A summary, as well as a brief explanation of the Nikon D3300 specifications and key features with details, are listed in this article. If you read this article till last, you’ll have a total overview of the Nikon D, despite not having the camera in your hands.
- Sensor Size: 23.2×15.4mm, DX ~1.55x crop
- Sensor Pixels: 24.2mp
- Sensor Technology: CMOS, Bayer, no AA filter, microlens
- Max Image Size: 6000×4000, 4496×3000, 2992×2000
- Video: 1080P/60/30/25/24 stereo sound (internal mic mono), 720P 60/50, and VGA 30/25 (stored in .MOV with H.264 compression), 20-minute maximum length
- Processor: EXPEED4
- File Formats: JPEG, 12-bit Compressed NEF
- Auto Rotation: Yes
- Storage: SD, SDHC, or SDXC, UHS-I, and Eye-Fi
- Connectivity: USB 2.0 HIGH, optional WiFi
- Lens Support: AF-S only (other AF don’t focus)
- Autofocus Assist: Yes (white lamp)
- ISO: 100-12800, HI1, AUTO
- White Balance: Auto, custom, 6 predefined with fine tuning
- Color LCD: 3″, 921,000 dots 160 degree
- Continuous Shooting Speed: 5 fps
- Shutter Speeds: 30s to 1/4000, bulb. 100k rated
- Mirror Lockup: No
- Viewfinder: Pentamirror, 95%, 0.85x magnification, 18mm eyepoint, -1.7 to +.5 diopters
- Optional Viewfinder Accessories: DR-6 right angle, -5 to +3 diopter corrections, DG-2 magnifier
- Flash Type: I-TTL, M
- Internal Flash: Yes GN 39ft 12m (ISO 100)
- Colors: Red, Gray
- Size: 4.88 x 3.86 x 2.99′′ (124x98x75.5mm)
- Weight: 16 ounces (455g) with w/battery and card
- Battery: EN-EL14a (700 shots CIPA)
- Optional AC Adapter: EP-5a + EH-5a/b
- Other significant: Self-cleaning sensor, no top LCD (rear color LCD used instead), PictBridge, in-camera small picture option, layered images, in-camera editing and trimming, in-camera B&W and color filtration, in-camera D-Lighting, in-camera perspective control, color outline, soft filters, FUNC button, can mount non-AI lenses without damage, RAW to JPEG in camera conversion, eye detection sensor, intelligent guide, GPS support (GP-1a), quiet shooting mode, wireless (WU-1a), easy panorama mode, external microphone jack
- Included Software: ViewNX2
Replaced By: Nikon D3400
Advantages and Disadvantages
These are the advantages of disadvantages of the Nikon D3300. This can also be referred to as what reviewers, as well as users, like and dislike.
These are the pros/advantages of the Nikon D3300:
- Impressive burst mode
- Good dynamic range
- Deep buffers with JPEGs
- Good print quality
- Face Detection Focusing
- 11 Focus Points
- 921k dots LCD Resolution
- 430g Light Body
- External Microphone Port
- Panorama Shooting
- Flash Sync Port
- Compatible with fast UHS-I cards
- 24MP resolution sensor
- Long battery (700 shots)
These are the cons/advantages of the Nikon D3300:
- Issues with noise are apparent at lower ISO settings
- No Wireless Connection
- No Sensor shift Image Stabilization
- No Articulating and Touch Screen
|Type||Single-lens reflex digital camera|
|Body Type||Compact SLR|
Despite having a very small size, the D3300 has the latest EXPEED 4 image-processing engine and 24.2 effective megapixels. The camera has NIKKOR interchangeable lenses, which provide amazingly clear detail even in low-light conditions, and a variety of cutting-edge technology that make it incredibly user-friendly, especially for novices.
Dimensions and Weight
(W x H x D)
|Approx. 124 x 98 x 75.5 mm/4.88 x 3.86 x 2.99′’|
|Weight||Approx. 460 g/1.01 lb /16.22 oz (with battery and memory card but without body cap); Approx. 410 g/ 0.90 lb/14.46 oz (camera body only)|
The Nikon D3300 measures 124 x 98 x 75.5 mm (4.88 x 3.86 x 2.99′′) and weighs 460 g/1.01 lb /16.22 oz with a battery and memory card but without a body cap. The only camera body weighs approximately 410 g/ 0.90 lb/14.46 oz.
The Nikon D3300 is a relatively light camera for its class, especially when you consider that the average weight of DSLR-type cameras is 773g.
|Min Shutter Speed||30s|
|Max Mechanical Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode||YES|
|Custom White Balance||YES|
|Flash Range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|Max Flash Sync||1/200s|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p fps), |
1280 x 720 (60p, 50p fps),
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Sensor Dimension||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2|
|Total Pixels||24.78 Million|
|Effective Pixels||24.2 Million|
|Dust reduction system||Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)|
|Maximum Native ISO||12800|
|Maximum Boosted ISO||25,600|
|Minimum Native ISO||100|
The Nikon D3300 contains a 24.0MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) CMOS sensor. Processor 4 exceeding. You can capture images with aspect ratios of 3:2 with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels. The D3300 can save files in RAW format, which provides you more room for post-processing, and it has a base ISO range of 100 – 12800 that can be increased to 25600.
The APS-C camera with the lowest resolution is the Nikon D3300.
Nikon D500 DxOMark Sensor Scores
DxOMark is a benchmark for evaluating the image quality of camera sensors scientifically. DxO Mark evaluated the Nikon D3300 sensor and gave it an overall score of 82 for its ability to produce high-quality images. The specifics of their examination of the Nikon D3300 are available here.
The absence of an anti-alias (Low-pass) filter on the sensor of the Nikon D3300 is a significant aspect. Removing the anti-aliasing filter improves the sharpness and degree of detail but also increases the likelihood of moire in some settings.
|Viewfinder||Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder|
|Frame coverage||Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.85x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)|
|Eyepoint||18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)|
|Diopter adjustment||-1.7 to +0.5 m-1|
|Focusing screen||Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen|
|Reflex mirror||Quick return|
|Lens aperture||Instant return, electronically controlled|
The built-in optical (pentamirror) viewfinder of the D3300 makes it simpler to take pictures in bright sunshine and other circumstances when it could be challenging to see the LCD panel. The viewfinder features a 0.57x magnification ratio and 95% coverage. 95% coverage indicates that the image you see while shooting will be slightly different from what you see in your viewfinder.
|Image size(pixels)||Easy panorama mode: Normal (horizontal pan) 4800 x 1080; normal (vertical pan) 1632 x 4800; wide (horizontal pan) 9600 x 1080; wide (vertical pan) 1632 x 9600|
Other modes: 6000 x 4000 (large); 4496 x 3000 (medium); 2992 x 2000 (small)
|File format||NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed|
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
|Picture Control system||Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified|
|Media||SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards|
|File system||DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge|
The D3300 supports UHS-I and employs Secure Digital memory cards (SD, SDHC, and SDXC) as its storage medium in its single storage slot.
|Screen Type||Fixed Type (170° viewing angle)|
|Screen size||3.00 inch ( 7.5cm)|
|Screen resolution||921k dots ( XGA )|
The 3.00-inch Fixed Type LCD screen on the Nikon D3300 features a 921k-dot resolution. The screen size and resolution meet the requirements for this class.
Sadly, the Nikon D3300 lacks a selfie-friendly screen.
|Autofocus||Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)|
|Detection range||-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)|
|Lens servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status |
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
|Focus point||Can be selected from 11 focus points|
|AF-area mode||Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)|
|Focus lock||Focus can be locked by pressing the shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L (protect) button|
The Nikon D3300 contains autofocus (AF) systems that use both contrast detection and phase detection, ensuring that it can focus quickly and precisely in the majority of circumstances. There are 11 focus locations in the AF system, and 1 of these sensors is a cross-type. Compared to single-type sensors, cross-type sensors are faster and more accurate at locking focus.
Additionally, the Nikon D3300 has face detection autofocus, which automatically locks focus when it detects faces in the frame.
|AF Live view||YES|
|AF Face Detection||YES|
|AF Contrast detection||YES|
|AF Phase detection||YES|
|Number of focus points||11|
|Number of cross-focus points||1|
The D3300 boasts a true through-the-lens optical viewfinder, much like all SLRs. For instance, it is not as big as a D7100’s, but at 0.85x magnification, it is slightly bigger than a D3200’s. On the focusing screen, there are 11 tiny dots that serve as permanent, unobtrusive markers for the locations of the 11 autofocus sensors. When using single-point autofocus, which lets you choose which AF point the camera should utilize, the active autofocus point turns red when the shutter release is half-pressed.
Auto Area, Dynamic Area, and 3D Tracking are some of the several AF area options that are accessible. Focusing with the optical viewfinder is still much faster than in Live View mode, and autofocus speeds with the new kit zoom were quick.
|Metering||TTL exposure metering using the main image sensor|
|Frame size (pixels)and frame rate||1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive)/50p/30p/25p/24p, high (fine)/normal|
1280 x 720, 60p/50p, high (fine)/normal
640 x 424, 30p/25p, high (fine)/normal
Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
|Video compression||H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding|
|Audio recording format||Linear PCM|
|Audio recording device||Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO 100 to 12800; can also be set to approx. 1 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 12800|
The EXPEED 4 image processor, first introduced in the more expensive D5300, is coupled with the sensor in the Nikon D3300. The D3300 can now shoot still images at five frames per second, up from four frames per second in the previous model, when compared to the EXPEED 3 chip of the D3200. It also allows for Full HD (1080p; 1,920 x 1,080 pixel) video capture at a 60fps rate, whereas its predecessor was limited to 24 or 30fps. That allows for smoother motion, or for a 0.5x slow motion effect without reducing the frame rate beyond that of the older model.
|Compatible lenses||Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported), and AI-P lenses; Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M but the camera exposure meter will not function electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster|
There are presently 316 native lenses that can be used with the Nikon D3300’s Nikon F lens mount. Nikon F mount has one of the widest selections of lenses and has backward compatibility, allowing you to use lenses dating back to the 1960s. Additionally, it is highly supported by lenses made by independent producers.
The Nikon D3300 has a minor drawback in that it lacks an internal focus motor, making it incompatible with older screw-drive autofocus (AF) lenses. With contemporary Nikon AF-S, AF-I, and G lenses, it continues to function properly, while lenses from the 1980s may not autofocus on the Nikon D3300.
Best Lenses for Nikon D
Nikon 24-120mm f4G ED VR
Nikon 35mm f1.8G
Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 VC
Sigma 8mm F3.5 EX DG Fisheye
Nikon Micro-105mm f2.8G IF-ED VR
|Type||Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter|
|Speed||1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time|
|Flash sync speed||X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower|
The Nikon D3300 has a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second and can shoot continuously at a maximum rate of 5 fps.
|Release mode||Single frame, continuous, quiet shutter release, self-timer, delayed remote; ML-L3, quick-response remote; ML-L3|
|Frame advance rate||Up to 5 fps (Frame rates assume manual focus, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)|
|Self-timer||2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures|
|Metering||TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor|
|Metering method||Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)|
Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of the frame
Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on the selected focus point
|Range(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)||Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EVSpot metering: 2 to 20 EV|
|Exposure meter coupling||CPU|
|Mode||Auto modes (auto; auto [flash off]); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; color sketch; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key; HDR painting; easy panorama)|
|Exposure compensation||Can be adjusted by -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV in P, S, A and M modes|
|Exposure lock||Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L (Protect) button|
|ISO sensitivity(Recommended Exposure Index)||ISO 100 to 12800 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available|
|Active D-Lighting||On, off|
Flash( Built-in and External)
|Built-in flash||Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, color sketch, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up |
P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
|Guide number||Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)|
|Flash control||TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400 or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering|
|Flash mode||Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off|
|Flash compensation||-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV|
|Flash-ready indicator||Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output|
|Accessory shoe||ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock|
|Nikon Creative LightingSystem (CLS)||Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units|
|Sync terminal||AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (available separately)|
The D3300 contains an internal flash as well as a flash shoe for mounting external flashes.
On the Nikon D3300, the following flash settings are available: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and Rear-curtain with slow sync.
|Lens servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)Manual focus (MF)|
|AF-area mode||Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF|
|Autofocus||Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)|
|Automatic scene selection||Available in auto and auto [flash off] modes|
The contrast-detect autofocus technique is used by the camera in Live View. You can either start this with a half-press of the shutter release or have the camera focus constantly, depending on the AF setting that is selected. Though much quicker than on older models, the first technique is still far behind the phase detection technique utilized outside of Live View in terms of speed. The other autofocus setting, known as full-time AF, may cause more annoyance than gain because the photo can lose focus just as you were about to capture it (though you can at least lock focus by half-pressing the shutter release when you think the focus is where it should be).
Naturally, you may manually focus while in Live View mode. The loupe icon button can be continuously pressed to zoom into the live image, just like on older LV-enabled models. However, because the live view feed looks to be low resolution, this magnification is not very useful. On a similar note, it irritates me that Nikon still doesn’t provide a live histogram to assist you in determining the proper exposure while using Live View mode.
|Video output||NTSC, PAL|
|HDMI output||Type C mini-pin HDMI connector|
|Accessory terminal||Wireless remote controllers; WR-1, WR-R10Remote cord; MC-DC2GPS units; GP-1/GP-1A (all available separately)|
|Audio input||Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter); supports optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone|
The D3300 does not enable wireless connectivity, however, it does offer high-speed USB 2.0 for wired connections. A normal 3.5mm stereo mic jack, a Type-C Mini-HDMI connector, and an Accessory Terminal are also included. These are used with the MC-DC2 remote control or the GP-1 GPS device, respectively.
|Battery||One EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery|
|AC adapter||EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)|
The Nikon D3300 comes with a specific charger and uses a proprietary rechargeable EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery. Although Nikon does not specifically mention battery life for Live View mode, which will undoubtedly be significantly lower, battery life is CIPA-rated for 700 shots/charge when using the optical viewfinder, which is above normal for a consumer DSLR.
|White balance||Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning|
|Playback||Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie and panorama playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, picture rating, and image comment (up to 36 characters)|
|Tripod socket||1/4 in. (ISO 1222)|
|Temperature||Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F|
|Humidity||85% or less (no condensation)|
|Supplied accessories(may differ by country or area)||EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-24 Battery Charger, DK-25 Rubber Eyecup, UC-E17 USB Cable, EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable, AN-DC3 Camera Strap, BF-1B Body Cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM|
|Supported languages||Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese|
Nikon D3400 specifications and key features have made it clear that this camera is suitable for beginner photography use. The features are excellent and somewhat meet the modern requirements. The camera provides all basic level options for a good level of production. You should choose the lens for appropriate use in order to get the best results.
Is Nikon D3300 good camera?
YES. The Nikon D3300 is among the greatest entry-level cameras because of how simple it was to operate, how well it produced images, and how inexpensive it was. But if you want to buy new, you will probably find better offers for the D3400 (opens in new tab) or the D3500 (opens in new tab), as the D3300 is no longer a popular model.
Is Nikon D3300 good for beginners?
YES. The Nikon D3300 successfully achieves its goal of becoming a DSLR for beginners. The majority of the controls are ideal for individuals who wish to experiment with Aperture or Shutter priority mode and go beyond the fundamentals. It works nicely in point-and-shoot mode.
What is the maximum shutter count for Nikon D3300?
Online, I’ve read that the Nikon D3300 has a 200,000 shutter activation rating.
Does Nikon D3300 have built in WiFi?
NO. The D3300 lacks an integrated Wi-Fi module. The WU-1a wireless adaptor is necessary for the D3300 to connect to any iOS or Android device.
Is Nikon D3300 full frame?
NO. All of the older Nikon camera models, including the D4, D600, D700, D800/E, D3, D3S, and D3X, as well as the DF, D610, D750, D810, and D4S, have full-frame sensors. All of Nikon’s full-frame sensor cameras are referred to as FX.
Does Nikon D3300 have video?
YES. To start recording video on the D3300, press the “Lv” button on the back panel to activate the live view. Pressing the red movie record button, which is located right behind the shutter release, will start a recording.
Does the Nikon D3300 have live view?
YES. In our tests, the Nikon D3300’s contrast-detect AF, which is a bit slow even for Live View, took roughly 1.8 seconds to focus. (How quickly the lens can change focus here makes a significant effect.) In Live View mode, prefocused shutter latency was also longer but still acceptable at 0.47 seconds.
Does Nikon D3300 have HDMI?
YES. The Nikon D3300 has an HDMI output that may be used to broadcast clear, uncompressed video at up to 1080p30 while recording for use with an external display or recorder, in addition to being used for image and movie playback.
Does the Nikon D3300 have a mic input?
YES. For connecting a Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone or a ME-W1 Wireless Microphone for external recording, the Nikon D3300 DSLR camera contains a stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter). Each of these choices can greatly lessen the amount of autofocus noise that is captured.
Is Nikon D3300 a crop sensor?
YES. You do not need to utilize DX lenses only because the Nikon D3300 has a crop sensor. The DX-format D3300 employs F-mount lenses, just like all other Nikon cameras. This indicates that it will be compatible with all AF-S and AF-P Nikon lenses (lenses with built-in autofocus motors).
Does Nikon D3300 have autofocus motor?
NO. The D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3500, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, D3000, D60, D40X, and D40 do not have an autofocus motor incorporated into the camera body.
Does AF lens work on D3300?
YES. The Nikon AF-P 70-300 4.5-5.6E ED VR lens is compatible and will function with your Nikon D3300 without any restrictions.
How long does Nikon D3300 take to charge?
A Nikon EN-EL14 or Nikon EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion battery powers the Nikon D3300 DSLR camera. Before using the battery for the first time, it should be fully charged, which takes around an hour and 50 minutes. The charger’s indicator light will turn solid when the charge is finished.