Nikon D3300 review

Nikon D3300 review

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  • Is it worth upgrading from the entry-level Nikon D3200 for the new processor and retractable lens? Find out in our new Nikon D3300 review

    Nikon D3300 review

    Love

    • Compact retracatble lens
    • Great guide mode
    • Excellent picture quality

    Hate

    • Fixed LCD
    • No touchscreen
    • No Wi-Fi

    The Nikon D3300 is the brand's latest entry-level DSLR and takes over from the popular Nikon D3200.

    A series of upgrades on the new model include a newer processor, expanded ISO range and a brand new retractable lens.

    The D3300 has some pretty stiff competition in the form of the Canon EOS 1200D, Pentax K-500 and DSLR-esque CSCs like the Samsing NX30, so what does it offer to stay ahead of its rivals?

    Nikon D3300: Size and build

    Measuring in at 124 × 98 × 75.5mm, the body is very slightly smaller than its predecessor, so much so that you might not even notice unless you were told, but we reckon it makes the handgrip that little bit more comfy.

    There are a few very minor design tweaks compared to the D3200, including a slightly larger, more textured and better placed thumb plate on the back panel. Like its predecessor, the D3300 feels that little bit more premium than its Canon rivals when it comes to build quality.

    The biggest design change is that retractable 18-55VRII kit lens which extends by pressing a button on the side and then twisting the barrel. This means that the lens is around an inch shorter and the circumference is also smaller making the new lens far less bulky. It may not be as small as the tiny Canon EOS 100D, but it certainly makes it a lot more streamlined than the previous model.

    The same pop-up flash is here again, while it's effective, it can be rather over-enthusiastic and pop up randomly when it's not really needed, just like on the D3200.

    The camera is available in red, black or grey, but as ever - we expect the black model to be the best seller.

  • Nikon has unveiled a new entry-level DSLR that smaller than its predecessor and includes a few other tweaks. Here's our Nikon D3300 hands-on...

    Nikon D3300 review

    Love

    • Compact retracatble lens
    • Great guide mode
    • Excellent picture quality

    Hate

    • Fixed LCD
    • No touchscreen
    • No Wi-Fi

    The Nikon D3300 is the brand's latest entry-level DSLR and once again includes the handy Guide mode to help novices to get the best out of the camera. A series of tweaks on the new snapper includes a newer processor, expanded ISO range and a brand new retractable lens.

    Following on from the successful Nikon D3200, the D3300 is set to go up against the likes of the Canon EOS 100D and the Pentax K-500.

    Nikon D3300: Size and build

    The snapper looks very similar to its predecessor, though it's actually very slightly smaller with dimensions of 124 × 98 × 75.5mm. Available in black, red or grey, the camera's chassis is sturdy and functional with a well-designed grip. We thought that the camera felt noticeably lighter than the D3200, but that may well have more to do with the lens than the camera body itself.

    The new 18-55VRII kit lens is smaller and portable than before, thanks to it's retractable design. This is good news as it means that the whole camera takes up far less room in your bag as the lens doesn't protrude so much when it's not in use.

    Nikon D3300: Features

    The D3300 sports the same Guide mode as on the D3200 - though this time round, the interface has has been given a few tweaks so that's it's slicker to use. The new model also makes use of the newer EXPEED 4 image processor as found on the Nikon D5300. This means that you'll get an expanded ISO range of 100–12,800 and that you can now shoot full HD video up to 50p/60p.

    Also, while the battery is the same as the one in the D3200, the newer processor should make it more efficient.

    The D3300 also offers a 5fps burst range and an 11-point AF system.

    Nikon D3300: Screen

    The camera features a fairly standard 3-inch LCD monitor with a respectable 921K-dot resolution. Wwe were hoping for a touch screen on the new model, but sadly that wasn't to be. Maybe next time.

    Nikon D3300: Picture quality

    The Nikon's D3300 24.2-megapixel CMOS has no optical low pass filter which means that it should be able to pack more detail into your shots. We're weren't able to test the pictures quality on the D3300 there was a strict 'no SD card' policy on Nikon's CES stand, but obviously we'll look at that more closely in our full review.

    The camera also includes a range of 13 special effects - including Easy Panorama and Toy Camera - but while these used to be buried away in the menus, Nikon has added an Effects option to the mode dial, which is a useful addition for a beginner's DSLR.

    Nikon D3300: Verdict

    The Nikon D3300, like the D3200 before it, looks set to be an excellent choice for DSLR first-timers. The spruced up guide mode, slimmed down chassis and retractable lens, as well as the removal of the low pass filter all combine to make a very compelling product. We'll bring you a full review as soon as we've had more time to play with it.

    Nikon D3300 release date: 6 February 2014

    Nikon D3300 price: £599.99 (with 18-55VRII kit lens), £499.99 (body only)

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