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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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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.

  • 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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