Andrew Stelmach Wants to Know about Nikon D5300

Posted May. 4th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

I’ll admit this is a bit of a long shot, as it’s a very technical question, but here we go…

Which is the best Nikon DX camera for low-light performance? That is, which performs best in terms of noise?

It’s time to upgrade my D60, and it’s a great time to do it because Nikon has so many models on the market, past models are an absolute steal on ebay. It’s a choice between the D3100, D3200, D3300, D5100, D5200, D5300. Although the D7000 is lovely, I don’t want a camera that big and heavy – the small size and weight of the smaller models is important for me.

I’ve scoured and there doesn’t seem to be much difference between these models. Higher resolution = more noise BUT = more detail which kind of makes up for the increased noise.

Very confusing!


Good question. I must admit I had to go out and do some research on this since I’ve never had the chance to shoot the less expensive Nikon cameras. I found a great video review of the D5300 produced by Kelby Media. A link is at the bottom of this comment. The gentleman discussing this camera, they don’t mention his name, does a great job and at exactly 3:48 seconds in to the video he specifically talks about low light capabilities. I think they did a really nice job presenting lots of good information though I can’t vouch for how totally accurate it is. If I had to guess, I would be inclined to trust this information. I’m apologize I’m not more helpful than this. Let me know if this works for you if not I may have some other ideas.

Here’s a link to the video

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  1. John DoyleOn May. 5th, 2014

    Well, I Goofed. The camera we purchased was the D3300, not the 5300. Too many models. My comments should be for the D3300. Sorry.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 5th, 2014

      No problem. You’re right about many models, not to mention how quickly they change.

  2. john DoyleOn May. 5th, 2014

    I just purchased the 5300 for my wife. We have had the camera for about two weeks. She wanted a lighter camera then the D7000 she was carrying, and one that is less technical. She is very happy with the 5300. I took about 2 dozen shots and frankly, I could not tell the difference with pictures from my D7100. Keep in mind, I am not a professional and my observations are only from an amateur standpoint. We have several Nikon lenses. Even with the 18-200 mounted, it has a good balance and seems much lighter then with the 7000. If you are using nikon lenses and want a lighter camera, I recommend the 5300. We are going to Italy with Dan and Tanya at the end of this month and she will be using it as her primary camera. That should be a good test.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 5th, 2014

      Hi John, I really think that many of the benefits of the more expensive Nikons fall in to fast AF and maybe metering. At least for the less than professional line of cameras. Thus, if Carol is happy with sir and weight it’s a goo alternative. Looking forward to seeing you two in Italy.

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