NIKON D3300 24.2 MP Review at DSLR.ROCKS

Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR

The Nikon D3300 is an entry-level DSLR with an impressive spec list, including a 24 megapixel sensor and 1080/60p HD video recording. It provides the right level of controls for a beginner, offers a number of in-camera retouch options, and boasts excellent battery life.

Reasons to buy

  • Sensor is one of the best in its class
  • Light, well-balanced body
  • Detailed, smooth 1080/60p HD video
  • Rear command dial makes shooting in P, A and S modes easy
  • Excellent battery life

Things to consider

  • Some useful settings buried in camera menu
  • Limited control over aperture in Live View or movie modes
  • Auto mode uses very slow shutter speeds when flash is off
  • Movie mode poorly thought-out
  • Slow auto focus in Live View mode

Suggested for

A beginner specifically looking for a DSLR experience who may want to eventually take a little control over shooting settings.

Not suggested for

Those looking for lots of easily accessible, reliable in-camera effects modes and features, Wi-Fi, fast focusing in live view, and those who want to regularly take control over more camera settings.

Technical Specifications

Auto Focus Technology
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus Points 11
Battery Average Life 700 Photos
Color Black
Compatible Mountings
  • Nikon F (FX)
  • Nikon F (DX)
Configuration Base
Continuous Shooting Speed 5 fps
Display LCD
Display Fixture Type Fixed
Display Resolution Maximum 921000
Display Size 3 inches
Effective Still Resolution 24.2 MP
Expanded ISO Maximum 25,600
Expanded ISO Minimum 100
Exposure Control Type
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
External Memory Included Yes
File Format NEF (RAW, 12-bit), JPEG
Flash Memory Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Flash Modes Description Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 sec
Flash Type Built-In Flash
Flash Type via hot shoe or wireless
Focus Description Multi-CAM 1000 with TTL AF
Focus Type Includes Manual Focus
Form Factor Compact SLR
GPS Optional
HDMI Type mini HDMI
ISO Range Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (with boost)
Image Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Stabilization None
Image types
  • RAW
  • JPEG
Included Components
  • D3300 DX-format Digital SLR Kit with 18-55mm DX Vibration Reduction II Zoom Lens (Black)
  • EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-24 Quick Charger
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable
  • DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • NikonView NX CD-ROM
  • LC-52 Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
Item Dimensions 3.86 x 2.99 x 4.88 inches
Item Weight 0.95 pounds
Lens Type Interchangeable
Lithium Battery Energy Content 8.85 Watt Hours
Lithium Battery Weight 3.5 ounces
Material Type Carbon fiber, composite
Maximum Aperture ƒ/36
Maximum Focal Length 55 mm
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 of a second
Maximum horizontal resolution 6,000
Memory Slots Available 1
Metering Multi, Center-weighted, Spot AF-area
Minimum Aperture ƒ/3.5
Minimum Focal Length 18 mm
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds
Model Year 2014
Optical Sensor Resolution 24.2 MP
Optical Sensor Technology CMOS
Optical Zoom 3x
Photo Filter Thread Size 52 mm
Photo Sensor Technology CMOS
Processor Description Expeed 4
Remote Control Description Optional
Self-timer Yes
Sensor Cleaning Method Comprehensive Dust Reduction System
Shipping Weight 2.7 pounds
Style Name w/ 18-55mm
Supported Battery Types EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
USB 2.0 1
Video Capture Format mpeg-4;h.264
Video Capture Resolution 1080p_hd
Viewfinder Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror)
Water Resistance Level Not Water Resistant
Weather Resistance No

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