Nikon D3300 + 18-55mm VR II

The same but dif­fer­ent, the D3300 looks al­most iden­ti­cal to the older D3200, but of­fers some worth­while up­grades

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You need to get up close and per­sonal to spot any dif­fer­ences be­tween the D3200 and D3300, at least from the out­side. The big­gest news around the back is that the right-hand but­tons and multi-se­lec­tor sit a bit lower, en­abling a larger thumb grip area. Up on top, an ad­di­tional Ef­fects po­si­tion on the shoot­ing mode dial gives ac­cess to trick­ery such as Toy Cam­era ef­fect, Colour Sketch and Night Vi­sion. How­ever, it’s what’s un­der the skin that’s more in­ter­est­ing. Nearly two years newer than the D3200, the D3300 has a more pow­er­ful EXPEED 4 im­age pro­ces­sor, which helps en­able higher stan­dard and ex­panded ISOs (12800 and 25600 re­spec­tively), and a faster con­tin­u­ous drive rate of five frames per sec­ond (com­pared to four for the D3200). While both cam­eras boast a 24.2 megapixel sen­sor, the D3300 omits the op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter, giv­ing po­ten­tial for greater re­ten­tion of fine de­tail in im­ages. The flip­side of that though, is that the buf­fer can only ac­com­mo­date 11 shots in RAW mode, rather than the D3200’s 18. Both cam­eras of­fer 12-bit colour depth for RAW qual­ity mode, whereas the D5300 and D5500 of­fer the op­tion of ei­ther 12-bit or 14-bit cap­ture.

Per­for­mance

The D3300 does su­perbly well to cap­ture fine lev­els of de­tail at low to medium ISO set­tings, and it still per­forms well at higher sen­si­tiv­ity val­ues. As such, it man­ages to de­liver cleaner, less noisy im­ages at high ISOs than both the D3200 and J5.

In tests, me­ter­ing proved more ac­cu­rate and con­sis­tent than on the D3200

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