Nikon d3300 Review

Nikon D3300 Digital Camera

For an entry level camera the Nikon D3300 is excellent for beginners and students. It is light, compact (however maybe too small for some) with plenty of auto and manual features to get you started and experienced on a APS-C sensor DSLR camera.

The Body construction is made up of composite materials including carbon fibre but it is the features inside the camera that make it extremely valuable for the price.

The 24 megapixel D3300 like the latest range of Nikons has the Expeed 4 processor increasing the fps (frames per second) and ISO boost which will give you less noise in low light. The faster processor allows for 1080p videos to be captured in 24, 25, 30, 50, and 60 fps. The camera has a 3.5mm input to allow for an external microphone for better sound than the internal.

Like most of the Nikon range there is an inbuilt pop up flash with many different settings. For more extensive flash work you can use an external speedlight. Attach it in the hot shoe on top of the camera or use it off camera via infrared, cord or using radio triggers.



One thing regarding the light weight of this camera (430G) there is a good range of DX zoom and prime lenses available that balance well, are of very good optical quality for the price.

There are zooms starting with the 18-55 lens kit or the twin lens kits 18-55mm plus 55-200mm (or the 55-300 for more zoom).

For an upgrade of those you could consider the 18-105mm or 18-140mm with the 70-300mm VR.


For travel and you want just one lens to do everything, then you need to work out how much zoom you need and my suggestion for that would be the 18-140mm, 18-200mm or the 18-300mm 3.5-f6.3 which has been very popular.

For a prime lens (non zoom) which is great for learning and achieving shallow depth of field images, and or low light capabilities you could go for a 50mm 1.8G or for a wider perspective on the APS-C sensor (crop) the 35mm 1.8 which is a great little lens at a fantastic price.

Nikon Australia has this page that gives all of the Nikon d3300 blurb.

Editor Note. For me the Nikon d3300┬áis too small to ‘hold’ with a larger hand. I prefer a grip that my entire hand can get around but then again I want a camera that I can hold all day and that ‘feels’ like a camera. Bit old school is me.

Nikon d3300 review by DavidM