Nikon D3300 sensor review: Revised entry-level model

By - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Camera Review
Introduction | Nikon D3300: Promising sensor performance | Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100: Similar sensor performance | Nikon D3300 vx Canon EOS 100D vs Sony SLT Alpha 58: Excellent value | Conclusion
Nikon D3300 sensor review: Revised entry-level model

Nikon’s incremental revisions to their entry-level D3000 series cameras means the latest model, the Nikon D3300 can compete with most other models in the range and should prove tempting against rival offerings. Read on to find out how the 24-Mpix sans AA filter D3300 performs.

Nikon’s yearly incremental upgrading program has been very ambitious in the last few years. And nowhere is it more noticeable than in the firm’s entry-level D3000 series. Last year’s model, the D3200 showed several worthy improvements over the previous D3100 model, not the least being a 24-Mpix CMOS sensor, and the Expeed 3 processor allowing a maximum sensitivity as high as ISO 6,400 (expandable to 12,800). Faster continuous shooting up to 4 fps was also added.

For this year Nikon has expanded the capability yet again, and perhaps enough now to tempt professional photographers looking for a low-cost body for specific applications. Nikon has removed the AA filter in front of the 24-Mpix CMOS sensor, which should improve resolving of fine detail. They’ve also upgraded the processor to Expeed 4, permitting higher maximum sensor sensitivity up to ISO 12,800 (ISO 25,600 extended) as well as a faster burst rate, up to 5fps.

The more powerful processor allows Nikon to add more features to appeal to video enthusiasts, notably Full HD at 60/50 frame rates for slow-motion footage (in addition to the 24 fps and 25/30 fps options of the previous model). The D3300 also inherits the longer lasting battery from the D5300, and is available now with the new retractable AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR II at $649.

Key specifications:

  •         24-Mpix APS-C format CMOS sensor, sans AA filter
  •         ISO 100-12,800 (ISO 25,600 extended)
  •         5 fps burst mode with continuous AF
  •         3.0-inch 921k-Dot LCD, fixed
  •         Full HD 1080 video capture at 60/50/30/25/24 fps
  •         11-point Multi-Cam 1000 AF System 

Nikon D3300: Promising sensor performance

Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100: Similar sensor performance

Nikon D3300 vx Canon EOS 100D vs Sony SLT Alpha 58: Excellent value

Conclusion