Nikon D3300 review
March 20, 2014
Price as Reviewed:£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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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.
- 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