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.
Let’s take a closer look at the specifications of the camera.
Nikon D3300 Specifications
Here is a short list of important specifications:
- Effective angle of view: Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
- Effective pixels: 24.2 million
- Image sensor: 23.2 x 15.4mm CMOS sensor
- Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning
- Image size (pixels): 6,000 x 4,000 [L], 4,496 x 3,000 [M], 2,992 x 2,000
- 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
- Media: SD (Secure Digital), SDHC and SDXC memory cards
- Viewfinder: Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
- Frame coverage: Approx. 95%
- Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb
- Flash sync speed: Up to 1/200s
- Shutter release modes: Continuous, Delayed remote, Quick Response Remote Mode, Quiet shutter-release, Self-timer Mode, Single-frame
- Frame advance rate: up to 5 fps
- Exposure modes: Aperture-Priority (A), Auto, Auto (flash off), Manual (M), Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
- Exposure compensation: -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
- ISO sensitivity: ISO 100-12,800
- Active D-Lighting: On, Off
- Autofocus: Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
- Focus point: Can be selected from 11 focus points
- 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
- Movie file format: MOV
- Video compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
- Audio recording format: Linear PCM
- Audio recording device: Built-in microphone, monaural
- 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.