Nikon D3300

Not just ideal for D-SLR new­com­ers, the dinky D3300 is a se­ri­ously good travel cam­era as well

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Nikon D3300 + 18-55mm VR II

£390, $500

www.nikon.com

ften touted as a ‘be­gin­ner’s cam­era’ with its in­ter­ac­tive Guide shoot­ing mode, the D3300 nev­er­the­less packs plenty of ad­vanced fea­tures into its diminu­tive shell. At least, it’s pretty small for a full-blown D-SLR, es­pe­cially when fit­ted with its re­tract­ing 18-55mm VR II kit lens.

High­lights in­clude the same 24.2-megapixel image sensor and EXPEED 4 pro­ces­sor as the D5500. The shut­ter speed range and max­i­mum drive rate are also the same, at 1/4000-30 secs and five frames per sec­ond re­spec­tively. How­ever, the D3300 has a more ba­sic 11-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem in which only the cen­tral point is cross-type (able to re­solve de­tail in both ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal planes).

OAs a DX-for­mat D-SLR, the D3300 has an image sensor that’s phys­i­cally larger than those in the 1 series and Coolpix cam­eras, bring­ing the prom­ise of cleaner high-ISO im­ages and bet­ter dy­namic range. The op­ti­cal viewfinder is a ma­jor at­trac­tion but, as with most mod­ern D-SLRs, you can still com­pose shots on the LCD screen in Live View mode. Another bonus for travel pho­tog­ra­phy is that the bat­tery lasts for around 700 shots be­tween charges, around dou­ble the stay­ing power of most Nikon 1 and Coolpix cam­eras.

Per­for­mance

Aut­o­fo­cus isn’t re­ally any faster than with the Nikon 1 cam­eras, at least when us­ing the some­what ba­sic but com­pact 18- 55mm VR II kit lens. How­ever, sharp­ness is no­tice­ably bet­ter, there’s more de­tail in high­lights and shad­ows, and low-light image qual­ity at high ISO set­tings is sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter. Over­all, the D3300 is a great lit­tle per­former.

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