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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Viewfinder, live view and video

One of the changes made to the D3300 is a slightly higher-specification viewfinder compared to its predecessor. Although the viewfinder in the new camera still offers the same 95% coverage as the older DSLR, it has been improved to produce a 0.85x magnification image, compared to the 0.78x image of the D3200.

Although I didn’t have a D3200 at hand to make a direct comparison, the viewfinder of the D3300 does seem to be a little larger than usual, although it still doesn’t come anywhere close to the size of looking through the viewfinder of a 35mm full-frame camera.

Overall, the viewfinder is bright and clear, and I found I could just about manually focus, although it was useful having the focus indicator lighting up in the viewfinder when the AF system judged I had focused correctly.

Although the 921,000-dot screen of the D3300 is the same as that on the D3200, it does represent a significant jump leap forward for D3100 users, as that camera only has a 230,000-dot display. The screen is bright and clear with a good level of contrast, and I was able to view images outside in relatively bright sunshine.

For an entry-level DSLR, the D3300 has a decent range of options for videographers. Movie footage is saved as .MOV files using H.264 MPEG-4 compression. Not only can 1920×1080-pixel progressive footage be captured at up to 60fps, but HDMI out for playback and a 3.5mm microphone jack are also included. An external microphone should prove useful as the built-in mic only records in mono, although it is possible to adjust the gain on the audio capture to make sure that sound doesn’t peak.

  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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