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If you are looking for entry-level cameras, don’t forget about Nikon D3300. This camera was launched five years ago, but it still has a lot to offer to people who are embarking into photography.
The Nikon D3300 is a very popular camera that is a synthesis of high resolution and compact design. In the year of its release, the camera received an award for the best entry-level DSLR.
Although the camera has been superseded by the Nikon D3400 (2016) and the Nikon D3500 (2018), its affordable price and a good combination of features still makes it attractive for novices in photography.
This Nikon D3300 review offers a brief overview of the camera’s main specs and capabilities.
Nikon D3300 Specs
At the moment of its release, the Nikon D3300 was a revolutionary model since it combined an affordable price with a high-resolution sensor.
At the core of the D3300, there is a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (23.5 mm × 15.6 mm) without an optical low-pass filter.
In combination with the Expeed 4 processor, the camera offers high-quality photos, 1080p Full HD videos (60p/50p fps), continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second, and an 11-point Autofocus System.
The D3300 has a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800 which can be expanded up to ISO 25,600 which is as good as Nikon D3500 camera. This range of ISO allows you to play with light in many ways, and if that’s not enough, there is a built-in flash as well as external flash shoe.
For beginners in photography, the D3300 also offers a convenient feature known as the Guide Mode which will help you to learn how to use camera’s options and functions in no time.
Learn more about camera’s features in the video above by Ben Broomfield
Nikon D3300 Design
The Nikon D3300 was designed to be carried around easily. It weighs only 16.23 oz and has dimensions of 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0 inches.
The camera usually comes with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that also shares a compact design. Because of this, the D3300 will not be a burden on your trips or in your daily walks around the city.
In order to frame your shots, you can use either an optical viewfinder that has an 18mm viewfinder eyepoint, 95% coverage and 0.85x magnification or a 3-inch LCD screen of 921,000 dots same as Nikon D3500. It might be worth mentioning that you can’t move the LCD screen and it doesn’t have a touchscreen interface which comes as one of the big disadvantages of this camera.
Nikon D3300 Connectivity
The Nikon D3300 doesn’t have outstanding connectivity options, but there is still a possibility to pair it with your smart devices. There is no built-in Wi-Fi, but you can buy Nikon's WU-1a mobile adapter and you can attach it to the camera in order to gain Wi-Fi connection.
Regarding other connectivity features, the camera has audio input, HDMI output, and video output.
Nikon D3300 Price
At the moment, you can buy a new Nikon D3300 with Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens and a host of other goodies for around $499.00. If you don’t mind buying a used one, you can get the Nikon D3300 (body only) for as low as $189.00.