With its high image quality, fast processing speed and reasonable price range, the D3300 is an ideal choice if you're considering buying your first DSLR.
With superior image quality and better processing performance, the Nikon D3300 is a much improved product compared to its predecessor D3200. With these improvements, Nikon now has a soft product that can compete better with Canon EOS Rebel T5 or Pentax P-500.
However, compared to the previously discounted D3200 product, image quality, improved performance and other minor changes (such as the mode of support for new photographers, smaller and lighter body, better The D3300's 1080p video capability at 60 frames per second may not convince many people to invest an extra amount of money.
Let's come with the first reviews of CNET to see if the D3300 is a good choice for newcomers to the world of photography.
Colors are quite accurate
Image quality is the D3300's biggest strength. Nikon's new model has significantly improved the quality of the old D3200, with a 24MP sensor without antialiasing. Thanks to that, D3300 photos are better than competitors and predecessors.
For example, at ISO 3200, JPEG images are much less noisy than those on D3200. Even RAW files are "cleaner", thanks to improvements to the image signal processing chip that Nikon has made over the past 2 years. JPEG images are still quite clean at ISO 400 and only have little noise at ISO 1600. Depending on the brightness of the environment, some images taken at ISO 6400 are still usable, but at ISO levels higher than those Dark photos will be pale and the tones will be "compressed" quite badly.
The colors on the D3300 are quite standard, and the level of detail and detail in the RAW files is also very good for the price range of the D3300. Even the videos taken in low light are also quite good.
ISO 100 for pretty good details
ISO 200. Optical image stabilization is not as good as expected
ISO 800 In moderate light conditions, the results are quite good
ISO 1600 is too good quality for a low cost DSLR like the D3300
ISO 3200 still give the photo an acceptable level
ISO 6400 keep the detail pretty good
Overall, the D3300 has a much better processing speed than D3200 and competing products. However, the D3300's operating speed is still quite slow compared to the more advanced DSLR models, probably because the new lens has a low speed.
D3300 takes half a second to boot, focus and shoot – a pretty good parameter. The time to focus and shoot in bright enough conditions is about 0.4 seconds, in low light is 0.6 seconds. The continuous shooting speed of the D3300 is also quite good: the photos are 0.2 seconds apart, regardless of whether you're shooting JPEG or RAW. The reason is that the D3300 does not regain focus when shooting the second image. The standby time between two images when shooting continuously when the flash is turned on is 0.9 seconds.
The processing performance of Live View LCD monitor is still very bad: it takes up to 2 seconds for the D3300 to focus and shoot. The reason is because all internal components are slow: slow autofocus, slow moving mirrors. The time for two consecutive JPEG shots via Live View is up to 3.7 seconds.
The D3300 offers quite good speed for burst shooting: 5.1 frames per second, when equipped with a 95 MB / s SD card and shooting in autofocus mode. The D3300 will capture about 30 pictures in a row, but due to the slow autofocus function, the camera often fails to reach this maximum.
The D3200's very small and dark viewfinder has not improved on the D3300. This is not surprising, as the D3300 is still a cheap model. Focus points that are too small on the viewfinder only light up for a very short time when you press the trigger halfway to focus. You will not be able to see these focus points in poor lighting conditions, so no matter what mode you are shooting except Auto, you will always have to press the trigger half to find the focus point. In test of CNET, the most appropriate focus point is usually in the center of the frame.
The quality of the LCD screen of the D3300 is not changed compared to the D3200: images still have good brightness, enough to look in the sun.
The D3300 has an almost identical body of the D3200, and is therefore similar to the D3100 model launched in 2010. The body is quite light and offers a comfortable feel. Above the large sized portable ledges are the power button and the trigger button, and other auxiliary buttons such as the video dial, exposure compensation button and Info button. The wheel selects the mode with many options such as familiar PSAM modes, Guide mode and Effects.
Nikon's redesigned Guide Mode. This mode is now divided into two small categories: Easy Operation only allows users to customize some basic settings, while Advanced Operation describes the most appropriate options for each type of scene and allows people to Use your own custom change.
Guide Mode interface
For example, when selecting Sports mode in Sports Distant Subject rated Easy Operation, D3300 will describe to you the tasks that the machine is doing, then ask if you want to use it. Use viewfinder or Live View. From here, the D3300 will allow you to adjust the flash mode, drive mode and ISO. However, the settings that allow users to choose this option will not be saved separately for each type of scene.
The customizable Fn button allows you to adjust image quality, ISO, white balance or activate the Active D-Lighting menu.
The back also has a lot of buttons: photo view, Menu, zoom in, zoom out and buttons i gives quick access to the most commonly used settings. Nikon has also redesigned the navigation buttons at the back to allow users to move diagonally. This is a particularly useful change when you change the autofocus point.
The SD card slot is located on the right side of the device, while the battery is located on the opposite side. The LCD screen of the D3300 is still arranged reasonably like many other Nikon models: the options are placed at the bottom of the screen instead of being scattered across the edges of the screen.
Along with the Composite player, HDMI port, USB and Nikon's own GPS port, the D3300 is equipped with a separate slot for external microphone.
Unfortunately, the D3300 still lacks many of the shooting features available on competing products, such as the regular exposure bracket and flash exposure. The "quiet" trigger release mode is still available on the D3300, although this is not an accurate description because the D3300 still plays a small trigger in this mode.
It is unreasonable that Nikon sells a collapsible lens with the D3300, because the overall body is still quite large and therefore the lens only helps reduce about 1 cm in size and 68 grams of weight. Therefore, you should not spend an additional $ 50 (about 1.1 million) to own this lens.
– Improved image quality compared to the previous generation.
– Performance is quite good for the price range.
– Good price: USD 599 (VND 12.6 million; original price in the US).
– Slightly less features.
Although there are still some shortcomings, it's hard to deny that the D3300 is one of the best cheap DSLR models available today. With good image quality for the price range and Guide Mode for beginners, the Nikon D3300 is really a reasonable choice compared to competitors in the current segment.
According to CNET