Nikon D3300 re­view

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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.

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