This feature-packed DSLR from Nikon will give you amazing lifelike family photos, enabling you to enlarge or crop them without any loss of detail—a feat not possible with most smartphones and lesser cameras. Paired with Tamron’s SP 24–70mm lens—which offers the versatility to capture group portraits and, with a twist of the wrist, zoom in for beautiful close-ups—this compact combo is perfect for preserving family memories.
Tamron’s full-size, high-speed standard zoom lens is equipped with VC (vibration compensation) image stabilization and USD (ultrasonic silent drive), so even when shooting in low light with a slow shutter speed, you’ll get sharp, crisp photos. And its rounded diaphragm will allow you to capture professional-looking portraits with the subject in sharp focus against an artistically blurred background. With a minimum focus distance of 15 inches and moisture-resistant construction, this lens will go where no smartphone dares. Tamron’s SP 24–70mm retails for $1,299. tamron.com
The Nikon D5300 is compact yet incredibly capable, giving you an easy entry into DSLR photography. Offering the benefits of performance and image quality no smartphone can compete with, it provides the versatility of built-in wireless connectivity. The camera combines a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, fast image processing and Wi-Fi for instant sharing to a smartphone or tablet, giving you the power to take both frame-worthy and share-worthy photos and videos. Pair that with any Nikkor lens, and your memories can be preserved in lifelike brilliance.
When capturing memorable moments, from family portraits to candid shots, the D5300 offers crisp detail and truer, richer color. Its intuitive features are designed to help you shoot confidently, even in challenging low light. Covering an ISO sensitivity range of 100–12,800, which is expandable to ISO 25,600, you’ll be able to capture everything from outdoor nighttime scenes to dimly lit restaurants.
To further help you get the image you envision, the D5300 features Nikon’s 2,016-pixel RGB metering system and scene recognition system that analyzes the scene, adjusting exposure, autofocus and white balance to deliver the best photo possible. And its 39-point autofocus system will accurately track your subjects throughout the frame. Kids too active to pose for a photo, or pets chasing after a toy? Not a problem for the D5300, which also boasts a five-frames-per-second burst speed.
The D5300 provides other features to promote creativity, including a 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD monitor that lets you explore new shots from a dramatic point of view—whether shooting above a crowd or getting low to capture the details of a flower. And its super-sharp screen allows you easily to make camera adjustments and read menus while composing the photo. The rotating LCD also lets you capture selfies at an arm’s length away.
In addition, the D5300 records cinematic-looking Full HD 1080p video at 60p with stereo sound that’s fit for the big screen. While recording, you can take advantage of the camera’s wide ISO range, ability to softly blur backgrounds, and improved full-time autofocus to keep subjects sharp.
Plus, with the D5300’s retouch menu, you can crop and apply filters or effects right in the camera—no additional software or app needed—then instantly send your edited shots to your smartphone or tablet. You can make a single vivid color pop in a black-and-white photo, turn a landscape into a toy model, shoot portraits that look like paintings, make your D5300 behave like a toy camera. Or make use of its picture controls, with standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait and landscape settings that customize the look of your photos and videos.
Once you have the photo or video you want to share, the D5300 will transfer them to your smart device, so you can send your DSLR-quality memories through e-mail or upload them to social media. The D5300’s Wi-Fi capability can be used with an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch or Android device with Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility app. The camera also includes built-in GPS, which will geotag images and allow others to see where life has taken you.
The Nikon D5300, which is available in black, red, and gray versions, is $749.95 body only. It also comes in a kit with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–140mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR lens for $1,049.95. nikonusa.com