Try Full review of the Nikon D3300 SLR
Nikon D3300 is a true DSLR camera for beginners, thanks to its small size (despite being a digital SLR) and crisp, clear images that is capable of producing, as well as smooth video. All this, at a great price.
The Nikon D3300 has the standard design of the Nikon DSLR range, a little ‘lighter than the industry average (it is also less durable). On the back is an LCD screen 3 inches, showing clear images and bright enough, but suffers against direct sunlight. This display can not be detached from the body or rotated (for example to make selfie).
Buttons are scattered around the screen of the Nikon D3300 apparently a bit ‘random, but in the long run you will discover the benefits of positioning. The four on the left side of the screen for viewing, zooming and to access the on-screen menu. The five buttons on the right include the four-way directional pad to control the shooting settings and the Live View mode.
On top of the right rotary control, three buttons (Video, and exposure adjustment options) are grouped around the shutter button, which makes it quick change between photo and video structure that acts as a good example to other camera manufacturers burying the video button on the device hard to reach points.
The most frequently used controls are easily accessible with one hand: the thumb, for example, can be used for the control knob on the back of the camera while shooting, with the eye near the viewfinder.
Overall, the Nikon D3300 shooting high-quality images thanks to its 24.3-megapixel sensor, with very clear details and accurate colors. Although the resolution of the model D3300 remained unchanged compared to its predecessor (D3200), Nikon has optimized the sensor by removing the optical filter OLPF, giving a more natural image. We have not seen excessive difference between the two models, the good level seen in the details for both.
The D3300 captures images in great detail: a panoramic picture of the house, we could zoom it to read the gas meter. The device is also very sensitive to the difference between colors, managing to distinguish infinite shades.
Results under low light
The Nikon D3300 has yielded good results even in low-light settings, providing the same level of quality in the details, although too few granules of the shadows but does not weigh particularly. These inaccuracies can also be removed by the software, but the cost is the removal of some small details in the images. To find a better balance, it is therefore advisable to proceed with a more professional program such as Photoshop.
The videos that the Nikon D3300 is able to capture, are comparable to the images as regards the quality, given the excellent color tones and many details, especially when the brightness of the environment is ideal. The video is captured with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60 frames per second in MP4 format. This factor is quite impressive for this class of camera, that hardly equate these figures.
Video clips are limited to 10 minutes in length. This could be a problem if you want to resume the performance of your child’s school play, for example. Even most of the digital cameras limit the maximum length of the movies, but usually up to 20 or 30 minutes.
The shot in daylight with high quality settings that the D3300 offers us a smooth movement and a good amount of detail in each frame.
The sound however is weak, stereo microphone are easily overwhelmed by background noise distorting the sound, very low even stereo separation. The D3300 includes a jack for an external microphone still recommend that you use for audio quality, Nikon sells a stereo microphone for about 149 € which you can easily enter into contact with the camera very simply.
Autofocus and speed
Nikon D3300 is a fast camera in focus, while shooting through the viewfinder that use one of the 11 points of focus. The merit of the speed is largely on the lens and the autofocus with the objective of 35 mm is significantly the fastest.
In live view mode, the focus of the D3300 is much less impressive. The system point-and-shoot-style contrast detection used in live view has created a slow and imprecise movement of the lens, especially in low light. Some more expensive SLR and mirrorless cameras are incorporating sensors focusing phase detection faster in imaging chip, but the D3300 is not one of them.
The D3300 is a quick shooter. We found that it was able to capture 5 frames per second when shooting in Nikon supports JPEG Fine mode with a fast 32GB SanDisk Ultra SDXC card UHC-1. With this card, we were able to shoot an impressive 17 photos before the camera had to slow down for the images to be stored.
Lenses and accessories
F support the Nikon D3300 uses provides access to a wide selection of lenses, for very large angles. In the market there are hundreds of compatible lenses offers, both from home and from other manufacturers such as Nikon Sigma, at prices ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand euro.