With its powerful processor, it sets a new standard for beginnerclass cameras, borrowing heavily from the D5300’s design
DX-FORMAT SLR Nikon D3300 £370, $550 (body only) www.nikon.com
Officially announced in January 2014, the D3300 followed hot on the heels of the D5300, but as an entry-level camera, the D3300 is more similar to the older D3200 in terms of build and handling. For example, it has an almost identical layout of buttons and dials to the D3200, and lacks some of the D5300’s finer features like an articulated LCD screen, Wi-Fi and GPS.
However, the D3300 does share the D5300’s powerful EXPEED 4 image processor and its monocoque construction (where the main body shell is moulded from a single piece of material, adding strength while reducing weight). These two features are lacking in all other cameras in the group. Another similarity to the D5300, and to the D7100, is that the antialiasing filter has been removed, giving the potential for greater retention of fine detail within images. Creative ‘effects’ are available when shooting, thanks to a new position on the shooting mode dial.
Compared with the D3200, performance improvements include a rise in continuous shooting rate from four to five frames per second, which is very nippy for an entry-level camera. The maximum sensitivity setting also rises from ISO6400 to ISO12800 in the standard range, and from ISO12800 to ISO25600 in expanded mode. In our tests, metering proved more accurate, and in images there was greater clarity in mid-tones.
The D3300’s images have a fresher look than those from the older D3200