Nikon D3300 Review: the 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3300 is 30% smaller and 25% lighter than the Nikon D3200. Find out how it performs in our Nikon D3300 review video.
The change in size comes largely from the Nikon D3300 18-55mm VRII kit lens, which offers a retracting barrel.
Like its other recent new DSLR launches, Nikon has removed the optical low pass filter from the Nikon D3300, which should help the camera capture finer details.
Other key features of the Nikon D3300 include a native ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable up to ISO 25,600, an EXPEED 4 processing engine, 5fps continuous shooting, an 11-point AF system with a cross-type sensor in the centre and a 420-pixel RGB metering sensor with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System.
Here, Amy Davies of our testing team finds out how this new Nikon DSLR performs in her Nikon D3300 review video
Hi, I’m Amy Davies from Future Publishing’s photography portfolio and I’m here today to take a look at the Nikon D3300.
This camera is the newest entry-level model from Nikon, and is the second to use a monocoque construction – that is, it’s made from a single piece of material making it both stronger and lighter than the Nikon D3200.
Nikon has reduced very slightly the overall size of the Nikon D3300 compared with the Nikon D3200, but what makes the biggest difference is the new collapsible 18-55mm kit lens. If we place the two cameras next to each other, you can really see the difference.
This lens collapses down to a much smaller size than the previous version, making it easier to fit in a bag. Before you use the camera you’ll need to press this button and twist the lens outwards, making initial start-up somewhat slower than other cameras. You can of course leave the lens extended though.
There are relatively few buttons on the Nikon D3300, with much of the control taking place via the screen. It’s a shame therefore that this three-inch, 921,000 dot device isn’t touch sensitive. It’s also not tilting or articulating, making it harder to use when shooting from awkward angles.
The user interface has been revamped for the Nikon D3300, giving it a cleaner look. The camera now displays three circles which represent shutter speed, aperture and sensitivity (ISO). These displays change as you alter settings using the scrolling dials or buttons, and the aperture display opens and closes as you open and close the aperture.
This dial on the back of the camera is used for altering the aperture or shutter speed, depending on the mode you’re shooting in. When in fully manual mode and you need to control both, holding down this exposure compensation button while scrolling the dial enables you to switch between the two parameters.
A sort of quick menu is accessed on the Nikon D3300 by pressing a button labelled “i” on the back of the camera.
While holding this down, use the directional keys to travel to a setting you want to change, such as white balance, and then press OK to bring up the different options available to you. Unfortunately, this menu isn’t customisable, so if there’s something on this menu you rarely use, you’re stuck with it.
There is also a function button near the lens mount. By default, holding this down will allow you to quickly change the ISO, but you can change this to control a couple of other settings if you prefer.
Changing the AF point is very simple. All you’ll need to do is press the directional arrow keys to move around to the point you need. AF speeds when using the viewfinder are pretty quick, but it’s worth noting that if you’re using Live View, speeds are reduced.
As the Nikon D3300 is an SLR, the viewfinder is optical and offers a 95% field of view. While it is bright and clear, not showing 100% of the scene means that there is a chance of something appearing in the final image that you didn’t notice in composition. With a large resolution though, cropping out of any of those mistakes shouldn’t lead to a major reduction in quality.
Although the Nikon D3300 has the same pixel count as the Nikon D3200, the sensor is different and it has no optical low pass filter removed, which we’ve found has had a positive impact on detail reproduction.
We have been impressed with the image quality straight from the camera, with bright punchy colours and excellent detail reproduction as we had hoped for. Although noise isn’t particularly problematic, the camera favours detail reproduction over noise reduction.