Nikon D3300

Released January, 2014
  • 24.2 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
It's designed to be compact, with a wide manual-focus ring optimized for adding pull-focus accessories.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D3300

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3300
9.9
D5200
9.8
D5300
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3300
5.6
D5200
8.0
D5300
8.0
cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3300
9.2
D5200
9.0
D5300
9.0
continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3300
9.2
D5200
9.2
D5300
9.1
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com and 2 more

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3300
9.0
D5200
9.2
D5300
9.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D3300

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D3300
1,385 ISO
EOS 700D
681 ISO
EOS 750D
919 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D3300
3,000 LPH
EOS 700D
2,400 LPH
D5200
2,800 LPH

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3300
81 ms
Alpha A6000
22 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3300
400 ms
EOS 700D
700 ms
D5200
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3300
5 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps
EOS 1300D
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D3300
700 photos
D3400
1,200 photos
Alpha A6000
420 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D3300


7.7

9.0

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Since it will coexist in the market with the traditional 18-5mm version, watch out when shopping online and make sure you're getting the lens you expect.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)
You can expect to see it in early February in black, red or gray for $649.95 with the 18-5mm VR II kit lens.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)
However, I also bet that there will be cheaper versions of the kit available with the old lens.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)

Focus

And for fast-prime devotees, Nikon also plans an AF-S 35mm f1.8G FX lens for February, pretty reasonably priced at $599.95.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)
It retains the same 11-point autofocus system of its predecessor, and still lacks built-in Wi-Fi; you have to go dongle for that.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)

Sensor

LAS VEGAS - Nikon revs its popular entry-level dSLR with a new 24-megapixel antialiasing-filter-free sensor (for sharper photos) and some other modest upgrades, including 1080/60p video and a slight 1fps boost to 5fps for continuous-shooting.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)

In The News From around the web

Nikon released new firmware updates for the D3300 and D5300 DSLR cameras where they fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in incorrect exposure for the first photo taken in live view.
Processing Perspective Control Photo Illustration Quick Retouch Red-Eye Correction Resize Selective Color Straighten TrimDynamic AF ModeNumber of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking).
Lens Compatibility at a GlanceAutofocus is available with AF-P and type E and G AF-S lensesAF-S Lens Required for AutofocusMonitor TypeWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCDWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCDViewfinder Magnification0.85x(Approx).
The new camera will be compatible with SnapBridge and is expected to have a 24MP sensor - this is all I have for now.
The Nikon D3300 camera is rumored to be replaced in 2016.
Keeping the camera in AF-S can work if you're careful to continue to re-focus often (with a half-shutter press), but it's tough to catch movement towards you with any degree of accuracy, because by the time you've locked focus the players will have often moved.
I find in AF-C that most cameras in this price range tend to lose focus often, swimming wildly in and out of focus before reacquiring, and sometimes at the expense of missing a good moment in the game.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 24.2 MP
Resolution 5680 x 4256
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 15.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. NEF 12bit
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 124 x 98 x 75.5 mm
Thickness 75.5 mm
Weight 430 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.55x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 700 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps
Shutter lag 81 ms
Startup delay 400 ms
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