Nikon has just released the new D5300 Digital SLR camera that comes with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a first for the company in single-lens reflex camera design. Previously, you could purchase the Nikon WU-1 wireless mobile adapter to connect your Nikon camera without a cable. But this is the first time Wi-Fi has been built into the camera itself, making sharing and exporting images that much easier. Upon transfer, users can select between two different file sizes (depending on the destination storage capacity) and copy to other devices via wireless network. Images can also be shared with family, friends, or website destination via the Wireless Mobile Utility app (a free download). GPS is also integrated into the D5300, allowing you to automatically map and geotag location data such as longitude, latitude, and altitude within images. The GPS function, according to Nikon, works seamlessly with ViewNX 2 and Nikon Image Space.
As far as image quality, the entry-level DX-format digital camera boasts an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels. The camera houses a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), improving upon image resolution and rendering from NIKKOR lenses. The CMOS sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 12800, but can also be expanded up to ISO 25600 equivalent (Hi 1) for shooting at higher shutter speeds in low light with little noise. The D5300 features Nikon’s new high-performance EXPEED 4 image-processing engine for better results in noise reduction (NR), auto white balance, color reproduction characteristics, tone processing, and image quality at high sensitivities.
Images on the Nikon D5300 can be shot in three sizes that include 6000 x 4000 (Large), 4496 x 3000 (Medium), and 2992 x 2000 (Small). Supported image formats include NEF (RAW) in 12 or 14 bit compressed, JPEG, and NEF+JPEG – giving you both file formats to work with. And, the D5300 includes a 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors to maximize clarity within the areas you want in focus.
For video, the D5300 records full-HD movies at up to 1920 x 1080 at 60p for a maximum length of 10-minutes in high quality movie mode (or 20-minutes in normal movie quality). And, a Special Effects feature is included with nine options that can be applied to photos and movies to alter the look of your video or still images. Effects include Night vision, Color sketch, Toy Camera effect, Miniature effect, Selective color, Silhouette, High key, Low key, and HDR painting. For stills, Color sketch, Miniature effect, and Selective color can be applied in post-production by using the camera’s retouch menu.
The D5300 weighs in at just 530 grams (without lens), and measures 125mm (W), 98mm (H), and 76mm (D). A side-hinged vari-angle 3.2-inch monitor opens from 0 to 180° at the side, and can be rotated up to 90° clockwise or 180° counter-clockwise. (See rotations in pic below.)
The Nikon D5300 is modestly priced at $799 (body only) and available black, red, and a new Nikon gray finish.
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