Nikon D 3300 is Nikon’s smallest lightest current DSLR; it’s an entry level camera with pro-level image quality. It hasn’t been long since Nikon released the D3200 and now there’s a D3300. These DX format models will coexist at the entry level in the Nikon DSLR lineup when most people decide they want a DSLR instead of just snapping shots with their smartphone. They are usually interested in better image quality and the versatility that comes from a changeable lens camera.
The image quality you get from D3300 is 24.2-megapixel APSC CMOS sensor and Nikon’s new Expeed 4 Image Processor that is beyond what most people normally expect from entry-level DSLR that’s because this is the first entry-level DSLR with no optical low-pass filter. The 3-inch 921k-dot LCD is crisp and bright but it doesn’t tilt and also it’s not a touch screen. It also does not have WiFi capability built into this camera so you need to separately buy WU-1a adapter. Nikon D3300 video quality is surprisingly good as you can capture Full HD 1080p videos.
Until now image sensors had used filters to slightly blurred images at the pixel level to minimize more a pattern interference, but that’s no longer necessary and the result is sharper images. That new processor has added some nice additional things, it helps the camera shoot up to 5fps, capturing animals or kids playing is going to be a better experience. Low and high ISO performance is really good too so you’ll see less noise than most consumer cameras deliver when you’re shooting your kids night games or taking indoor shots without a flash. High ISO 6400 performance is very good but of course modern full-frame sensor still performs a bit better.
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Another thing that comes from this new processor is great battery life; D3300 is rated to capture 700 shots per charge. This entry level camera captures great shots with Nikon’s new kit lens, the F-S DX Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G VR. Its good glass and the design result in a more compact position when it’s locked for travel, well I like the lens performance and quality. I don’t like the compact lock position for couple of reasons as you have to press the button on the lens barrel and rotate it to unlock the lands before you can shoot or even access all your camera’s controls and menu options. The 11-point autofocus system is one of those things that really identify this as a consumer camera, still the focus performance is fast and accurate and they’re just a couple of kinds of shooters who might be a bit disappointed with focus performance. There’s a face tracking option with live view photography and not with optical viewfinder autofocus.
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Nikon D3300 has a great grip- since the body is all polycarbonate construction, it is very compact and lightweight although the body isn’t weather sealed. Nikon D3300 special effect modes allow you to do in camera post-processing as you shoot and you can get images that are super vivid or color sketches. Nikon’s Guide Mode is also there so that you can press and get some information about the feature or the function that you’re looking at.
If you’re looking for your first DSLR because you want great quality images or great video and you want to start with nice kit lens and have room to grow especially as you learn about camera settings and add to your lens collection then Nikon’s D3300 it’s a lightweight versatile and affordable DSLR available in red black and grey colors at $597.
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