I have recently bought one in new condition (barely opened with carton, warranty, receipt and all) from Tradera. Nice camera ... I have previously owned the Nikon D3100 and D7000. I have actually not been able to try it yet when I did not buy an objective. But I have read about specifications, reviews, known and clipped on it. I've been in the settings as well as googled around on photos taken with a little different lens in slightly different price ranges and the D5300. I dare to say that it is a little better than the D7000 image. The reason that the D5300 delivers better images is since it has better ISO numbers and newer optics.
I would consider it a find for the money especially if you, like me, get something unused on Tradera. What I miss most is probably the weatherproofing, the D7000 had a much more qualitative outer cover. The D5300 feels more plastic. I can not really decide if the plastic feels like that or of good quality. It feels like a hard balance. It supports more or less useful things like Wi-Fi and non-D3100 microphones.
For someone who is a professional photographer, I would think it is substandard, whether you're a serious wedding photographer, a freelance newspaper photographer or fashion photographer at a high (or low) level. This is definitely no professional camera.
My uses are:
- Create unique photos for my blogs, which I earn a few thousand pieces occasionally but want to live on.
- Family pictures for digital use as well as photo interpretation and print. Thinking spontaneously of images in social contexts, on journeys or portraits.
- Product photos to Tradera, Blocket and Facebook. I sell my own possessions sometimes and my partner has sales in their local furniture store in smaller towns. She is using her mobile camera now so it can be a lift.
I have read IT for 5 years at Stockholm University. I'm definitely "technical" of me. I lack the skills and ability to fully use a D7000 with the best flash. I can use it and take pictures but do not configure the settings correctly before each occasion. I have high demands on my pictures and can eg manipulate images on a basic level in Photoshop CC. I think the D3100 does not live up to my requirements and expectations and therefore I do not want anything a little more hot. Then the D5300 or another Nikon D5000 camera is perfect for me.
EDIT: I was able to mention what lens I intended to acquire.
I've been thinking: Sigma 17-50 / 2.8 EX DC OS HSM for Nikon
The reason is mainly that I want a bright lens if I take night shots. Nikon's bright lens can cost over 13,000. This takes almost equivalent pictures at a lower price, but you sacrifice for example. quality, durability, zoom and flexibility. But that's OK for me. First of all, I do not usually zoom as much as I mostly take pictures on fixed objects or people. Then I usually just get a little closer. The camera housing is in the same cheap plastic, so the copy matches the external building quality quite well anyway.
Otherwise: Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105 / 3.5-5.6 G ED VR
If I had not considered Sigma, I'd considered my old Nikon lens that is affordable. There was also a kit lens for the D7000. One should not underestimate the kit lens. Better kit lens can actually be quite nice allround zoom.