The D3300 at a glance
Focus assist lamp
All the cameras on test have this. It’s really useful for close-range shooting under very dull lighting conditions, enabling accurate autofocus.
The pop-up flash is rather larger and more powerful than the one on the J5, with a Guide number of 12 (metres, ISO100) compared with just 5. And, of course, the D3300 has a hotshoe as well.
Shooting mode dial
The interactive Guide mode has been improved and expanded compared to that of the D3200, and the Effects option is a completely new addition.
Rear IR receiver
Like the other D-SLRs in the group, there’s an infrared receiver at the rear of the camera as well as in the finger grip, enabling use with a wireless controller from the back or the front.
There’s no change from the D3200’s three-inch, 921,000-pixel screen, but the shooting info screen and ‘i’ menu have been redesigned and are more appealing.
This button can be customised for auto-exposure lock, autofocus lock, exposure and autofocus lock, or for use as an AF-On button instead of relying on a half press of the shutter release button.
This can be assigned to various shooting parameters, including quality, ISO, white balance and Nikon’s usual Active D-Lighting feature, which helps to boost shadow detail while reining in overly bright highlights.
The arrangement of video start/stop, Info and exposure compensation buttons behind the main shutter release button is identical to the one on the D3200 and D5300.
Thanks to a refresh of the design, the grip area for the right thumb is rather larger than on the D3200.