Nikon D3300 review

Nikon D3300 review

Nikon D3300 Review: Performance

Nikon D3300 Review: Performance

All images by Amy Davies. Click on the image to view the larger version.

The big difference between the Nikon D3300 vs the D3200 is the removal of the anti-aliasing filter, which improves detail resolution. Zooming in to 100% reveals very fine details.

We’ve not found any examples of moiré patterning when shooting stills either, suggesting Nikon’s claim that removing the filter presents less of a problem for high-pixel-count cameras is accurate.

With such a high pixel count (24 million), there comes the increased chance of noise appearing in images. Like the D3200, the D3300 handles low-light, high-sensitivity situations well.

Noise only really starts to become apparent when shooting at ISO 3,200 or above; even then it’s acceptable, or certainly preferable to a blurred or missed shot.

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Nikon D3300 Review: low light

In the majority of shooting conditions, all purpose metering does a good job of producing accurate exposures.

The camera can get a little confused if you’re shooting something with high contrast.

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Switching to spot metering, or dialling in some exposure compensation helps to reduce this if the camera is struggling.

Similarly, the white balance system is impressive, managing to produce accurate colours even while shooting indoors.

Shooting under normal household artificial light produces images that are close to accurate, hardly erring towards warm tones at all, which is excellent to see in a beginner camera.

Nikon D3300 Review: our best images

Autofocusing speeds are pretty quick, especially in daylight or well-lit conditions. It’s rare for the kit lens to hunt around to acquire focus, and rarer still for it to present a false confirmation of focus.

Speeds drop a little in lower-light conditions, but it’s only when it’s extremely dark that the lens struggles to focus at all.

It’s worth bearing in mind that focusing speeds drop significantly when using Live View, so its use is only really recommended if you’re shooting something stationary, or 
if you’re shooting from an awkward angle and can’t manage to compose using the viewfinder.

Nikon D3300 Review: Lab Results

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Nikon D3300 Review: Features and Video review
Nikon D3300 Review: Build and handling
Nikon D3300 Review: Performance
Nikon D3300 Review: Verdict
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