A Video Review and Specs of the Nikon D3300


Bottom Line:

The Nikon D3300 is a great basic entry level DSLR featuring all the necessities of a DSLR. It also comes with a special guide mode that provides a simple interface to help you take a great picture even if you have not yet mastered all the buttons and dials of the camera.


The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 24.2 megapixels
    • Approx. 23.5 mm  x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
    • DX (APS-C), 1.5x focal length multiplier
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Nikon F mount with AF contacts
    • AF-S or AF-I Lens compatible with Autofocus
    • Autofocus not available with type G and D lenses
    • AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported) and AI-P lenses; Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M but the camera exposure meter will not function.
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 11 AF points
    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status; Manual focus (MF)
  • 4. Video Features
    • MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)
    • Recording Size and (frame rate fps in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive)/50p/30p/25p/24p, high (fine)/normal
      • 1280 x 720, 60p/50p, high (fine)/normal
      • 640 x 424, 30p/25p, high (fine)/normal
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 10 mins
  • 5. Image Features
    • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
    • NEF (RAW): Compressed 12 bit
    • NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
    • Panorama mode: Normal (horizontal pan) 4800 x 1080; normal (vertical pan) 1632 x 4800; wide (horizontal pan) 9600 x 1080; wide (vertical pan) 1632 x 9600
    • Other modes: 6000 x 4000 (large); 4496 x 3000 (medium); 2992 x 2000 (small)
  • 6. Performance
    • High Speed Continuous Shooting: Maximum 5 shots/sec.
    • EXPEED4 processor
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Exposure Modes: auto; auto [flash off]; programmed auto with flexible program; shutter-priority auto; aperture-priority auto; manual;
    • Scene Modes:  portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait;
    • Special effects modes: night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; color sketch; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key; HDR painting; easy panorama
    • ISO 100 to 12800 in steps of 1 EV, ISO 25600
    • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb
    • Flash X-sync at 1/200 sec.
    • Picture Styles: Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid
    • White Balance Settings: Auto, Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent (7 types), Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
  • 8. Interface
    • 3 inch TFT monitor
    • USB Hi-Speed
    • Audio input: Stereo 3.5 mm mini pin jack
    • HDMI output: Type C mini pin
    • Optional GPS with GP-1/ GP-1A (sold separately)
    • Built in pop up flash
  • 9. Power
    • One EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    • Battery Life: 700 shots
    • AC power optional  with the EH-5b AC Adapter
  • 10. Body
    • SD card, UHS-1 SDHC and SDXC memory card compatible (1 card slot)
    • Viewfinder coverage: Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
    • Dimensions:
      4.9 in. (124 mmx 3.9 in. (98 mmx 3 in. (75.5 mm)
    • Weight: 14.5 oz (410 g (body only)
  • 11. Price
    • MSRP: $650

Nikon D3300 Video Review:

Digital Camera World offers an overview with sample images:

Video review highlights:

  • Stronger, lighter, and slightly smaller than the D3200
  • The kit lens with the D3300 is collapsible, making it smaller to carry, but takes a little longer to set up.
  • Auto focus speed with the viewfinder is fairly quick.
  • Details and colors produced were good.


If you’re just staring out in the world of DSLRs,the D3300 is a great option, and I’d recommend picking one up from Amazon.com (affiliate link below) since they have quick shipping and very competitive prices:

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