What Does Rangefinder Do on Nikon 5300? – Everything You Need to Know & More

Nikon D5300 is used with or without a rangefinder  This camera is very good for beginners because it has many features such as autofocus, flash, and self-timer.

In this article, we will answer a common question among rangefinder enthusiasts what does a rangefinder do on Nikon 5300?

Without further ado, let’s get started

What Does Rangefinder do on Nikon 5300?

A rangefinder allows Nikon 5300 to focus the lenses at specific distances from the subject. This feature is useful for taking photos of faraway objects or landscapes.

How to Focus Manually on Your Nikon D5300?

Even the most sophisticated autofocus motors sometimes get confused by certain subjects, so they take longer than usual to focus.

Some common causes for blurry photos include animals behind fences, reflective surfaces, water, and low-contrast subjects. Autofocusing systems are less reliable in low light conditions, but an AF-assist lamp usually helps them.

If you encounter a situation where autofocusing doesn’t work, switching to manual focus is easier and quicker.

To get the best results, follow the manual-focusing steps below:

Adjust the Viewfinder to Your Eyesight.

If you haven’t yet adjusted the viewfinder setting, take a quick peek at the viewfinder lens and adjust the little dial near its upper right-handed corner.

While doing so, the viewfinders’ data and the AF-areas become sharper or blurrier. Set the lens and the camera to manual focusing.

Step 1: Turn off autofocus by moving the focus method switch on the lens to manual mode. Usually, the switch is labeled M or MF.

Step 2: Set the focus manually by selecting Manual (MF) from the menu.

If you’re using the 18-140mm kit zoom or some other compatible lenses, you don’t need to manually change the focus mode from AF to MF.

Select a Focus Point

When using manual focusing, look through the view­finder and press the Multi Selector up, down, left, or right until the subject you want to focus on appears in red.

For two reasons, choosing a focal point is still a good idea.

1. Feedback

First, even if you’re manually adjusting the focus, the camera provides some visual cues to let you know whether you’ve got the right focus. Those visual cues are based on the chosen focal points.

2. Exposure

Secondly, exposure is based on a single focus area if you use spot meter mode.

Step 1: Frame your shot so that your subject falls within the selected focus zone.

Step 2: Press the shutter button halfway to initiate exposure metering.

Step 3: Turn the focusing ring on the camera until the subject comes into focus.

If the camera thinks that the subject is focused, the green light in the lower left corner of the viewfinder illuminates.

After pressing the shutter button halfway down, press it completely to take the picture.

Manual Focusing Aid

With manual focusing, you can use an external viewfinders’ exposure indicator to check if the lens is focused correctly. If you want to use a range finder instead, you can use its similar, metered display to check if the lens has been properly focused.

  • The focus is set on the subject if the bar appears to the left of the zero.
  • If the bars are to the left, as in the bottom example, the focal point is slightly ahead of the subject.

The further away from zero you look, the worse your focusing accuracy becomes. As you turn the focusing ring, the camera adjusts itself to keep you focused on the subject. You’re ready to shoot if there are two bars on either side of the zero line.

what does rangefinder do on nikon 5300

What Does Rangefinder Do on Nikon 5300?

Nikon D5300 Review

The Nikon D53000 is a new entry-level DSLR that offers an impressively large set of features for a low cost.


  • It is a new digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera without an optical low-pass filer.
  • It can record Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p with stereo sound
  • It has built-in Wi-fi and GPS.
  • Its large 3.2-inch screen allows for easy composition from awkward angles, while its wide ISO range (100-25600) should be able to handle almost any lighting condition.


  • 5 fps burst mode
  • A 39-points autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors
  • A 2,016-pixels RGB metering
  • HDR mode
  • Active D-Lighting

Other Features

The Nikon D5350 replaces the year-old Nikon D5200 as the next generation mid-range camera in Nikon’s extensive DSLRs lineup, slotting in between the current D3200 and D4 series cameras, not only in features and functionality but also in its physical dimensions and weight.

Compared to its predecessor, the new D5300 is slightly larger and heavier than the D5200, but not by much.

The right-handed camera position is deep and therefore quite comfy for people with big hands and/or long fingers, and there’s a handy rubberized thumb rest on the back of the camera.


The D7000’s 24.2-megapixels CMOS sensors have been replaced by a 24.3-megapixel one without an optical low-pass filter. It promises to deliver slightly better images than its predecessor.

The sensor can be cleaned by shaking off any non-adherent dust particles that may have accumulated on its low-pass filter during an exchange of lenses.

You can choose, via an option in Setup, whether you’d like sensor cleaning to occur at shutdown, startup, or both, with the latter being the most common setting.

Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity

It’s the first Nikon DSLR camera to feature built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities instead of requiring an external accessory for these features.

Wi-Fi Function

The Wi-Fi function basically pairs the camera with an iPhone or Android phone or another smart device and lets you shoot photos and videos directly to social networking websites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

You can also use the D5300’s wireless mobile utility app to control the camera remotely from a smartphone or tablet by setting the focusing point using its touch screen.

GPS Connectivity

The built-in camera’s GPS/A-Gps system records location data such as latitude, longi­tude, and altitud­e in the photo’s EXIF data, whether or not the camera is turned on, allowing you to retrac­e your steps even if you aren’t taking pictures.


The 18-55 f/3.5- 5.6 kit lens that Nikon provided for the Nikon D5300 felt fairly well balanced when used with the camera and it fits into place with a satisfying mechanical click. It also added the very important benefit of vibration reduction.

Image Stabilization

If you’re looking for an entry-level DSLR camera, the Nikon D3300 offers some nice features at a low price. However, it doesn’t include a built-in IS (In-Camera Stabilizer), which means you’ll need to invest in a decent zoom kit.

Shutter Release

The Nikon D5300 has a surprisingly quiet, damped-mirrored release action that helps make this camera even quieter than some rangefinders.

Additionally, there is a Quiet Mode, where the mirror is raised at a slower rate to further reduce its noise.

However, this does introduce some slight delay between pressing the button and when the camera actually takes the picture.

Front Rear

Shooting Mode Dial

The Nikon D53000 has a conventional DSLR design in that it has a mode dial on the top for selecting between different advanced settings like manual, aperture- or shutter-prioritization, or scene mode.

Exposure Compensation Button

The exposure compensation button is placed next to the shutter release so that you don’t accidentally change the settings when taking pictures.

Press this button with your right finger and rotate the dial on the top rear of your camera with your left hand to change its setting – easy and intuitive.

Effects Shooting Mode

Shooting Mode has been improved by adding nine new filter effects for still photos and videos.

Night Vision Effect

The night vision effect is particularly noteworthy, pushing the sensor’s maximum ISO setting to 102,400, although an 8MP black and white rather than a color image is recorded.

Live View Mode

To take photos for still images, you can either use Live View mode to preview them before taking them or just use the optical viewfinder (OVF).

The camera sets virtually every setting in the Effects mode – Exposure, Shutter Speed, White Balance, ISO, File Format, and Quality so it’s only creative when it comes to applying an artistic effect.


The second button located next to the shutter release button is labeled ‘information’ (or sometimes ‘i’). It’s arguably at the core of the camera’s ease of use.

Enter the info button – pressing it displays virtually all of the camera’s main settings on the large rear screen. Pressing the “i” button on the rear of the D5300 then allows you to interact with and set the onscreen options, with 14 available in total.

LCD Screen

The rear articulated LCD display is hinged at the sides rather than the bottom. It allows the screen to fold out from the left side and fold in towards the body for protection when not in use.

It has a slightly larger screen than the D5200, which has 1,024k dots, but otherwise, there’s nothing to complain about.

It has an anti-glaring coating so that it’s usable most of the day outside in bright sunlight, but it still struggles a bit with reflections.


If you are looking for a camera that is easy to operate, Nikon 5300 is the one for you.

If you have any more questions, feel free to comment below.


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