Nikon D3300 review

Overall, the D3300 comes up with many more extras than negatives--it's a good little digital camera whether trading up or bouncing in for the first time.

When the annual Gadgets Show opened on January six in Las Vegas, Nikon watchers might be excused if their attention was concentrated at the top of the DSLR line: Nikon’s flagship D4 had just already been superseded by the virtually identical-appearing D4s.

Also announced on January 6th was the D3300, Nikon’s entry-level product which at first blush appears virtually similar to the D3200. However , just as with the actual D4/D4s, the D3300 picks up the sensor that may be different from the D3200 (dimensions are slightly different and more considerably there is no anti-aliasing filter in the D3300) along with an EXPEED 4 processor chip. The new camera also gains an extra ISO step at the high end from the spectrum, a 1080/60p (or 50p) video capability and an additional framework per second on the continuous capturing rate.

Apart from the aforementioned changes, the particular D3300 comes in almost an oz lighter than the older camera along with slightly different dimensions: 4. 9 by 3. 9 x 3 ins versus 5 x 3. eight x 3. 1 inches for your D3200. Both cameras share APS-C sized sensors at 24. two megapixels of resolution-the sensor constitutes a 1 . 5x crop factor in thirty-five mm equivalents. That resolution allows for a few fairly aggressive cropping while nevertheless retaining excellent image quality: here is an original shot at 20 back button 13. 3 inches and three hundred dots per inch along with a good 18 x 12 inch plants at 240 dots per ". Both images will make excellent images that are virtually indistinguishable.

Fully suitable for Nikon AF-S/AF-I lenses and teleconverters, the D3300 accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory space media in a single card slot. The actual camera is available in red, black, or even gray bodies in kit contact form, paired with a newly designed and more small AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3. 5-5. 6G VR II contact lens. Here’s a look at both ends in the focal length of the kit lens.

MSRP is $650 with at least one trustworthy Internet vendor discounting it all the way in which down to $647 as this is written. Nikon includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery as well as charger, A/V cable, rubber eyecup, camera strap, body cap, imprinted user’s manual and View NX2 software with each camera. A good optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Joindre can take advantage of Wi-Fi connectivity with regard to instant uploading of images and videos to some smart device for easy spreading through social networks. Users can also distantly control the D3300 using their intelligent device as a remote “Live View” monitor.

Build And Design

Outwardly, the D3300 appears a digital twin to the D3200, with some minor contour changes to the body and a small relocation of a couple buttons within the rear of the camera. The overall style is what you expect from a modern DIGITAL SLR, which is to say a rounded rectangle-shaped form with a prominent handgrip and also protruding pentaprism/built-in flash housing located atop the body. Body construction is actually of composite materials with a metal zoom lens mount and Nikon has was able to shave nearly 1 ounce associated with body weight compared to the D3200, apparently with the inclusion of carbon fiber. The digicam is manufactured in Thailand and components, fit and finish appear commensurate using the price point.

Ergonomics and Controls
The particular D3300 positions itself toward small end of the DSLR size range and folks with large hands could find it a bit small in use. Along with my average size hands, the small finger of my right hands has nowhere to go except snuggle under the camera body when handholding; my right index finger drops naturally onto the shutter switch between the first and middle important joints, requiring a conscious repositioning in order to merge the fingertip with the shutter release button. There is ample room between handgrip and lens barrel/base on the camera for handholding with the package lens; I also shot the photographic camera with Nikon 105 mm macro, 70-200, 50 and 10. five mm fisheye lenses handheld without any problems. With the kit lens on-ship the D3300 is a light along with pleasant walking around setup (along together with shorter lenses such as the 50 and also the 10. 5); longer and weightier lenses like the 105 and 70-200 tend to produce a somewhat nose weighty combination owing to the camera body’s light weight.

Controls on the D3300 is going to be easily recognizable to any Nikon consumer and particularly someone used to typically the D3200. The upper right of the video camera body features the mode switch; movie-record, information, and aperture/exposure payment buttons along with the combination power on/off and shutter button.

The cameras back includes the 3 inch keep track of with replay, menu, enlarge, assist and information buttons arrayed vertically to be able to its left. To the monitor’s correct are a live view button, multiple selector, release mode and remove buttons, also arrayed vertically. Top of the right rear of the body homes the command dial and AE-L/AF-L button; a diopter adjustment manage sits adjacent to the viewfinder. Adobe flash deployment and function buttons are located slightly below the flash housing on the top left side of the camera body, surrounding the lens mount.

Depending on the taking pictures mode, the info button on the dslr camera back can provide access to camera configurations such as image quality and dimension, white balance, flash, ISO, concentrate mode, autofocus area mode, metering mode, flash compensation, and publicity compensation. The full range of options comes in the manual or semiautomatic settings, but limited in fully automated or scene modes.

Menus in addition to Modes
Menus in the D3300 tend to be simple and short, in keeping with the camera’s entry-level DSLR status: a two-page playback menu, two-page shooting menus, four page setup menu, 3 page retouch menu and three-page recent settings menu. Some menu products may not be available depending on shooting setting.

The retouch menu is fairly extensive and offers a number of tools for picture manipulation, such as D-lighting, redeye modification, RAW processing, resizing, quick retouch, distortion control and movie modifying. Here’s a look at a backlit photo of a meerkat along with the same chance after “quick retouch” applied within camera.

The View NX2 software supplied with the camera also contains a internet browser, movie editor, RAW converter, D-lighting and image adjustments including direct exposure compensation, white balance, picture handle, sharpness, contrast, brightness, highlight safety, shadow protection, color booster, any crop tool, straighten tool, car redeye, axial color aberration plus auto lateral color aberration.

Capturing modes are what you would expect from your entry-level DSLR, combining fully programmed “point and shoot” type choices including scenes and a guide function along with more traditional manual and semiautomatic settings.

Auto-a fully automatic method with the camera determining the majority of options; user has inputs to graphic quality and size, flash procedure, focus mode and autofocus region mode.
Auto, flash disabled-fully auto mode identical to auto except for no flash capability.
Guide-a guide mode offering instruction/suggestions on firing, viewing or deleting images, retouching images, and camera set up. Whilst not a shooting mode in the most stringent sense, the shooting menu may guide users to camera setups for capturing certain types of pictures.
Scenes-fully automatic mode with the surveillance camera optimizing settings for particular topics; the mode dial provides symbols for portrait, landscape, child, sports activities, close-up and night portrait alternatives. User inputs are limited and could vary depending on the particular scene selected.
Effects-fully automatic mode with the digital camera applying special effects as determined by the consumer; rotation of the command dial can easily call up night vision, super brilliant, pop, photo illustration, color draw, toy camera effect, miniature impact, selective color, silhouette, high crucial, low key, HDR painting or perhaps easy panorama effects. User advices are limited and may vary based on the effect chosen.
Program auto-automatic style with the camera setting aperture and even shutter speed; user has a wide selection of inputs and can vary the aperture/shutter settings originally selected by the digicam by rotation of the command call.
Aperture priority-user sets aperture, photographic camera sets shutter speed and customer has a wide variety of inputs.
Shutter priority-user sets shutter speed, camera models aperture and user has a variety of inputs.
Manual-user sets shutter pace and aperture and has a wide variety of terme conseillé.
Movie-NTSC mode: capture video in 1920 x 1080 60p; 1920 x 1080 30p; 1920 times 1080 24p; 1280 x 720 60p; 640 x 424 30p. PAL mode: 1920 x 1080 50p; 1920 x 1080 25p; 1920 x 1080 24p; 1280 x 720 50p; 640 a 424 25p. Maximum movie quality is 4 GB; maximum full HD/high movie quality length at sixty or 50p is 10 minutes or maybe 20 minutes at normal film quality. H. 264/MPEG-4 Advanced Movie Coding, linear PCM audio. The stereo microphone jack is supplied.

The 3-inch monitor will be fixed, has a 921, 000 us dot composition, is adjustable for eleven settings of brightness and offers some sort of 160 degree viewing angle. Being a common problem with most camera monitors, external use in bright conditions could be hard for image capture/composition or evaluation. Frame coverage is not specified however appears to be approximately 100%.

The viewfinder offers. 85x magnification and 95% frame coverage-the latter figure which means that there will be some materials/subjects slipping on to the edges of the frame which are not apparent through the viewfinder. There is a diopter adjustment to accommodate varying levels of vision and overall the viewfinder had been pleasant to use in both bright inside dim conditions.