In 2014, Nikon brought the newest member of its entry-level Nikon DSLR, D3300. As the newest one of the class, The D3300 with a collapsible 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR II lens did not make a breakthrough in techniques, but this camera was designed to be the friendliest DSLR cameras for the beginners.
This time Nikon was tried to improve the optical sharpness of the products, so the low pass filter was removed from D3300, which makes the 24.2 MP sensor be able to capture every possible details. The D3300 also features for the newest EXPEED 4 processor, which improves ISO sensitive to an impressive maximum of 25,600, and the 5fps-shooting rate is also very impressive for the entry-level DSLRs. No built-in WIFI, which means if you want to share the picture right after shooting, you should spent an extra money for the available WU-1a adaptor.
The D3300 has a plastic shell which is seemingly a little frailish, but gives its weight to only 430g, which makes D3300 can be comfortably carried for a long time. A sculpted hand grip and a wide thumb rest on the back, makes the camera feel well balanced and easy to be held. The command dial has a quick response, while combines with the Fn button make it feels a nice control with your fingers. The D3300 gives the user a simple and straightforward shooting experience. Without complex settings, the D3300 is a pick-up-and-go DSLR, the default controls can cover almost all the beginners’ needs, and a number of features allow the users to get the effects they want right in the camera without having any post-processing softwares. Also Nikon takes the user of the D3300 into consider, which may be the beginner of DLSRs, so an ‘?’ function on each setting, can be toggled to provide guide to the settings, which can help beginners to get along with the DSLRs. The 1080/60p video spec has the maximum clip record time to 20 minutes, and at its highest resolution and 60p framerate, the D3300 produces a very good and detailed video, despite in low lighting conditions, the video details seem a little drop off. The D3300 has a impressively long battery life compare to its rivals, The Nikon’s EN-EL14a battery provides a life of 700 shot per charge, which can field a day-long shooting without a problem and only need a recharge under 2 hours for a depleted cameras.
Overall, the D3300 products great images with its 24Mp image processor. The settings of ISO 100 to ISO 400 are indistinguishable from each other, until ISO 800 the noise starts to show up while the images are still very clean. By ISO 6400 the fastest setting of 12300 the JPEGs are already full of noise but raw files only show some grained luminance noise that allows even ISO 1,800 setting to produce printable results. The JPEGs are soft at the default settings, which can be sharpen in the after software, like Adobe Photoshop, but the RAW image can presents more details the 24Mp sensor can capture. The night photograph was excellent, with a Bulb mode to extend the shutter speed to any length, gives the you a joy of night photography.
For most of the comments in Amazon, users were highly recommend the D3300 as a first DSLR for the beginners. Most of the users found the D3300 was easy to get along with, and relied on a high resolution, the image quality was perfect, but still some were complained about the bad focus of the movie, which may lead to a blur in video.
The Nikon’s products are always not the cheapest on in the class, D3300 is a little pricier, compared to its predecessor D3200, or the latest entry-level DSLR of Canon, the 1200D, but with the highest resolution and reliable qualities, the D3300 still a good product for the beginners who preferred more of the image quality than a budget.
The highest resolution in the entry -level DSLRs, 1080/60p video and 700 shot battery life, those three features makes Nikon D3300 a strong competitor in its class. Also consider its good optical viewfinder coverage, sensitive AF system and the speedy 5 fps burst rate makes the D3300 more outstanding in the entry-level form. The D3300 is design to be the camera that can give the beginners all the tools they need and obvious the D3300 has fulfilled its task. Good for: The D3300 is an ideal choice for the travel, family, and the beginners who can get access to complex settings.
|Auto Focus Points||11||Sensor Size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Maximun Shutter Speed||1/4000||Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Maximum ISO||25600||Viewfinder Coverage||95|
|Shoots per battery||700||Build in Flash||Yes|
|Build in WIFI||No||Video Recording||Yes|
|Articulated LCD Screen||No||Live view mode||Yes|
|Memory Card Slot||1||Microphone||Yes|
|GPS Tagging Capability||Yes||Environmentally sealed||No|
|Weight||430 g||Dimensions||124 mm x 98 mm x 76 mm|
|Date First Available||2015-06-25||Country Code||JP|
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