Nikon’s refreshing the entry level end of its DSLR line may not coax a lot of current D3200 owners to trade up, but it won’t be because the D3300 isn’t a fine little camera. On its face the changes are modest: a later generation processor, different sensor with the same resolution and lacking an anti-aliasing filter, one step increases in ISO sensitivity and continuous shooting rate along with a 60p/50p full HD video capability to complement the more standard video modes. Perhaps not enough of an upgrade to coax entry-level Nikon owners to switch, but for someone looking for their first DSLR the D3300 is a worthy consideration.
Good still and video image quality in a fairly light and compact platform (at least with the kit lens), good ISO performance, a relatively speedy 5 fps continuous shooting rate and a capable autofocus system give the camera a decent performance potential for folks who are willing to go beyond just setting the mode dial to full auto and tripping the shutter.
Wi-Fi connectivity is optional, not built-in. As good as the video image quality is, the continuous autofocus performance is but average. A steady diet of shots using the built-in flash will result in extended flash recycle times due to shut down.
All in all, the D3300 comes up with many more positives than negatives–it’s a good little camera whether trading up or jumping in for the first time.
- Light and compact platform
- Good still and video image quality
- Good ISO performance
- 5 fps continuous shooting rate
- Automatic video autofocus only average
- Wi-Fi optional, not built-in
- Built-in flash will overheat and shut down with continuous usage