STANDOUT FEATURE: This easy-to-use, entry-level DSLR provides excellent image quality.
Estimated Street Price: $649 (with 18-55mm VR II kit zoom)
Nikon’s new D3300 improves on the excellent D3200 entry-level DSLR in a number of ways. There’s a new EXPEED 4 image processor (vs. the EXPEED 3 in the D3200), and normal ISO range is now 100-12800 (vs. 100-6400), expandable to 25600 (vs. 12800). While the pixel count remains a whopping 24.2 megapixels, the D3300’s sensor has no OLPF (optical low-pass filter), increasing sharpness potential. It can shoot at 5 fps (up from 4 fps with the D3200) and can do 1080 full HD video with full-time AF at 60p (vs. 30p for the D3200). The new camera is slightly smaller and comes with a new retractable 18-55mm VR II kit zoom that makes the camera/lens package considerably slimmer than the D3200 with its 18-55mm kit zoom. And the specs indicate that the D3300 can do about 30% more shots per battery charge per CIPA testing standards.
Like its predecessor (which remains in the Nikon DSLR lineup), the D3300 employs a 420-pixel RGB metering system and 11-point AF system that functions in light as dim as EV -1. Like other entry-level Nikon DSLRs, the D3300 has no AF motor, relying on lenses that have one—the AF-S and AF-I optics—which currently range from a 10-24mm superwide zoom to an 800mm supertelephoto.
The eye-level pentamirror viewfinder shows about 95% of the actual image area, while the 3-inch LCD monitor shows 100% (in Live View mode). Shutter speeds range from 30 to 1?4000 sec. Images are stored on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (one slot). The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter adds Wi-Fi connectivity for instant uploading of images and videos to a smart device, which can also be used to operate the D3300 remotely. The camera is compatible with the optional GP-1A GPS. Dimensions are 4.9×3.9×3.0 inches and 15.1 ounces (body only).