Nikon D3300 review

Nikon D3300 review

Nikon D3300 Review: Build and handling

Nikon D3300 Review: Build and handling

Nikon has slightly reduced the size of the camera compared with the D3200, but placing the two side by side doesn’t reveal too dramatic a difference.

The grip is still deep and comfortable to hold, with the textured grip making it feel particularly secure in the hand.

The NIkon D3300 has a pleasingly modern appearance. The high-res screen gives the display beautifully rounded edges and shows the interface’s colours well.

When shooting, the camera displays three circles to represent shutter speed, aperture and sensitivity (ISO).

These displays change as you adjust settings using the scrolling dial or buttons; the most obvious is the aperture circle, which closes and opens to represent the aperture blades adjusting.

A dial on the back of the camera is used for altering the aperture or shutter speed, depending on the mode you’re shooting in.

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When in Manual mode, and needing to control both functions, you’ll have to hold down the exposure compensation button while scrolling the dial to switch between the two parameters.

There aren’t a huge number of buttons on the D3300, which is unsurprising for an entry-level camera.

On the top plate you’ll find a mode dial for switching between exposure modes, such as fully automatic, Aperture Priority and the newly-incorporated Effects mode.

Also on the top plate you’ll find the exposure compensation button (for use in automatic and semi-automatic modes) and an info button, which helpfully turns off the rear display, preventing it from being a distraction while using the viewfinder.

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A quick menu is accessed by pressing a button labelled ‘i’ on the back of the camera. After it has been pressed, use the directional keys to travel to a setting you want to change – such as white balance, 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’s also a function button near the lens mount, which allows you to quickly change the sensitivity. You can change it to a couple of other options if you prefer, but the choice isn’t huge – which again is a shame.

Changing the AF point is simple. All you need to do is press the directional keys to move around the point you need.

As the central AF point is cross-type, it is more sensitive than the others, so you may find it beneficial to focus and recompose in certain situations, or if you’re just aiming for speed.

The viewfinder is optical and offers a 95% field of view. While it is bright and clear, not being 100% means that there is a chance of something appearing in the final image that you didn’t notice in composition.

Fortunately, with such a high pixel count, if you need to crop an image later, overall image quality shouldn’t drop too much.

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