2014 was an amazing year for photographers and the niche of photography in extension with the release of a new addition to the long list of Nikon cameras with their D3300. It particularly impressed with its collapsible VR II F3.5-5.6 18-55mm lens. While it may not allow shooting of 4K videos or provide a typically curved LCD, it does however properly represent Nikon’s next generation entry-level DSLR series which is in itself significant.

The delight of having the camera such as the 3.0-inch LCD D3300 lays in the fact that its characteristic high-resolution sensor is well capable of capturing every fine detail allowing it to brush shoulders’ with only the advanced and exorbitant class of cameras. And with this, it gets better.

Nikon D3300 Features

  • DX format 24.2 MP (APS-C) sensor.
  • Expeed 4-processor.
  • 3.0-inch LCD (921k-dot).
  • Video: 1080/60p HD.
  • Continuous shooting: 5 fps.
  • Battery life: 700 shot.

The Expeed 4-process characteristic of the D3300 is the key factor in this model leapfrogging its predecessor, the D3200. The new model receives a boost by including an enhanced video recording (1080/60p), higher ISO spanning to an exclusive 12800 (25600 with expansion) and an added frame/second with respect to burst mode.

Nikon D3300 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • 24-megapixel APS-C sensor is one of the best in its class.
  • Well-balanced, Light body.
  • Smooth and detailed video recording (1080/60p HD).
  • Easy to use.
  • Exceptional battery life (700 shots).

Cons:

  • High image noise levels.
  • Its manual focusing using kit lens is awkward.
  • Lacks inbuilt Wi-Fi.
  • Costly.

Nikon D3300 Competition

With respect to other DSLRs series entry-level cameras, the D3300 by Nikon boasts a stronger collection of features with some of them evidently missing from its competitor’s portfolios. For one, it holds the top spot with respect to resolution having the highest compared to other models in its distinct class.

Moreover, it also features an exclusive video recording of 1080/60p video not to forget a battery life of 700 shots. With these three eminent features, Nixon D3300 makes a significant statement. Additionally, considering its optical viewfinder 95 % coverage-although slightly behind the 100 % OVF as exhibited by the Pentax K-500-, dependable AF (11 points) system plus a burst rate of 5fps, this camera makes quite a strong force.

Nonetheless, even with a considerably strong feature-set display against the competition, this camera is not the sole sheriff parading the town anymore. APS-C mirror-less entry-level cameras have gradually been cutting on pricing but bulking in feature-set. For quite a considerable amount lesser than the price market of the D3300, the X-A1 by Fujifilm features inbuilt Wi-Fi, tilting LCD plus twin control dials. Likewise, Samsung NX2000 comes with Wi-Fi, fluid touch-screen and an assortment of better connectivity features. And even though there are several issues with the build quality of the A3000 by Sony, it provides a 20MP high-resolution complimented by an inbuilt electronic viewfinder but at a fairly lower price!

What’s more, the majority of the competing models are quite small which is among the most important criteria camera shoppers take into consideration. Overall, while the D3300 offers amazing features, it still lags behind when it comes to screen flexibility and Wi-Fi provision among other features playing second fiddle to lower priced cameras.

The Verdict

A clear-cut yet powerful camera, the D3300 presents a superb balance between typical entry-level DSLR requirements of simplicity and quality. It is not devoid of drawbacks, most outstandingly that it finds it difficult to maintain clean images where sensitivities are high. Even so, the price is reasonably fair for a camera that does quite a variety of things spot on.

The D3300 even with the arrival of the Nikon D3400 in the DSLR series remains a favorite pick. Why? Just take into account that it produces exceptionally great images with 24MP, comes with a remarkable battery life not to mention the impressive collection of accessories and lenses to back it up. Simply put its current excellent value and the Nixon D3300 is simply difficult to beat.

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