Nikon unveils D3300 with new sensor, processor and kit lens

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Nikon has released its D3300 entry-level DSLR, which replaces 2012’s D3200. The D3300 gets a new 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, as well as an ‘Expeed 4’ image processor. The camera’s ISO range now tops out at 25,600 and continuous shooting has increased to 5 fps. The D3300 can also record 1080/60p Full HD video. A new, collapsible, 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR II kit lens has also been announced. The lens is 30% smaller and 20% lighter than the exisiting 18-55, and will be available as part of a D3300 kit or separately.

The D3300 with the new 18-55mm lens will be available in February at a suggested retail price of $649.95. The lens will be available at the same time and will be priced at $249.95.

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MELVILLE, NY (January 6, 2014) – Today, Nikon announced the Nikon D3300HD-SLR for those ready to take their photography to the next level. Complete with a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor1 and EXPEED 4 image processor, the D3300 is capable of capturing stunning images and Full HD video with ease. Also featuring an enhanced Guide Mode for those discovering the joy of photography, optional Wi-Fi® connectivity, in-camera effects that operate in real-time and kitted with the new compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, theNikon D3300 is ready to help capture and preserve every precious memory. For FX-format photographers, Nikon has also announced an addition to its lineup of f/1.8 prime lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. At the popular and versatile 35mm focal length, the new 35mm f/1.8 provides stellar image quality and low-light performance whether shooting landscapes, portraits or travel photos.

“With the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3300 and compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, capturing family vacations, dance recitals or the game-winning goal with clarity and brilliant image quality is effortless,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “As the latest addition to the extensive NIKKOR lens line-up, the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens reinforces Nikon’s commitment to providing versatile prime lens options to photographers of all levels.”

Preserve Precious Memories with Incredible Quality

Life is full of memorable moments that are meant to be captured with supreme quality and rich detail. The Nikon D3300 features a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor to help ensure amazing image quality, even in challenging low-light shooting scenarios. The high resolution affords photographers the ability to capture crisp details or crop images with confidence. For increased image fidelity, the sensor has no optical low pass filter (OLPF), boosting resolution and image sharpness to the maximum, while the addition of a new EXPEED 4 image processor helps render true colors and precise detail in every image. EXPEED 4 also offers improved image quality at high ISOs, enhanced auto white balance performance, faster processing speeds and improved battery efficiency. Whether shooting candids of the kids or a weekend getaway at the beach, the Nikon D3300 is ready to deliver beautiful stills and stunning HD video.

The Nikon D3300 is packed with high performance features that make shooting easy and enjoyable, even in difficult shooting situations such as fast action sports and low-light scenes. A wide 100-12,800 (expandable up to 25,600) ISO range helps ensure top-quality photos and video in challenging light while an 11-point Autofocus System is ready to capture fleeting moments while easily keeping pace with even the most active toddler. Nikon’s newest HD-SLR is also capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 frames-per-second (fps), great for the fast-moving action of a soccer game or dance recital.

Create, Share, Enjoy

Brimming with fun features, the Nikon D3300 is ready to help create and share incredible stories through beautiful images and HD video. With the help of the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter2, users can take advantage of Wi-Fi connectivity for instant uploading of images and videos to a smart device for easy sharing through social networks. Users can also remotely control the D3300 using their smart device as a remote “Live View” monitor. Releasing the shutter from a smart device will help make sure no one is left out of the next family photo.

The Nikon D3300 is ready to help each user realize their creative vision with 13 In-Camera Effects and four new effects modes, including Photo Illustration, Super Vivid and Pop. The D3300 is also the first Nikon HD-SLR equipped with the fourth new effects mode, Easy Panorama Mode, enabling the capture of beautiful landscapes and stunning scenic views with ease. When the story is better told with HD video, Nikon’s newest HD-SLR is ready at a moment’s notice to help users create glorious Full 1080p HD video with vivid color and sharp details, up to 60p. Capturing gorgeous HD video is easy with the Nikon D3300 with the assistance of Full-time AF (autofocus) to help keep elusive subjects in focus, and a one-touch recording button so not to miss any moment.

For those new to the benefits of D-SLR photography, Nikon has expanded upon its acclaimed Guide Mode to help users learn and explore new ways to capture great photos and HD video. Guide Mode teaches the basic functions of the camera, but also works to help the user become a better, more knowledgable photographer. When using this mode, users have access to four options: Shoot photos using example images, View/Delete, Setup and Retouch their images in-camera, making it easy for beginners to immediately take their photos to the next level.

Capture On-The-Go

The extremely lightweight and versatile D3300 is the perfect companion for a fast moving, always on the go lifestyle. The camera features a conveniently compact body (4.9” x 3.8” x 2.9”), and is ergonomically designed for a comfortable hold that is easy to take anywhere. Additionally, the camera body is constructed with carbon fiber for lightweight durability. The D3300 is also equipped with an optical viewfinder that helps frame the perfect shot in any lighting condition, whether capturing the school play or a high school graduation.
                                                                                                                                                                                        To complement the Nikon small stature of the D3300, Nikon has also introduced the new, more compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II standard zoom lens that inherits a familiar focal length (27-82.5mm, 35mm equivalent) while incorporating a new retractable lens barrel design found in Nikon’s 1 NIKKOR lens series. This design ensures the lens is remarkably smaller than its predecessor, and when paired with the D3300makes the camera package nearly 30% smaller and 25% lighter. An ideal 3X zoom lens for every on-the-go moment, the18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens features up to four stops3 of VR image stabilization, a silent wave motor to ensure quiet AF operation and auto/manual focusing options.

The 35mm f/1.8: A Versatile FX-Format Prime Ready for Anything

With the latest addition to Nikon’s popular f/1.8 prime series of FX-format lenses, Nikon has announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, a versatile fixed lens ready to thrive in any shooting situation. The new 35mm f/1.8G lens rounds out a collection of acclaimed f/1.8 lenses including the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses. Sporting the popular 35mm focal length and covering a 63 degree angle of view with a constant f/1.8 aperture, Nikon’s newest FX-format lens delivers outstanding viewfinder clarity and high contrast while providing outstanding low-light performance and depth of field control.

Great for available light environment portraits, landscapes and travel photography as well as for producing beautiful images with soft, natural bokeh, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G is a versatile and valuable addition to any FX-format photographer’s lens arsenal and sports the latest in core NIKKOR technologies that ensure elite performance. The lens’ construction includes one ED and one aspheric element in addition to a Silent Wave Motor to provide quiet AF operation.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D3300, kitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, will be available in early February 2014 in Black, Red and Grey for a suggested retail price* (SRP) of $649.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II will be available at the same time as the D3300, and will also be sold separately for $249.95 SRP*. TheAF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens will be available on February 20, 2014 for a suggested retail price of $599.95*.

1. Exquisite detail reproduction realized by an image sensor unit designed without an optical low-pass filter.
2. The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon D3300. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store.
3. Based on CIPA Standard.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon D3300 specifications

MSRP Body w/18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR II lens ($649.95)
Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Body material Carbon fiber, composite
Max resolution 6016 x 4000
Other resolutions 4512 x 3000, 3008 x 2000
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 4
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • NEF (RAW, 12-bit)
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11
Lens mount Nikon F mount
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD (160 degree viewing angle)
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.85×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Scene modes
  • Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night portrait
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or wireless)
Flash modes Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame
  • Self-timer
  • Quiet shutter-release
  • Quick response remote
  • Delayed remote
  • Continuous
Continuous drive Yes
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Remote control Yes (Optional)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 700
Weight (inc. batteries) 430 g (0.95 lb / 15.17 oz)
Dimensions 124 x 98 x 76 mm (4.88 x 3.86 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1

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I bet they made the kit lens lighter the same way Panasonic made 14-42 II lighter – by darkening middle FLs. The old one (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX) is f/4 at 24mm, the new one might be f/4.5 or f/5.

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They should have taken the advantage of being able to make an even more compact 18-55 to make it any brighter with the same size and close to the same price. For instance, an ƒ/2.8-4.8. Or the same aperture but wider zoom range (but still the same size and close price). For instance, an 18-65 or an 16-55. Those alternatives would sound much more interesting. Better investing in such compactness for a mirroless system, because even with a pancake lens, an SLR will always be quite bulky.


you have point when posting this on the 10-30mm F3.5-5.6
on an 1 inch sensor that’s just pathetic. But here no. there are longer options if you want that. it will probably also ship with an 18-105 or 18-140 if you desire.


I believe they reserve the articulated screen for the D5xxx model line.


No flippy out screen? 🙁

Carlos Loff

Is this the best Nikon has to show in Las Vegas ??? Trash, trash, trash – Maybe next year we have a D5375, lol – One week from now, if the D400 is not announced – I swear for the most sacred saints – I buy the Pentax K-3


I’ll be right behind you. Nikon repeatedly put out trash after trash for the mindless masses, or charge a crazy price for their pro line. People waiting for the D400 or D700 replacement are getting fed up and jumping ship fast.

Carlos Loff

I m not putting down the entries, but Im putting down Nikon priorities, we have dozens of entries to choose, is enough and urgent to show a top spec DX camera that replaces the D300


If you really are committed to stay DX, then nothing can beat K-3 ATM. Not only is it a professional, sweet and (esp. in silver) beautiful camera making the Df looking ugly. But the entire lens line-up (Limited’s, 16-50/2.8 or 60-250/4 professional zooms) is nothing Canikon are coming even close to.

But compared to a D800, be prepared to give up a little in ultimate resolution or continous AF keeper rate. Of course, D800 with lenses is 2x the price of K-3, but a D400 wouldn’t come cheap either.


With unstabilized viewfinder (and AF and metering), K-3 might not be the best choice for long tele, unless you use tripod most of the time.


$650 body only and $850 + lens in Australia (Ted’s bricks & mortar store) 🙁


Some similarities in body dimension/hand grip shape to the D40?,509

If Camera Size comparison is accurate, looks a little taller than the D3200 but not all that much smaller?


Are you sure about the sensor size specs…? Because 23.2 x 15.4 mm would indicate the old Aptina sensor from the D3200 is being recycled in this model…

Nikon’s official website indicates 23.5 x 15.6 mm which would probably point towards the Toshiba sensor from the D7100 being used… Alternatively it could be a completely redesigned sensor debuting for the first time…


We will see soon enough.
Since it has no olpf i guess the toshiba. Since they already use that in 2 models makes supplies for production easier


Entry level Nikons DSLRs are absolutely useless for action as their AF is very poor. It really isn’t until you get into the pro line and have to pay thousands of $$$ that you have a DSLR that actually focuses accurately and fast.


Not really the D5200 has an 39 AF point system with 9 crosstypes.
Best AF system you can buy at that price.

No entry level does well in sports.


D5200 AF makes the super slow Nikkor 55-300 lens a fairly responsive one.


Why yould you buy a 500$ camera to shoot action with it ? I suppose you would buy a 55-200 f4-5.6 to go with it :))

If you want good tracking and framerate for sports, buy the D7000 new, you could still get them and they are close to 800$. Then, buy at least a 70-200 2,8 VR, which costs at least double, to get the desired result.
Your post makes no sense.



Well, the problem is that you need Sports-ready equipment for pictures of your toddler and the family dog too, since they are moving as fast as pro athletes resp. too fast for an entry level DSLR AF system. Simple as that.

And most people simply don’t have the money to buy even the stuff that you recommended, because that would be about 3000$!!



You are absolutely right. Specs don’t mean squat. My D300 was way better than my D90 and every other non-Pro Nikon DSLR I’ve tried despite the number of AF points. So it’s just a matter of buyer beware. If you think you’re getting much more than a good sensor in these offerings, you’re dreaming.


D40x had a focus motor, and realistic image rendering and a battery that lasted a while. Since then, Nikon has decided to hobble its most portable dSLR size, not by making openly amateur, but by having it have pretenses to more while being enough a ripoff that you keep it past the trial date.

Meanwhile the oily D600, and mammoth D7100 (with other rumored problems), prove why Nikon bodies have yet to recover from the tsunami of 09.

Fanboys, give me a break. I’m still waiting for an afforable Nikon that doesnt suck. I guess I should buy a D610 since I can’t get a good Nikon body for less than that price.


Still shooting with my D40x and it still doesn’t have a focus motor.


What’s the tsunami of 09?


Keep trollin’


an terrible natural disaster in japan. Causing millions to lose their homes. It was followed by an nuclear meltdown at fukoshima. Not something to make fun off


BarnET, this happened in 2011.
Time flies, but it doesn’t fly that fast.


He’s referring to the Thai one, were many hi-tech factories got submerged and months worth of production of hi-tech stuff got ruined.
Prices of hi-tech goods (including hard disks, that I remember of) soared for half an year.


sorry ocolon my bad. however i still find people using horrible natural disasters as statements an pathetic excuse for mankind though.


First of all, this is a great entry level camera. Imagine the IQ you can get with that Sony 24 MP with no low pass. Incredible ..
Also, 5 FPS at 24 MP in a 500$ camera ? Jeez ! My D700 does 5.5 at 12 MP and the standard battery. This really puts things into perspective.
Stop requesting higher end features like dedicated ISO buttons, focus motors (what screw driven lenses you would need nowadays anyway ?!), there are higher end bodies for that ..
This is a camera dedicated to soccer moms everywhere, and newbies, and for that purpose, it will be great value.
I have owned the D3100 and while it might not be the greatest camera ever, coupled with the 50 1.4G it gave me some stunning images. Whenever your picture suck, take into consideration the following:
1. Personal skill
2. Light and lighting
3. Lens used
4. Digital processing
Yeah, I also saw that guy dismissing this because the 1Dx, ridiculous stuff people say on the internet !!


Newbies & soccer moms doesnt need 24mp with no low pass filter. Its a waste, requiers very good glass to take advantage of this specs. Εven worse, there are only 2-3 DX lenses in Nikon’s range that can handle this resolution.


Those are just internet legends, sorry to inform you. Takes me back to the time I mounted a 28 mm 2,8 AIs lens on my D700 and it was the sharpest wide angle I had ever seen. A 105 2.5 AIs gave me a similar impression. There are many lenses, old and new that will outresolve even a denser sensor. It’s all about specs when it comes to selling cameras.


It’s true about those old lenses. I’ve bought an $50 135mm F2.5 takumar. It’s an full manual lens so no AF nor automatic exposure.
If you nail the settings results are breathtaking. tack sharp at f4 and beautiful bokeh.


Well, but it is good for people to “feel” that they “may” need those 24 megapixels 😀
And for sure you can find resources from “trusted sources” that 24mp without AA would indeed sharper than one with lowpass filter :p ; now, how can this be a bad thing? you can get 2TB HDD for 100 bucks, and most PC now have gigs of RAMs & multiple CPUs and don’t forget those high speed internet too.

Hence, 24MP taken with Kit Lens and bad techniques would be just another JPEGs filling one’s limitless HDD viewed at 2MP at most common Full HD monitor consumer display.

Indeed, 24 MP would also drive the sales of those 4K & 8K displays, otherwise who’d buy them?? 🙂

As for professional use of 24MP?
can we expect those 22MP digital backs to come down in price, considering now it has been “outgunned” in Megapixel race by a cheap entry level DSLR ? :p


Carlos Loff

The point is – Why Nikon brings an entry level when there are already 150 entry levels choices and does not bring what everybody is waiting for ???


It might not be a Sony sensor.


The kit lens probably serves as AA filter, properly blurring the images. 😉
Otherwise, the soccer moms will see a lot of Moire in the clothes of their soccer children. 😉


Some of the comments on here are so negative it makes you wonder why they bother.
There is actually someone on here who has compared this entry level camera with a pro spec Cannon….WHAT!!
Then you get the one who hasn’t got a clue about card speeds but derates the D7100 buffer, go figure.
To have an entry level DSLR with that kind of spec has got to be applauded no matter who brings it to the market so, if you’re one of those who’s a gear freak but never takes any photos stop boreing everyone else on here and get a life.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion but a lot of stuff on here is just childish claptrap.

Peter Bendheim

Couldn’t agree more. What also needs to be said is that today’s basic entry level DSLR has specs that would have been seen as mind blowing for the money even at a high end level a few years ago. The value for money one gets is simply amazing! And while people may make all their negative comments, they need to realise that at the entry level, the camera they are able to get is so good that improvements will be small and evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

Dimitris Servis

You should be thankful to these fora and DPR. It keeps these people off the streets.


looks like a good camera at a price for us ordinary people 🙂


I’ve also seen an comparison between the D3300 and Olympus EM-1
The d7100 buffer is an serious issue for sports though.
People buy the D7100 for 7Fps not 2-3 fps while clearing the buffer after 2 seconds.


The negativity starts at the top and filters down to users. But after several years now of being told how wonderfully desirable these small high end ILCs are, an announcement for an entry level DSLR with class leading features like 1080p60 and close to the same class leading IQ from the D5300 for very little money is met with mostly snarky comments and contempt.

But first world problems like no Wifi standard at this price point, reading about new gear is supposed to be fun. Unfortunately it has become anything but.


The Madden D3300.

Mirrorless Crusader

What a giant waste. It’s basically the same as the two-year-old D3200. Garbage like this is why Canikon got shut out of the camera of the year awards.

Peter Bendheim

Forgive me here, please – perhaps I don’t get it. Why would anyone who takes such crap photographs be so obsessively on a mission to troll wherever possible in whatever post and forum you can find about how bad Canon and Nikon are – and write stuff like “Death to DSLRs”. I think you are a bit nuts and more than a bit strange. Take a photography course, or some medication, actually, you probably need both.

Mirrorless Crusader

Flagged as inappropriate


Mirroless – judging by your posting history you’d do well to remember the old sayin’ about stones and glasshouses.

Unless you ment to say that you flagged your own post as inappropriate?


Thank you Nikon! I suffer from insomnia and my life in recent years have been very bad. I just read the presentation of the D3300 and even before the finish I had fallen into a deep lethargic sleep. Nikon save my life!


As a Pentax owner, I tend to look on Nikons as ugly and not very ergonomic. Practically, the collapsible lens sounds like a mess for quick shooting, since you have to push yet another button to expand it.

But — maybe of great benefit for beginning photographers — 24 MP, cheap! You’ll be able to crop like mad and rescue a lot of images. Hmmnn. I wonder if Nikon owns an external hard drive company? It’s terabyte time, new users!


1. You can purchase this camera as a body only and add the old 18-55 VR which is like 196$ new.
2. I have used the collapsible 10-30 nikon and it’s not a chore. Might even get to enjoy it. Don’t dismiss something you haven’t tried just because “you imagine” how it will be. And you don’t buy this camera or that lens for quick shooting.
3. Nikons have superb styling, they are drawn by none other than Giorgino Giugiaro’s design studio. You are just being subjective. Pentax cameras are ugly as have bad ergonomics, as far as I am concerned.
4. You don’t rescue images by cropping, you frame right from the start using the right lens and distance to subject. Cropping destroys perspective. You take a picture with a 35 mm and then crop it to look like it’s been taken with an 85. Except it wont have the perspective and separation of the 85. It will look a mess. 24 Mp is not for cropping, it’s for great detail in larger prints and for better results when down sampling hi-ISO photos.
Best of luck.

King Penguin

Sorry but that perspective stuff is just ill informed b*****t


King Penguin: You should perhaps study some more. I have processed hundreds of thousands of raw images, so I might know what I’m on about. Different focal lengths offer different size ratios subject-background, and subject perspective, and that is the main difference between a picture taken with a 35 and an 85. Why do you think a 85 mm lens is called a portrait lens. Why is a 105 even better and why does a 300 mm fall under unrecommended for portraiture category ? Why don’t you get a medium format 80 Mp camera, shoot everything with a wide lens then crop to your liking ? You can crop the cr*p out of the 35, make the subject have the same proportion like in the 85 shot, the background and perspective will be very different and the shot will look wrong to anyone who has a clue. I don’t have the time to make a test and show you a side by side comparison of what I stated in my previous post. Don’t misinform, pretty please.


35mm cropped
background less separated yes
less resolution left yes
different perspective no
will the 85mm portrait look better yes. but not because of the perspective. perspective is based on distance to subject. Since the 35mm is wider people will move in closer to the subject. and that will lead to an different perspective. and of coarse perspective distortion. which is undesireable in portraits.


Isn’t this D3300 camera cropping every photo?

In hydraulis

Dammit nicolaiecostel, you were off to a good start!

Then you went and said this:

“I don’t have the time to make a test and show you a side by side comparison”

That means you forfeit the argument.

That means you lose.


In hydraulis

Also, regarding your fourth point, I suspect the target demographic for this model would be soccer mums. And I don’t think they share your enthusiasm for the subtleties of perspective.

Moot point. Interesting, but moot.


nicolaiecostel, you should really take the time to make the comparison. Your 85 portrait lens does indeed give the same perspective as a 35 lens shot from the same position with the image cropped afterwards.

> Why do you think a 85 mm lens is called a portrait lens.
> Why is a 105 even better

With those lenses you get a nice perspective when shooting a person’s head *without* cropping.

> why does a 300 mm fall under unrecommended for
> portraiture category ?

You have to go relatively far away to get the whole face into the frame. Camera shake can be a problem. But there’s nothing wrong with the perspective. Not only paparazzi use long focal lengths to photograph people.

> Why don’t you get a medium format 80 Mp camera,
> shoot everything with a wide lens then crop to your
> liking ?

Because a medium format camera costs more than a car and is quite bulky and heavy with the lenses.


this or the d4s/x/y ?

photo nuts

Panasonic 14-42 kit lens weighs 95 g and Canon 18-55 IS kit already weighs ~ 200 g, so not much weight savings here. As for collapsible design, I was expecting to see something more pancake-like such as the Panasonic 14-42 lens. Not happening either. Sigh.


Photo nuts.
Since when is half the weight not so much weight savings

photo nuts

@BarnET: New Nikon kit lens weighs 195 g.


“Panasonic 14-42 kit lens weighs 95 g” vs 195.
It’s either an typo or your not making any sense


the panasonic
12-32mm weighs 70 grams
14-42 version 2 110 grams
14-42 pancake 95 grams

So all kit zooms are about half the the weight that’s an cosiderable ammount of weight.


Yoaaaaaawwwnn zzzzzzz, another Nikon plastic entry toy! just like the other one we had a little while ago. Chrrrr r r r


Believe it or not, but there is some serious amateurs who don’t need big and expensive camera, who think than those little cameras produce good enough IQ.
I’m serious about photography, but don’t feel the need to pay a fortune for an object who just produce images. I’m more interested by this entry level camera than last D610/800 or Df monster.
Thank you for Dpr for reviewing ALL kind of camera.

Carlos Loff

I totally agree there must be entry levels – The issues here is – Why Nikon keeps feeding amateurs, on and on and on, when there are already 150 entry choices and forgets the top cameras like the long awaited D400? People here are not putting down the “entries”, we are putting down Nikon priorities

Richard Murdey

The collapsible lens is a tradeoff. Smaller, but you have to press a button and twist to unlock it before its ready to use. In addition to turning on the camera.


by the time you press and twist the seagull will be s(h)itting somewhere else !


I agree. I bought an Olympus E-PL3 to my dad and he still struggles with the collapsible kit zoom. It is not pancake-type and small like the Sony 16-50, so I really see no reason to use this principle.


The Olympus lenses do not require you to press any buttons to extend them; only to lock them after use. Trust Nikon to make it complicated


Dear Nikon,

Cute camera.

Maybe next year’s model can feature such novel updates as, “Has an ISO button.”

Just a thought.


If you want an ISO button, buy the D7100.Problem solved. This is entry level with some amazing features. For more advanced options there are more advanced bodies.


Even some compact cameras have ISO buttons.


FN button = ISO Button. Problem solved.


Except it’s a timer button and i need that too.

Nikon, focus motor and secondary display or it didn’t happen.

Joe Braun

Nice. While this might not seem all too exciting, just look at the size and weight of this camera… Instead of going mirrorless, Nikon is competing by making the size/weight advantage of mirrorless cameras fairly insignificant. Not much bigger than the Olympus EM1 and actually lighter!


Well you are comparing one of the smallest DSLRs to one of the biggest M4/3. EM1 is a no compromises top of the range camera in its format, this is an entry level DSLR. Maybe try comparing to an entry level M4/3 camera such as a EPM2 or even GM1. See the difference in body size.

Also the size/weight savings comes with even lense that you add to your system.


The advantage the Olympus has is not in the size/weight of the camera body — it is in the size/weight of the camera body and lenses. The Nikon with an assortment of three or four popular focal length lenses will be considerably bulkier and heavier than the E-M1 with comparable effective focal length lenses. It’s not an insignificant advantage.

Kim Seng

Olympus EM1 is considered too big for me. I don’t quite like it. It is no better than an SLR. I think I like the Nikon 1 better.


Are people really comparing this plastic entry level to an magnesium pro level mirrorless. come on guys apples to apples. The EM-1 is kinda an D7100 competitor. not an D3xxx competitor.

You want to take a look at an D3xxx mirrorless competitor look at sony. They have the A3000.


Maybe in build quality but as far as image quality is concerned the D7100 wipes the floor with the EM-1.


The only really interesting thing about this camera is the “collapsible” kit lens. On the Nikon website the second highlighted feature is the ability to use it with WiFi. And you have to buy a WU-1a to do it. Why play up a non-feature?

There’s really nothing to see here. A D3300, WU-1a, and GP-1 will cost you MORE than a D5300. That’s assuming you can even get the latter two because they’ve been back-ordered for some time now. And the D5300 has a much better AF system as well.


Canon just slips behind further by a notch. Sad. I married a wrong company.


Nothing can touch the Canon EOS-1D X when it comes to professional applications. Nikon’s entry and mid-range offerings are much better IMO and you can’t argue with the “cheap” D610 for an entry full frame even if you’re not into the small “sanitary pad” focus area.


Who cares about that 0.01% population of what so called “professional model.”


If you don’t like your Canon gear, sell it and come over to the dark side. We have cookies.


how so? this is pretty entry level. missing alot of features that exist on the most basic of canon dslrs.


If you get over the ability to push shadows (how often do you really do that?) there’s nothing an entry level Canon doesn’t do. It even has a few more buttons, electronic first curtain (really useful for long lenses and macro), non-lossy raws and magic lantern. Then there’s the really cheap and fantastic 50mm 1.8 and 40mm 2.8. There’s a reason people still buy Canon.


Will Nikon has the 35mm dx which is faster and cheaper as the 40mm
And the 50f1.8g wipes the floor with the nifty fifty.
Getting more detail out of shadows is useful. Non lossy raws?. Who cares the 18mp sensor is worse. Your right about magic lantern and video.


Yet another fine product from Nikon that is not the D300 replacement.


It would be great if Nikon offered this in a kit with the 18-140 lens like it does with the D5300. Especially if the price was around $1,000 or so. But that said, this is going to be a formidable entry level DSLR. I’m also curious to see how well the new kit lens performs optically.


Looks like a nice camera for video if you don’t need all the features of the D5300. At this price you should buy two!


One too many zeroes in the model number to interest me.

Now a D330…


Don’t hold your breath. I think Nikon has completely forgotten about the “Pro DX” users.


I don’t think there is a need for the D300 replacement because the D7100 has 51-point focus area with 15 cross-type sensors, has a bit of a crop mode so to extend your reach and increase processing speed and 7fps. I think overall, that’s pretty good for “pro DX” users. Maybe the build quality isnt the same but I doubt Nikon feels the need to replace the D300 for that reason alone. But who knows.


A full sized body would be nice. The d7100 buffer stinks and iq doesn’t hold up when pushing exposure.

Der Steppenwolf

D7100 has buffer that is a bad joke gone sour. With little bit of luck one can actually get around 1.5 second of continuous shooting and camera locks up after that for 15-20 seconds, and that is just not enough for wildlife, BIF and so on. BIF and wildlife don’t stand and pose, one needs that buffer or the moment is gone before you know it. D7000 actually had better buffer than D7100 so at Nikon progress goes backwards today. And even if that AF system sounds great on paper, it does hunt in low light and low light is where most of wildlife is shot 🙁


Jake, do you actually use the features of a D300 that sets it apart from a D7100? If so, I’m surprised you still say that.

Even the layout & handling alone is enough that I won’t consider it. If my D300 dies before Nikon gives us a replacement, I’ll chuck the system and go elsewhere.

Kris in CT

@Der Steppenwolf.. Have you ever shot a D7100? After the buffer fills it will keep firing away around 2-3 FPS in normal mode and 3-4 FPS in crop mode with a Sandisk 95 mb/s card. There is no 15-20 second lock up that you speak off unless you have a very slow memory card.. In low light the D7100 is actually better than the D300 on stationary subjects. Overall the D300 is a much better camera though in just about every way except sensor performance. The D7100 clears the buffer way faster than the D7000. Please don’t spew stuff out that you heard somewhere when you have no first hand experience…

Der Steppenwolf

@Kris in CT
Yes I have D7000 and I did try D7100 as possible uppgrade and yes it’s buffer is a joke.
Here is a snip from DP Review of it:
“In RAW mode on the other hand, the D7100 has a noticeably limited buffer capacity compared not only to its predecessor but to Nikon’s full frame 24MP D600 and 36MP D800 models. Shooting in RAW or RAW+JPEG mode restricts you to a burst of only 5-6 images before the rate drops to a level insufficient for even casual action shots”

I ONLY shoot RAW. If camera can’t at least buffer 2 seconds in RAW then it’s not an action camera and can’t ever be compared to D300 as Jake64 above wanted to do. D7100 is a very nice camera but it does not even come close to any of Pro DX out there (D300 or Canon 7D)


My point was that Nikon doesn’t feel there is a need for it and I am sure many people feel that there is. It’s not uncommon for a company, any company, to ignore a small segment of their consumer base. This seems to be the case with current D300/s owners who absolutey (and rightfully so) adore their camera. I just think that maybe, just maybe Nikon feels it’s time to let the old bird die with time and obviously they want all you “pro dx” users to buy the most expensive and fancy high megapixel full-frame and just use it in crop mode if need be. That’s my take but the year is young and maybe Nikon will announce a D400. They’ve been going nuts with announcements over the last few months.


Well steppenwolf.
The D7100
Better image quality check
good af system check
100% viewfinder check
weathersealed check
dual dials check
2 sd card slots check
buffer error error error

So buffersize is all that it misses. That means less spraying and praying. 2-3 seconds is enough if you know what you’re doing. But i do agree that Nikon should adress this in the D7200.


Is there a software hack to allow the D3x00 series to do bracketing?

Because that, which costs nothing, and the hinge on the screen, are mainly what set the D5x00 series apart from the D3x00 series.

That’s $5 of manufacturing cost for $hundred$$ more in retail price. I’m not sure they’d sell any d5300s if this thing had a hinge.

I point it out, because I’m against manufacturers that have nearly identical equipment, intentionally handicapped, to make you want to sell, instead of keep, when you yearn for that little extra feature. I don’t like the feeling of being scammed when I know a D5300 doesn’t offer anything more with relation to the extra money it costs.


The D3300 is getting better featured, but there are a few other things that distinguish it from the D5300 – like 39 pt. vs. 11 pt. AF, onboard WiFi and GPS vs. additional cost outboard units, 14 bit RAW files vs. 12, so the increased DR and color depth that the D3300 should have isn’t accessible, bigger, brighter LCD…the list of physical differences is not trivial, but whether they’re of any importance to the average casual/JPG photog that this camera is aimed at is an open question. Now if you’re claiming this is a dumbed down D5200 you’d be more on the mark, but that’s last generation.

Richard Murdey

Shoot, chimp, adjust EV and re-shoot if needed.

I’ve never seen the appeal of bracketing, except possibly for HDR. I figure its mostly for people who like to brag about their high shutter counts…


Totally agree, most manufacturers get up to that kind of scam. Personally I can do without the movie mode if they put in a bracketing facility. If I wanted to make movie’s I would buy a digital camcorder. I know it’s a choice thing but why bother with some unimportant gizmo for the sake of something that would be more helpful.


Nice that the viewfinder magnification is increased over previous models, I seem to recall they were .78x or something? I’ve avoided reviewing the lower end Nikons primarily for that reason, too small of a viewfinder. .85x magnification is my limit on APS-C for DSLR’s ill use, so this may fall into the “gets reviewed” category.

Looks pretty well balanced out as a package overall and at first glance I like the layout of the controls, size of it too. IQ should be spot on here.

Not a bad DSLR for a first go or a nice backpacking DSLR, thumbs up Nikon.


Axel Vercauteren

The viewfinder has the same magnification as the Pentax K-r (2009) and the K-x (2010). I guess we’ll just have to wait 4 or more years before Nikon puts a pentaprism in all its bodies. These marketing guys are a waste of time.


It would seem the Toshiba sensor used in the D7100 and it’s banding problems has been replaced with the Sony sensor for the D3300.

So the Nikon D3300 is now using the same/similar sensor as the Pentax K-3.


Where does it say that it uses a Sony sensor? I’m not saying you’re lying, I just haven’t seen anything in the press releases indicating who makes the sensor in the D3300.


nice. If I ever get a 2nd chance of nikon gear,I would get d3300.


Interesting proposition: more than sufficient resolution and no low pass filter. Couple it with a good lens and you should have a convincing camera for most amateurs.


High praise indeed as that should cover about 95% of DPR population. 🙂

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