Nikon D3300 – the perfect little camera

Designed and created to replace the Nikon D3200, the new D3300 model is very similar to its predecessor at first glance. However, the new entry level DSLR has a single shell construction that is able to absorb a major part of the stresses, which brings it nearer to the recently announces D5300 model from Nikon. The real make over of the D3300 is, however, the kit lens, which is collapsible and which gives the manufacturer a steady ground to fight its CSC rivals. The market of compact system cameras is filled with units with ultra small dimensions, which seems to have been quite the incentive for Nikon to bring a substantial competitor into the bid. The D3300 has an 18-55mm lens with a 3x optical zoom. When not in use, the lens is collapsible, which makes the overall shape a lot smaller.

The great thing about Nikon’s D3300 is that the downsizing didn’t affect the technology at all, as the camera still enjoys the Vibration reduction technology, Nikon’s own terminology for Optical Image Stabilization. Another similarity between the D3300 and the D3200 is the 20.4 million pixel sensor, although, unlike its predecessor, the new camera has no optical low pass filter. The news here is not the AA filter-less camera, as other models are on the market as well, but the fact that it is so low in the manufacturer’s range. Despite the fact that some people claimed that removing the filter significantly increases the chances of moire pattering, Nikon claims that this is a very low risk. The manufacturer reassures users, saying that with a 20 million pixels high resolution, moire pattering is not an issue. The problem here is, in fact, that the camera is intended for beginners, who are not as experienced as advanced photographers in removing patterns in post production, so this is still a matter under discussion.

 Nikon D3300 also comes with an updated processor, the Expeed 4, which is yet another plus for the new arrival, as the same Expeed processor is being used for cameras much higher up on the manufacturer’s range. This means that the maximum shooting rate gets higher, from 4 to 5 frames per second. This should be particularly advantageous for users who enjoy shooting fast moving actions or sports. A true novelty that the model brings to the table is the easy panoramic mode, a feature that Nikon introduces for the very first time. This mode enables the photographer to capture ultra wide angle scenes only by panning the camera.

 All in all, Nikon’s D3300 is the perfect little camera for beginners and enthusiast photographers, being quite the competition for other compact system cameras on the market, through its collapsible kit lens and smaller dimensions. Furthermore, it features some of the best technology of cameras that occupy a higher place in the manufacturer’s range, which makes it a perfect acquisition for DSLR fans.