Nikon D3300 Key facts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.