The Nikon D3300 is a solid camera, in more ways than one: solid build quality and solid image quality. While autofocus performance is a little below average, and the limited external controls and smaller size may be a turn off for some, the D3300 excels in most areas. If you’re ready to make the jump to a DSLR camera, the Nikon D3300 provides a nice starting point with a great combination of image quality, ease of use and price.
The D3300’s controls reflect its position as an entry-level DSLR. The emphasis is on simplicity, with a minimum of dials and buttons. As we’ve seen before on many a Nikon camera, menu and playback buttons are to the left of the LCD screen and menu-navigating controls are on the right. It’s all as quick and intuitive as it has been on previous models: no complaints here. Excellent image quality with lots of fine detail; Very good high ISO performance, Good dynamic range, Good print quality, Deep buffers with JPEGs, 1080/60p video, Uncompressed HDMI output.
Cons : AF struggles in low-light; Contrast-detect AF in live view is slow; Buffer depth is shallow with RAW files, No AE bracketing; No built-in Wi-Fi.
The Nikon D3300 went on sale in the US market from early February 2014, with a choice of three body colors black, red, or gray. The Nikon D3300 is available in black, grey and red variants, kitted in the US and UK with a collapsible 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR II lens with list prices of $649.95 and £599.99, respectively. In the UK there’s also a £499.99 body-only option, not offered in the US. Without the D5300’s built-in Wi-Fi, D3300 owners will need to add Nikon’s WU-1a mobile adapter for connectivity features. The adapter dangles from the camera’s AV port, making it possible to wirelessly transfer images to an Android or iOS device. Read more about it in our review of the Nikon D3200. It’s available separately for $59.95/£54.99.