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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERon 10 June 2014
The D3300 is a minor update to the D3200, it does offer most of what a new user might be looking for, or a decent choice for someone moving up from a bridge or compact camera, wanting to expand their photography knowledge
It's also easy to use and learn on.

There are a few limitations though compared to higher priced bodies, which I will go into later on. This won't matter to many users, but they are worth a mention

A quick summary of the notable strong and weaker points of the camera

+ Excellent image quality from the 24mp sensor, good dynamic range too. Nikon removed the optical low pass filter this increases the resolution a bit, you can shoot RAW and JPEG
+ 11-point AF system with central cross sensor is quite good enough at this price point
+ Nicely made and a smaller more compact size for a DSLR, quite comfy in the hand
+ Fairly well featured for an entry DSLR, has most of what you might want to start off with (bear in mind cons section)
+ Has HD video 1920 x 1080 50p which is sharp and clean. You do have autofocus (contrast) with the AF-F mode
+ 3.5mm mic input
+ "Guide mode" can be useful for some people it can help with shooting situations, but it's not perfect
+ Range of creative effect/filters to play with
+ Metering and WB are improved over the previous model quite consistent in most situations
+ Built in white light AF assist (helps the camera focus in lower light) it works, though it can be distracting for people shots inside
+ Good battery life around 600 shots
+ 5fps continuous shooting is quite fast for an entry level camera, buffer is quite small though (about 6 frames raw)

- No exposure bracketing (about time at least something was added here), no depth of field preview
- No Auto FP (High speed sync), this allows your external flash to sync at all shutter speeds with the camera, particularly useful for daylight fill in flash photography, where you will easily go over the normal 1/200 flash sync speed with faster lenses or on a bright day. Camera doesn't support it so you will have to use ND filters as a workaround (to reduce light to the camera)
- No built in AF motor in the body. This is less of an issue now that most recent Nikon lenses have motors built into them, but if you are digging around for second hand (or non AF-S)lenses it's something to consider. You can still use screw driven lenses but manual focus only
- Live view is fairly slow to focus, it's ok for non moving subjects though. Video AF-F can jump about a bit trying to focus
- No support for wireless (CLS) flash with the built in flash. You can use radio triggers though or optical slave flashes (Yongnuo etc)

Body controls wise, fairly straight forward. Menus are easy to use and navigate. There is a lack of some controls on the body, direct buttons for some important functions are not present such as ISO and WB settings. You can set the "Fn" button on the left hand side under the flash raise button can be set to (WB, ISO, image size and active D lighting) this helps quite a lot. As does using the "info" button which allows you to change settings on the rear LCD by moving around with the D pad.

Nikon probably could do with re-vamping the controls a bit on their entry models, ie more direct controls. But it's ok for this segment.

There is no vertical grip option from Nikon for the D3300. You can use the IR remote ML-L3 with the camera

Canon v Nikon:
I won't get into this major debate, both makers have large and extensive systems, in terms of lenses and bodies.
As a general guide Canon tend to be a bit more generous on entry bodies in terms of functionality (Auto FP, Wireless flash, DOF preview, bracketing) Nikon offer higher resolution sensors with better dynamic range, all their bodies have a built in AF assist light (none of Canon's do) If you are taking a photo course Canon might be a slightly better choice (those missing things might be useful for learning)

Try both (and other makers too) and see what you like best. You can't beat a real hands on with cameras some bodies might just feel right, some might not. There are no real right or wrong choices, everyone is different. But it's worth thinking about what friends/family are using you can borrow and use lenses and other items. Look at the practical elements of your choice too.

The removal of the optical low pass filter and slight increase in frames per second are the main improvements over the D3200, it is not a huge update over that model so if you have a D3200 you might want to look at the D5300 or even D7000/7100 to step up a bit to the next level.

Second body shooters:
The D3300 makes for a relatively inexpensive back up body, but the limitations on flash (esp Auto FP), less controls and no built in AF motor could be a factor. Look at what your needs are. This will do the job, but you might want to pick up something else if you need that.

Image quality is very good, but 24mp is stretching things a bit on some cheaper lenses, it's worth looking at lens choices to get the most out of the camera. 24mp is overkill for most users, including many serious photographers..though landscape shooters won't complain. Don't just buy the camera just for 24mp, it won't make you a better photographer, it can yield excellent prints if you have good optics and with good processing of images Low light is quite good but resolution drops off as it does on all 24mp APS-C cameras, you can reduce the jpeg image size if you wish.

So overall a pretty good entry level camera, it would be nice to see Nikon improve things a bit more esp in relation to the flash limitations and lack of bracketing (the last one has been a bit of a sore point for ages now) For the outlay it's capable of excellent results. It's also quite a bit cheaper than the D3200 was at launch.

Is there more to buy? Well that's down to you, one reason for DSLR's being a popular choice is you have the flexibility to get lenses you need or might want (macro, telephoto, ultra wide angle) You can spend a fortune on equipment, or just buy a few lenses that interest you. Building up a system takes time and can be very expensive. So take it easy for a while and learn the basics first.
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on 14 May 2017
Had this for a while now, brilliant for a someone trying to get into photography and it has the quality to compete with the bigger, more expensive cameras
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on 8 March 2016
I'm an amateur photographer who wanted something that was not too complicated. I am extremely pleased with it. It is simple to use and delivers excellent pictures.
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on 8 March 2014
Having originally gone for a Canon 1000D four years ago, I grew increasingly frustrated with the very poor image quality, so I've sold all my Canon kit and have switched to Nikon's D3300. I am a beginner photographer/astro-photographer.

This is an entry level or upper entry level camera which outcompetes Canon's alternatives in the form of the 1200D and 100D. Although slightly bigger than the 100D which was marketed as the world's smallest DSLR, you wouldn't really think so if the cameras were put side by side. In terms of image quality, you get 24mp versus 18mp resolution in those two other models, but on top of this the sensor gives you 35% more image quality, 11% more colour depth, over DOUBLE the low light ISO sensitivity (half your exposure time), and 14% more dynamic range (an image shows a greater range of light levels rather than everything either dark or light). Check Dxomark scores, which are lab tests done on cameras in a controlled environment using high tech software and sensors if you want to verify these numbers.

The body feels solid yet light, grips in the hand very nicely and has intuitively placed buttons. The buttons have a nice clicky feel to them, and I particularly like the column of buttons on the left side of the screen. It has some nice features, the most notable of which is that you can apply many fun filters to your images on the camera. One of these is a 'miniature effect', where the top and bottom bands of the image are blurred as per your input to give a cool artistic effect, and in movie mode at 1080P HD resolution it compresses time by 15x so that a 45 minute movie turns into a 3m movie - making everything appear miniaturised and fast. On the auto modes any beginners will be able to use this camera, and the auto focus is top notch. If you know what you are doing with a camera, it has all the features that you would expect, including mirror lockup (it says for cleaning) if you want to be taking astrophotos. Video quality and sound is excellent. Make sure you have a high speed memory card otherwise it won't be able to record more than a small snippet of HD video. Either get a SHXC or SDHC (UHS-I) card of class 10 speed.

The kit lens provided is a new lens released with this camera. When not in use, it compacts down to just a few inches, which is really handy when walking around or storing the camera. You just pop it out via a release button and then start focusing. The quality really is superb, and this lens if not supplied with the camera costs £170. If you are looking for your first camera, I highly recommend this.
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on 30 March 2016
This 'bottom of range' body together with the latest VR 18-55 zoom will fill the needs of most photographers, amateur or 'professional'. I've probably had about six digital Nikons and I like this model for its compact size (you're more likely to cart it around than some of the earlier models which tended to live in a cupboard owing to their bulk...and my partner complaining about me 'carrying a large bag all the time'. You've also got 24 megapixels which will give you potentially very sharp images...even if you will eventually crop them down for facebook or flickr etc...assuming you use Photoshop or Lightroom. The zoom lens is pretty good sharpness wise for all round use and suits those more prone to preferring wide angles- the tele end is only a very moderate zoom, so if you like that sort of thing you'll probably buy a longer zoom. One extra, reasonably priced lens I did get was the Nikon APS 35mm 1.8 which gives an equivalent old 35mm camera focal length of about 52mm which was thought of in those days as a 'standard lens'. This 35mm lens is good for interior candids at the dinner table in dimly lit restaurants etc as you can pretty much use it almost wide open.
Some people complain when certain 'control' features are missed off cheaper SLRs, but to my way of thinking there are more than enough 'controls' and menu features on this camera- I come from the 'old' classic era of film cameras where you only had very minimal control features and frankly they were sufficient. You will probably hardly ever go near most of the included features on most digital cameras and unless you make a very great effort to decipher and understand what they all mean you can easily become confused and distracted from the essentials of photography.
This is a very competitively priced camera and my only slight criticism relates to the lower end (relatively) focussing system which you need to watch as it does not perform absolutely reliably in very low light- not as well as some more sophisticated/expensive models. This is a minor complaint as the camera performs well in most lighting conditions.
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on 22 May 2016
Is an imported version which is much lower quality than UK version so Please be aware
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on 4 September 2014
I'm new to DSLR's and have wanted to give one a try for many years. I read through most of the reviews on the net and decided upon this based on it being a very impressive entry level camera. I have no desires to want to produce shots worthy or publishing, but just as a hobby. So I'm in no position to go in to the technicalities as yet, but this to be a great camera. Only disappointment was that Nikon don't include a memory card with the camera - at such a small cost to them, this would have allowed me to be up and running sooner than having to order one separately. Apart from that, a great camera that I'm looking forward to using and understanding !!
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VINE VOICEon 26 July 2015
I wanted to step up from my compact digital camera to something better for taking more studio quality photos and as I researched what to buy, I came across the D3300. I have a Nikon compact that I was very happy with so decided that maybe sticking with Nikon was a good option.
The D3300 has a range of impressive features, most notably the 5fps shooting speed, the 24mp and the array of auto settings to make life easy for the amateur like me. The camera body is a nice light weight for its size and still feels good quality build-wise. When adding the 18-55mm kit lens, it still doesn't feel too heavy and is nicely balanced. The buttons are logically placed and easy to hand - something that cannot be said of all cameras and they too feel like they will stand the test of time, giving good feedback when pressed.
A novelty for me, after so many years of compact camera usage, was the eyepiece. This is great to have again and you can nicely frame your photos without having to waste battery life on using the screen for this purpose. Autofocus is also a little faster when not using the screen so another bonus for the return of the viewfinder! Image stabilisation on the lens is great and very handy. It is a shame that Nikon didn't build wireless functionality in but I bought a little IR remote that does the job for a fraction of the cost of the Wi-Fi adapter and it should be less conspicuous when taking photos with me in them than holding my mobile would be. Shooting video is very easy and high quality, being recorded in full 1080p HD glory.
I am still learning what I can do with the D3300 and haven't used all of the settings - including the very interesting novelty special effects. What I do know, though, is that this is a wonderful camera for those wanting to up their game but on a budget. I am pondering whether to invest in a longer range lens but am ruling it out due to pricing. At the moment the 18-55mm lens bundled with the camera body is doing everything I bought the camera to do - family photos of a much better quality than my compact point and shoot.
This is a super camera and I am very pleased I took the leap of faith and bought it. It is giving me great joy and will continue to do so as I explore better just what it can do.
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on 14 April 2016
I have no experience with cameras, I have always used my phone to take photos and my Instax mini camera. I bought this because I was tired of taking bad shots with the expensive Instax film and also I wanted a camera that takes photos really quick.

It really requires no effort to take a good photo, just point and shoot. I am still learning how to use all the functions but I really like the effects which include Toy camera (makes the edges of the photo dark like a polaroid photo), minature effect (blurs out the top and bottom, photo illustration and many more.

I guess photos show the capability of the camera more than what I can say since im new at this. I would definitely recommend this camera to beginners because it is so easy to use, there is even an information button that tells you what you can do in each mode and also a guide mode that helps you figure out what settings you need. As for the price...I picked this camera because all the photos I saw from this camera were far better than bridge cameras half the price and I didn't want to make the mistake of buying a cheap camera then wanting an upgrade later on. I will probably keep this camera for a long time now.
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on 11 April 2017
Great little camera. Still learning more about it.
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