About is file size and frame rate. These things are quite important because they will decide the quality of the videos that you shoot. This camera is pretty good – it’ll shoot 1080p which is full HD and it will also shoot 720p which is standard HD – both of which are perfectly acceptable for social media platforms. In order to make those changes we go again into Video Tab 2 and find Movie Recording Size. If we press on that option then we get four choices. Depending on whether you’ve chosen NTSC or PAL, you maximum rates will be either 60fps or 50fps.
When you’re shooting stills with the Canon 1300D you have lots of choices. They’re all on the Mode Dial and they go from entirely manual to semi-automatic and then to entirely automatic options In most of these Modes the camera is trying to get the best exposure for the stills that you’re shooting within the given parameters that you have presented to it. With movies it’s different. You have two options – you can either shoot Automatic or you can shoot Manual. With Automatic in the movie setting the camera will try to get the best possible exposure for you and in many cases it works very well, so I would suggest that initially at least you shoot in Automatic just to get a feel for how the camera works and you don’t have to worry then about the exposure because the camera will do the best it can for you. However, if you want to go into Manual there are different ways of changing the various parameters for Manual that are different to the way that you would do that for stills. In the Menu, Movie Exposure is in Video Tab 1 and you get the two options, Auto or Manual. If you choose to go into Manual then you have much more control over the settings that you can have. You will see that you have options for setting the Shutter Speed for setting the Aperture and for setting the ISO. For the Shutter Speed, rotate Main Dial. By depressing the AV button here and rotating that Main Dial you can change the Aperture. The ISO is changed by pressing the flash button and rotating the Main Dial.
The Canon 1300D does not have an external microphone socket. It just has an internal microphone, so sound can be a bit limited with this camera. But if you go into Menus and on Shooting Tab 2, the second one down is Sound Recording and you can set that to one of three options. You can have either Auto, Manual or Disabled. I would argue against disabling it entirely because sometimes it’s useful to have sound, even if you don’t intend to use it in the final cut. Auto is not bad but it will try to pick up as much sound as possible and you may not want that – you may not want the ambient sound. Manual is not too bad provided you’re reasonably close to the source of sound. There is a decibel bar going across the bottom and, as with most cameras, the objective is to try to peak on about 12. In terms of its recording in itself it’s actually pretty good, so I wouldn’t be adverse to using the internal microphone, you just have to be a little bit careful.
The next couple of options that we are going to look at are in Video Tab 3 and it may seem that they’re less important than other options, but they do affect the way that your video looks and so they are worth checking out. If we go to Video Tab 3 then at the bottom is the Picture Style option. These are the same options that you get with stills and you can choose to have Vivid or Sepia or many other options and some of them are set so that they bring out the best qualities for portrait and landscape. With video it tends to be better to try and shoot video as flat as possible and so the best option to start with is neutral and so you should always set that to neutral for video until you make the decision that you want to change the Picture Style and shoot something differently. The one just above that in Video Tab 3 is Custom White Balance. It’s very important for shooting videos because if you start moving around and shooting things in different light then the one stable element – the one constant – will be the white balance.
Cleaning the lens
This is the first step to keeping the camera in good condition. Camera lenses are expensive accessories that need to be taken care of. A very soft cloth must be used to clean the surface of the lens to avoid scratches. Only use products that are specifically made for lens cleaning; never use a tissue or the bottom of your shirt to wipe the lens. It is better to stick to cleaning materials that are recommended by the manufacturer. These are available in a reliable camera shop or photography establishment.
Always make some time to clean the lens using a lens cleaning solution and special cleaning tissues. Make it a habit to apply the solution on the cleaning tissue instead of pouring it directly on the lens. This is to ensure that the solution does not drip inside the camera parts.
Cleaning the body of the camera
After cleaning the lens, work on the body of the camera using a soft dry cloth. Use a blower brush to remove grime in hard to reach parts. Never blow on your camera with your mouth; doing so will result to moisture accumulation and will be harder to clean.
Cleaning the filter on mirror lockup
There are times when tiny dust particles get trapped on the low pass filter covering the image sensor. When this happens, it is a must that you clean the filter as the dust will be seen in the images when they are left in there. You have to be extra careful when cleaning the filter for it is a very delicate part.
Although the process may sound tricky, you can do it at home. First, you have to set the camera on mirror lock. Ensure that the battery has full power to make it last till you are done cleaning the filter. This is to avoid the closing of the mirror when the battery goes dead while you are in the process of cleaning the filter.
Remove the lens of the camera. Make sure that a blower is nearby to blow off the dust. Go to the set up menu, select the mirror lock up option then follow the instructions displayed on the screen. The mirror will not close when you press the shutter release button. It will only close when the camera is switched off or loses power. Look for dirt that is clogging the filter by holding the camera under a bright light. If you see the dirt, turn the device downwards and use the blower to remove the dirt. Never touch the filter nor try to clean it with a cloth. If the dirt cannot be removed by blowing, you are left with no option but to bring the camera to a service station.
Throughout this Nikon D5300 DSLR we have noticed that many of the features it has have been carried over from its predecessor. One example of this is the 39 point AF system. This is a great feature that keen photographers are happy to see is still present. The 9 cross type AF points alongside 3D focus tracking is great for those looking to take single shots of moving people, animals and objects without blurring.
The camera features a photographing rate of 5 frames per second and uses the 1016 pixel set up to give excellent exposure in many conditions combined with the well-known scene recognition system.
New to the D5300 us the build in receiver for Wi-Fi which allows you to send the images straight to a recipient device such as phone or tablet. The Wi-Fi also lets the user control the camera from their device by using their device which saves money on buying additional gear for remote shots.
The Nikon D5300 DSLR camera review has shown significant improvement to its predecessors sensor. The resolution has been kept the same at 24.4MP but the anti-alias filter has been removed. This allows a better clarity and sharpness level and covers a bigger ISO range of 100-12800!
The final improvement worth mentioning is the LCD screen. It has been expanded in size to reach 3.2 inches for better viewing and a higher resolution of 1037k-dots. It doesn’t have a touchscreen facility as with some newer models, however is still easy enough to use by those that have previous experience but want to upgrade.
- The Wi-Fi being built in has been a godsend to users allowing them to control their camera remotely and send pictures straight to their devices.
- The quality has not been compromised giving users durability that they can rely in in different settings.
- A decent shooting range even when using continuously.
- The 2.5mm mic socket is not for everyone, but there are adaptions that can be bought to use other equipment alongside it.
- The kit lenses are not of the same quality of the more expensive kind, but are still more than enough for most photographers
This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera review has shown the camera to be an excellent upgrade for those looking to excel from entry level. With enough functions for improvement and learning to take place, without the confusion of some of the more expensive cameras filled with more functions that you would know what to do with. The new app and wi-fi function brings the camera up to date and allows the use of remote photography without the need to buy additional equipment.
Read the manual. I know this is not fun… but actually, it kinda is. Try it!Visual learner? Hit YouTube. There are LOADS of videos on your new camera I’m certain. Surely you will learn all kinds of new stuff about your new gear there.Pick up a book that specifically your new camera. I own these two for my bodies.
- David Busch’s Nikon D800
- David Busch’s Nikon D4
After you have a good grasp of how your camera operates get out and shoot. Assign yourself some basic assignments. Create a list of photography projects that you have a specific interest in. Make sure you set a time frame and limit as well. Set deadlines. I have no idea why, but it makes all the difference. Join and participate in photography forums and especially ones that will offer member feedback and critiques. Get some think skin, and take the harsh comments for what they are. Submit your best work to photography contests. You can literally do this everyday and not run out of contests to submit to. Ask friends and family to let you give them a “professional” photo session. Take them out to a local, scenic location, preferably in late afternoon.
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