Nikon D3300 Announcement

Today Nikon announced the new Nikon D3300 DSLR camera – an update to the existing Nikon D3200 that was released in the spring of 2012. The D3300 is not a huge upgrade over its predecessor. Judging from its specifications, it is mostly a cosmetic release without major innovations, meant to keep Nikon’s entry-level line fresh. The image sensor is supposedly new that increases the native max ISO from 6400 to 12800, although its resolution stayed the same at 24.2 megapixels. The main difference in sensors is the removal of the optical low-pass / anti-aliasing filter, which has now become a trend even on entry-level DSLRs (the Nikon D5300 was also released without a low-pass filter). The D3300 comes with the new EXPEED 4 processor that we have seen earlier on the D5300, which allows the camera to record/process images and video at higher rates. For example, video recording at full 1080p is now possible at 60 frames per second. Continuous shooting frame rate has been increased from 4 to 5 fps and the viewfinder got a slight magnification boost from 0.78x to 0.85x.

Nikon D3300

Let’s take a closer look at the specifications of the camera.

Nikon D3300 Specifications

Here is a short list of important specifications:

  1. Effective angle of view: Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
  2. Effective pixels: 24.2 million
  3. Image sensor: 23.2 x 15.4mm CMOS sensor
  4. Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning
  5. Image size (pixels): 6,000 x 4,000 [L], 4,496 x 3,000 [M], 2,992 x 2,000
  6. File format: Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression, NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
  7. Media: SD (Secure Digital), SDHC and SDXC memory cards
  8. Viewfinder: Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
  9. Frame coverage: Approx. 95%
  10. Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb
  11. Flash sync speed: Up to 1/200s
  12. Shutter release modes: Continuous, Delayed remote, Quick Response Remote Mode, Quiet shutter-release, Self-timer Mode, Single-frame mode
  13. Frame advance rate: up to 5 fps
  14. Exposure modes: Aperture-Priority (A), Auto, Auto (flash off), Manual (M), Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
  15. Exposure compensation: -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
  16. ISO sensitivity: ISO 100-12,800
  17. Active D-Lighting: On, Off
  18. Autofocus: Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
  19. Focus point: Can be selected from 11 focus points
  20. Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate: HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps, HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps, HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps, HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps, HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps, HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps, HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps, VGA 640×424 / 30 fps, VGA 640×424 / 25 fps
  21. Movie file format: MOV
  22. Video compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  23. Audio recording format: Linear PCM
  24. Audio recording device: Built-in microphone, monaural
  25. LCD monitor: 3.0 in diagonal TFT-LCD with 921,000 dots

More detailed specifications can be found on the NikonUSA website.

To be honest, for me the D3300 looks like a perfect camera that is announced to be announced. Another release that will confuse more potential buyers, now that Nikon sells three D3x0 units – D3100, D3200 and D3300. To me personally, the only exciting part about this release is the new collapsible 18-55mm DX lens – something new for a change.

Pre-Order Links

As usual, the newly announced Nikon D3300 kit is now available for pre-order from our partner B&H Photo Video for $649.95.


  1. January 7, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Progress is funny… I laid extra for the D800E to have the low pass filter removed, and I’m still stuck without 1080p@60fps.

  2. 2) autofocusross
    January 7, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I got a bit of a flea in my ear for making derogatory comments about the somewhat feature ‘crippled’ Df post in here last week. I was clearly saying that Nikon put the Df out there for photographers who wanted a more basic feature set with high image quality, and the ability to bring home the shots in poor light with the improved ISO noise capability. I went on to say that it wouldn’t surprise me to see Nikon eventually release such a model into each price level.

    The D3300 certainly does do this in a way – but not in others – it is a feature upgrade of sorts in that the Expeed processor and Anti Aliasing filter removal… but it has not removed the dreaded (by some) video capability, nor, as far as we can tell at this stage, has it improved low light high iso noise performance. Maybe it has, the higher native iso and the expeed 4 processor may make that happen.

    I predict that eventually Nikon will introduce ‘sister’ models (eg a D5300a, a D3300a etc) which strip out some of the less used features, which is the price of giving us a camera that delivers a better image quality overall than that given with the present genre.

    All design is compromise, you can’t have every feature under the sun on a camera body, and expect it to outperform a dedicated stills camera, designed from the standpoint of providing stills image quality of a higher standard.

    I think the Df and now the D3300 is a kind of start down this road for Nikon. It is not many DSLR owners you meet who use their cameras for doing rafts of video work. Lets face it, if video is your game you can get vastly superior results and ease of use with a dedicated video camera. I have always viewed the video feature on a DSLR as handy if you encounter something you need to video while actually out on a stills shoot. I know some will disagree and insist video is here to stay, but somehow, I suspect we will see the De-convergence of technologies with Nikon, and others, launching sister models designed for improved stills work.

    It makes sense – the Df is a very desirable camera for those who need what it offers.

    When I bought my D5200 one of the main reasons I upgraded from the (equally great) D5100 was that the image quality improvement was well documented by several in depth reviews – later confirmed by DXo Mark concluding that the D5200 offered the highest image quality of any ‘DX’ camera to date – and later testing on the D5300 (basically same camera with no Anti Aliasing filter) the D5200 was still rated higher on Image Quality.

    I intend to stick with this body until, or unless, Nikon launch a Df equivalent in this price range, which affords even better image quality. I don’t personally care too much about features – the point of digital is that we can bracket shots as much as we like – if the underlying image quality is not there, you are going to notice it sooner or later when you go for big enlargements.

    I am envious of new photographers having this D3300 as a beginners DSLR – what a difference to the D3000 of only a few years ago! They’ll get great shots (if they have an instinct for composition) right out of the box!

    Nikon are not being shy about launching new models, I wonder what else 2014 holds in store for us all.

  3. 3) Neil
    January 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

    And now we have a choice of new, never opened D3000, D3100, D3200, and D3300 cameras! Now that’s inventory management genius. :) The D3300 is a capable camera, no doubt, but it really isn’t that different. It’s like they’re iterating for iteration’s sake. If the customer isn’t buying the existing models, slow down the iterations, push out the inventory, and then refocus on what will sell.

  4. 4) Will
    January 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I have to be honest, as a Nikon shooter I am really getting sick of them. I bought a D5200 as an emergency backup just last year for about $800, and that was the price without a kit lens. A few months later they come out with this one for $650 WITH a kit lens, and it shoots at the same burst rate with a faster processor. The only major differences I can see is the lack of a swivel screen and the 11-point vs. 39-point AF systems, but the D3300 also has the bonus of no AA-filter.

    I think the majority of us could have waited the few extra months for them to get the Expeed 4 ready if we had known about, and then the D5200/D3200 would have been completely pointless. Seems like Nikon is ready to release a new camera every time they make a minor improvement. Don’t even get me started on the D600/D610 debacle, because my girlfriend has the D600 and was furious when the D610 was announced after Nikon pretended there weren’t any problems with the D600.

  5. January 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Does this body have a built in AF motor?

    • January 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      No the the D3000,3100,3200, and now 3300 don’t have in camera motor built in. Requires lens that have Focus motors within the the lens itself.

      They don’t start having focus motor in camera until the D7000, 7100.

  6. 6) Mohamed malik
    January 9, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Perfectly happy with my D7000. I Think I Will Wait For The D7200 Or Go Full Frame Sometime Later…..

    • 6.1) Phillip M Jones
      January 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I would gladly trade up. I may do so when the Weather Breaks

      I’ve actually got two D3200 (don’t ask why) I’d be willing to trade the two for the 3300. I I were to consider something else I would consider the D800e . But that is way out of my league.

  7. 7) Ara
    September 9, 2014 at 10:34 am


    Need some advice from more knowledgeable and experience people here.

    I’m in search of a new camera and I’ve been reading reviews, researching the last couple of weeks.
    The choice is daunting to say the least. There are so many models, types etc not to mention all the different lenses.

    Some background:
    I’m relatively new to photography.
    First DSL: Nikon D40 with 18-200mm (it was stolen in Asia)

    Second camera: Powershot SX220HS ( I was still in Asia and didn’t have the funds at the time to purchase another DSLR)

    In Hindsight, I probably should have started with a P&S. Once you get used to the responsiveness of the DSLR, it’s not easy going back to a P&S… :)

    I would like some advice since I know there are people out there who have way more experience and knowledge about photography than I do.

    My budget is pretty low ($400-700) . I don’t mind buying used. I will be using the camera when I go to Asia this winter. I enjoy taking photos of landscapes, portraits, nature sometimes macros.

    I prefer as light and compact as possible. I used to have a Nikon D40 w/18-200mm and while it was great. It was a tad heavy and bulky (this would discourage me to taking camera out with me sometimes). Ability to shoot nice video is almost somewhat important.

    So far I’ve narrowed it down to the Nikon D3300, D5200.

    Plot twist, I remembered I have an old Canon 35mm film camera with two lenses which I bought years ago.

    Cam body: Canon EOS 500 QD
    First lens: 35-80mm 1:4-5.6 III
    Second lens: 75-300 EF 1:4-5.6 II

    I have several questions I was hoping you might be able to answer or at least shine some light on.

    1) How much do you think this Canon camera is worth (if anything) at this point? how much are the lenses worth?

    2) Can I use these lenses on a newer Canon body? like a SLI or T4i or T5i or any other new entry/mid level Canon camera? If so, I think it would make sense for me to buy a new Canon body and use these lenses (if they’re any good)

    3) Given my photography level (entry to low end intermediate), which camera would you suggest I purchase? I prefer to have something that’s not too heavy, don’t necessarily want to carry lots of lenses.


    • 7.1) Phillip M Jones
      September 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Definitely the 3300 ,or if your will to make payments. Get the 7100.
      Not a fan of the 5000 series. Because of the flexible screen. I am a former Electronics Tech. I had bad experiences with anything that swiveled or flexed.

      On the other hand the 5000 series has a little better focusing system. And maybe a better view in the viewfinder.

      • 7.1.1) Ara
        October 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

        Thank you for the advice, Philip.

        the 7100 is out of my price range.

        I’ve recently realized I have an old Canon 35mm film camera with a 35-80 and 75-300mm lens. So I was thinking of just getting a refurbished T3i and using the old lenses

        wondering if the Canon T3i would be a better option and serve me better (to learn with) down the road than a new Nikon 3300.

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