Nikon D3300 Digital SLR

Last updated date: April 10, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Nikon DSLR Cameras and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, DP Review, Tom's Guide, CNET, Photography Blog, Trusted Reviews, Tech Radar, Digital Camera Review and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Nikon DSLR Camera you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 87 expert reviews, the Nikon Nikon D3300 Digital SLR placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.1
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
1,070 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Point-and-shoot automatic features produce great results in most situations. Customers are happy with its very sharp photos with great color, as well as superb low light capacbilities.
- BestReviews
Plain and simple, the Nikon D3300 aims to be a beginner's DSLR and hits that mark successfully. It functions well in point-and-shoot mode (provided you don't mind shooting with flash) and has most of the right controls for those who want to test the waters in Aperture or Shutter priority mode and move beyond the basics.
- DP Review
April 21, 2014 | Full review
The D3300 has the standard Nikon DSLR design, with a utilitarian plastic body. We tested a version in matte black, but Nikon also offers the D3300 in red and slate gray. The D3300 is a little lighter than other Nikon DSLRs. It weighs 14.5 ounces for the body only, compared to 16.9 ounces for Nikon's D5300, but it also feels less sturdy.
- Tom's Guide
May 6, 2014 | Full review
A highly capable starter camera that produces great images and has one of the most friendly and intuitive interfaces we've seen. The Nikon D3300 is a well-designed camera with a lot of hand-holding features that will appeal to enthusiasts and budding shooters alike.
- Macworld
October 4, 2014 | Full review
The Nikon D3300's photo quality improves on its predecessor, and while it's not incredibly fast it performs pretty well for its price class. Very good photo quality for its class plus decent performance make the Nikon D3300 A solid choice for a first dSLR.
- CNET
With its huge 24 megapixel sensor, the entry-level D3300 continues to be one of the highest-resolution APS-C DX format Nikon DSLRs , and it still offers more pixels than any competing manufacturer too.
- Photography Blog
February 5, 2014 | Full review
The effect for a camera like the D3300 is that its high-resolution sensor is now able to capture every possible detail, putting it in the same league with more advanced (and more expensive) cameras. And with that, things get more interesting.
- Trusted Reviews
November 11, 2016 | Full review
The Nikon D3300 features a high resolution 24.2MP APS-C sensor, which is pretty impressive when you consider the enthusiast-focused (and much higher priced) D7200 shares the an almost identical sensor with it. Like the rest of the Nikon range, the D3300's sensor does away with a low-pass filter on the sensor as well, which means even more detail can be captured.
- Tech Radar
April 20, 2019 | Full review
The new camera also gains an additional ISO step at the high end of the spectrum, a 1080/60p (or 50p) video capability and an additional frame per second on the continuous shooting rate.
- Digital Camera Review
March 21, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Advance controls are clumsy to navigate. Video capabilities are limited and some users complain about poor sound quality.
- BestReviews
However, those who aren't very beginners may find themselves frustrated with the same performance quirks that frustrated us in the Nikon D5300, such as the inability to use the command dial in the quick menu, or that the 'Auto' ISO option requires a trip to the menu.
- DP Review
April 21, 2014 | Full review
The image exhibited a fair level of detail, but closeexamination showed some noise (graininess) in the wood paneling and shadows.
- Tom's Guide
May 6, 2014 | Full review
Program mode tends to produce darker exposures.
- Macworld
October 4, 2014 | Full review
The feature set remains pretty limited. Live View performance remains terrible, taking almost 2 seconds to focus and shoot thanks to slow everything -- slow autofocus, slow mirror movement -- and two consecutive JPEG shots takes 3.7 seconds.
- CNET
There are still a few notable issues with the D3300. The Live View mode desperately needs a live histogram and a higher-resolution feed, while the enhanced movie mode would still benefit from a truly working full-time AF feature.
- Photography Blog
February 5, 2014 | Full review
The new kit lens isn’t much for manual focusing; the ring is small and fiddly to use. If you’re a photographer who prefers to manually focus, you’d be better off with a different lens.
- Trusted Reviews
November 11, 2016 | Full review
The absence of a touchscreen interface is also a little disappointing, especially when you consider how many of the camera's controls are changed via the menu system.
- Tech Radar
April 20, 2019 | Full review
Built-in flash will overheat and shut down with continuous usage. Wi-Fi optional, not built-in. Automatic video autofocus only average.
- Digital Camera Review
March 21, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Capture every special moment in the lifelike quality it deserves--and have a great time doing it! With its included zoom lens, the new ultra-compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, the D3300 is a small, easy to use HD-SLR. Capture beautiful 24.2-MP photos and 1080p Full HD videos with vibrant colors and softly blurred backgrounds, then share them instantly with your compatible smartphone and the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter. Whether you're creating high-resolution panoramas, adding fun special effects or recording dazzling HD video with sound, the D3300 will bring you endless joy, excitement and memories--just like the special moments of your life.

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Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
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Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 11
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Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
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Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
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Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
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Expert Reviews: 6
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