I have been using a Canon 400D for almost seven years now. Though just an entry-level DSLR, it was a big investment for me at the time, and the installment stretched over a year. Now, having used that camera to the maximum, I am looking at upgrade options.
Obviously, it would make more sense for me to buy a Canon, a 60D for instance. This is more so because I already have two Canon lenses and don’t need to buy kit lenses for the upgrade and can spend on something different like a prime lens.
However, I have been tempted to try out new cameras. For instance, the mirrorless cameras have been really good of late, and the portability they provide is something to kill for. On the other hand, Canon’s rival Nikon has been giving more pixels for the buck even as Canon sticks to its this is enough rule.
So when the opportunity to review the new Nikon D5300 came along, I had a personal reason to give it a spin. Upgrading from a Canon 400D, I was looking at three things in the D5300 — more pixels, video capabilities and ease of use. And those are the parameters in which I am going to review the D5300, which I tested with a Nikkor 18-140mm VR lens during a short trip to Bali, Indonesia.
Ease of use
The Canon 400D is among the easiest cameras to use. It took me a day to master the control though it took me ages to understand how a DSLR works. But the learning was fun and easy on the 400D. But with an upgrade I want a camera that will built for the new connected age.
When I packed the D5300 into the Tamrac quick-draw bag that had been home to my Canon camera and two lenses for so many years, one thing was certain. I was taking a much more capable camera in the same bag. And, the 18-140 lens was good enough to replace the other two, and 18-55mm and a 75-300mm.
My old camera uses a now-archaic CF card, but the D5300, like all cameras these days, uses a SD card that is faster and much more convenient. With a CF card and essential part of your camera kit if the card reader. But an SD card works almost anywhere and can be read directly by my laptop and host of other cameras and devices out there. Now, that is convenience that has been afforded by the natural progression of technology over the years.
My old camera has a tiny 2-inch LCD, so a 3.2″ vari-angle LCD monitor is something that change the whole ball game for me. I now have angles that I did not have before …continued »
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