One of the primary camera announcements at 2014’s GADGETS Show may good have been the tiny Nikon D3300 and its own collapsible 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR II lens. It may well not shoot 4K video recording or give a curved LCD (those displays are about the tech trends) nonetheless it does represent another generation of Nikon’s extremely popular entry-level DSLR brand, and that alone is noteworthy.

The D3300 sits in the bottom of Nikon’s entry-level series, positioned as the friendliest of beginner-friendly DSLRs, just underneath the D5300. Avoid being fooled by their category bearing though, both cameras employ a robust 24MP APS-C sensor. Deciding on the D3300 instead of the D5300 means coping with a set 3.0-inch LCD, instead of one particular that’s fully articulated, no built-in Wi-Fi.

Nikon D3300 essential features
24.2 MP DX format (APS-C) sensor
Expeed 4 processor
Set 3.0″ 921k-dot LCD
1080/60p HD video
5 fps continuous shooting
700 shot battery life
The D3300’s Expeed 4 branded processor is in charge of a lot of its gains over the prior model, the D3200. This unit gets an update to 1080/60p video tutorial recording, an extra framework per second in burst method, and an increased ISO selection up to 12800 (25600 with expansion).

Specs comparison
The table below illustrates the distinctions between this model, its predecessor, and the step-up model. It ought to be observed that the D3300 seems to provide better battery performance compared to the D5300, but actually they utilize the same EN-EL14a battery. The D5300’s lower claimed battery existence displays a calculation for usage of the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and Gps navigation. By any measure, the D3300 is very well above its peers regarding battery capacity.

Upgrading the chain of Nikon’s crop-frame DSLR brand AF systems get significantly sophisticated. The D3300 sits at the bottom with an 11-point system and an individual cross-type sensor at the center – nothing that could tempt a activities photographer, but correctly capable because of its class. Beyond this, Wi-Fi and a vari-angle screen will be the only other very clear hardware benefits to the D5300 over the entry-level model.

The comparison paints an image of a nicely specified entry-level model with excellent battery life, a fresh processor and a lot of resolution. Apart from the insufficient Wi-Fi, there’s very little to complain about in this article and we don’t believe that there’s whatever this camera is significantly lacking feature-wise.

However, the times when an entry-level Nikon just really had to fret about its most up-to-date rival from Canon possess gone. Hence, although the D3300’s specifications are incredibly impressive – especially with regards to battery life – in addition, it has to maintain its own against small mirrorless cameras that meet it for image top quality and give a more compact-camera-like live viewpoint shooting experience.

Though a little longer in the tooth, the Panasonic Lumix GF6 offers a tilting touchscreen, and the Olympus E-PM2 offers a fixed touchscreen (and is a steal price-wise when compared to remaining class). Somewhere else in the category the Pentax K-500 presents a 100% insurance policy coverage optical viewfinder and 6 fps burst shooting, as the Fujifilm X-A1 gives twin order dials and built-in Wi-Fi.

Kit options and pricing
The Nikon D3300 comes in dark-colored, grey and red variants, kitted in america and UK with a collapsible 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR II lens with list rates of $649.95 and £599.99, respectively. In the united kingdom gleam £499.99 body-only option, not offered in america.

Without the D5300’s built-in Wi-Fi, D3300 owners should add Nikon’s WU-1a mobile adapter for connectivity features. The adapter dangles from the camera’s AV port, so that it is likely to wirelessly transfer photos to an Android or iOS machine. Read more about any of it in our overview of the Nikon D3200. It’s obtainable separately for $59.95/£54.99.