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Viewfinder shooting/fast-moving subjects

Boost the excitement by freezing the moment

The benefit of shooting with a D-SLR's optical viewfinder

The most important reason for using a D-SLR is its optical viewfinder, which lets you see the subject in real time and without delay under any lighting condition. With your eye on the viewfinder, you will be able to support the camera firmly to eliminate camera shake. It also enables you to track fast-moving subjects.

Stable holding

Concentration on shooting

Secure subject viewing for easy composition

Easy tracking for moving subjects

Reliable focusing

Optical viewfinder for concentrated clarity

The D5300 features a newly designed pentamirror with improved approx. 0.82x magnification while maintaining approx. 95% frame coverage, giving you a clear and accurate view for comfortable shooting.

Finder image size comparison

Capture subjects with tack-sharp focus: 39-point AF system

Use the D5300's 39 focus points to quickly and sharply capture moments of peak action, even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame. The D5300 offers wide-area AF coverage and high-density focus points including 9 cross-type sensor in the center area, helping you master most focusing situations with a variety of autofocus options.

39-point AF system

Selectable AF-area modes according to the subject in optical viewfinder shooting

In order to adapt to your subject matter, the D5300 offers four AF-area modes. You can choose how the focus point for autofocus is selected during viewfinder shooting.

-Single-point AF mode

This mode is ideal for stationary subjects such as flowers, still lifes and portraits. Focus and compose precisely by selecting one of the 39 focus points.

Single-point AF mode

-Dynamic-area AF mode

Suitable for capturing subjects that move quickly and erratically. Select one of the 39 focus points. If the subject briefly leaves the selected focus point, the camera will focus based on information from the surrounding points.
Selectable when focus mode is set to AF-A or AF-C.

9 points
Choose when there is time to compose or when shooting subjects that are moving predictably.
21 points
Choose when photographing subjects that are moving unpredictably.
39 points
Choose when photographing subjects that are moving quickly and cannot be easily framed in the viewfinder.
Dynamic-area AF mode (21 points)
Note: The focus points indicated are those that the camera actually used.

-3D-tracking mode

Suitable for shooting a moving subject. Pursues your subject using all 39 focus points. Once focusing is achieved with a selected focus point, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject according to its movement while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
Selectable when focus mode is set to AF-A or AF-C.

3D-tracking mode

-Auto-area AF mode

The D5300 detects the main subject using all 39 focus points and automatically focuses on it. The camera can recognize human skin tones using the Scene Recognition System's subject identification algorithms for improved human subject acquisition.

Auto-area AF mode

Note: Only the selected focus point is shown on actual images. Also, if you select focus points in a peripheral area of an image when "9 points" or "21 points" is chosen, the number of focus points actually used may be less than 9 or 21.

Freeze the moment with 5 fps

Even when shooting sports scenes or other fast-moving subjects, the D5300 can easily and accurately capture the action. Its high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 5 fps*1 delivers more opportunities to catch the right movement or expression. The number of shots in continuous shooting is up to 100 frames*2. You can also select continuous low-speed release mode at approx. 3 fps for natural portrait shooting.

  • *1Based on CIPA Guidelines
  • *2When a 16 GB Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-ISD Card is used

High-precision Scene Recognition System with 2016-pixel RGB sensor for finer subject analysis

When taking pictures, you can  be sure that the D5300 will adapt to diverse shooting or lighting situations. Its incredibly accurate 2016-pixel RGB sensor collects brightness and color data that Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System analyzes meticulously. Everything in your shot is then used to calculate the precise available light exposure, flash exposure, autofocus and white balance — all measured before releasing the shutter. 

Scene Recognition System

Accurate light source identification with Auto white balance

Thanks to the new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, the D5300 achieves more accurate white balance. The camera utilizes color and brightness information of the shooting scenes acquired by light source identification of the Scene Recognition System for auto white balance. It identifies the light source by referencing the in-camera database for auto white balance. In this way, it can determine the ideal white balance even with difficult light sources.