Don’t be fooled by the entry-level status of the Nikon D3300. With a 24.2-million-pixel sensor and no anti-aliasing filter, the diminutive DSLR has ideas far above its station. Richard Sibley finds out just how good this £500 DSLR really is. Read the Nikon D3300 review...

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White balance and colour

Image: In standard colour mode, the Nikon D3300 produces good colours

Any Nikon user will be familiar with the colours produced by the D3300. On the whole, the auto white balance (AWB) setting works well, and can be relied upon for most types of scene. However, it is worth switching to daylight or shade when shooting in woodland, as AWB can neutralise colours a little too much.

Of the various colour settings, the vivid mode works particularly well on the green spectrum. On an overcast day it did well to lift dull green grass, and it really brought out deep purple and amber colours in some landscape images. To get the best from the setting, my preference is to turn down the contrast just a notch to add a touch more realism without losing much colour.

In its standard setting the colours look natural and perfectly suitable for printing, or to act as a good starting point for more advanced colour editing.

  1. 1. Nikon D3300 at a glance:
  2. 2. AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5.5.6G VR II kit lens
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Dynamic range
  7. 7. White balance and colour
  8. 8. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Viewfinder, live view and video
  10. 10. The competition
  11. 11. Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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