Beautiful. And smart. The body itself would be cheaper to make than you might think. I work for an engineering firm and we have multi tool five axis CNC milling machines that could put out the raw machined body shown in about 15 min, we regularly churn out parts more complicated than that. Raw aluminum is not very expensive, and machines very easily. Hand finishing the body and assembling the electronics are certainly the most expensive part of the production.
Black Box: Nice, light, quite interesting DSLR. Yes, there are "more exciting" cameras. However, given a choice, I'd pick Nikon any time any day. Just think about it for a moment.
In the past 2 years, Sony has started and buried a whole new line of cameras, and is now burying one of the oldest mounts.
In the past 10 years Canon has started EF-S, then EF-M, and didn't do much good with any of them.
Even Samsung already introduced NX Mini in addition to barely breathing NX mount.
The only two mounts with hundreds of legacy lenses are Nikon F and Pentax K. For better or for worse, Nikon respects their customers' habits, providing them with cameras to use their lenses with. And consistency is the sign of class.
sandy b: Lets see, best 24 mp sensor, class leading AF, advanced carbon fibre build, a real optical viewfinder, Excellent FPS for its class, access to the best lens lineup, upgrade possibilty to the best FF camera lineup.
Nothing exciting here, it must suck because its a Nikon.
No Nikon has ever had a 6 shot burst limitation. They are universealy 100 shot. http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D3300/verdict.shtml"The D3300 offers slightly faster 5fps continuous shooting, compared with 4fps on the EOS SL1 / 100D, but offers a longer JPEG burst rate of 100 frames ( though in practice I found the D3300 slowed significantly after around 70 frames) compared with 28 on the EOS SL1 / 100D. And with a battery that delivers enough power for 700 shots the D3300 will outlast the 380-shot EOS SL1 / 100D between charges."
I call BS. No Nikon entry level camera has had AF with screw drive lens, not just this one. And Nikon did not "break" anything with 3rd party lens. Sigma refused to licence the mount, so their reverse engineered AF is prone to issues, and not only with Nikon. Nikon has no responsiblity to to provide this info free to a competitor. Tamron and tokina licence and have no such issues. If you are going to attack, at least be informed.
The Nikon has a 100 shot buffer burst rate in jpg. And I bet it still focus tracks better than any of the others, one point or not. And the Nikon takes all Nikon lens other than screw drive, a minor point in a entry level camera, IMO.
Lets see, best 24 mp sensor, class leading AF, advanced carbon fibre build, a real optical viewfinder, Excellent FPS for its class, access to the best lens lineup, upgrade possibilty to the best FF camera lineup.
Gazeomon: I think there are more exciting 'entry level' cameras available than this lame plastic 'iteration of an iteration'. Look @ Fuji, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Pentax.
And none of them have better IQ or AF or build. But that doesn't seem to matter around here anymore if it's not "exciting". Nikon will sell more D3300's than Fuji, Oly, sony and pentax comparable cameras combined.
Stollen1234: Not > fan of Nikon at all.. but what is going on at Nikon first dust on sensors then the oil leak or what ever now this entry level camera which can not focus..
Is Nikon now facing the worst crisis since the its foundation?
Of course you don't like them, you pile on them every chance you can get. As far as focus, it can focus as well or better than any camera in its class, with better IQ.
toomanycanons: Nikon is just about to release yet another 18-300. I wonder how hard it would have been to have made it 16 as well.
Oh well, all Nikon has to do is release a 16mm DX lens along the lines of their 35 f/1.8 (lightweight, pretty darn sharp and cheap) to recapture some momentum amongst us DX shooters.
Because if it was 16 it would be a good lens? Not bloody well likely.These super zooms suck. For the same price grab a couple of primes from KEH. Then you would have something.
Zoron: I don't want it.
peevee1: "splashproof construction", 540g and everything else at this price? Looks like a winner!Nikon with 18-300 and Canon 18-200 just got owned. :)
Yeah, because THIS superzoom will actually have good IQ compared to the others. Riiiight. Have you EVER missed a chance to Crap on Nikon?
Reactive: What a great shame that Sigma are getting so greedy, just like Canon.
This lens, if its as good as it seems, is the bargain of the year, good glass can be hard to find, great glass is very rare, especially under $1000. I can think of three companies (C,N,Z) who are not happy to see this lens.
Eyeglass10101: You guys act like Nikon is the only company to have a production issue. Yes, they hee-hawed too much until now and it looks bad, but what about Canon's continued rubber irritation issue? Remember the Canon t4i? Oh right, it was discontinued quietly. Then there's eyepiece issues now. I hate how the fanboys of Canon and Nikon both beat up on each other.
If not for Galbreath they would never have admitted it.
Tell me again how long it took Canon to react and fix the MIII issues.
Rick Knepper: It took a totalitarian country like China to do what every other country on the planet should have done, stood up for their citizens' consumer rights.
Well, maybe. Nikon has certainly been stockpiling shutters and hiring and training technicians well before China. I would figure at least since last fall to make the many of thousands (tens?), and train the personel.
peevee1: "Strangely enough, battery life on the K-3 is almost a third lower than that of its predecessor (560 vs 740 shots)."
Absolutely nothing strange about it, aquisition and processing of 24 mpix uses 50% more power than 16 mpix, using the same processor and sensor technology.
The D7100 has batery life about the equal of the D7000, both over 1000+ shots
Steve_: There's an ongoing review? Why don't you make up your mind to start with whether you will review this camera or not? If this were a Nikon it would have been reviewed within weeks of its release.
If this were a Nikon, it would have sold by a factor of 5-10 and generated much more hits. You want to shoot an off brand, this is one of the hits. Its going to get a great review, we all kno that, so what are you missing?
Fenderguy2011: This seems really nice 24 megapixel.. Weather proofed.. Unfortunate that my dad years ago let me know that we are a Nikon family.. But mom had A Brownie, growing up us kids had several Instamatic cameras (126 cartridge) I think. Had me a StarmighII Kodak (127 roll film no longer made for Kodak) When Brown's Camera used to still be around (1970's - 80's) I fell in love with photography. Took a good long look at the K1000 and almost bought it. Father sort of pushed me into a Nikon product and picked up a used Nikkormat FT2. Looked at the K1000 model at the store and noticed it only had a cloth shutter curtain. Friend of mine years later bought three used K1000's and I looked over the camera, ended up that they had switched at some point to a metal curtain system. If I could fit all of my Nikkor lenses to this camera I would buy it.. Sort of looking at the D800 now as an upgrade. 36.6 Megapixels. Full HD video built in.. better low lighting control.
Umm, focussing in dim light, the K3 at -3Ev may be a bit better at initial focus than the D800 at -2Ev, but could not match the output, and if the target is moving, well, nevermind. Then agai, pentax supposedly overstaes its ISO, so who really knows?
Mike FL: Some D610 has the same FATAL FLAW ( dust buildup on the image sensor) as D600 per internet.
Strange, no reports of blurry viewfinder on the forum.
HK photographer: Nikon made anouncement to tackle the D600 problem after an US law firm started to gather D600 customers for collective action (it's in the news last month).Chinese customer protection department didn't pay attention to D600 until some Nikon dealers blamed the D600 sensor problem to the smog, not to the camera. General manager of Nikon appeared in Chinese photo web to clarify the issue afterwards but Nikon China had done nothing to tackle the D600 issue before that -- there was much delay than their action in US. That's why the Chinese felt the discrimination. Same as when Toyota recalled their cars in US few years ago but left the Chinese buyers alone. At the end, the CEA of Toyota had to go to China to apologise.I nearly bought a D600, so I have been following up the issue of dust. Nikon has been dead slow in admitting its own problem. Nikon, you can only blame yourself. Sadly, some people here have taken this chance to air their view against the wrong target.
Very true indeed. I hope that is forthcoming. I have my doubts.