Nikon D3300: A Fast Budget DSLR Camera
The Nikon D3300 is an improvement over its predecessor, the Nikon D3200, delivering better photo quality and performance. This time it has a 1080/60p video resolution, an improved beginner’s guide, and more compact body. Here is a rundown of its specs and features.
This is Nikon D3300’s strongest suit, with most photos appearing sharper due to its 24-MP resolution and anti-aliasing-filter-free sensor, making this camera stand up against the competition. If you set the ISO to 3200, JPEG and RAW images appear with less noise compared to the D3200. If you change the ISO to 400, you will still get clean JPEG images. Meanwhile, setting the ISO to 6400 will provide you photos with less-bright colors but still very usable. As for video quality, colors appear precise with sufficient shadow detail and recoverable highlight.
The D3300 is a fast camera to shoot with, faster than its predecessor and many of its rivals. It can take about 0.4 seconds to focus and shoot in optimal light while it’s 0.6 seconds in poor light, making it a decent camera performance-wise. If you equip it with an SD card with 95 MB/sec, it can deliver a remarkable 5.1 fps burst.
The D3300’s body is similar to the D3200. It is light and comes with a comfortable grip. Situated on top of the grip are the shutter button and power switch, with the record, exposure compensation, and info display buttons behind.
The crowd mode provides a variety of manual, semi-manual, and automatic modes, coupled with an Effects mode and Guide mode. When it comes to the Guide mode, it comes in two operations – Easy and Advanced. The former will provide you access to a range of options while the latter will give you instructions for the correct settings for your preferred scenario and then enable you to change them yourself.
There’s also a configurable Fn button that allows you to adjust the image quality, white balance, ISO sensitivity, and Active D-Lighting settings – all of these can be easily accessed through your left thumb.
At the back, you will find several buttons including Menu, review, zoom in/out, and the i, which will give you a list of most used settings, below the left side. Nikon modified the multi-selector navigation control so that its users can perform diagonal movements which are important when choosing an autofocus point.
As for the D3300’s SD card slot, it is now situated in a more accessible location on the grip side, in contrast to the battery compartment. The camera still retains the interactive display, with its adjustment options now showing up below the settings, making them more accessible.