Nikon D3300 Review

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Price history for Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens, Certified Refurbished, Black
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  • $419.00 - September 8, 2017
  • $395.00 - September 7, 2017
  • $419.00 - August 27, 2017
  • $395.00 - August 26, 2017
  • $419.00 - August 18, 2017
  • $395.00 - August 17, 2017
  • $419.00 - August 11, 2017
  • $399.00 - August 2, 2017
Since: April 16, 2017
  • Highest Price: $471.60 - June 28, 2017
  • Lowest Price: $375.55 - June 15, 2017
Last Amazon price update was: September 21, 2017 1:14 am

The Nikon D3300 is a solid entry-level DSLR camera, in more ways than one. It has a solid build quality and solid image quality. Its autofocus performance is a little below average. Limited external controls plus a smaller size may be a turn off for some photographers.

Nikon D3300 excels in most areas. Ready to make the jump to a best beginner DSLR camera? The Nikon D3300 is the real deal.  This beginner camera provides a nice starting point with a great combination of image quality. It is also easy to use, and the price is pocket-friendly.

Nikon D3300 Handling and Build

From the outset, the Nikon D3300 is a new DSLR camera. It comes with a basic control layout is almost unchanged from its predecessor. Nikon D3300 sports a brand-new body incorporating carbon fiber. The camera is built slightly smaller with a design offering better ergonomics. This reduction in size comes in at 0.1inch in width, and 0.2 inches in depth.

This lightweight and compact entry-level DSLR from Nikon brings a lot to the table for any budding DSLR photographer. Another significant upgrade over the previous D3200, the new Nikon D3300 offers improvements in both body construction and under-the-hood features. It also includes the sensor, the image processor, and ISO range.

Nikon D3300 Autofocus

Performance is good overall for this entry-level class of camera.  Autofocus speed for Nikon D3300 is a bit slower than average beginner DSLR. It suffers a lot in low-light situations. Buffer depth with RAW files is shallow too. For an entry level class of camera, JPEG buffer performance is much better.

Nikon D3300 Image Quality

The picture quality of this entry-level camera is top-notch for its class. Images are sharp, and detail resolutions are both magnificent for Nikon D3300. The camera has high ISO performance and dynamic range. This matches well with experience with Nikon’s other recently released 24MP APS-C cameras.

Digital images from Nikon D3300 look excellent with impressive print quality. Get large prints sizes at a wide range of ISOs.

Video quality of Nikon D3300

For videographers, the Nikon D3300 feels decidedly a non-entry-level. This small DSLR features Full HD video recording up to 60fps. It comes with a 3.5mm external microphone jack. You enjoy the ability to output clean, uncompressed Full HD 30p video via HDMI. This feature used to be a reserve for higher-end, if not pro-level cameras.

Live View AF, including during video recording, leaves a lot to desired for Nikon D3300. It’s quite sluggish. The aperture for this best beginner camera cannot be adjusted while in Live View. Users find this awkward and frustrating at times.

 

7.5 Total Score
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300 is a solid camera, in many ways. It comes with both a solid build quality and reliable image quality. It provides a nice starting point if you are venturing into professional photography.

DESIGN
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FEATURES
7
PERFORMANCE
8
IMAGE QUALITY
8
PROS
  • Splendid battery life
  • New easy panorama mode
  • 1080p/30p HDMI output
  • 5fps burst mode
  • On-screen guide mode for beginners
CONS
  • AF struggles in low-light
  • Buffer depth is shallow with RAW files
  • No built-in Wi-Fi
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