Nikon AF -S DX 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II
The camera may look familiar, but its retractable lens is definitely all-new
One thing that makes a significant difference to the look of the D3300 is the new 18-55mm kit lens on the front, which is now collapsible. When collapsed, the lens is quite a bit shorter than its predecessor, making it easier to fit into a bag when not in use. While it still doesn’t make the camera small compared to the likes of the Nikon 1 cameras, it’s an appreciated small touch which could make a big enough difference to sway you towards this model if size is a factor.
When you want to use the camera with this kit lens attached, you first need to press a button on the lens barrel to expand it back into normal proportions. This does mean that start-up time from packed away is slower than other cameras, but you can, of course, leave it extended if you need a quicker start.
Of course, size won’t matter if the lens doesn’t perform well. Happily, it is a decent first optic. Its focal length is good for a range of general situations, while it is capable of producing sharp images. By shooting at a mid-range aperture of around f/8 we can assess the sharpness of the lens across the frame, and in this respect, the lens puts in a good performance. A good suggestion for a next lens would be a 50mm f/1.8, which would be handy in lower light conditions, and for shooting portraits.
Press the chunky black button on the side and the lens expands to its full size, ready for you to use