Nikon D3300 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor and pro­cess­ing

Un­like on the D3200, there’s no op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter or anti-alias­ing screen, which en­sures bet­ter re­ten­tion of fine de­tail. The 24.2 megapixel count is com­mon to all the D-SLRs in the group, while the EXPEED 4 im­age pro­ces­sor en­ables higher max­i­mum ISO val­ues com­pared with the D3200.

Aut­o­fo­cus

The D3300 and the older D3200 use the Multi-Cam 1000 AF mod­ule. This en­ables aut­o­fo­cus with com­pat­i­ble lenses that have a widest aper­ture of at least f/5.6, and the 11-point AF cov­er­age has a sin­gle cross-type fo­cus­ing point at the cen­tre.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

A bit of a swings-and-round­abouts sce­nario, here: the D3300 has a faster max­i­mum burst rate than the D3200, at five frames per sec­ond com­pared with four. How­ever, in RAW mode, the D3300’s buf­fer depth drops from 18 shots to 11.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

There’s more com­mon ground here with the D3200, in that both cam­eras share the rel­a­tively low-res­o­lu­tion 420-pixel me­ter­ing sen­sor. In our tests, how­ever, the D3300 proved more ac­cu­rate and con­sis­tent. By con­trast, the D3200 was more prone to slight over-ex­po­sure.

Con­struc­tion

Like the slightly older D5300, and rather newer D5500, this cam­era has a one­piece ‘mono­coque’ body shell. This makes it lighter in weight but more rigid, with­out un­wanted flex­ing along joints be­tween body pan­els. The D3300 is also 45g lighter than the D3200 at 460g.

Need to know

The Ef­fects shoot­ing mode, en­hanced Guide mode and re­designed in­ter­face all help to make the D3300 a more user­friendly, yet more pow­er­ful, cam­era than the D3200. It’s a se­ri­ously good up­grade over the older de­sign, and we think it’s well worth the ex­tra out­lay.

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