Summary: The Nikon D3300 is an excellent DLSR camera for beginners. It offers a great price coupled with excellent image quality that won't hold you back as you progress as a photographer. Despite lacking several features, the D3300 is incredibly versatile and one of the best values on the market.
Pros: This camera features exceptional video and still-image quality.
Cons: It lacks additional features, such as an articulating LCD screen.
Nikon D3300 review: Great entry-level DSLR, but priced on the higher side
16 May 2014
Summary: Nikon D3300 is an impressive entry level DSLR. The 24MP sensor not only allows you to crop details, but also keep the noise level lower when you crank up the ISO settings. Till ISO 3200, you get a good output, which is great considering this is an entry level DSLR. Handling is great, although we would have liked to see a dedicated ISO button. The presence of Guide mode is also a nice touch especially for beginners.
Excerpt: At CES 2014, Nikon announced the D3300, an entry-level "HD-SLR" packed with features and technologies from the company's more professional models. The D3000 includes a 24.2 megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS image sensor that does have an optical low pass filter (OLPF). Removing the OLPF boosts resolution and image sharpness.
Summary: The Nikon D3300 is an entry-level DSLR with an impressive spec list, including a 24 megapixel sensor and 1080/60p HD video recording. It provides the right level of controls for a beginner, offers a number of in-camera retouch options, and boasts excellent battery life.
Pros: 24 megapixel APS-C sensor is one of the best in its class, Light, well-balanced body, Detailed, smooth 1080/60p HD video, Customizable Fn button allows for direct access to ISO or white balance, Rear command dial makes shooting in P, A and S modes easy, Raw files offer ample room for corrections including tone curve adjustments, Excellent battery life - CIPA rated 700 shots
Cons: Rear command dial can't be used with 'info' menu change settings more quickly, Useful settings like Auto ISO on/off and Active D-Lighting buried in camera menu, Can't change aperture while live view is engaged, Auto mode continues to use very slow shutter speeds with flash turned off, Movie mode poorly thought-out and integrated, Slow auto focus in live view, Some misfires with in-camera panorama
Summary: Nikon and Canon have long dominated the entry-level portion of the DSLR market with plenty of strong interchangeable lens camera options, so when these two manufacturers offer new models into this segment of the market, photographers will always pay attention. Nikon's latest entry into the low end of the DSLR market is the D3300, which Nikon calls an HD-SLR camera.
Pros: Image quality is above average versus others in price range, Good starting price versus comparable models, Fast performer when using viewfinder, Can use as a fully automatic camera or in manual mode, A bit smaller and lighter than other entry-level DSLRs
Cons: No "extra" features like touch screen display or built-in Wi-Fi, Movie controls are very limited, D3300's popup flash must be opened manually; doesn't open automatically as needed, When shooting in Live View mode, camera's performance slows, Resolution choices are very limited
Conclusion: Like the older D3200, the new Nikon D3300 easily earns our recommendation. Image quality is excellent and videos have taken a nice step forward. We still have to knock Nikon for the mono sound in 2014 and asking people to pay another $60 for Wi-Fi via an adapter. Yet, all in all, Nikon’s new entry-level DSLR is a good one and a much better option than Canon’s most affordable model.
Pros: Excellent stills, Easy to use, Improved video quality
Summary: Conclusion Nikon's refreshing the entry level end of its DSLR line may not coax a lot of current D3200 owners to trade up, but it won't be because the D3300 isn't a fine little camera. On its face the changes are modest: a later generation processor, different sensor with the same resolution and lacking an anti-aliasing filter, one step increases in ISO sensitivity and continuous shooting rate along with a 60p/50p full HD video capability to complement the more standard...
Pros: Light and compact platform, Good still and video image quality, Good ISO performance, 5 fps continuous shooting rate
Cons: Automatic video autofocus only average, Wi-Fi optional, not built-in, Built-in flash will overheat and shut down with continuous usage