Creative expression

Make any scene feel cinematic with high-quality video

Capture life's movement easily: D-Movie

Leave the camcorder at home. The D5300 is also a high-performance video camera capable of Full HD D-Movies at 1920 x 1080 that are compatible with 60p/50p. That means you get smooth, fluid recording, even with fast-moving subjects. The CMOS image sensor with 24.2 effective megapixels and the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine work together to deliver sharp movie images with low noise in any light. An authentic D-SLR design makes it easy to grip the camera and position yourself securely during handheld shooting, while the new wide vari-angle LCD monitor provides a larger image for comfortable viewing. Steady handheld shooting, minimized camera shake and a wide array of sharp, dependable NIKKOR lenses give you the recipe for unique movies — even if you have limited or no experience. If you want to do more, the D5300's in-camera effects can give your movies a fun and creative look, while the easy-to-use in-camera editing features then help you to create clips, short films or any other creative works by combining your movies and still images.

Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Note: The video shown here was taken in 1920 x 1080 60p, then converted to Flash Video format for ease of handling. Image quality varies from the original.
Movie plays with sound. Please adjust your volume and enjoy.

High-fidelity audio control and built-in stereo microphone

Audio quality makes a huge difference in the way a video is received. For optimum impact, the D5300 has a built-in stereo microphone that can be controlled automatically, or manually in 20 incremental steps. Audio levels can be easily confirmed visually on the 16 x 9 LCD monitor both before and during video shooting for comfortable control.

Built-in stereo microphone
Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Note: The video shown here was taken in 1920 x 1080 60p, then converted to Flash Video format for ease of handling. Image quality varies from the original.
Movie plays with sound. Please adjust your volume and enjoy.

Best options for quieter movie shooting

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR [NEW]

An ideal lens for the D5300. Its quiet operational sound makes video recording more effective, while its powerful Vibration Reduction (VR) enables handheld movie recording without worrying about camera shake.

For smoother zooming during movie shooting: NAL-1 Zoom/Focus Assist Lever (optional)[NEW]

When attached to a zoom ring or a focus ring, this lens attachment enables smoother zoom or focus operation. It is especially helpful for zooming during movie recording as well as for fine manual focusing.

The NAL-1 Zoom/Focus Assist Lever kit. It contains one ring and a pair of levers, one long and one short.
Lens:AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Note: The illustration above shows two sets of the NAL-1 Zoom/Focus Assist Lever kit attached to the zoom ring and the focus ring of the lens.

NIKKOR lenses recommended for use with the NAL-1 Zoom/Focus Assist Lever

AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

ME-1 Stereo Microphone (optional) compatible

In addition to the built-in microphone, the D5300 lets you record stereo sound with the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Using the ME-1 Stereo Microphone reduces noise caused by lens vibration recorded during autofocus shooting. You can select the microphone sensitivity setting in the same way as with the built-in stereo microphone.


Frame size (pixels)
Frame rate*1
Maximum length (high movie quality★/normal movie quality)*4
1920 x 1080
10 min./20 min.
20 min./29 min. 59 s
1280 x 720
640 x 424
29 min. 59 s/29 min. 59 s
  • *1Listed value. Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively.
  • *2Available when NTSC is selected for Video mode.
  • *3Available when PAL is selected for Video mode.
  • *4Movies recorded in miniature effect mode are up to three minute long when played back.

Enables playback of still images and movies on High-Definition TV – HDMI supported

The D5300 supports HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) that allows you to play back still images and movies on a High-Definition TV*1. An HDMI mini-pin connector (Type C) is used as your interface. Also, the D5300 is compatible with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) that enables remote operation of the camera using a TV remote control*2.

  • *1Type C mini-pin HDMI cable (available on the market) is required for playback.
  • *2Remote control of HDMI-CEC supported TV.

For unique images and videos: Special Effects

Get more creative and enhance your pictures and movies with nine easy-to-use Special Effects. Try the new HDR Painting or Toy Camera effect features to give your images a bold, artistic touch. You can even check how the effect looks in real time on the live view monitor before you shoot*.

  • *Movie recording and effect preview before the shot are not available with the HDR Painting mode.

Special Effects:

Night vision, Color sketch*, Toy Camera effect, Miniature effect*, Selective color*, Silhouette, High key, Low key, and HDR painting.

  • *It is possible to apply these effects to still images after shooting using retouch menus.
HDR painting
Each time a photo is taken, the camera shoots two frames at different exposures and combines them for a painterly effect that emphasizes detail and color.
Toy Camera effect
Create photos and movies that appear to have been shot with a toy camera. The effect can be adjusted in live view. Adjustable parameters: vignetting (3 steps) and saturation (3 steps).
Miniature effect
Create photos that appear to be pictures of dioramas. Works best when shooting from a high vantage point.
Selective Color
Emphasize up to three colors while the rest are rendered in black and white. The color range can be adjusted in values from 1 to 7.
Create dramatic images with silhouettes of subjects against bright backgrounds.

Delivers beautiful images even in high-contrast scenes: HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Two images taken with one shutter release at varying exposure are combined to produce a single image that has a wider dynamic range (range of contrast to reproduce tonal gradation) with less loss of detail in highlights and shadows. The result is images with less noise and rich tonal gradation throughout the entire frame including shadows and highlights even in high-contrast shooting scenes. HDR mode is selectable from "auto", "extra high", "high", "normal", "low" and "off". The exposure differential of the two images up to 3 EV and the smoothness of the edge where the two exposures meet are automatically set according to the strength level. Effective for stationary subjects such as landscapes or still life.

  • Note: It is recommended to use a tripod for HDR shooting.

Reproduces brightness and shadowy areas as you see them: Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting is effective for shooting, for example, a dark room including outside scenery seen through a window, high-contrast scenes such as at the seaside under strong sunlight, and backlit situations. It preserves details in both highlights and shadowy areas in such situations, maintaining moderate contrast to reproduce brightness as you see it. Select the preferred setting from "auto", "extra high", "high", "normal", "low" or "off". The D5300 employs an image-processing system that causes less shift of color even when the strength level is increased. Unlike HDR (High Dynamic Range), Active D-Lighting does not require the process of combining images, therefore it is effective for shooting moving subjects such as people.

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Enjoy editing pictures after shooting: Retouch Menu

The D5300 is equipped with a number of in-camera editing functions that make image retouching easy. This includes a newly developed D-lighting feature, "Portrait subjects," which enhances the exposure human subjects* while retaining the natural ambience of a low-lit background.

  • *The camera automatically selects up to three subjects for portrait D-Lighting
Portrait subjects (D-Lighting)
Without processing
With D-Lighting (Portrait subjects)

Retouch menus employed on the D5300

D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Quick retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color outline, Color sketch*, Perspective control, Miniature effect*, Selective color*, Edit movie

  • *It is possible to apply these effects to still images/movies prior to shooting using Special Effects.

Photo skills made simple: Scene Modes

If your subject matter falls into a number of popular categories, select a Scene Mode from 16 available options. The D5300 can automatically choose the best camera settings, enabling you to get the results you've always wanted. Five frequently used Scene Modes such as Portrait and Landscape can be directly selected using the mode dial. For other modes such as Sunset, Dusk/Dawn and Food, set the mode dial to SCENE and select the mode by rotating the command dial.

Scene Modes:

Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food


Obtain the optimal Scene Mode automatically: Scene Auto Selector (only available in live view shooting)

When using live view, point the camera at your subject and the camera automatically identifies your shooting scenario and selects the most appropriate Scene Mode from Portrait, Landscape, Close up and Night portrait*. You can just keep shooting, uninterrupted by the need to set a Scene Mode for each subject.

  • *When mode dial is set to Auto or Auto (flash off) and using AF.

Scene Auto Selector employed on the D5300

  • * Auto or Auto (flash off) are selected when the camera identifies situations not covered by Portrait, Landscape, Close up or Night portrait mode, or for scenes suited to Auto or Auto (flash off).