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Nikon 3200 vs. D3300 specifications comparison

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Specifications comparison between the Nikon D3200 and the new D3300:

Nikon D3200 Nikon D3300
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Live View Shooting Yes Yes
Monitor Size 3.0in. diagonal 3.0in. diagonal
ISO Sensitivity ISO100-6400
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
ISO100-12,800
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
File Format Still Images 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
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
Battery / Batteries One EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
White Balance Auto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Auto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Picture Control Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Selected Picture Control can be Modified
Standard
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Selected Picture Control can be Modified
Standard
Vivid
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 5.0in.(125mm)x3.8in.(96mm)x3.1in.(76.5mm) 4.9in.(124mm)x3.9in.(98mm)x3.0in.(75.5mm)
Monitor Resolution 921,000Dots 921,000Dots
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Battery Life (shots per charge) 540shots (CIPA) 700shots (CIPA)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 95% Horizontal(Approx.) 95% Horizontal(Approx.)
Storage Media SD
SDHC
SDXC
SD
SDHC
SDXC
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Photo Illustration
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Straighten
Trim
Effective Pixels 24.2million 24.2million
Optical Low Pass Filter yes no
Card Slot 1 Secure Digital (SD) 1 Secure Digital (SD)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately) EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78x(Approx.) 0.85x(Approx.)
GPS GP-1 GPS unit GP-1A GPS unit
Approx. Weight 16oz.(455g) camera body only 15.1oz.(430g) camera body only
Sensor Size 23.2mmx15.4mm 23.2mmx15.4mm
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000sec. 1/4000sec.
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
Image Sensor Format DX DX
Slowest Shutter Speed 30sec. 30sec.
Viewfinder Eyepoint 18mm (-1.0m¯¹) 18mm (-1.0m¯¹)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Flash Sync Modes Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Auto
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain with slow sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Scene Modes Auto
Auto [Flash Off]
Child
Close-up
Landscape
Night Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Auto
Auto [Flash Off]
Child
Close-up
Landscape
Night Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Movie HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Mirror Lock Up Yes (for image sensor cleaning) Yes (for image sensor cleaning)
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, monaural
Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, monaural
Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 4frames per second 5frames per second
Focus Modes Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported CLS Supported
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 11 11
Processor Expeed 3 Expeed 4
Panorama Mode No Yes
 Price $526.95 $646.95
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  • Squidward

    As long as it comes in red, and is the latest on the market it’ll sell. Even though there’s no significant improvement except for ISO, but how many D3xxx shooters know what ISO is anyway?

    • David G.

      “how many D3xxx shooters know what ISO is anyway?”

      I do. Owning an entry-level camera doesn’t mean the user is a noob.

      • Global

        Only a NOOB would say that, David! (Just kidding, friend, only a joke. I still the D40.)

      • Squidward

        I agree. There is an exception to every rule.

        But I have to ask, as someone who knows their way around a camera, do you not find having to dig deep in the menus to change the most basic settings annoying?
        Do you miss the second command dial?

        I spent some time with a friend’s D5100 and it drove me mad. It was a very capable camera, but I couldn’t get it to do what I wanted it to do fast enough. It was a camera designed to take photos, not a camera designed to let the user take phots. A subtle, yet important difference.

        • David G.

          I assign th Fn button to ISO and I’m good to go. (I use a D3100).
          However, we can both agree : its design isn’t perfect. If I was cynical I’d say camera manufacturers voluntarily cripple their lower-end products…

        • yalc

          Well said. I’ve felt the same frustration.

        • mikeswitz

          What if wedding photographers use it as a dedicated video camera. The quality wouldn’t be significantly different than say, a D4. If the video was well crafted, no one would know the difference.

        • Merv S

          When would such speed in changing camera controls be needed for casual users who use their camera only once in a while?

          If one is using their camera for paid jobs, for sure a D5xxx and D3xxx would not be as appropriate as a D7000 or higher level camera. Even Nikon wouldn’t want their two lowest level dSLRs to be used in this circumstance.

          • Squidward

            Well, thats the point. Most users of these cameras don’t change the settings.

            A lot of photography is about speed. Even to the casual shooter. Not much in the world is static (excepting landscape photographers, but even then light changes fast. Near the equator the golden hour is more like the golden 10 minutes). Speed is important. How long can your wife hold a pose or smile and still look natural? Will your dog or child stay still for another 10 seconds so you can get the shot?

            I see it in my mind and put it in the camera fast, and the D3xxx/D5xxx cameras don’t cut it. I still have a D90 though. It holds a special place in my heart.

            • Merv S

              It won’t cut it for you, but does that mean they should stop making D3xxx and D5xxx models which does more than well enough for the majority of people out there?

              A significant number of posters in camera forums seem to hate the D3xxx and D5xxx series of bodies to the point where they don’t think these bodies should even be made. Why, I don’t know as they aren’t forced to buy a D3xxx or D5xxx body.

              I don’t really need the feature set of a D800 or D800E, but that doesn’t mean I criticize these dSLRs because I’m not interested in getting one of these bodies.

            • Michal Zdunek

              and I think without those D3xxx and D5xxx bodies NIKON shares would have plunged even lower where they are now…

              this is their bread and butter I think (but I don’t know much)

              as it is stated everywhere… those are entry level cameras, cameras who give people without a clue an idea how a real camera body feels like.

              someone who starts getting into it taking pictures on a low budged is pretty damn right with those D3xxx and D5xxx bodies…

              my 2 cents…

            • jp

              I think that´s the Nikon strategy. Start with bargain D3xxx and let you realise that you actually need a better body. Then go and pay more. I also use D90, started with D60 and never considered to replace usability by features (switch from D90 to entry level nikons to get some more ISO and pixels). Size of the body is not the issue when used with some lense… Would rather save for d7xxx.

            • Squidward

              Spot on. Nikon forced me into a D800, nothing else would do. No D400, so what to do? Nikon got me to spend more than I wanted to and I hated doing it for that reason, I don’t need 40+Mb RAW files but I do love the resolution.

          • Can’t Believe It

            This is a page from Artificial Light Photography by AA himself. If the caption isn’t readable from this scan, it says: “This represents an image made chiefly with available light from the Lucite ceiling, plus use of a spotlight to pick out the tufts in the black leather under the bar.”
            So maybe he did shoot in at least one poorly lit pub. I’ve always loved this book and now I know why I’ve kept it all this time.

            • george

              Right, and if he happened to be alive today and have to take the same shot he’d still choose to use a film camera over a D3200…

            • Can’t Believe It

              I was posting this photo in reply to @remedy who said that he wanted to see a shot made by Ansel in a dimly lit club. And as to what AA would be using if he were alive today? He would be using whatever the heck he felt like….he was Ansel Adams and he didn’t have to defer to anyone’s ideas of what he should or shouldn’t do. But the rest of us mortals, we have to use what we can afford or what fits our business model.

        • Fra Lippi

          I have a D3100. I also have the Fn button set to do ISO. I also use Auto-ISO if I know the light will be changing. It’s a couple extra steps, but what you gain is an SLR that’s small enough to stuff in a jacket pocket.

        • Spy Black

          Depends on how you use it. I use a D5100 in the studio and all I set is ISO, white balance, sync, shutter, F, and set it to manual. You don’t have to dig seep to do any of that. Outside I’m either on Aperture priority or manual with essentially the same basic settings. I do more or less the same with my D600.

          What is it that you’re digging around for?

        • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

          I used to have a D5000 and I prefer its controls over the mid-range twin-dial Nikons in most respects. (I do not prefer its viewfinder or AF or lack of a focus motor. I have not used a pro-level body and can’t comment on those.) Yes, it doesn’t have as many hard buttons, but the menu system is very consistent so it’s easy to change a specific setting when you want to. Also, unlike the twin dial cameras the single dial always does what you want and expect. (I was shocked at what poor use Nikon makes of the front dial.) And, finally, the flip-out display is genuinely useful.

          Before DSLRs plenty of photographers made do with essentially three controls — focus, aperture, and shutter speed (with ISO being set when loading film, although I admit that it’s very useful to have a control for that). If you shoot RAW you can basically leave AWB on. How many freaking buttons do you need? Focus, A or S or both (for P), ISO, and a shutter release as far as I’m concerned.

          • Remedy

            Now that’s some stupid thing to say, really. You prefer digging in menus to change some CRUCIAL camera settings over a dozen of dedicated buttons and 2 scrolls? Suffering from sun stroke much?
            Seriously dude stop.

            • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

              Sounds like I’m in some pretty good company in that (a) I assign fn to ISO, and (b) I don’t make ad hominem attacks.

            • Remedy

              Oh I love when people come up with great names like Ansel Adams etc. (huge fan of his by the way)
              Could You please show me at least one sport photography made by Adams? Maybe some photos from poorly lit pub or club? Maybe some street action shot? No?

              How many great sports photographs have you seen that were shot with iPhone? How many great landscape shots? How many nature (animals, birds etc.)?

              The answer to all these questions is exactly the same – ZERO.

              Having quick and convenient access to all the crucial functions of such complicated machinery like DSLR is very important in a busy world we live in. We don’t wanna miss shots. And guys in the past missed gazillions of shots because of the gear they were using. Slow, clunky and limited. Do You seriously think Adams and others would use crap cameras today? No, they would use high end gear because it’s ergonomic, because it’s convenient, because it’s fast to operate, because it guarantees you gonna get that shot. Simple as that.

              Thats why claims about menus being better than dedicated buttons etc. is beyond stupid. Don’t be upset, I don’t attack You, I attack utterly stupid claims – nothing more.

              …and sorry but if You don’t make use of various metering modes of your camera than I probably don’t wanna see your photos. Are you one of those that spend 2 weeks on 1 photo to rescue totally screwed exposition?

            • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

              I see you must have looked up “ad hominem”. Good for you.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              AA was a great photographer.
              Great photographers are great people.
              Great people don’t photograph sports.
              Great people play sports.
              You’re not a great person.
              Suck it up.

            • george

              Do you honestly believe that if Ansel Adams was alive today he’d be shooting film with a manual camera? Not a D800 or a Phase One digital?

            • Tonio

              Phase one, Leica S2, etc. aren’t exactly festooned with hard controls, somehow their users cope.

            • desmo

              You shouldn’t comment if you don’t know how to operate the camera,

              the settings you change with outside levers and buttons on a D300 and higher camera are set directly on the info screen with the 4 way toggle.
              it’s no slower than a D600 or D7xxx camera.

              Spy’s comment above pretty much hit’s the nail on the head

          • Andrew Hollywood

            I could not agree more. I was worried I’d lose the great menu system of my d5100 went I went to the the D7000.

        • desmo

          Hit the info button twice,
          1st push puts info on 3″ screen,
          2nd push allows you to change your shooting settings (ISO,metering modes,AF modes, etc) on the info screen.
          It’s actually quite effective and a good system that could be made even more effective with future development.

    • David Peterson

      60fps FHD is quite a big thing in my books! Makes it be a big improvement over the D3200 in my eyes :-D

    • JXVo

      1 stop of ISO (more likely due to better NR than any extra capability of sensor)
      30% improvement in battery life, using same battery
      fractionally smaller and lighter
      bigger viewfinder
      60 fps Full HD video (up from 30)
      5 fps stills (up from 4)
      Incremental but nothing got worse. All are useful.
      It is lighter and half the price of decent viewfinder equipped mirrorless cameras, offers more Mp, directly mounts a huge variety of lenses, compatible with Nikon’s CLS…and this is entry level!

      • Andrew

        Yeah, this man does not value ISO, and neither did he notice the other improvements you listed. There is a camera for him, and it is called point-and-shoot!

    • Marc W.

      Totes MaGoats

      • Shaun V

        Slappa da bass mon!

    • Robert Mossack

      In my experience, most of the newbie shooters who don’t yet know what ISO is tend to go for Canon Rebels. The ones who buy D3XXX models tend to be more knowledgeable.

  • Global

    The improvement in ISO sounds great! Glad they didn’t go over 24MP, theres no need. I hope this is a new sensor though — and not just one of those “smear” campaigns through the processor. Getting pretty sick of high MP images all smeared over.

    • YS

      It is probably going to be that. There is not going to be any real improvement in high ISO capability. If it did, it’d have garnered a far stronger marketing backing, and it won’t be in a D3300.

    • KnightPhoto

      Not sure. EXPEED4 may have some tricks up it’s sleeve. More compute power (+ better algorithms?) delivering a truly better IQ could be the reason. It will be interesting to compare DxOMark D3200 and D3300 as well as D5200/D5300 and D4/D4S head to head.

      And same goes for video side, where compute power, codecs, etc. will make even more of a difference.

  • Aldo

    Anyone know if this is the same sensor found in d7100/d5300 ?

    • drama

      Looks like a comparison and preview of how D4s and D4 will compare

      • MyrddinWilt

        I think we can almost certainly expect another ISO bump. It probably won’t affect the usability in low light very much but it will almost certainly mean that ISO6400 looks a lot better than before.

        Already the digital cameras are way better than any film ever was.

        Also, this camera gets a stop over the D800 but it actually has a higher resolution sensor. An FX sensor with the same pitch would be 56MP, more than enough to justify a D4x launch. And the performance would wipe the floor with every medium format camera on the market. The Phase One at 80MP is slightly higher resolution but its only 15% more pixels per linear dimension. That not exactly enough to want to trade it for an ISO3200 rating. Especially as its actually more like ISO800 when you take into account the fact that your fast lenses are f/3.5 rather than f/1.4.

        • Andrew

          Producing cleaner pictures at ISO6400 for me is the sweet spot. So as you stated, the ISO bump will simply aid its ISO6400 performance, and for only $650, that is pretty impressive!

          • KnightPhoto

            Me too, my ISO $money shots are ISO 6400 and 8000.

    • fcuk_IT

      Difficult to say for sure.

      The D3300 has the same output resolution as the D3200: 6016×4000 – whereas both the D5300 and D7100 has a different size sensor with 6000×4000 output.

  • DesertCat

    Behold the power of this fully operational incremental update!

    • Fred Flintstone

      It’s like the new Death Star vs the old ‘un

    • Andrew

      You consider increasing from ISO6400 to ISO12800 and 720p @ 60 fps to 1080p @ 60 fps as incremental? May I say that you are hard to please :)

      • grsnv

        ISO 6400 to 12800 is one stop. That’s about as incremental as it gets.

        • Andrew

          If you are not a perfectionist, you will not value even one stop; then sure, it is just incremental – at least for you. But in addition, I also mentioned going from 720p to 1080p at 60 fps which is not incremental. Now if you take all of the enhancements collectively, then the upgrade is quite significant.

        • KnightPhoto

          1-stop is a huge improvement on any camera. Clearly you have never shot in low light or don’t know how to evaluate images critically.

          • grsnv

            One stop is “incremental.” I expressed no opinion on whether it’s an improvement, huge or otherwise. Please try to work on your reading comprehension.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              400 speed film is about the max most people will go because of grain. That’s two stops from 100 which is the slowest film commonly sold these days. How many years did it take for them to make decent 400 film? How many years did it take to make 100 the slow film and not 25? One stop is a HELL of a lot. People pay three times as much or more for 2/3 of a stop better of a lens and carry twice as much weight or more. Occasionally they give up a little image quality as well.

        • george

          Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not, don’t generalize everything.
          Remember during the good old days of shooting film, how having that extra roll of ASA800 or even ASA640 over the less-than-a-stop slower ASA400 could save your day?

          One stop improvement in the maximum ISO is roughly a stop better images in the lower ISOs as well. As a wedding photographer I usually shoot ISO6400 with the full frame models and it’s pretty useable. Having the option of getting acceptable ISO 6400 results from a camera that’s a fraction of the size (and prize) of the D800/D4 is great for a backup, and for me personally, even if the D3300 is “only” a stop better than the D3200, it will qualify as a backup camera option (the D3200 only gives useable images up to ISO2000-3200 tops).

          • grsnv

            I’m not generalizing. People seem to think “incremental” means something it doesn’t. It doesn’t mean “insignificant” or “not good.” An increment is a step. A one-stop change is an increment.

      • YS

        And you seriously believe that the increase in ISO is actually going to be usable?

        • rt-photography

          Thank you. DX cant do over iso 2000 with heavy chroma noise and heavy smearing.

    • Aldo

      I guess breaking the sound barrier isn’t a big deal to you either when already traveling close to mach 1. 1080 60p is double the frame rate from previous nikon cameras… not even the d4 has this feature. I’m buying either this or the d5300 just because of this.

  • Fred Flintstone

    Like chalk and cheese, they is

  • Captain Megaton

    Nikon engineer: “Hey boss, this is the 7th iteration of the D40 .. which is it this year for the body style, “more curvy” or “more boxy”?”

    Manager: “Hang on, I’ll have to look that up…”

    • orpickaname

      “Yes, yes… the new bevel is a major aesthetic improvement indeed. Marvelous. I’ll take three.”, said the imaginary customer.

      • Remedy

        “It’s selling like hot cakes!”, said reality check.

  • Captain Megaton

    1. By CLS supported, do they mean it will support wireless commander?
    2. 5fps, but for how long?

    Increasing the magnification from 0.78x to 0.85x sounds like a good thing, except that the D40-line models were originally 0.85, and must have got gimped at some point. Still, nice of Nikon to bring that back.

    • JXVo

      I don’t think this body has the commander mode built-in. “CLS supported” probably means you can mount a SU800 commander or a Flash with built-in commander mode (such as SB800/900/910) and use it to wirelessly control remote flashes with TTL metering. I would have to read the manual to know for sure.

    • Andrew71

      The D40 is 0.80x so they went slightly backwards to 0.78x but now the D5300 is 0.82x and D3300 0.85x. Kind of strange. For general shooting you probably won’t see a difference with any of these but with manual focusing macro you might.

      Bottom line any increase is welcome.

  • Arvid Tue Hansen

    This is a lame update. Why can’t get create something new. 1 stop in ISO and increase to 1080/60p is really NOTHING!

  • EnticingHavoc

    At that price point I’d rather pick a mirrorless system which doesn’t bother me with back- or front focus issues every now and then. Especially when a body doesn’t feature micro adjustment. Sigh.

    • One More Thought

      Which mirrorless system at this price point (including a good kit lens) will give you the same battery life, good AF performance, VF, and equivalent image quality?

      • Andrzej Lukowiec

        And which Nikon camera has a good AF performance???

  • Val

    That’s one small step for mankind . . .

  • Val

    Darn, I was hoping for a D3200s.

  • Danzig

    Everyone is whining about the “incremental” nature of the upgrade. Since when did camera upgrades in the last couple of years not been incremental, particularly in the low-end consumer models?! Besides, one stop of ISO improvement (if reflected in performance) is huge. That’s what separates DX from FX, and 1080p @ 60 FPS is also huge!

    • ronin

      Exactly. Incremental upgrades is how the big boys evolve over time.

      Smaller companies also deliver incremental upgrade products- the XE2, the EM1, the NEX-n+1. But somehow they are treated as new revolutionary products, springing forth without precedent like Athena in full panoply.

      • KnightPhoto

        LOL +10 ;-)

    • Kim A.

      Agree! What would the alternative be? No upgrade until Nikon had a revolutionary new camera! But not to worry; the guys that dont like the incremental upgrades, just buy the older models that obviously suits you better :-)

    • george

      I second that. And let’s also not forget that current technology is rapidly approaching the point where further improvements aren’t possible, even theoretically.
      The D800’s sensor for instance got really close to the theoretical limit the laws of physics impose that to what CCD/CMOS sensors can perform, both in terms of dynamic range and noise.
      So until a completely new sensor technology is introduced we are not going to see improvements as big as those of the current/previous generations (D2x vs D3, D3x vs D800).

  • http://www.tlvspot.com/ azerbouf

    You forgot the panorama feature

  • Michael Laing

    I have a mixed view of the D3300. It definitely revolutionary and much more minor evolution. 1fps more in good, though nothing major, 1080p 50/60 video is a nice improvement but again considering that I think most companies will be releasing similar video capabilities, I don’t think it is that big. No low pass filter, is nice but that is the way Nikon have been going for some time so nothing major (this might also explain in small part) about the extra stop of ISO, which is good. The biggest thing for me with the D3300 is the battery life of the camera, which is a big step up, though we did see a similar ability with the Df.

    So really I don’t see anything more than an incremental but really I hadn’t expected anything more considering how Nikon are headed.

  • Tommy

    Incremental upgrade or not, I’m not convinced about the positioning of the shutter release button on D3300. It’s perpendicular to the body, while on D3200 it’s at an angle. The old one looks a bit more ergonomical, IMO.

  • Dolph Lundgren

    D3300 also features a new “Easy panorama” mode which shoots panos at 5, 7, 10 or 15 mpix ;)

    • KnightPhoto

      Panorama is actually an important feature. Go stand at any famous overlook and watch all the iPhone people getting theirs, so again that was a good thing to add.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I added the panorama function.

  • Pippo

    New series of CPU too gets only 5-15% improovement. Manufacturers allways have reserve for future releases.
    D3300 have new motherboard who eat less power. No, its not only Expeed4. Remember Df with 1400 shots with same battery and Expeed3.
    I think, Nikon be ready to show us D3400 today and this minute engineers work at D3500, 5500 models.
    This is stupid marketing war, in auto industrie this called facelift (same engine, new front lamps) in low consumer electronics – new model. After 6 months he drpoed price significantly and at manufacture take place new model.

  • Duff

    Hey Admin, the D3200 is 505g (incl. battery). Therefore the weight loss (505g vs. 430g) is quite significant!

  • KnightPhoto

    I’ve never been personally interested in the 18-55 despite it’s good reputation. But a collapsible 18-55 does generate some interest from a pocket-ability point of view. Very smart move on Nikon’s part. You want the total camera package to look very small on the Best-Buy lineup row. And in the real-world it does make a difference to how/whether consumers will carry the rig. I always found the previous generation to be fairly bulbous looking with the general public in mind. Have we seen the MTF admin, it would be good to do a comparison as to whether there were any optical compromises (or benefits)?

  • phosgene

    These are some major improvements and I couldn’t be happier with the quality of camera Nikon has made at that price point.

    From a business perspective, I only wish Nikon would clear out their old models more quickly. It gives the confidence they’re really doing things on purpose, rather than looking like they’re just tossing things together as they come up with new ideas.

    At least they’re not going full-apple though, where each incremental change is treated like a monumental life-changing experience.

    • Buck Bohemian

      I own and enjoy Apple products, so I take great offense to this! Just kidding, I do agree their marketing grinds my gears and chaps my tookus. They come off as their slightly updated product will completely change my life and inspire me to go rock climbing with friends.

      The D3300 will no doubt be more than enough camera for the casual user. If you need more manual control, get a higher-end model, that’s all there is to it.

    • Mansgame

      I agree that they keep the old ones around for too long and it’s confusing to someone buying one. I still see D3100’s in the store for almost the same price.

  • JR

    In seven years from now, we’ll finally have the the D400….oops…..sorry that’s the D4000. :)

  • Zair

    I don’t understand why there’s so much outrage about the “incremental” upgrade, especially since most of it seems to come from people who wouldn’t buy this camera anyway.

    I think it’s a good thing that Nikon keeps the technology in the entry level camera continually up to date. Just stop making the previous model and make sure that this year’s technology is always available in the latest one. This is the best selling DSLR for Nikon (by numbers), and most purchases are likely not driven by wanting to upgrade from an earlier D3xxx. So they can afford to do this. Of course for those who get the enjoyment from *buying* new stuff and always upgrading, instead of taking photos, it’s boring …

  • Mansgame

    So essentially, it’s a slightly better sensor and nothing else. Still nice that it has no low pass filter but hardly anything to get excited about. If this wasn’t an entry line, I might care more.

    • http://www.gradyphoto.com/ Pete Grady

      Nothing else other than panorama mode, 5 fps vs 4, some useful flash sync modes, a better processor, better viewfinder, 1 stop higher ISO and 30% better battery life. But you’re right, other than that they’re identical.

  • Mike D

    There is still room for better than incremental upgrades. How about 24MP, crop, 8.3 FPS, 50 RAW image buffer, etc. Oops, I just gave the specs out for the new Pentax K3. Too bad it doesn’t come in Nikon mount.

  • DaveyJ

    I advised so many novices to buy the the D3200 that I finally went out and bought one myself with three lens. As I have owned way more higher end cameras than maybe I should have I certainly have now a perspective on this matter. The D3200 and the current kit lens is simply amazing for its price point. I also found myself using it more and more. The D7100 is still my all time favorite for many field uses. But I use the D3200 more now. The CHANGES introduced on this new D3300 will HELP keep Nikon alive and ALL of us who use Nikons in a somewhat better position. Expeed 4 processor is a big improvement and the other features including the panorama are very welcome. Please note the size change!If you think big heavy cameras are the only way to go.

  • http://www.gradyphoto.com/ Pete Grady

    Many here decry the number of similar models of cameras Nikon carries in their product line. It needs to be realized that marketing cameras is not a lot different than toothpaste, shampoo or spaghetti sauce, particularly for the consumer-oriented models. The more varieties you have, the more shelf space you’re likely to get. Almost any digital camera available currently will blow the doors off a D1, so as digital camera technology matures and even the most basic, entry level camera gives “professional” results, you will see ever more finely differentiated camera models, particularly DSLRs now that point-n-shoots have been usurped by phones.

  • Can’t Believe It

    I need a new camera body and I own bunch of great Nikkors, so can anyone tell me why buying this camera would be a bad idea while I’m waiting for Nikon to go mirrorless (as Thom Hogan and other predict)?

    Whatever camera I buy will mostly live on a tripod or in a camera bag and I shoot mainly indoors. I’m starting to do a lot of video, and I don’t need crazy frame rates, I just need a reliable camera body that will last a year or so. I see it doesn’t have a microphone input and I’m cool with that because I record sound separately. As a matter of fact, they’re cheap enough I could afford to do two-camera video with it.

    BUT I do have trust issues when it comes to NIkon….Has Nikon crippled the image quality for video or stills in some way?
    Is there anything structurally about this camera that makes it take bad pictures or shoot lower-quality video than the other APS-C Nikons?

    • d3100 owner

      This camera doesn’t have an internal auto focus motor so, if your Nikkors are not AFS, you will be limited to manual focus. You need D7000. D7100 or better to use older lenses.

      • Can’t Believe It

        I’m hip to that jive and I have made it a point to only buy AFS lenses. So question remains, my fellow Nikon lovers: has Nikon somehow engineered this camera to produce worse image quality from this camera in relation to its other 24mp cameras?
        I shoot raw, custom white balance, and in manual mode most of the time. So what would be the drawback to this camera image qualitywise while I’m waiting for the mirrorless shoe to drop?

  • Guest

    Dumb question – The DX cameras all have 24mp sensors – is the 2x crop mode only on the D7100 or do the 5300/3300 have this feature as well? (my understanding this is a somewhat useful on the D7100 as there’s still usable detail and it doesn’t stress the cameras buffer). Maybe the feature would be less useful in the 5300/3300 with their lower spec AF systems.

  • Grant Russell

    What was the point to making it smaller? The biggest complaint I have with my d3100 is that the grip is too small.

  • Sky

    They added panorama mode? Like the Sweep Panorama that Sony got?
    Where are now all these Nikonians abusing Sony users for “gimmicks” in their cameras?

  • G

    Wish it had a touch screen and WiFi built in. Then this would be really awesome! Add GPS for extra awesomeness.

  • SanPas

    Since the D3200 is capable of 60fps video, why doesn’t Nikon just do it and show that they care for their customer-base. Corporate leadership is milking this cow for for profits, while driving long0time users away.

  • JJ

    Why do OLPF matter? I am sorry this could be a dumb question but I am only getting my first dslr camera and I cant decide which one should I buy.

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