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).
STANDOUT FEATURE: This easy-to-use, entry-level DSLR provides excellent image quality.
1. The D3300 is available in red, black or gray.
2. The mode dial also provides access to an expanded Guide Mode, which helps the user become a better, more knowledgeable photographer.
3. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter adds Wi-Fi uploading and remote operation.