Nikon D3300 review
Smartphones, most of them capable of capturing reasonably good images and videos, have dampened people's desire to invest in a DSLR or a camcorder. But if you're searching for a camera to record family memories, and feel that your smartphone or compact camera fall short in image quality, the Nikon D3300 is a good place to start.
A good choice for beginners., the D3300 offers the same 24.2 million-pixel count as the D3200. With the optical low-pass filter over the sensor missing, it is now capable of capturing sharper, more detailed images.
Along with the sensor redesign, Nikon has also improved the user interface as well as the Guide Mode, to give the camera more functionality and make it a little cleaner in appearance. The new ‘i’ button on the back of the camera makes it possible to bypass the main menu to quickly change key settings if needed. The user interface has been revamped for the Nikon D3300, giving it a cleaner look. The camera now displays three circles which represent shutter speed, aperture and sensitivity (ISO). These displays change as you alter settings using the scrolling dials or buttons.
The new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II kit lens that ships with the D3300 is one of its main talking points of the D3300. For the first time Nikon have implemented a retractable design to make the lens more portable when not in
use. As a result the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II is much more compact that its predecessor when retracted to the L position, although of course you still have to extend it outwards to start shooting.
The image quality is impressive with bright punchy colours and excellent reproduction of detail. The Night Vision effect is particularly worth mentioning, pushing the camera's sensitivity to SO 102,400, although a monochrome rather than colour image is recorded. The Nikon D3300 features a 1080p Full HD “D-movie” mode. At the highest resolution setting, the camera can record movies at 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, while at 1280x720 pixels you can choose from 60p/50p.
However, it is a shame not to see WiFi or NFC connectivity on this camera.