turn the auto focus off on the lens, and make sure that you have an external mic, like the RØDE Camera and Audio VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Mount.

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