Pros Best image quality at this price point
Menu system is pretty intuitive and easy to manage from the LCD
Lighter weight and smaller size
Excellent sensor and processor
Cons Weak GPS - needs A-GPS file from Nikon to work better
Wifi setup was a bit confusing
Summary I decided to add my own review which I will continue to update as I have been commenting on the others here. I received the D5300 on Saturday (got the Grey and have to say I really like the subtle color) and have been taking several test photos with my Sigma 18-250 Macro lens that I purchased only a few weeks ago. I noticed that something wasn't right with the stabilization and the live view (I typically never use live view anyway) but initially thought it was the camera. I may change my review to 5 stars once that issue is resolved and I know exactly what is working correctly. Sigma is doing a firmware update on the lenses so I am going to return mine that does not work once the new ones are released which is supposed to happen in a few days. If you purchased this lens and are not able to return it any longer - contact Sigma and they will have you send it in to update the firmware.
As far as picture quality (the lens does work with the exception of the two things mentioned) I have been very happy. I do feel like adding a few steps of sharpness helps the images (custom picture settings are available for user to define), but I am wondering now if that may also be the lens issue. I do like the ability to retouch in the camera (straighten is very useful) but I wish the file that was created from the retouch kept the file name sequence of the original file so that the photos would stay in order that they were taken.
I was afraid that after moving from the D90 that I would be missing the dedicated controls on the back of the camera, but I actually find that the menu system is pretty intuitive and easy to manage from the LCD. I am a hobby photographer who takes most of my photos on vacations twice a year besides family events and holidays. I have taken several photography classes and I do use most of the controls on the camera to set my shots. I found that having some of the "scene" modes can be a good refresher when you are trying to remember the correct settings for different situations and can actually be a learning tool if you pay attention to the changes that the camera makes for each situation. The lighter weight and smaller size of the D5300 are certainly a plus for me.
I was happy that the function button on the front of the camera can be set to control the ISO and works by holding down the button while dialing the thumb wheel which I am familiar with. There is also a dedicated button on the front of the camera to change to burst mode shooting, timer (10 second delay) and remote settings. This button works by pressing and then selecting from the display screen via arrow keys to select. The other button that I frequently use is the exposure compensation which also has a dedicated button on the top right that works via thumbwheel.
The wifi setup was a bit confusing only because the instructions were a bit vague. I searched the app store on my Ipad for the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility and nothing came up. I did a search through Safari and it did bring it up in the Itunes store (probably because it is really an Iphone app). To connect the camera via wifi - after downloading and installing the app - go to the Menu on the camera and select the Setup Menu - Wifi is on the second page of the menu. Choose to enable the Wifi on the camera and the camera will begin to send out an SSID signal. Go to the Ipad/Iphone into the Settings menu and in your Wireless configuration choose to connect to the Nikon SSID. Then open the app and in the top left corner there is an antennae looking icon that you have to click on to get the camera to connect. I was very happy that the camera worked in this manner as it means that if you are in an area where you have no public wifi that you can still transfer photos to the device through the wifi signal that the camera broadcasts. The transfer rate was good considering these are 24 megapixel images and I had no complaints except that the app is designed for the Iphone and it would be nice to have the app designed for the Ipad for better clarity.
The one drawback I had initially was trying to get a program to work with my raw files. I did find a way to update my NX2 software (involved searching the internet to find a download as there were no updates listed in the program) and then I realized that my CS5 software will not work with the new camera raw and I may need to upgrade my Lightroom as they did release a beta version that supports these raw files, and the upgrade costs much less than the CS6 upgrade. Rather irritating of Adobe to not offer updates to older software for raw support in my opinion considering the cost of that program. Lightroom has very similar raw editing though and once the raw files are converted I can always open them in CS5 again.
I will add to this once I have the lens change and have had some additional time..
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