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Nikon D3300 review

March 20, 2014

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3

Nikon D3300


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£499.99

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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AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5.5.6G VR II kit lens

As stated in Build and handling, Nikon has released a new retractable kit lens to partner the D3300. The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens consists of 11 elements in eight groups, including one aspherical lens element, and has a minimum focus distance of 28cm in AF mode, or 25cm when manually focusing. It has seven rounded aperture blades, and a minimum aperture of f/22-36.

The centre sharpness of the lens is surprisingly good, being on a par with the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens that we use to photograph our resolution chart. At the edges there is some drop-off in sharpness, although it is acceptable and certainly not as bad as many of the kit lenses we have seen in the past. There are some signs of purple fringing in high-contrast edges towards the corners of the image, although it is reduced in JPEG images. It is also easily reduced in raw files.

Despite clearly being built to a price point, the lens also includes Vibration Reduction image stabilisation. Overall, it is a good kit lens for those just starting out.

  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 13m @ ISO 100
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -1.7 to +0.5 dioptre, 18mm eye point
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus custom setting
  • External mic: Yes
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 60p, 30p, 25p or 24p), 1280 x 720 pixels (at 60 or 50p), 640 x 424 pixels (at 30 or 25p), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled vertical-travel
  • Memory Card: SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC/ SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 921,000 dots
  • Output Size: 6000 x 4000 pixels
  • Field of View: Approx 95%
  • AF Points: Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 AF, 11 focus points (1 cross-type), individually selectable AF points
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec
  • Sensor: 24.2-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 6 scene modes, 13 special effects mode
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL14a battery
  • Weight: 460g approx, including battery or card/s
  • File Format: NEF (raw), JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Drive Mode: 5fps
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
  • ISO: 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF, predictive-tracking AF
  • Dimensions: 124 x 98 x 75.5mm
  • Metering System: 3D Color Matrix metering (evaluative), centreweighted (75% in centre of frame) and spot (2.5% on focus point)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • RRP: £499.99 body only or £599.99 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • Tested as: Entry-level DSLR

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