Nikon D3300: Lighter, Faster and Better
Nikon has been gradually improving its international status as compared to the competitors with frequent camera launches. While the company looks to address every aspect starting from budget to quality, adding in more gadgets every now and then becomes extremely necessary. Here is the D3300 which can boast of a significant improvement over its predecessor in terms of image quality and also a better performing interface. While the improvements aren’t drastic, this gadget carefully ventures into the world of DSLRs with a higher price tag and the completely redesigned Guide Mode. What stands out basically is the better video capturing techniques followed by the higher resolution and a sturdier yet sleeker body.
We did see what D3200 could do and if specifications are to be believed, D3300 does all that but considerably better. While the Wi-Fi support seems to be missing in this recently launched gadget, the dongle support is something futuristic. One may argue that the D3200 was meant for those who were on a tighter budget whereas the D3300 appears to be a more generous artifact. Moreover the better exterior and build add to the functionality of this latest and costlier device.
Image and Video Quality:
Image quality and the clarity do get the needed boost with this gadget added into the mix whereas the sharper detailing is what needs to be looked at. The 24.2MP sensor comes devoid of the antialiasing filter which is more of a drastic improvement. As an example one may consider the JPEGs at ISO 3200 for both the cameras and then the D3300 comes with a lower noise figure. While the JPEGs get the additional boost, the RAW snapshots do look kind of the same in either of the devices. Picture Control is a feature exclusive of this device and allows the user to control the varied image characteristics depending upon the shooting situations. The CMOS sensor as associated with this camera works out a perfect combination of clarity and resourcefulness while allowing the users to record Full HD videos at a higher 1080p resolution. One can also render special video effects during the shoot for the holistic development for the capture quality.
The D3300 provides excellent quality snapshots and the 5fps burst shooting spec is something to look forward to. While the extreme motions can thus be captured with seamless ease, in-camera editing options do feel like a great inclusion. One may also look at the retouch options associated with the menu whereas the 13 special effects perform as per the regulated norms. ISO sensitivity ranges from levels of 100 to 6400 which easily cumulate the low-light shooting prowess with the manageable shutter speed. The maximum speed comes out to be in the range of 1/4000 which is a perfect tool for realizing burst shoots.
The D3300 is comparatively sleeker than its predecessor and comes around as one portable and compact figure for general use. While this is one ideal ally to carry while being on the move, the light-weighted nature is justified as the gadget barely weighs 460g inclusive of the card and battery.
The 3-inch LCD is similar to the D3200 whereas the TFT display is backed up by the VGA resolution. Images and videos are displayed perfectly whereas the 170 degree viewing angle allows one to undertake better captures. 100 percent coverage of the frame is also visible in addition to the eye-level pentamirror slated as the reflex viewfinder.
The pre-assigned kits include the AF-S wide angle variant in 18-55mm which includes the VR capabilities to keep the shake based disturbances at bay. While this is one perfect tool for every occasion, the 55-200mm zoom lens is also provided with the kit for setting up the telephoto essentials in a perfect manner. This is one add-on which fits perfectly into the scheme of things and allows the user to capture wildlife snapshots or the macros with detailed clarity and sharpness. We did find a zooming lens as well as the Wide angle variant associated with the D3300 which further enhances the functionality of the same.
While the allotted memory can be upgraded on using the SD, SDHC and other similar cards, this device works perfectly with the lens variations provided by the company. Investing in this camera can be the safest and the most rewarding option as with the variable lens aperture and a quality CMOS image sensor, the user is bound to experience fantastic image quality besides the Full HD recording option. If Wi-Fi support can be neglected for the time being, the D3300 is a far better option than its predecessor at the given price bracket.
Nikon D3300 Rivals:
Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 700D