Nikon D3300

With its pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor, it sets a new stan­dard for be­gin­ner­class cam­eras, bor­row­ing heav­ily from the D5300’s de­sign

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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.

Per­for­mance

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

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