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Nikon D3300
Hands On Review

Nikon's entry level DSLRs have always been an excellent option for beginners—My first DSLR was actually the D3000, back in 2009. The D3300 is Nikon's latest addition to the line and has proven to be a solid shooter for novices.

But along with offering solid performance for the price, the D3300 shows just how far digital cameras have come in the last five years. The D3300 is quite a bit lighter than it's older siblings, but it's not just about body style either. From a 10 megapixel CCD sensor with a 3 fps burst mode, a 3200 ISO at the very highest and zero autofocus in video mode of pre-2010, this Nikon entry-level shooter has made such significant advances, it's certainly worth an upgrade for users of the older models.

The Nikon D3300 sits at the lowest end of Nikon's consumer DSLRs, beneath the D5300 and D7100—all of which we've been able to test. While both the D5300 and D7100 offer more features, the D3300 is still worth a look, considering the price, especially for those just venturing out beyond auto mode.

Nikon D3300: Body and Design

The Nikon D3300 looks a lot like the models before it—but it certainly doesn't feel like them. At 25 percent lighter than the D3200, this entry-level shooter is quite comfortable to use without weighing you down. According to the specs, this little guy weighs 14.5 ounces. I took this camera for a hike (literally) and didn't feel weighed down or suffer from soreness from the neck strap afterwords. Along with loosing some weight, the D3300 is also 30 percent smaller than the previous model. The lens has also slimmed down too, adapting the compact style offered in many mirrorless models where the press of a button shortens the lens when not in use.

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Olympus Stylus 1
Hands On Review
A few years ago, the advanced compact wowed with large sensors and manual modes allowing for big images from tiny cameras. But there's been one thing sorely lacking from the advanced compact category—zoom.
Well, it's not missing any longer thanks to the Olympus Stylus 1. Packing a 1/1.7” sensor and full manual modes with RAW shooting, this little shooter can capture the equivalent of a 300mm lens. If that's not enough, that same long distance lens offers a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture—even at full zoom.

Olympus Stylus 1 Review: Body & Design

I wasn't quite ready to give the Olympus Stylus 1 an A grade—until I shot it right next to my big DSLR and heavy 300mm zoom lens. The Stylus 1 certainly isn't something that fits in a pocket (Don't worry, that's overrated. Who puts their camera in their pocket anyways?) but it's tiny compared to a DSLR with that same zoom lens. Both the viewfinder and lens stick out from the camera body and add another good inch to the depth of the camera, but both features are absolutely worth the extra bulk.

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Comparing DSLRS: What Nikon DSLR Is Right For You?
Nikon has a solid reputation for their consumer-level DSLRs, but what is the better option? Should you spend $1,600 on the high-end D7100, or save with the $650 D3300? Comparing DSLRs isn't always easy, especially when it comes to a company that makes pretty solid models every time.

 

Nikon has three consumer DSLRs that are current models, the D7100, the D5300 and the D3300, and Digital Camera HQ has had a chance to complete a hands-on review of each model. All three contain similar sensors. And all three were given an A- grade or higher, so what's the difference?


Comparing DSLRs: Nikon D3300










The Nikon D3300. Click for the full hands-on review and sample images.




The Nikon D3300 is the budget option with the most basic features. It has a similar sensor to the more expensive options, but doesn't quite have all the extra features. The D3300 has fewer autofocus points for getting a pin-sharp focus, and also seems to have a slower processor, with a longer delay when recording large files, like RAW. It also has the lowest LCD screen resolution, though it's still quite easy to read.

 

 While the D3300 certainly isn't feature-rich, it has a few perks other than the budget price. The D3300 is the lightest Nikon DSLR, weighing 14.5 ounces. It also has a guide mode that can help teach beginners how to use manual modes, which the other two options don't offer.

 

Best For: Beginners, traveling


Comparing DSLRs: Nikon D5300










The Nikon D5300. Click on the image to read the full hands-on review.




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The Exposure Triangle: What is it and how do you put it to use?
Exposure in photography is like a three way tug of war. There are three main factors that affect image quality, and when you change one, it affects the others too. The exposure triangle, or three-way “tug of war,” involves shutter speed, aperture and ISO and is essential to learning how to use manual modes.

 

The Exposure Triangle: Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is exactly what it sounds like—it's the speed the image is being taken at. Photography is all about light, and when the shutter is open, light is being let into the camera and a picture is being taken. If the shutter is only open for a very short period of time, not much light is being let in. When the shutter is held open for a long time, more light is let in. During the day, faster shutter speeds are no problem, but at night, if your shutter speed is too fast, your image will be dark. Any motion that occurs while the shutter is open will create blur. Sometimes, this can be used to create different effects, but most of the time, faster shutter speeds are best for moving subjects.

 

The Exposure Triangle: Aperture

Shutter speed is how long the lens is open, aperture is how wide that opening is. A f1.8 aperture, for example, is a very wide opening, while f/11 is much narrower. Since a very wide opening lets in more light, it's often used with more limited lighting.

 


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Latest User Comments & Reviews

Kim (03/30/2014)
Where can I get a free manual for my Canon powershot S5 IS camera?
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Hillary Grigonis (03/31/2014)
Hi Kim. You can download a PDF of the manual here: usa.canon.com/cusa/support/...  Thanks for stopping by our site!
Dee (03/29/2014)
camera has hardly been used, stored in its case in my home; turns on fine, snapped one picture yesterday and closed lens cover; tried to open short while later and lens cover jammed; won't completely close or open. What to do?
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Hillary Grigonis (03/31/2014)
Hi Dee. So sorry you are having trouble. Try some of the tips listed under "Troubleshooting a Shutter Error" here: digitalcamera-hq.com/articl...  Hope that helps!
Dark pictures (Dianne — 03/22/2014)
Help!Why are pictures dark in evening light? does the flash not work?

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Hillary Grigonis (03/25/2014)
Hi Dianne. You may need to go into the camera settings and turn the flash on. What camera settings are you using?
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