YU2A61561 300x430 Nikon D5300   Video Review   best DSLR video quality on APS CWell, the title says it all. In terms of video quality Nikon just brought the best APS-C sensor VDSLR to the market.
The video is sharp out of the box, yet it has a very nice organic look. Well done Nikon!

Now, before you all run to buy this camera, you must know that it is one of the most frustrating devices to work with. Where should I start….

1010025 300x300 Nikon D5300   Video Review   best DSLR video quality on APS C• Aperture:
If you are working with electronic lenses, there is no easy way to change aperture. You must change to photo mode in order to do so. True, it just takes the “click of a single button” yet it is very frustrating!!
(especially when the LCD screen turns blank leaving you without feedback). One possible workaround is to use manual focus lenses from Nikkor or third party companies.

• Audio:
This is one of the worst cameras I’ve ever tested when it comes to audio quality and audio functions.
The hiss is unbearable, there is manual control for audio levels but not while you are recording and worst of all there is no headphone jack for audio monitoring. Very frustrating!

IMG 343903 300x300 Nikon D5300   Video Review   best DSLR video quality on APS C• Focusing:
When pressing the “magnify” button you get some kind of a disturbing electronic magnification that results in a strobing screen. It is almost impossible to correctly focus on even slightly moving objects this way.

• Low light capability:
ISO 3200 proved to be too much for this camera, but at ISO 1000, which the video was mostly shot on, the quality is lovely.

Other then that all is good…. There’s no moire, no aliasing, just pure organic video with the capability to output a clean feed to an external recording device. One more plus point to note, this is Nikon’s first camera that can shoot 1080/50, 60p if wanted.

Camera settings for this review:
• 1080/25p
• Picture profile: NL
• No colour correction or sharpness was added during editing
• Audio was recorded externally. I’ve included 2 original audio files from the camera strongly relying on noise reduction. Wonder if you can spot them….
• All was shot on available light but the interviews. For that, one Cineroid L2C was used.

 

A big thank you to Maria and the wonderful people who agreed to participate in this video.
More info about Maria’s “Jodlerin2go” project can be found here.

 
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Oliver Christoph Kochs Reply
Oliver Christoph Kochs February 14, 2014

For how long? One week ;-D

Mike Silverman Reply
Mike Silverman February 14, 2014

This is a very strange title, are you suggesting that of all the cameras in existence with an APS-C sensor this one is 100% the best? That’s a very hefty claim to make especially when the article talks about so many deficiencies of the camera

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Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi Mike. The title was chosen very carefully, “best VIDEO QUALITY on APS-C”.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Steve M. February 14, 2014

There’s no difference between this image and that of the D5200. What you do gain with this model is a better LCD, and 1080p @60fps. Yep, the fact you can’t adjust the aperture in LV is ridiculous, and adding a fully manual lens will work, however, neither model will meter a fully manual lens, you’ll have to upgrade to the D7100 for that feature.

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Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi Steve.
Thanks for taking the time watching the video and commenting.

Added some of you remarks to the article as I thought I was clear but obviously I was not…:).

Thanks again!

Johnnie

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Edison February 14, 2014

So nikon need Magic Lantern!no easy way to change apertureit is very frustrating!

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Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi Edison.

As Steve noted above, manual focus lenses are the only way to go for easy aperture settings.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Edison February 14, 2014

I use D5200,no easy way to change aperture it is very frustrating!!So Nikon need Magic Lantern!

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Steve M. February 14, 2014

There is an easy way of changing aperture, simply buy a manual lens. I have two Rokinon cine lens for my D5200 and that’s the work around. The only caveat to that is, like I stated above, the camera won’t meter those lenses, so, you have to have an eye for correct exposure. And that is just a matter of exposing a scene, taking a still of that scene, and looking at your histogram. You look at enough histograms, you’ll learn to nail your exposures.

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George Kalogeris February 14, 2014

I have several questions:
* Does auto-ISO works DURING recording ? (my D800 doesn’t)
* Does auto-ISO works in M mode? (my D800 doesn’t)
* Can it output 1080/25p to HDMI while writing 1080/25p to card ? (My D800 can’t)
* Does it have fine clear digital zoom that works smoothly ? (My A7 has)
* ability to turn off screen while outputting to HDMI ?
* Can I smoothly change the aperture during recording via HDMI with Fn and Pv buttons ?(like in D800)

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Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi George, thanks for taking the time watching the video and commenting.

Camera is not with me anymore so I will try to be accurate with my answers based on my memory and working with the camera for a short time.

-* Does auto-ISO works DURING recording ? (my D800 doesn’t)
Did not try as i never shoot that way.

* Does auto-ISO works in M mode? (my D800 doesn’t)
Same as above.

* Can it output 1080/25p to HDMI while writing 1080/25p to card ? (My D800 can’t)
Did not try. I presume you can’t as with other Nikon models.

* Does it have fine clear digital zoom that works smoothly ? (My A7 has)
No, very frustrating!.

* ability to turn off screen while outputting to HDMI ?
No.

* Can I smoothly change the aperture during recording via HDMI with Fn and Pv buttons ?(like in D800)
Did not try.

Thanks and sorry for not being more helpful.

Johnnie

Johnnie Behiri Reply
Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi Mike. The title was chosen very carefully, “best VIDEO QUALITY on APS-C”.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Jeremy February 14, 2014

The title should have been :
“Nikon D5300 – The first APS-C with no moiré and aliasing”

This is a miracle and the most important.
1080P @ 50/60fps is great too.

The aperture problem and the rest obviously spoils it all !

PS : would appreciate a video with more colors. Everything is yellowish here.

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Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi Jeremy.
Thanks for watching the video and commenting.

Indeed a miracle..:)

Unfortunately I had the camera for a short time only and don’t have it anymore.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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tomi February 14, 2014

the best work i have seen from you over the years johnny!

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Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi tomi, thank you!

Trying hard in different shooting conditions with different cameras…:)

Next, Blackmagic 4K

All the best!

Johnnie

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kurth February 14, 2014

Great video. When will nikon realize they just need a simple eos m nik version with this sensor and they will sell a million. It appears the only solution to aperture is with auto lenses is to use a vnd. I notice all of your shots are shallow dof. If the d3300 , being alot cheaper, performs the same way, it will be a miracle. And apparently there’s a d2300 on the way as well. Where’s our nikon m ?

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Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi Kurth.

I ask my self the same questions as you….
Wish Nikon was a bit less traditional and more “creative”. They have nothing to lose!.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Steve M. February 14, 2014

One other thing this camera does have the new Expeed 4 processor. There is a lot to like about this camera, as well as, dislike, but that’s par for the course with any of these DSLR cameras. WB with these models is kind of get it as close as you can and shoot, you don’t have the ability to dial in a specific Kelvin temp, yep, the D7100 does have K temp set. For video, the D7100 is worth a look, it has many features the D5200,D5300 just don’t have. As far as the video quality, they’re all about the same, with the D5200 & D5300 having a slightly sharper image.

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Johnnie Behiri February 14, 2014

Hi Steve.

Thanks for helping with tips and valuable information regarding this camera. Appreciated!

Johnnie

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Steve M. February 15, 2014

My pleasure Johnnie! Oh, and lest I forget, dual SD card slots on…..you guess it, D7100! Nice for keeping stills separate from your video files. You know when I think about it, this is one of the most confusing times for many that are looking to buy a new camera for video acquisition. Sure, a lot depends upon your needs and budget, so for many of us, that brings us down to the DSLR playing field, which can make your head spin deciding which path to take. Certainly, Panasonic’s GH4 has added yet another layer of decision making to the mix. 4K is obviously still in its infancy, but oh is it tempting when you see that picture absolutely pop off the screen. The next couple of years, will no doubt, be interesting!

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Aranciaidraulica/Fausto Pacifici February 15, 2014

Hi Johnnie, I own this camera since December 2013 and I agree with all of your considerations.
By the way, very good video, well done!

Just few words regarding Aperture…
I’m a camera operator and my job is done almost exclusively with broadcast level shoulder cameras/camcorders or handheld camcorders with stepless rings for accurate aperture changing even while shooting..
But the point is: “stepless aperture changing”, a thing that has never been employed on photographic lenses, as far as I know.

As you said, the fact of not being able to change the aperture value in Live View mode could be a hassle, but we have to face the truth: these wondeful and cheap pieces of technology basically remain what they’ve been designed for, that is: still photos.

But there is a weird thing: ANOTHER way to change Aperture in Live View is… Changing Manual Movie Settings to OFF!!!
Obviously, this won’t let change the REAL mechanical iris aperture, and will leave the camera go its own way regarding exposure, no matter the mode used. Full Auto, in two words!

Another strange thing is about Focusing: Maybe you cannot test this camera anymore as I’ve read, but I think you’ve never tried to press the magnify button while being in AF-F mode, have you?
Strobing disappears, no other focusing mode allows to get rid of that boring strobe effect, but, you know, how can you set a precise and locked focus in Full-time Servo AF?
What a greeeat pity!!!

I hope that some simple firmware updates will solve these problems, but apart of this, Nikon D5300 remains a very, very interesting camera, talking about video capabilities too.
Last but not least: A very useful intervalometer is built-in! :-)

If you like, you may take a look at my videos with this HDSLR:
https://vimeo.com/83611065
https://vimeo.com/83927654
https://vimeo.com/84665657
https://vimeo.com/84924238
https://vimeo.com/85647799
Plus, a complete work with the Nikon D5300:
https://vimeo.com/85713411

Cheers,
Fausto, Italy.

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Steve M. February 15, 2014

The Rokinon Cine lenses I mentioned above are de-clicked, which means you can pull your aperture, just as you would a focus smoothly.

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Johnnie Behiri February 21, 2014

Dear Fausto, sorry for my late response.
Was dedicating my time for the Blackmagic 4K video test.

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and video samples with the community. Appreciated!.

One way to “combat” stepped aperture is to use a circular ND filter and use it a “poor man’s solution” (far from perfect, but doable).

Unfortunately I don’t agree with your “facing the truth” comment. As other companies (like Canon) can and do implement changing aperture in their entry level DSLRs while in video mode, there is not reason for Nikon not to do it.

I have no doubt you know the camera MUCH better then me!. I do agree it could be a great working tool with a small firmware update.

All the best and keep up the good work!

Johnnie

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Tom Fox February 20, 2014

The important thing is that the d5300 captured all those lovely smiles.

Nice vid.

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Johnnie Behiri February 21, 2014

Tom, you’re absolutely right!!

Thanks.

Johnnie

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Jon February 21, 2014

Excellent work as always :-)

Are you planning on testing the Sony A6000, since it seems to have the same Nikon sensor?

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Johnnie Behiri February 21, 2014

Dear Jon. Thanks!

A6000 will be tested in the near future.

Thanks again!

Johnnie

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Zilvinas February 24, 2014

Hi, Fausto.

Which exact camera settings are auto-controlled, when “Manual movie settings” is on OFF mode? Is the shutter speed variable in auto-exposure mode then? Or only ISO settings are changing during AE?

Thank you,
Zilvinas

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Zilvinas February 25, 2014

Johnnie? :)

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Johnnie Behiri February 26, 2014

Dear Zilvinas.

Unfortunately the camera is long gone and what you are asking is requiring me to look at the settings/menu again.

Sorry I can not help here and hope Fausto will chime in as he owns the camera.

Take care.

Johnnie

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Zilvinas July 15, 2014

Here is our music video, filmed with Nikon D5300 and D5200.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiQFFRe6lH4

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RRRoger July 28, 2014

Web site name says it all.
The reviewer was trying hard to fault the D5300.
Either they did not know how to set it up properly or it had pre production firmware, etc.
My D5300 gives me usable Stills and Video at 12800 ISO
What it and all DSLRs lack is really good AFF and continuous recording of more than 4GB at a time

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Johnnie Behiri July 28, 2014

RRRoger.

Move on.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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yolo August 25, 2014

As alternative the sony a6000 or sony a5100 use the exact same sensor at a fraction of the price with more video features like zebra, peaking, selectable autofocus speed for sports or cinematic, face recognition etc etc plus no issues with changing the aperture at any time, good audio, and on top of that you get a even better af system the the 70d, and iso up to 12 600 in video,all this for only 600\500$.

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