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...
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.