Nikon D3300 Shooter’s Reports 1 and 2: Is this affordable SLR for you?


posted Friday, May 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM EST


Nikon's D3300 outdoes the competition in ways that will please beginning photographers, such as a better-than-average kit lens and a great sensor. Nikon also brought the groundbreaking carbon fiber monocoque construction technique found on the more expensive D5300 to this entry-level model, which allows for a lighter, smaller, stronger camera than the previous polycarbonate-on-metal chassis of its predecessor.

And lest you begin to think little changes from generation-to-generation on entry-level cameras like this, think again. Nikon hasn't played it safe with the D3300, removing the optical low pass filter to deliver crisper images, albeit with the potential for greater moiré. This is a move sure to please enthusiasts, though we have to wonder how the intended audience of beginners will respond when they naïvely attempt to take photos with repeating patterns in buildings or fabrics in the frame.

Reviewer Rob Taylor-Case took the D3300 out for a test drive and found much to enjoy. At the same time, the experience wasn't always a smooth one for this loyal Canon fan. Find out what he liked and disliked about this strong entry-level DSLR in our Nikon D3300 Shooter's Reports, Part I & Part II!

Curious to see how the D3300 compares to its big brother, the D5300? Take a look: Nikon D3300 vs. Nikon D5300.

Want to compare the D3300 to Canon's model in this price bracket? Take a look: Nikon D3300 vs. Canon SL1.

Nikon 35mm f/1.8, f/1.8, 1/4000s, ISO 100