Nikon D5300 review: Filter-less DSLR with promise

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday November 13 2013

Sensor Review
Introduction | Nikon D5300 sensor performance | Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D3200: No improvement | Nikon D5300 vs Canon EOS 700D vs Sony SLT Alpha 58 | Conclusion

Compared to the 18-Mpix Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) and the Sony SLT Alpha 58 with its 20.1-Mpix CMOS sensor, the Nikon D5300 has the equivalent to a +1 and 1/3 stop improvement in IQ over the former and +2/3rds of a stop gain over the latter.

Looking more closely at the individual metrics, the D5300 has a substantial +1 1/2-stop gain in color depth over the Canon, and a still sizeable ½ stop over the Sony at base ISO.

This advantage extends to higher ISOs as well, with the D5300 achieving almost the same +1/1/2 stop advantage over both at ISO3200.

Although the D5300 also has an advantage with DR at high ISOs, it’s at the base setting where the new model shows a substantial lead of +2.7 Evs over the Canon and +1.5 Evs over the Sony.

Low light capabilities are very similar between the Canon EOS 700D and the Sony SLT A58 but even in this the new Nikon shows a meaningful improvement.