The D3300 at a glance

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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.

Pop-up flash

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.

LCD screen

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.

AE -L/AF-L

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.

Fn 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.

But­ton clus­ter

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.

Thumb grip

Thanks to a re­fresh of the de­sign, the grip area for the right thumb is rather larger than on the D3200.

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