The Bottom Line
If you are one of the beginning photographers who is looking a DSLR camera with a variety of strong interchangeable lens camera options, you cannot help ignoring the two biggest manufacturers: Canon and Nikon. These two famous manufacturers always get your attention for the newly released models.
Meanwhile, the D3300 camera is the latest model introduce by Nikon for the low end of the DSLR market. Nikon call this camera an HD-SLR one. Beside the ability to record full HD movies, I cannot say exactly why Nikon calls it an HD-SLR camera. Therefore, I just simply mention it as a DSLR for prevent you from confusion).
With a very reasonable price, this camera is a strong model over the market. The large image sensor and a very high 24-plus MP resolutions are the things that make this camera attractive. Besides, the image quality is extremely great with this camera. Therefore, if you are considering a camera for producing great image quality and including certain add-on bells and whistles, the D3300 is exactly the one for you.
However, I hesitate to give it top rating because there still remain some drawbacks. There is no touch capabilities with the LCD screen and this is not an articulated one. You cannot find Wi-Fi option as well. In cases you use the Live View mode to frame photos instead of using the viewfinder, the camera performs a little bit slowly. Despite being called an HD-SLR, there are not many manual controls for you to make adjustments in recording movies.
As a DSLR camera for beginners, this is a really nice option. However, you are expecting more than just a camera for shooting still images and photographers want to have the add-ons, this D3300 many not meet your requirements.
Overview of the Nikon D3300 DSLR camera
- Resolution: 24.2 megapixels
- Optical zoom: N/A (uses interchangeable lenses)
- LCD: 3.0-inch, 921,000 pixels
- Maximum image size: 6000 x 4000 pixels
- Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
- Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0 inches
- Weight: 15.1 ounces (no battery and memory card)
- Image sensor: CMOS APS-C sensor (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
- Movie mode: Full HD 1080p (60fps)
- Good starting price compared to the prices of competing models
- You can use both the fully automatic camera setting or the manual mode
- The performance is fast when you use the viewfinder
- Image quality is a bit better than that of other cameras of the same price range
- A bit smaller and more lightweight than other DSLRs for beginners
- There is no built-in Wi-Fi or touch screen display
- There is limitation for controlling the movies
- D3300’s popup flash doesn’t open automatically as needed. It must be opened manually
- The performance is slow when you use the live view mode
- You don’t have many resolution choices
Detail Review of the Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera
The image quality is amazingly great with the Nikon D3300 camera. Actually, its strongest aspect is the capacity to shoot photos of high quality in many different lighting situations. It is the large 24.2 MP resolution and the APS-C sized image sensor which helps creating the outstanding image quality. In terms of the image quality, the incredibly sharp images produced with the D3300 outperform others of almost all current competitors. Beside, large prints can be easily made with the photos taken by this camera.
There are not many aspect ratios or different resolutions that you can select with this camera. There are just three resolution settings and only one 4:3 aspect ratio. In cases that you want to make some adjustments on the images, for example, resizing them to make small version for sharing via social networks, just the available in-camera editing features can help. Or you may have to use the image-editing software, which is not really convenient.
There are many advanced shooting modes which are more suitable for photographers with certain experiences. And for the less experience ones, they can easily take nice photos with the fully automatic mode. With this mode, the image quality of the photos is very good, so beginners shall be very happy to use this camera.
You won’t now have to concern about the noise with the D3300. In cases that you don’t like to use the available pop-up flash unit, the external flash can be applied. In general, the basic flash photography is great with this camera.
You may don’t have many manual controls during the time of recording the videos. However, you can find the HD movie mode with the high quality.
For different shooting modes, you will see different performance levels of the Nikon D3300.
The performance of the Nikon D3300 camera is extremely fast for the situations in which you use the viewfinder. You shall not have to worry about the Shutter lag. Even the delays from shot to shot have been minimized with this camera. However, if you use the Live View mode to frame your photos, you will have to encounter a slightly slow performance. This is in fact a little bit annoying. As usual, this Live View mode always has to be applied when you use this DSLR to record movies. Therefore, you should prepare yourself for some certain delays.
The battery life is ok with the Nikon D3300. The lifespan of the D3300 battery can be extremely extended by mainly shooting photos with using the viewfinder.
The design of the D3300 looks like a common DSLR camera. There are many controlling buttons and dials as well as an easy-to-hold right-hand grip with this camera. Despite not being as large as a typical DSLR camera, the D3300 is still larger than the Canon SL1.
Nikon chose not to give this model an articulated display screen or touch screen capabilities, which is a bit of a disappointment. There’s also no built-in Wi-Fi capability, although you can purchase a wireless adapter that attaches to the hot shoe. The lack of these extra features will disappoint some photographers who have grown used to having them available in many point and shoot cameras, but by leaving those features out Nikon was able to keep this camera’s price low.
One interesting design aspect of the software used to run the Nikon D3300 camera is the inclusion of the Guide mode. Through this mode beginners can easily figure out what settings they want to use and then make changes to those settings, which makes it more helpful than a simple set of Help screens. Because the D3300’s menu structure isn’t organized particularly well, some photographers may find that using the Guide mode is easier than digging through Nikon’s various menus.