xmeda: Poor Sony users, still no formidable DSLR..
As a presently non Sony user, this camera for its price looks very formidable.
PK24X36NOW: False: "the camera has all the elements implied by the term 'DSLR.'"
Nope! It's missing the "Reflex" part. It's name is therefore moronic in more than one respect. It's mirror is not "translucent" (as you pointed out) AND it is not a "Reflex" camera.
I guess they should call it "DSLST" for Digital Single Lens Semi-Transparent...
Or maybe they should just make DSLRs again, and then they could call them what they are.
Reflex in a DSLR or SLR refers to the movement of the mirror. It always has.
Nice camera, Sony!
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?