Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300 is a new Entry-Level DSLR Camera that unveiled on Jan 07 2014. This camera announced to replace the D3200 and offer better performance for the previous model. It features 24.2 Mp DX-Format CMOS Sensor, EXPEED 4 Image Processor, No Optical Low-Pass Filter, 3.0″ 921k-Dot LCD Monitor, Full HD 1080p Video Recording, 11-Point Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor, Expandable ISO 25600 and 5 fps Shooting. It also offers Easy Panorama Mode and Guide Mode includes Compatible with WU-1a Wireless Adapter. This camera is expected available on the market in February 2014. Our review will be posted as soon as after finish.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Although the Nikon D3300 has a design that is smaller and lighter than previous models plus a powerful and modern features, the camera remains in the category Entry-Level class is intended for beginners or amateur photographers. D3300′s body is made from magnesium alloy that is great quality and strong enough to keep all the components in the camera. Meanwhile, for those of you who are familiar with the Entry-Level Nikon camera, this camera has a control that is familiar to use because it is the same as the D3100 and D3200.

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At the top, you can find the full shooting mode dial with options modes like P, S, A, M, Effects, and others. There is also a Shutter button, Info, Video Recorder, and Aperture button. All the buttons are very easy to access and use with your forefinger. Meanwhile, the Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR II lens has a new design that is smaller than before making the camera appear slimmer and of course make it lighter.

On the back, you’ll find a 3.0-inch screen with various control buttons are located on the right and left of the screen. On the right side of the screen you will find the buttons like Auto Bracketing the top right, Live View, Navigate, Ok, setting the shutter mode and Delete key. While on the left side of the screen, you will find the buttons such as Play, Menu, Zoom in / out, and i button.

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Meanwhile, for connectivity and ease of transferring photos and video, the Nikon D3300 has been equipped with connectivity features like HDMI Output, Audio Input, Hi-speed USB, Video Output. The connectivity features are the main thing that is needed the user to transfer files to a variety of compatible devices. However, there are features that are not less interesting is that this camera has been compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Adapter that allows you to transfer files to the smartphone with WiFi connectivity without using the USB cable.

Overall, the Nikon D3300 has a sturdy design and light body with a very easy control to use for users, especially amateur photographers. So no doubt this camera called Entry-Level camera that is perfect for beginners who are looking for a capable DSLR cameras and modern.

Performance & Image Quality

Speaking about the performance of the Nikon D3300, this camera is equipped with a DX-format CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 24.2-megapixels and combined with the latest EXPEED 4 Images Processor to produce high quality images. Thanks to the combination of sensor and processor, the D3300 is capable of producing more detailed images, richer dynamic range, accurate color, even in dim shooting situations. The sensor on this camera has also been designed without an optical low-pass filter to improve the sharpness and detail in the resulting image.

Example photos: 1/320 sec, f/2.2, ISO400, 50mm f/1.8 at 75 mm (35mm format), (Credit: Nikon at Flickr)

Example photos: 1/320 sec, f/2.2, ISO400, 50mm f/1.8 at 75 mm (35mm format), (Credit: Nikon at Flickr)

In addition, the EXPEED 4 Images Processor is also capable of supporting continuous shooting images quickly (High-speed Continuous Shooting) up to 5fps. So you do not have to worry about missed precious moments even though the subject moves quickly. Another improvement is the range of ISO 100-12800 that can be increased up to ISO 25600 which helps users to shoot high-quality images in low-light situations.

Not only that, by utilizing the 11-Point Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor, this camera will make sure you get sharper images with precise focus and fast. Coupled with 13 special effects including Easy Panorama and Toy Camera that lets you get exceptional images at once express your creativity.

In the video recording mode, D3300 can record Full HD 1920 x 1080p video in multiple frame rate of 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, and 24 fps. The video can be saved in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264. During video recording, you can use a full-time autofocus is supported by face detection and subject tracking to make sure you get sharper images on a variety of different subjects. In addition, you can also add an external microphone on the camera to get a better sound quality.

Should I buy the camera?

Nikon D3300 is expected to go on sale in February of this year. For a beginner, this camera is an Entry-Level DSLR with the best current performance and the ability to produce excellent images. In addition, the features also made this camera is superior than other DSLR which may be more expensive. If you use D3200, you probably should not be too rush to upgrade to the D3300 because the price is slightly more expensive and also not very different from the previous camera.

Rating: ★★★★½

Specifications

Imaging

Lens Mount Nikon F

Camera Format DX / (1.5x Crop Factor)

Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel, Effective: 24.2 Megapixel

Max Resolution 24MP: 6000 x 4000

Aspect Ratio 3:2

Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.2 x 15.4 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: Linear PCM

Bit Depth 12-bit

Dust Reduction System Yes

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Full-time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M)

Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 11

Viewfinder/Display

Viewfinder Type Pentamirror

Viewfinder Coverage 95%

Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.85x

Diopter Adjustment – 1.7 to +0.5 m

Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen LCD (921,000)

Diagonal Angle of View 160.0°

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity 100-12800 (High Sensitivity Mode: 100-25600)

Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec

Mirror Lock-Up Yes

Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
+ Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0
+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade

Flash

Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction

Built-in Flash Yes

Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 sec

Flash Compensation -1 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

Dedicated Flash System iTTL

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe

AV Recording

Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

File Size
+ 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
+ 1280 x 720p (HD)
+ 640 x 424p (SD)

Aspect Ratio 16:9

Frame Rate
@ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
@ 640 x 424: 30 fps, 25 fps

Focus Auto, Manual, Continuous Auto

Continuous Shooting Time
1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps: 20 min.

Audio Recording
+ Built-in Mic: With Video, Mono
+ Optional External Mic: With Video

Performance

Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps

Self Timer 20 sec, 10 sec, 5 sec, 2 sec

Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Capable Yes (with Optional Transmitter)

Power

Battery 1x EN-EL14A Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1230mAh

AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Optional)

Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 – 85%

Dimension & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0″ / 124.0 x 98.0 x 75.5 mm

Weight 15.17 oz / 430 g body only

Video Reviews

Review Video By What Digital Camera

Review Video By ArtoftheImage

Review Video By Jared Polin

Sample Photos

Nikon D3300 Sample Photos

- Nikon D3300 Sample Photos @ Flickr

User Manual

Nikon D3300 User Manual (PDF)

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Coming soon..

Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon D3300.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆


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