Nikon D3300 Review

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This DSLR has much longer battery life than most competitors, snapping up to 700 photos between charges. It also delivers good image quality and performance overall.

This is one of Nikon's more affordable DSLRs (starting at $597, Amazon), and Nikon D3300 reviews conclude that it's a pretty good camera. An expert from Digital Trends says the camera is very easy to operate and has a comfortable, sturdy feel. The reviewer likes the fact that the D3300 is compatible with many Nikon lenses and the 3-inch LCD is easy to read even in bright light. He is particularly impressed with the battery, which can last for about 700 photos -- well above average among budget DSLRs. The quality of images captured with the D3300 is very good, with rich colors and good sharpness, and the autofocus is accurate even when shooting video. The lack of Wi-Fi is a bit of a disappointment, though.

At CNET, a Nikon D3300 review gives the camera 3.5 out of 5 stars. Photos taken in the site's testing are sharp, with accurate colors, and don't display very much noise even through ISO 1,600. Video quality is good even in low-light conditions and reaches up to 60 frames per second in full 1080p HD, the fastest frame rate among the cameras we researched. The CNET editor says the camera focuses quickly except when using live view; it can take almost two seconds to focus and shoot a picture. Despite that and other laments such as the lack of wireless, she concludes that the D3300 is a good choice for an entry-level DSLR given its low price.

The Nikon D3300 is a 24MP DSLR with a slightly larger APS-C image sensor than our top DSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. The camera is compatible with lenses that use the Nikon F bayonet mount. The D3300 can shoot an impressive 5 fps in continuous shooting mode and saves photos in the JPEG or RAW formats. The ISO settings range from 100 to 12,800, with an option to expand to 25,600. The available shutter speeds are 1/4000 to 30 seconds. The camera has an optical viewfinder, along with the 3-inch LCD. There are several scene modes from which to choose, including child, landscape, night portrait, and sports. Users can also choose among settings such as monochrome, vivid, and neutral. The D3300 saves video in the MOV format and audio in the PCM format.

This entry-level DSLR from Nikon is by all accounts a good value. It shoots very high-quality pictures, has excellent battery life, and offers users access to a lot of Nikon lenses. Using live view will slow down the camera a bit, but that won't be an issue if you use the viewfinder and the camera performs very well on the whole.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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