Nikon Announces 24.2MP D5300 DSLR and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Lens


OCTOBER 17, 2013

By Dan Havlik

Nikon announced two new products for photographers this morning: the prosumer-friendly 24.2MP, APS-C sensor-based D5300 digital SLR, and the pro-worthy AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G portrait lens.

The Nikon D5300 will go on sale this month as a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,399. It will come in black, red, and gray color options, if you like your DSLR to have a little pizzazz.

The NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, which is the higher end product of the two and designed for both full-frame (FX-format) and APS-C (DX-format) cameras, goes on sale this month for $1,699.

While the new D5300 doesn't have a professional-level price, it boasts a surprisingly rich feature set, which might appeal to aspiring pro photographers. The 24.2MP resolution of the D5300's DX-format (aka APS-C), CMOS sensor is about on par to the previous model but it's a new chip, which doesn't use an optical low pass filter in an attempt to maximize resolution.

The D5300 is powered by Nikon's EXPEED 4 image processor, which is designed to reduce image noise when shooting in low light, with the camera offering an ISO range of 100-12,800, that's expandable up to ISO 25,600. The EXPEED 4 also helps the D5300 shoot bursts of five frames per second and capture full 1080p HD video at 60p with a built-in stereo microphone and full-time autofocus.

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The D5300's 3.2-inch, vari-angle, side-swiveling rear LCD screen will help with composing images from unusual angles, such above a crowd or down at your feet. The relatively compact and lightweight (16.9 ounces) DSLR features a 39-point AF system for locking in on subjects. For help with sharing photos on social networks, the D5300 has built-in Wi-Fi, along with GPS for geotagging images.

The D5300 is aimed squarely at the advanced consumer and prosumer photographer but the new NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G should turn the heads of pros. An homage to the legendary Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens, which first debuted in 1977 and quickly garnered a reputation as a low-light killer, the new 58mm f/1.4G doesn't have as fast an aperture as that model, but it should produce excellent results in dim conditions.

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The unusual 58mm focal length, which converts to an 87mm equivalent when shooting with a smaller DX-format sensor camera (such as the D5300), makes the lens suited for a range of assignments, from portraits to street photography and even landscapes (on a full frame camera).

It has nine-blade diaphragm to produce dramatic, circular bokeh in your images -- which is great for portraits -- and Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghosting and flare. Video shooters will like the lens' Silent Wave Motor, which is designed to designed to produce quiet autofocusing so it won't be picked up on your audio track.

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