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NIKON D33OO Review

Nikon has recently been leading the way in affordable, entry-level DSLR cameras, and there is no better example of if this than with the D3300. It’s a fine option for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level as it offers a great quality camera that is big on performance and easy on usability.

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Better still, the D3300 has a fantastic selection of lenses available, not to mention a host of useful accessories too.

Overview

  • APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 2MP
  • 0-inch Screen, 921,000 Dots
  • 1080p Video Resolution
  • Nikon DX Lens Mount

Features

Featuring a 24.3MP APS-C sensor, the D3300 has a high resolution that is be able to capture very sharp images. The detail of any image is definitely impressive, especially when compared to previous models from the D300-series, especially after the removal of the anti-aliasing filter.

Additionally, the D3300 provides exceptional flexibility when it comes to different lighting scenario. This can be credited to the native sensitivity range which operates from ISO100 to 12,8000, which can also be set to the equivalent of ISO25,600 through an expansion setting.

While not top of the line, it is certainly among the highest levels you can expect to find from an entry-level model such as this. In fact, is actually quite surprising to have these specs even for such an affordable model!

The D3300 also features the EXPEED 4 processing engine, a second-generation processor from Nikon that provides an impressive maximum rate of 5fps while continually shooting. Not only that, but this also allows for a burst rate that can capture up to 100 quality JPEG images.

This will likely be more than enough to suit even the more avid amateur’s needs!

Furthermore, the D3300 has the ability to record video at FULL HD thanks to the EXPDEED 4 processor. Footage is captured up to 50p/60p and also comes with full autofocus as well, and as there is also a microphone port along with the built-in stereo mic, users have the opportunity to record high quality audio while shooting.

With a number of special effects available on the D3300, users can really add some extra style and have fun trying out various effects to JPEGs and videos. For example, there are 13 effects currently available, such as Pop, which provides additions colour saturation for images.

These can be previewed on the LCD screen to give a better idea of what each effect will provide.

One slight drawback is the fact the model doesn’t feature Wi-Fi, so the D3300 will require a WU-1a adaptor. It’s nothing major, but considering it will cost around £40, it can be considered a mild annoyance more than anything should you really want Wi-Fi.

There are also some great accessories available that are entirely optional but certainly add another dimension to the D3300. For instance, to geotag images users can add the Nikon GP-1 module to the socket on the side of the camera.

Not only that, but there are quite a few useful shooting modes available. These include modes like Rangefinder, Mirror Lock-UP (used for cleaning not shooting), and Easy Panorama, so there is definitely a lot of diversity to the D3300. Some require a bit of searching through the menu interface, but most are easy enough to find.

All of the additional features are really easy to learn through the handy Guide Mode, which can help users learn what each one does and how important they are.

Final Thoughts

While the fixed screen and lack of Wi-Fi are certainly downsides to the D3300, it makes up for it in its overall performance, usability and downright fantastic price. Considering this is an entry-level DSLR of great quality, you could easily pay much more for lesser model!

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