Nikon has announced the launch of the D3300, a new entry level DSLR.
Nikon claim the camera allows you to enjoy superior image quality whilst keeping things simple. The camera features a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO up to 12,800 and a new Expeed 4 image processor, as well as faster continuous shooting speeds of up to 5 frames per second.
The kit lens for the D3300 is also smaller and more portable than previous entry level models.
The D3300 body only will be available for £499.99, and the 18-55mm VRII kit will be available for £599.99 from 6 February 2014.
Incredible image quality
The D3300's 24.2-megapixel sensor is specifically designed without an optical low-pass filter, so it can capture the finest details and textures with stunning sharpness. Images are remarkably clear, especially when captured with a NIKKOR lens. Thanks to the powerful new EXPEED 4 image processor and an ISO range that now offers up to ISO 12,800 (extendable to 25,600 equivalent) even images shot in dark situations at high ISOs are beautifully rendered and exceptionally clean, with rich gradation. Fast moving action, and fleeting movements or expressions can be captured at exactly the right moment thanks to continuous shooting speeds of up to 5 frames-per-second. And no matter how quick the pace is, focus is always spot-on thanks to the 11-point AF system, which boasts a cross-type sensor in the centre for greater accuracy.
Guide Mode: Step-by-step assistance
Offering clear step-by-step explanations and inspiring sample images that illustrate the desired result, Guide Mode shows beginners, as well as those who want to learn more, exactly how to shoot great photos and movies. Easily accessible through the mode dial found on top of the camera body, Guide Mode can be used to learn how to set-up the camera, and shoot, view, delete or even retouch images. Aspiring photographers can also learn how to take portraits with beautiful background blur, freeze the action or obtain clear shots in low light.
With 13 different effects to choose from, users can have a lot of fun shooting distinctive photos and movies. Options include Pop, which brightens colours by increasing the saturation; Toy Camera, which creates a retro effect; and Easy Panorama, which creates spectacular panoramas of vast landscapes or city skylines.
The joy of Full HD movies: D-Movie
The Nikon D3300 doesn’t just make it easy to capture great photos; this camera makes it wonderfully simple to record stunning movies too. The camera’s D-Movie function can record Full HD movie footage at frame rates up to 50p/60p with continuous autofocus, delivering smooth recordings of even fast-moving action, plus a remarkable level of sharpness and clarity. A one-touch movie record button makes it easy to begin and the built-in stereo microphone—plus compatibility with Nikon’s external ME-1 Stereo Microphone—results in movies that don’t just look good, but sound great as well.
Photos taken with the Nikon D3300 can be sent directly from the camera to any iOS or Android smart device, ready for easy upload to social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. The Wi-Fi function makes it possible to use the smart device to preview scenes, or control the camera remotely and capture some great self-portraits.
Intelligent design for intuitive operation
Nikon’s superior ergonomics, clear menus, and one-touch buttons for frequently used functions like D-Movie and Live View make operation quick and intuitive. The 7.5 cm (3-in.) LCD monitor with wide-viewing angle and 921K-dot resolution offers incredibly clear images, and the new ‘i’ button, conveniently located on the back of the camera makes it possible to bypass the main menu in order to quickly change settings while shooting. The clear, wide optical viewfinder (offering approximately 95% frame coverage and 0.85x magnification) makes it easy to capture perfectly timed photographs, especially when shooting fast action from a distance. And, new to the D3300, users shooting through the viewfinder can choose between a classic interface and a graphic interface that animates settings for more intuitive operation.
Thanks to the new small and retractable NIKKOR 18–55mm VR kit lens, the D3300 is a much more compact to carry than many other D-SLRs. The body weighs just 410 g (without memory card or battery) and is available in black, red or grey. Despite its small dimensions, a large comfortable grip makes it easy to get a firm hold on the camera.
Summary of Key Features:
24.2-megapixel DX-format sensor with no OLPF
Guide Mode: Clear, step-by-step assistance
Superb low-light performance: ISO 100–12,800 (expandable to ISO 25,600 equivalent)
Fast and powerful EXPEED 4 image processing engine
5 fps continuous shooting
Razor-sharp 11-point AF system with a cross-type sensor in the centre
420-pixel RGB metering sensor with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System
D-Movie: Full HD movies at frame rates up to 50/60p
Built-in microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone
Easy wireless connectivity: Via Nikon’s Wu-1a Mobile Adapter
Special Effects mode: 13 distinctive effects for still images and movies
6 Scene Modes
Large LCD screen: 7.5 cm (3.0-in.) with wide-viewing angle and 921K-dot resolution
Optical viewfinder with approximately 95% frame coverage and 0.85x magnification
Small, lightweight body: Approx. 124×98×75.5 mm. Weighs just 410 g (without battery and memory card)
Small, retractable kit lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II
Stable grip for secure handling
Choice of three body colours: Black, red, and grey
Expandable system: Compatible with the full range of NIKKOR DX-format lenses and entry-level Nikon Speedlights
For more information, take a look at the Nikon website