Nikon D3300 camera tested at DxOMark

Nikon D3300 camera DxOMark test
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DxOMark published their test results for the Nikon D3300 camera:

"Signal quality of the Nikon D3300 sensor compares well against other APS-C models in the line-up and it outshines that of rival entry-level models. Although the results are similar to its predecessor, the removal of the AA filter promises improved sensor resolution. Combine that with the revised features and capability and the new Nikon D3300 looks better value than ever."

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  • jp

    There seem to be some ISO performance tweaks in D3300 and D5300. Can this be HW difference?

    • Jon Ingram

      Or a sample distribution within normal limits.

    • KnightPhoto

      I expect that is due to EXPEED4

  • Johndoe

    there is always a big difference between sensor scores of nikon vs canon…is that accurate? and yet canon still has the most DSLR users

    • ExCanon

      It’s definitely accurate, especially if you’re judging sensor quality at low to moderate ISO. The difference in image quality at ISO 100 between the brands is quite large these days for those who really get into post-processing their images and take advantage of the available dynamic range.

      I just jumped from Canon to Nikon because of this. The reason Canon still has so many users is because of inertia (most are reluctant to sell all their lenses and buy new ones) and the fact that Canon generally has an advantage with DSLR video. Also, there are still lots of DSLR users who simply aren’t aware of the sensor differences. Nikon doesn’t seem to market the sensor advantage at all.

      • Paul

        when I got my first starter DSLR, I had no clue about sensor quality. I vaguely remember someone telling me the pro-level were all the same, but the Nikon were better starter cameras, so I got Nikon.

      • Jon Ingram

        I agree on every point. The difference is really large in Nikon’s favor, especially when assessed in post. I find that many Canon shooters prefer to shoot with jpegs, especially the older demographic. Despite sub-par sensors, Canon does do remarkably well with jpegs. However, Nikon blows Canon out of the water in terms of what is possible, especially with Raw files.

        • I find that canon’s built-in image processing blows away the competition. Their in-camera de-noising is incredible; miles beyond anything I can achieve manually in post.

          Nikon doesn’t have nearly as good software based noise reduction. Because they don’t need it.

          • Eric Calabros

            and blows away fine details

          • Jon Ingram

            I agree Canon’s in camera processing is way better. I think I can do better than either of them in post.

      • kparseg

        As a Canon shooter, I agree with you on the sensor part. But lots of Canon users are more than satisfied with what they have. Honestly, the quality of images you get from Canon cameras is very very good. Sometimes that’s all people need. And don’t forget how great Canon is in terms of the customer support, Canon loyalty program, firmware support, fantastic lenses (85 1.2ii, 70-200 2.8 ii, 135 2.0, 200 2.0, supertelephoto, tilt-shift, etc). For some reasons you think people always need the best? No, they need something that gives than good results, and it doesn’t have to be d800 or a7r all the time.

        Once Canon releases a high megapixel camera with the new sensor, it may be a game change. Limitations of many Canon’s cameras (bad AF on 5dii, outdated sensor) is a marketing trick, and has nothing to do with Canon’s capabilities. Don’t forget the rumors about Canon’s 120 megapixel sensor back in 2009-2010. Once it becomes profitable, it will hit the market.

        You switched to Nikon, and if it works for you, that’s great. I’m sure at some point I’ll get a Nikon camera to have the best of both worlds and to be a proud Nikon shooter. But that’s in addition to my Canon, and not instead of.

      • David Peterson

        To say Canon has an advantage for video is very wrong, the D5200/D5300/D7100 are the clear class leaders when it comes to video performance (read tests to see for yourself).

        I’m hopeful the D3300 is another one of these! Sadly I haven’t seen any video tests done of it yet, only photographers reviewing it (who of course know nothing about how to test out the video performance).

  • David G.

    It’s amazing that this camera’s sensor performance is about as good as the D7100’s !

    • Morris

      u know it’s not only about sensor, :p

      • Jon Ingram

        Yes, but having a good sensor is nice. I don’t own those cameras, but I’m glad to see that they have great sensors.

  • TeaBreak

    D3300 better camera than D3 (according to DxOMark)!

    • Marijn

      Better sensor doesnt mean better camera. Throw a heap of mud on your d3300 and it’ll be dead. Just wash off your D3 and you’re good to go again.

      • Mac Rockwell

        hmmm… how about D3 price? One can buy 7 D3300…. hahaha. Not a good example Marijin

        • Marijn

          I’m only saying that having better sensor performance doesnt mean a camera is better because of it. True, the immense price tag of a D3 is unreachable for most of us, but on itself, it just is a better camera.

          • Reggie

            The sensor performance is also only better at base ISO, which isn’t the strength of the D3/D3s. It’s always been frustrating to me that nobody dives past the topline scores provided by DXO. The scores (except the noise score) are calculated at base ISO.

            Go in to the comparison, click measurements, and run through the graphs. Dynamic range on the D3s, for example, is lower at base ISO (it’s native ISO starts at 200), but catches the D3300 right around ISO 400, and has a full stop advantage by ISO 800. Color sensitivity on the D3s is actually equal to that of the D3300 at ISO 200, the advantage it shows is ONLY because the ISO goes lower.

      • twoomy

        I’ve shot with many weather-sealed and non-weather-sealed Nikon cameras over the past decade and even the cheap consumer-grade SLRs hold up fairly well. I’ve had a D80 and a D5200 in the rain and they survived just fine. And at a fraction of the cost, as Mac says, just buy a dozen backups and you’re still saving money over the D3 or D4.

        • Marijn

          I shoot with a D3100 myself, and i like it. But there are features on a camera like a D3 or D4 that you just don’t get on consumer models. Talking about focus capabilities, shutter speed, burst speed, etc.

        • TeaBreak

          It’s not about rain or mud. It’s all about photography. You doesn’t save a dime when not getting the picture you want. Dozens of mid-level backups never will be as responsive as one D3/D4.

          • Marijn

            It’s all about photography indeed, and if your goal is to get in a jungle and get some perfect shots of some kind of rare bird, you may just need a D4 to be sure your gear won’t fail in the dirty mess over there.

        • twoomy

          FYI to all… I’m a landscaper and I abuse my cameras quite a bit. My D5300 has served me just as well as my D800. When you’re backpacking in unfriendly terrain (mountains, ice, etc.), weight and size are very important, so having a gigantic brick like the D4 is NOT the best solution, nor is shooting 500fps really useful to some of us. I know people who own the Dx series like to thump their chests about how great their gear is, but many of us excel with the smaller stuff.

      • TeaBreak

        So you won’t recommend upgrading my D3 to D3300? 😉

        • Marijn

          If you feel you need to, just do so 😛

        • Max

          just put a grip on.

      • Aldo

        so with a rain cover d3300 is a better camera? jk 😛

    • Jon Ingram

      I would change your comment to, “According the limited testing parameters measured by DXO, the d3300’s sensor scores slightly higher than the D3’s sensor. However, the D3 has much better high ISO performance. Also, there are many features which make the D3 a better camera for professional use, including focus speed, lens compatibility, shooting speed, and ergonomics.”

    • DL

      D3 is ancient now

      • broxibear

        Hi DL,
        If you’re imlpying by “ancient” it’s sensor doesn’t compare or match something like a 1Dx then I suggest you have a better look at the comparisons on DxO if the numbers are important to you.
        Compare the D3 to the 1Dx and by their charts the iso sensitivity from 200 to 12800 is identical. The dynamic range is better on the D3 from 200 – 400iso, after 1600 it’s half a stop.
        It may be an older sensor, but it’s a great sensor that more than matches newer models.

      • Andrew

        And your point? The D3x had a 24 MP sensor and cost $8,000 and was replaced by the D800 with a 36 MP sensor at only $3,000 – incorporating an exceptionally high ISO performance for such a high pixel count. Those ancient cameras were able to take pictures (and still can) that nothing else could match at a cheaper or comparable price when they were introduced. So if you are willing to wait long enough – that is, a few years, you too can drive a Cadillac. That is the onward march of technology and one for which no one needs to make an apology.

  • Pixyst

    Nikon consistently does well in these tests, yet never quotes them. This is just another example of Nikon’s abysmal marketing. Someone in their management should be fired! The engineers continue to develop stellar products, but marketing has their thumbs up their butts – pathetic!

  • twoomy

    I’ve been impressed with the latest D3000 and D5000 series cameras. Nikon has made them nice and light, almost competing with the high-end mirrorless offerings, only Nikon still has the best image quality, good solid handling, and still cheaper than the most popular high-end mirrorless cameras.

    • Aldo

      I can speak for the d5300… that little thing is awesome.

  • Michiel953

    Assuming DXO’s testing results are the measure of all important things known to man, I am now officially a Nikon fanboy!

    Stlll struggling with my wonderful but frustrating (focus issues) third sample of the 58 on my D800. Fanboyish maybe.

    • broxibear

      Hi Michiel953,
      “third sample of the 58″…you’ve sent two back because they had problems ?…what was wrong with them ?

      • Michiel953

        Severe front focusing; off for some ten metres at a distance of some forty metres. The third sample is not much better, I found out today. The rendering is so very special, but as it is now it’s really only useable as a portrait lens. It focuses quite well at a metre or so.

        AF finetuning? At what distance? The body has been finetuned by a Nikon Service Center.

        I’m very frustrated. Bringing it back to my dealer (a very good and accomodating one) tomorrow with a stick with the offending images on it, and mull over what to do.

        Hand in the D800 and this one, get a Df with kit 50, no money changes hands? I can’t and won’t afford another spending spree.

        • broxibear

          Hi Michiel953,

          That doesn’t sound good.

          I wonder if it was that particular combination of the D800 and the 58mm…did you try any of the 58mms with another body ?

          I can understand the frustration.

          I would write to Nikon head office in whichever country you’re in and explain in detail all the problems you’ve had. I’d also send a copy of the letter to Nikon Japan just to show HQ that you’ve had these issues…sometimes a letter landing on the right desk can get things done and even if all you get is a letter of apology at least they know you’re not happy.

          • Michiel953

            Broxibear: I don’t have another (digital) Nikon body. My dealer will help me out I think, but I’m tiring quickly of trying out different samples till I get one that focuses like it should.

        • Aldo

          I can see your frustration… especially after paying so much for a lens. I have a similar issue with the 50mm 1.8g, but this one back focuses slightly. It’s annoying at fast apertures.

    • pmac

      As much as i love my nikon cameras ive had nothing but issues this generation. My first d800 was returned to nikon for focus issues and came back 100x worse. My replacement d800e from the store seems to have focus issues with all my lenses in some way or another. yet my d700 showed none of these issues so doubt its the lenses. Im no pro so missed shots due to focus are a pain but not a killer had it been i would have gone for the lesser as most on here would say canon. i would say nikon have walked the line this gen in terms of performance to issues. They can’t keep putting out great cameras that have issues and hope to keep users.

  • Aldo

    You could shoot professionally with this thing… just add a vertical grip for looks so that you look “pro” =].

    • David Peterson

      And a huge flash unit, and a massive lens hood! x100 more pro!

      • Aldo

        hahahaha totally

  • Vicente

    Well, so what is the real difference between this Nikon models? I just bought a D7100 and this measures are telling me that I could bought a cheaper camera that perform equals. So, I’m very confuse.

    • Naval Gunfire

      You get more options and features the higher up the product line you get. No built in AF motor below the D7xxx, pop-up flash can’t be used as a commander, less buttons, no AF fine tune, no weather sealing on the lower end bodies and so on. The sensor is a small part of the performance, two cameras with the same sensor score won’t necessarily perform equally well in a given set of circumstances.

  • Andrew

    It is the little things that Nikon does so well. And it is for this reason that our expectations are held so high.

  • Steve C

    I think Nikon are churning out far too many average compacts & lower end dslrs, although very good some of the models may be I think that end of the market is cluttered.

    If you ask me they need to boost the mid-range models, such as a D7100s for example, with a bigger RAW buffer. Also, another 24mp FX model to sit between the D600/10 & D800 but with a pro body style.

    • Naval Gunfire

      Lower end DSLRs and compacts make up a large number of their sales so don’t expect them to stop releasing them any time soon.

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