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How To Use The Nikon D5300 (Step-by-step guide)

Are you interested in learning how to use the Nikon D5300? If so, your in luck. In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you set up before shooting with this camera.

So, without further ado, let’s begin.

 

How To Use The Nikon D5300 — Setting Up The Camera

Before powering up the camera, there are some things you need to do. First you need to put the battery into the camera. Simply open up the compartment at the bottom of the camera and insert the battery.

Next you need to put your memory card into the camera. As you advance in photography, you can get higher-end cards. Any standard SD card will do for now.

You also need to attach you lens to the camera. All you need to do is line up the lens with your camera, and lock it in place by turning it.

Once you have completed these steps, you can power up the camera by turning the switch next to the shutter button.

If you want to take a picture, all you need to do is look through the viewfinder to get your composition, and then press the shutter button.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D5300 — How To Shoot Videos

If you would like to shoot a video, flip out the D5300’s tilting screen. After that, push the dial next to the mode wheel to switch to Live View mode.

In this mode, the camera’s mirror flips out of the way. This gives you the ability to monitor the feed from your LCD screen.

To start recording, press the record button next to the shutter button. Press the button again to stop recording.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D5300 — Reviewing Your Photos

When you’ve finished taking a picture, you can view it by pressing the Play button above the directional buttons. You can scroll by pressing the directional buttons on the camera. You can also zoom in and out of your photos by pressing the magnifying glass button.

To delete a photo, all you need to do is select the image and press the button with the trash can icon.

 

If you would like a more graphic explanation, please refer to the video below.

 

How To Use The Nikon D5300 — Camera Modes

 AUTO mode

In this mode, the camera handles all the settings for you. This is the most ideal option for those starting out in photography.

 S – shutter priority mode

This mode gives you the ability to set the shutter speed by yourself, while the camera handles other settings.

 A – aperture priority mode

Using the command dial, you can control the aperture by yoursekf, while the camera sets the shutter speed.

P – program mode

In this mode the camera sets the aperture and shutter speed, but still gives you the ability to tweak a few settings.

 M – manual mode

This mode gives you full control over the shutter speed and aperture. The camera will notify you if the exposure is off, but won’t stop you.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D5300 — Menu System

To access the D5300’s menu, simply press the menu button at the top left of the camera. Once you are in the main menu, you’ll notice other sub-menus such as…

PLAYBACK menu

In this menu, you have the option of reviewing your images, rotating them, playing them as a slide-show, etc.

SHOOTING menu

In the shooting menu you can change the size and quality of your images. You can also set your white balance, picture control, customize movie settings, and change ISO settings.

CUSTOM SETTINGS menu

In this menu, you can customize things like autofocus, exposure, shooting/display, bracketing/flash, timers/AE lock, and controls.

SETUP menu

This is menu is the easiest to customize. In the SETUP menu, you can format your memory card, lock the camera’s mirror for cleaning, clean the image sensor, control flicker reduction.

You can also set the language, time/date, location data, remote control, HDMI, video mode, and control Wi-Fi

 

How To Use The Nikon D5300 — Frequently Asked Questions

What lenses are compatible with the Nikon D5300?

Here are the Nikon D5300’s compatible lenses…

Normal lenses

Sigma EX 17-50mm f/2,8 DC OS HSM
Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG HSM
Sigma EX 30mm f/1,4 DC HSM
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G VR II
Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1,8 G
Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4 DC HSM OS Macro
Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC HSM Macro
Sigma 18-125mm f/3,8-5,6 DC OS HSM
Sigma EX 50mm f/1,4 DG HSM
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD IF
Nikon AF-S 24-85mm f/3,5-4,5 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,4 G
Sigma 18-50mm f/2,8-4,5 DC OS HSM
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD IF VC
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2,8 XR Di Macro
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,8 G SE
Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2,8 G ED Micro
Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR

Macro lenses

Nikon AF-S DX 85mm f/3,5 G ED Micro VR
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2,8 Di Macro
Sigma EX 150mm f/2,8 DG OS HSM APO Macro
Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2,8 G ED Micro

Telephoto lenses

Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6,3 DG APO OS HSM
Sigma EX 70-200mm f/2,8 APO HSM DG Macro
Sigma EX 50-150mm f/2,8 II DC APO HSM
Tamron AF SP 70-300mm f/4-5,6 Di VC USD
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2,8 Di Macro
Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4,5-5,6 G ED VR
Sigma EX 70-200mm f/2,8 II APO HSM DG Macro
Tamron AF 70-200/2,8 LD IF Di Macro
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG OS
Sigma EX 150mm f/2,8 DG OS HSM APO Macro
Sigma EX 50-150mm f/2,8 DC APO HSM
Nikon AF-S DX 85mm f/3,5 G ED Micro VR
Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5,6 DC OS HSM

Wide angle lenses

Sigma 8-16mm f/4,5-5,6 DC HSM
Sigma EX 10-20mm f/3,5 DC HSM
Sigma 18-35mm f/1,8 DC HSM Art
Sigma EX 4,5mm f/2,8 DC HSM Fisheye
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2,8 PRO FX
Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II
Sigma EX 10mm f/2,8 DC HSM Fisheye
Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1,8 G ED
Nikon AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3,5-4,5 G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4 G IF-ED

Superzoom lenses

Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 II DC OS HSM
Sigma 18-250mm f/3,5-6,3 DC OS HSM
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD IF Macro
Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 DC
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 DC OS HSM
Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3,5-6,3 XR Di VC
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC PZD
Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR II

*You can get these lenses at Amazon.com

 

Does the Nikon D5300 have a touch screen?

The Nikon D5300’s LCD screen has no touch capabilities. You can only use the D-pad to navigate through the menus and options.

 

Is the Nikon D5300 good for beginners?

The Nikon D5300 is a great camera for those starting out in photography. It’s known as a camera for beginners who want to take their photography to the next level. This camera has all the features you need to capture great images.

The Nikon D5300 is also a good camera price wise. It’s fairly affordable and is a great option for beginners.

 

Conclusion

That brings us to the end of this article. If you just got the Nikon D5300 and don’t know your way around the camera, this guide will help you.

Hope you found this helpful. If you would like to see a comparison between the D5300 and another camera, Click here to check out our Sony a6000 vs Nikon D5300 comparison.