Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3300 vs D3100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3300
10.0
D3100
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
D3100
5.6
cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3300
9.2
D3100
9.2
continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3300
9.2
D3100
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com and 2 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3300
9.0
D3100
9.0

Winner
Nikon D3100 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D3300 vs D3100

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

D3300
1,385 ISO
D3100
919 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D3300
3,000 LPH
D3100
2,400 LPH

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3300
81 ms
D3100
117 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3300
400 ms
D3100
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3300
5 fps
D3100
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D3300
700 photos
D3100
550 photos

Features Key features of the D3300  vs D3100 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D3300
24.2 MP
D3100
14.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D3300
25,600 ISO
D3100
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D3300
11
D3100
11

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

D3300
3"
D3100
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D3300
0.55x
D3100
0.51x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

D3300
15.2 microns
D3100
25.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D3300  vs D3100 

7.7
7.2

9.0
9.0

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D3300  vs
D3100 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.2 MP 14.2 MP
Resolution 5680 x 4256 4608 x 3072
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.1 x 15.4 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 15.2 microns 25.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
NEF 12bit
JPEG
RAW
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH 2,400 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH 2,400 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 124 x 98 x 75.5 mm 124.5 x 96.5 x 73.7 mm
Thickness 75.5 mm 73.7 mm
Weight 430 g 505 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

D3300  vs
D3100 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.85x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.55x 0.51x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 3 fps
Battery life 700 550
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
5 fps
Shutter lag 81 ms 117 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 400 ms
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