October 18, 2013

New $800 D5300 is the First Nikon DSLR with 1080P 60FPS

Nikon has been slowly improving the video quality on its entry and mid-range APS-C DSLRs, after beating everyone to the punch with the D90 back in 2008. While that camera was limited to 720p and a very low bit rate, we've now finally got full 1080p at 60fps in an affordable Nikon camera, which means real slow motion when played back at 24fps or 30fps. The D5200 rarely suffered from moire and aliasing thanks, in part, to a brand new sensor made by Toshiba that was better suited for video. The D5300 may have a slightly improved version of the same sensor with the low pass filter removed (or maybe a brand new one), but video quality should be similar. Check out more of the new features below.

[Update]: Thanks for DLD for finding it, here's a sample video from the Nikon D5300:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGRSialVjY0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc1rcGDXVSM

Here are some of the basic specs:

  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.2" 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
  • 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
  • ISO: 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
  • Active D-Lighting and Built-in HDR
  • Available: November 2013
  • Price: $800 Body Only, $1,400 with 18-140mm lens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHVSFIk6rcQ

This is NOT a sample from the D5300 (I'm currently looking for some right now), but is instead from the D5200. If the quality is anything like this, it's going to be a very good option as a low-cost DSLR:

http://vimeo.com/68834772

They may not be too different on the surface, but the D5200 and D5300 have a few key differences that are big for video people. Obviously the improved low-light performance is a big plus, especially since you no longer absolutely need a full-frame camera just to get quality videos and photos at higher-ISOs. 1080p 60fps is what many Canon users complain about when the company releases a new DSLR, and finally Nikon has beat them to it by introducing it into the D5300. While Sony has been doing 1080p 60fps for some time, Nikon and Canon have both lagged behind -- but it's good to see that with the new EXPEED 4 image processor, the sensor is likely no longer the bottleneck for these kinds of frame rates, and you should be able to take that 60p into post and create some excellent-looking slow motion video.

The other big difference is the fact that the Nikon D5300 lacks an OLPF. This means that there are situations where it may be more prone to aliasing and moire, but it should provide much sharper still images in certain cases. This is not like Canon's cameras which can suffer from extreme moire (except for the higher end DSLRs) -- it seems like it is much more controlled with this sensor and the image processor to the point where you may not come across it except in rare cases. Here is the D7100, which utilizes a similar sensor and also lacks an OLPF just like the new D5300:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUtmWkBinIk

Some of the other new features like WiFi and GPS are interesting, and the camera also lets you control it via a smart phone for still image shooting. It doesn't appear that this will work in video mode. Autofocus should be improved from the previous camera, so it may finally be usable for many more situations. The larger screen is a big step up, and hopefully it will make focusing a little easier. The D5300 may very well have the ability to record the HDMI just like the D5200 did, but whether it will actually be usable or not remains to be seen.

Hardware on the lower-end Nikons prevents changing the aperture during live view (this is because of the way the Nikon lenses are made), but for $800 this should compete fairly well with similarly priced cameras for both photo and video. Nikon has surpassed Canon as far as low-end video quality is concerned, but we'll have to wait and see how moire is controlled with the new D5300.

What do you think?

Links:

[via Nikon Rumors]

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62 Comments

If only it had 120 fps at 720p...

October 18, 2013 at 3:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Chris M

I hope this is sarcasm.....

October 18, 2013 at 4:31PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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jesuan

Why? Fuggin' cell phones have 120fps now...

October 19, 2013 at 4:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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bwhitz

+1

October 19, 2013 at 11:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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If only it had 720 fps at 120p…

October 19, 2013 at 8:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

no way, moire and anti aliasing won't be in video mode due to the lack of an OLPF.
the video is sub sampled and this removes the need for an OLPF for video

October 18, 2013 at 3:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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It is still not as good as the GH2.

October 18, 2013 at 3:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sam Biel

In some ways perhaps like nicer colors and low-light performance it's better.

October 19, 2013 at 5:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Markus

Seems like just about every new camera; makes a nice image. However, the highlight roll off seems to be non-existent. It just clips. Much like a regular old video camera.

And is that their only kit with a lens included? $600 more for the lens? It has a great focal range but what's the f-stop rating?

October 18, 2013 at 4:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nick

October 18, 2013 at 4:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

Plus a cheesy photo/video promo from Nikon's US reps [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzT5GIbHdow ]

October 18, 2013 at 4:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

Wow, you're right. Even robots with no emotion, no enthusiasm, and slow potentiometers could have done a better job.

October 19, 2013 at 8:46AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

Is there ANY ability to MANUALLY CONTROL exposure in Video mode??

October 18, 2013 at 5:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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I don't have experience with it myself, but there are a couple of workarounds. This thread on dvxuser has several workarounds to common issues on a D7100 that may also work on this camera: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?310890-gh3-or-d7100-Have-you-made-this-decision

Ultimately though, if you want to change actual f-stops with these Nikon cameras while in live view mode, you will probably want to use manual lenses with manual iris rings.

October 18, 2013 at 6:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Shenan

You can change ISO while filming. I usually stay wide open with a variable ND. Also, I'm a GH2 user and D5200. D5200 is like its big bro. Have had great luck w/ 720p slomo. Looking forward to 1080p on D5300.
Here's a pretty good stab at a D5200 60p: https://vimeo.com/67956321

October 18, 2013 at 8:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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alan

Since you asked...i think Nikons announcement sucks. How hard is it to implement high bit rate codecs???
With the BMPC and gh3 only a couple hundred more....wtf is nikon thinking? This "new" offering is so 2009 in terms of tech dev. Canon and Nikon are a continual disappointment on the DSLR front.

October 18, 2013 at 5:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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fyi, 60p to me is worthless on this sensor/codec combo

October 18, 2013 at 5:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DSLRs are primarily still cameras first, and video cameras second. If you want to shoot high quality video without the crappy H.264 codec mushing and crushing your details, then you need a dedicated video camera.

October 19, 2013 at 8:58AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

Not always true. The GH3 is great. AVCHD/H264 is not bad when you get into the 50mb/s codecs. Cuts very well with the BMCC. I was showing a 1st AD friend of mine some footage and he actually thought the GH3 was graded Alexa footage... no joke... and he shoots on the Alexa for 90% of his work.

October 19, 2013 at 4:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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bwhitz

I do believe you. I saw the Zacuto shootout that had both cameras in it and they didn't look very different at all. Panasonic knows video. I'm looking forward to the Panasonic 4K camcorder that is due out next month that has the GH3 sensor in it

October 19, 2013 at 5:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

It was the GH2 Hacked, but that's close to a GH3.

October 19, 2013 at 6:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

Completely disappointing. The highlight roll of is disgusting, the codec is piss weak and the inability to control aperture in live view is beyond a joke. If only the Sony mirrorless cams had a half decent image...

October 18, 2013 at 6:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Peter

I think the Panasonic G6 is pretty similar but with the touchscreen and better continuous video autofocus. Nikon will be better in lowlight, for sure.

October 18, 2013 at 6:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Jordi

I own a Nikon d5200, and I can make videos in 60 fps at 1080p.

October 18, 2013 at 6:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nelson

60i only, not 60p, at least not according to the specs at Nikon's website.

October 18, 2013 at 6:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Shenan

no point in getting a DSLR for video when you can just get a GH3 or a bmpcc

October 18, 2013 at 7:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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john jeffries

Or a Panasonic G6! Arguably even better than a GH3, and cheaper too.

October 20, 2013 at 9:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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I don't get why Nikon don't put out a DSLR with a kick ass video mode. Easily they could put out a camera at the $3k price range with a global shutter, RAW output, manual controls ,ect. What do they have to loose?

October 18, 2013 at 7:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Bolex16

My take is that, at this price range, they want to be all things to all people, much like their competitors ... with the exception of the BMD Pocket Cam, which sole raison d'être is a small movie making community fragment. Still, there are a bunch of models coming out just in time for the PhotoPlus in New York, so maybe the production cameras footage unveiled there will be more convincing. And maybe there'll be more announcements to come.
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PS. There was another camera released today - a $999 Fuji X-E2. It's supposed to have a 36 Mbps video, HDMI out, super fast Phase Detect AF, AE bracketing, etc. But, who's got Fuji lenses?

October 18, 2013 at 9:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

DSLRs are primarily still cameras first, and video cameras second. If you want to shoot high quality video without the crappy H.264 codec mushing and crushing your details, then you need a dedicated video camera.

October 19, 2013 at 9:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

That's right. What also has been happening in the photo-video industry is that all the big guns have seemingly held off on improving the higher end - $1,500 and up - segment of the market and instead put a lot of effort in improving the subcompacts and the compacts. That made perfect sense as that is the bread and butter for these manufacturers. Additionally, many are still waiting on the implementation of the HEVC and its derivatives when it comes to 4K. Going off price drops on many existing models, those units should roll out at the CES'14. The announcements will be delayed in order not to spoil the holiday shopping season.

October 19, 2013 at 12:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

I would want the announcements before Christmas. I want a Panasonic 4K with all the latest tech in it for Christmas. :-)

October 19, 2013 at 1:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

You can't get a ton of footage with an announcement!

October 19, 2013 at 9:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

The Panasonic 4K is supposed to be out next month.

October 19, 2013 at 11:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

What I don't understand is why they are comparing different parts of the same goddam image. Why can't they just show the changes on the SAME THING?

October 18, 2013 at 7:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tyler

Nice samples. Nikon has a nice color palette.

I have heard the next Nikon V1 will have 4K video @ at least 30 fps for the full 30 minute limit. The 0.5 and 1.0 second 4K bursts the V1 can do now look very good. The only drawback will continue to be the 30 minute limit. Video from the next V1 is likely to look better than the D5300.

Speaking of 4K I just saw a 4K Sharp tv tonight on display at a Best Buy Magnolia. I also saw tonight Sony has a bare bones 4K tv now for $3500.00. It doesn't have all the buzzers and bells of the 4K tv they released a few months ago, but has the same size screen. The guy at Magnolia said something very interesting. He said 4K movies can fit on a thumb drive, and thumb drives can be plugged into the USB port of 4K tvs. Thus, there is no need to have 4K dvd player to watch 4K movies. Just plug the thumb drive into the tv and click play. :-)
He also said he doubts thumb drive movies will happen since manufacturers will rather build and sell 4K dvd players, and burn 4K movies onto dvds to watch on those 4K dvd players, since they will make much more money that way.

October 19, 2013 at 12:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

Fantastic, as the Nikon D5200 was such an incredibly *GOOD* camera from EOSHD's reviews!

This new one looks very tempting! Although mostly I like the D5300 annoucement myself because this means I hope further price drops for the Nikon D5200 for when I buy it myself ;-) hehe

October 19, 2013 at 5:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Not sure why people are complaining ..... Nikon has not chased the video market as canon has .... They never have and maybe never will. Putting video in a still camera is an evolution..... But it's just that, video in a still camera. You can use it for many things .... I own a d7000 and shot some lovely things with it. Throw a Mattebox on with good ND's and grads and proper support and you will be surprised.
Only thing I wish is that Nikon would make cinema glass or just rehouse their glass for cinema.

October 19, 2013 at 6:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nigel Thompson

The title of this article states this is the First Nikon DSLR with 1080p 60fps, however, the Nikon D7100 would be the first. The D5300 is the second to do this which isn't bad for an $800 camera. I'm just not sure why they gave this feature to this entry level DSLR but not to the Nikon D600 or D800. I'm sure eventually they will add this to updates of those higher end DSLRs.

October 19, 2013 at 9:31AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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The D7100 is 60i (true interlaced).

October 19, 2013 at 10:00AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

Thanks for clarifying.

Looks like Nikon gives the 1920x1080 60i details which I missed. B&H on the other hand just says 1920x1080 60fps.

October 20, 2013 at 3:17AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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"I’m just not sure why they gave this feature to this entry level DSLR but not to the Nikon D600 or D800."

The D4 / D800 / D600 / D610 / D7100 are all powered by Nikon's older Expeed 3 processor. The D5300 is the first camera Nikon has released using it's new Expeed 4 processor. I can't find the specs online, but since it involves technology, I assume a bigger number means it's way faster.

I don't think the Expeed 3 was able to crunch numbers fast enough for 1080p60, while Expeed 4 is.

October 20, 2013 at 2:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Yep, the technology in the D5300 is better. And they will sell a ton of them. B&H will likely be out of stock quite often after they're released. If you want one anytime soon you will need to pre-order.

October 21, 2013 at 6:20AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

I would advise anyone interested in this instead to opt for a GH2. Cheap on EBay and still the best camera under Alexa.

October 19, 2013 at 6:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sam Biel

Your kidding right??? With the price of an Alexa that puts even an F65 under the Alexa which the F65 blows the Alexa out of the water. So your saying the GH2 is better than F5, F55, F65, any of the Reds, D800 and every other camera?

October 19, 2013 at 11:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Why couldn't Sam Biel be serious? According to this very intensive test (http://www.zacuto.com/shootout-revenge-2012) the GH2 beat all those other cameras according to NoFilmSchool readers.

However based on EOSHD's results he has published this year with the Nikon D5200 I expect if the D5300 is at all similar that it will be arguably better than the GH2 in a number of ways.

October 20, 2013 at 9:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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One problem with the results 2012 Zacuto shootout is how Red footage was handled in post. How it was graded in post did not bring out it's best---no where near. It should have looked clearly better than the GH2 hacked. There just is no way a GH is better than a Red, especially now with the Red Dragon 6K.

At the same time, considering its cost, the GH is a wonder camera.

October 20, 2013 at 12:02PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

That Zacuto test was a joke of a test. Controlled lighting as we saw even makes an iPhone look good. I dont put any weight in it no matter how many special guests they get to comment on it. I'd rather see them go outside to different locations and different times of day. Say 10 cameras, 10 people, all framing up and hitting record at the same time. You could knock it all off in a day. Then lets see how an iPhone holds highlights and skin tones with the sun behind a models head... The only thing it did prove was how well you can make any camera look good in controlled light. That aspect was very interesting.

October 20, 2013 at 5:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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fugggggg yeahhhhhhh

October 19, 2013 at 8:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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alex

My two cents, I own the D5200 and it's a great camera. True, having to come out of live view to change aperture is a pain, and I highly doubt that's remedied with the D5300. I agree the added 1080@60p is significant, as well as, the OLPF removal, and higher res screen, however, if I had to do it over I'd definitely opt for the D7100. Why? The biggest being it will meter a fully manual lens and the D5200 will not, and again, I highly doubt the D5300 will meter a fully manual lens either. A fully manual lens is the work around to the live view aperture fiasco, but if the camera doesn't have the capability of metering that, it just further cripples the camera. Yeah, I know, half the time the camera meter isn't accurate to begin with, but it's just nice to have some sort of reference.

October 20, 2013 at 8:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Steve M.

Agreed, the D7100 is still a great camera. It does lack some out of the box features people still want though... flip-out screen, built-in GPS, and Wi-Fi. For the D7100 a GP-1A GPS Unit is another $280 and a WU-1a is another $50. The D5300, with flip-out screen, built-in GPS, and Wi-Fi, will be $350 cheaper than the D7100 and I think that will help them sell a lot of them.

October 21, 2013 at 6:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

In the D7100's defense, no other cameras in that price or above have flip-out screens...

October 21, 2013 at 11:58AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Pat

You don't need in-camera aperture metering if you can physically look at the lens and see what your aperture is.

October 21, 2013 at 11:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Pat

I'm not talking about that, metering, meaning at whatever aperture you set, the camera meters that and tells you what it thinks your exposure is at, either over exposed or under exposed.

October 22, 2013 at 1:29AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Steve M.

Nikon DSLR camera offers connectivity solution like WiFi and GPS sounds interesting check this out for more info http://www.techyclick.com/nikon-dslr-camera-with-wi-fi/ or visit Techyclick

October 21, 2013 at 6:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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That sample video looks terrible, and it looks exactly the same as my nikon d3100, a camera I bought after being a highly regarded entry dslr. This footage shows no detail, weak and blown out footage. And also, if this has the same autofocus speed and noise as my nikon, you may as well forget video. I once filmed a beach, and the sand lost so much colour information it was mainly rainbowed pixels artifacting in big blobs all over the place.

Avoid.

October 21, 2013 at 7:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Bloodude

If you want to shoot high quality video without the crappy H.264 codec mushing details and sapping color, then you need a dedicated video camera not a DSLR.

October 22, 2013 at 7:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

i checked the new Nikon D5300 it has some interesting stuff i assume that Wifi + GPS what else would you need ^^

October 22, 2013 at 7:29AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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October 25, 2013 at 11:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Wot? No 4k...pass.

December 1, 2013 at 7:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Skeptikal

My Nikon D5300’s video:
Full HD / 50p
https://vimeo.com/80950052

Full HD / 25p
https://vimeo.com/81285954

December 8, 2013 at 4:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Attila Abonyi

You guys need to get "Hands On".
Unfortunatly "Specs" and Price are what sell Cameras

I've had my D5300 for almost two weeks now.
So far I have only found one thing that might have been better about the D5000-5200.
When the LCD was retated tall the text was right side up.
This is a list of things that are better on the D5300:

Better quality and sharper Large, Fine JPEGs.
However you will need to view them at 100% with a High Quality/ High Definition Monitor to see the real difference.

Huge improvement in Quality at High ISO.
The D5300 images at 12,800 look much better than the D5000-52000 at 1,600 ISO images taken in low light.

Huge improvement in Monitor
Larger, brighter and higher resolution image for taking and reviewing Stills and Videos

The 10 minute (due to file size limited by FAT 32) 1080P 60 Videos are very sharp and smooth.
The ISO 12,800 recordings are better than my D800 at 6400.
Even when reduced to HDMI our 1080P 29.97 fps for extended external recording with a Ninja II,
they show far less Artifacts and slightly higher quality.

I would like to start my list of firmware updates now.
support for exFAT file system
29.9 minutes of 1080P 60 recording
all buttons programable
And, what ever it takes to make Manual Mode for Video more easy to implement.

So far, I am experiencing a far better Photographic experience than I expected with this camera.
I will be testing ISO 25,600 Still and Videos tomorrow at the Aquarium.

December 9, 2013 at 2:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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