Amateur and professional photographers alike are giddy with excitement over the release of Nikon’s latest entry-level D3300 camera. Year after year
Nikon has continued to step-up the features on their entry level model, and this year has been no exception. The digital SLR features 24 MP CMOS Sensor, no optical low-pass filter, 13 special effects and an added panoramic mode. Nikon has boosted their processor to the Expeed 4, allowing for maximum sensor sensitivity of up to ISO 12, 800 (ISO 25, 600 extended) and allows for a 5fps burst mode with continuous auto-focus. Full 1080p HD is now available for 50/60 frame rates for slow-motion, on top of the already available 24 fps and 25/30 fps. With specs like this, it is more on par with the D5300 and D7100 or Canon EOS 6D and EOS 1Dx.
If you aren’t convinced yet, take DxOMark’s word for it. The independent company, renowned for rigorously testing cameras and lenses, ran the D3300 through its gamut of sensor-based tests. The entry-level camera received an overall score of 82, 25th overall and notably higher than any of its direct competitors. It beats out its competition in almost every category. When compared to the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (100D) or Sony STL Alpha 58, it offers stop advantage in color sensitivity, dynamic range and low light capabilities. And with a price point of under $450, it’s leaving its competition in the dust.
Much of the camera body remains the same, in terms of dimension and weight, although it is slightly smaller. The camera has a comforting heft to it, which is accentuated by the rubber coating on the grip and added thumb rest. While most of the body features remain the same, there is an added “i” button on the back, which allows the user to bypass the main menu to easily change settings.
All of the new added features help the D3300 stand out from the crowd, but what really grabbed the attention of photographers is the new lens that ships standard with the camera. The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II lens kit offers the new retractable barrel design, first implemented in the Nikon 1 system, and allows for easy portability and compact storage. Nikon’s VR, or Vibration Reduction technology, compensates for camera shake, giving photographers with an unsteady hand added advantage and up to “4.0 stops* of blur-free handheld shooting”, according to their website. This is an especially important feature for a Nikon lens, since there is no inherent image-stabilizer in Nikon camera bodies. Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) reduces glare and reflection allowing for superior contrast and enhanced colors.
By offering crisp color contrast, image stability and added features like panoramic photography and full 1080p HD, the Nikon D3300 offers something for every photographer. Whether you are looking to capture precious family moments, or are launching you photographic career, you can depend on the D3300 to provide the quality and reliability that is synonymous with Nikon, for a price that’s just right for any budget!
• 24-Mpix APS-C format CMOS sensor, sans AA filter
• ISO 100-12,800 (ISO 25,600 extended)
• 5 fps burst mode with continuous AF
• Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
• 3.0-inch 921k-Dot LCD, fixed
• Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
• Full HD 1080 video capture at 60/50/30/25/24 fps
• 11-point Multi-Cam 1000 AF System
• Weight – 15.1 oz. (430 g)
• EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
• Shots per Charge – 700 shots (CIPA)