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Nikon unveils D3300 with new sensor, processor and kit lens

By dpreview staff on Jan 7, 2014 at 02:01 GMT
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Nikon has released its D3300 entry-level DSLR, which replaces 2012's D3200. The D3300 gets a new 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, as well as an 'Expeed 4' image processor. The camera's ISO range now tops out at 25,600 and continuous shooting has increased to 5 fps. The D3300 can also record 1080/60p Full HD video. A new, collapsible, 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR II kit lens has also been announced. The lens is 30% smaller and 20% lighter than the exisiting 18-55, and will be available as part of a D3300 kit or separately.

The D3300 with the new 18-55mm lens will be available in February at a suggested retail price of $649.95. The lens will be available at the same time and will be priced at $249.95.

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Press Release:

STEP UP TO D-SLR PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE NEW NIKON D3300 AND CAPTURE BRILLIANT IMAGES WITH EASE

MELVILLE, NY (January 6, 2014) - Today, Nikon announced the Nikon D3300HD-SLR for those ready to take their photography to the next level. Complete with a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor1 and EXPEED 4 image processor, the D3300 is capable of capturing stunning images and Full HD video with ease. Also featuring an enhanced Guide Mode for those discovering the joy of photography, optional Wi-Fi® connectivity, in-camera effects that operate in real-time and kitted with the new compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, theNikon D3300 is ready to help capture and preserve every precious memory. For FX-format photographers, Nikon has also announced an addition to its lineup of f/1.8 prime lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. At the popular and versatile 35mm focal length, the new 35mm f/1.8 provides stellar image quality and low-light performance whether shooting landscapes, portraits or travel photos.

“With the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3300 and compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, capturing family vacations, dance recitals or the game-winning goal with clarity and brilliant image quality is effortless,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “As the latest addition to the extensive NIKKOR lens line-up, the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens reinforces Nikon’s commitment to providing versatile prime lens options to photographers of all levels.”

Preserve Precious Memories with Incredible Quality

Life is full of memorable moments that are meant to be captured with supreme quality and rich detail. The Nikon D3300 features a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor to help ensure amazing image quality, even in challenging low-light shooting scenarios. The high resolution affords photographers the ability to capture crisp details or crop images with confidence. For increased image fidelity, the sensor has no optical low pass filter (OLPF), boosting resolution and image sharpness to the maximum, while the addition of a new EXPEED 4 image processor helps render true colors and precise detail in every image. EXPEED 4 also offers improved image quality at high ISOs, enhanced auto white balance performance, faster processing speeds and improved battery efficiency. Whether shooting candids of the kids or a weekend getaway at the beach, the Nikon D3300 is ready to deliver beautiful stills and stunning HD video.

The Nikon D3300 is packed with high performance features that make shooting easy and enjoyable, even in difficult shooting situations such as fast action sports and low-light scenes. A wide 100-12,800 (expandable up to 25,600) ISO range helps ensure top-quality photos and video in challenging light while an 11-point Autofocus System is ready to capture fleeting moments while easily keeping pace with even the most active toddler. Nikon’s newest HD-SLR is also capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 frames-per-second (fps), great for the fast-moving action of a soccer game or dance recital.

Create, Share, Enjoy

Brimming with fun features, the Nikon D3300 is ready to help create and share incredible stories through beautiful images and HD video. With the help of the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter2, users can take advantage of Wi-Fi connectivity for instant uploading of images and videos to a smart device for easy sharing through social networks. Users can also remotely control the D3300 using their smart device as a remote “Live View” monitor. Releasing the shutter from a smart device will help make sure no one is left out of the next family photo.

The Nikon D3300 is ready to help each user realize their creative vision with 13 In-Camera Effects and four new effects modes, including Photo Illustration, Super Vivid and Pop. The D3300 is also the first Nikon HD-SLR equipped with the fourth new effects mode, Easy Panorama Mode, enabling the capture of beautiful landscapes and stunning scenic views with ease. When the story is better told with HD video, Nikon’s newest HD-SLR is ready at a moment’s notice to help users create glorious Full 1080p HD video with vivid color and sharp details, up to 60p. Capturing gorgeous HD video is easy with the Nikon D3300 with the assistance of Full-time AF (autofocus) to help keep elusive subjects in focus, and a one-touch recording button so not to miss any moment.

For those new to the benefits of D-SLR photography, Nikon has expanded upon its acclaimed Guide Mode to help users learn and explore new ways to capture great photos and HD video. Guide Mode teaches the basic functions of the camera, but also works to help the user become a better, more knowledgable photographer. When using this mode, users have access to four options: Shoot photos using example images, View/Delete, Setup and Retouch their images in-camera, making it easy for beginners to immediately take their photos to the next level.

Capture On-The-Go

The extremely lightweight and versatile D3300 is the perfect companion for a fast moving, always on the go lifestyle. The camera features a conveniently compact body (4.9” x 3.8” x 2.9”), and is ergonomically designed for a comfortable hold that is easy to take anywhere. Additionally, the camera body is constructed with carbon fiber for lightweight durability. The D3300 is also equipped with an optical viewfinder that helps frame the perfect shot in any lighting condition, whether capturing the school play or a high school graduation.
                                                                                                                                                                                        To complement the Nikon small stature of the D3300, Nikon has also introduced the new, more compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II standard zoom lens that inherits a familiar focal length (27-82.5mm, 35mm equivalent) while incorporating a new retractable lens barrel design found in Nikon’s 1 NIKKOR lens series. This design ensures the lens is remarkably smaller than its predecessor, and when paired with the D3300makes the camera package nearly 30% smaller and 25% lighter. An ideal 3X zoom lens for every on-the-go moment, the18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens features up to four stops3 of VR image stabilization, a silent wave motor to ensure quiet AF operation and auto/manual focusing options.

The 35mm f/1.8: A Versatile FX-Format Prime Ready for Anything

With the latest addition to Nikon’s popular f/1.8 prime series of FX-format lenses, Nikon has announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, a versatile fixed lens ready to thrive in any shooting situation. The new 35mm f/1.8G lens rounds out a collection of acclaimed f/1.8 lenses including the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses. Sporting the popular 35mm focal length and covering a 63 degree angle of view with a constant f/1.8 aperture, Nikon’s newest FX-format lens delivers outstanding viewfinder clarity and high contrast while providing outstanding low-light performance and depth of field control.

Great for available light environment portraits, landscapes and travel photography as well as for producing beautiful images with soft, natural bokeh, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G is a versatile and valuable addition to any FX-format photographer’s lens arsenal and sports the latest in core NIKKOR technologies that ensure elite performance. The lens’ construction includes one ED and one aspheric element in addition to a Silent Wave Motor to provide quiet AF operation.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D3300, kitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, will be available in early February 2014 in Black, Red and Grey for a suggested retail price* (SRP) of $649.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II will be available at the same time as the D3300, and will also be sold separately for $249.95 SRP*. TheAF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens will be available on February 20, 2014 for a suggested retail price of $599.95*.

1. Exquisite detail reproduction realized by an image sensor unit designed without an optical low-pass filter.
2. The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon D3300. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store.
3. Based on CIPA Standard.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon D3300 specifications

Price
MSRPBody w/18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR II lens ($649.95)
Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialCarbon fiber, composite
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4512 x 3000, 3008 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 4
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (with boost)
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • NEF (RAW, 12-bit)
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD (160 degree viewing angle)
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.85×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Scene modes
  • Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night portrait
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe or wireless)
Flash modesAuto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame
  • Self-timer
  • Quiet shutter-release
  • Quick response remote
  • Delayed remote
  • Continuous
Continuous drive5 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini HDMI)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesWU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)700
Weight (inc. batteries)430 g (0.95 lb / 15.17 oz)
Dimensions124 x 98 x 76 mm (4.88 x 3.86 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length18–55 mm
Image stabilisationYes
Lens mountNikon F (DX)
Aperture
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0 - F36.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesrounded
Optics
Elements11
Groups8
Special elements / coatings1 aspheric element
Focus
Minimum focus0.28 m (11.02)
Maximum magnification0.31×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeMicro-type ultrasonic
Full time manualNo
Focus methodExtending front
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight195 g (0.43 lb)
Diameter60 mm (2.36)
Length66 mm (2.6)
MaterialsPolycarbonate
SealingNo
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread52 mm
Filter notesFilters do not rotate on focusing
Hood suppliedNo
Hood product codeHB-69
Other
NotesRetractable barrel design for more compact size when not in use
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I own it
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I want it
13
I had it
Discuss in the forums
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I own it
31
I want it
21
I had it
Discuss in the forums

Comments

Total comments: 200
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Duckie
By Duckie (3 months ago)

Not sure if the AF subsystem is good enough for such high resolution. Nikon used to deliberately limit the capabilities of lower end cameras with the AA filter and the AF Subsystem (and the optical view finder as well but this may not matter to a lot of users). Now there is no AA filter and the only major trick left is the AF subsystem.

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marianco
By marianco (3 months ago)

I wish Canon would do something like this.

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PinPoint
By PinPoint (3 months ago)

This is created from the dilemma of mad-man who lost direction, not want to cannibalize its own Dinosaur SLR by its own smaller camera body, they created something in-between neither here or there...

1 upvote
Sergey Kostrov
By Sergey Kostrov (3 months ago)

Here is a message to Nikon Product managers and Hardware / Software Designers:

Could you design a DSLR ( without OLPF ) with an Android OS and a highly configurable in terms of usage of 3rd-party Android apps?

1 upvote
justmeMN
By justmeMN (3 months ago)

Shame on Nikon for making an affordable DSLR. They should only make high-end DSLRs that few people can afford. :-)

4 upvotes
raiden78
By raiden78 (3 months ago)

+1

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lolopasstrail
By lolopasstrail (3 months ago)

Quite innovative of Nikon. A camera with far more megapixels than the vaunted Olympus EM-1, weighing less than the Olympus EM-1, complete with a new collapsible zoom, all for less than half the price of the EM-1 body alone.

Add the advantage of direct SLR viewing, a wide range of low cost used lenses (save wide primes), fast autofocus, and this is a shot across the bows of mirrorless.

Look at the evolution of the DSLRs- they are becoming smaller, lighter, and retain their overall competency at an affordable price. It's no wonder they are gaining market share over mirrorless.

For the last few years we've constantly heard bloggers and forum posters proclaiming the death of the DSLR. The DSLR begs to differ, and wonders which segment is really dying.

This may not have the features of the EM-1, but it has gone beyond the 16MP ceiling, and arguably gives up nothing in picture-taking ability or photo quality, at a more attractive price point.

"Innovation?" What would that add?

10 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Cheap used lenses will not autofocus on this body.
No build in build AF-motor

Innvovation gives us EVF's. They can be vary handy for manual focussing for instance. Focus peaking in the viewfinder or picture in picture magnification for instance. All EVF's have 100% coverage instead of that 95%

The downside is you can lose birds in an whited out viewfinder when you move from branches to the sky.

Comparing an EM-1 vs an D3300 is just silly. Feature and build wise they don't even come from the same planet. An Panasonic G5/G6 would be an better comparison.

2 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (3 months ago)

LOL Their are plenty of cheap used lenses with built in AF motors.

1 upvote
sean000
By sean000 (3 months ago)

I shoot both Nikon and Olympus. I would much rather use the EVF of the EM1 (or my E-M5) than the small OVF of this camera. The extra megapixels will be lost on the target market for this one. Most people don't need that many megapixels. I might actually consider one to use as a landscape camera. Too bad it won't AF with my AF-D lenses, but that won't matter for tripod use. As for many other advanced features, the EM1 is a lot more camera. There is more to a camera than megapixels, and more to a camera system than a single body and a kit lens. I own both m4/3 and Nikon lenses, and I can tell you there is a major difference in portability.

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DezM
By DezM (3 months ago)

That's pretty pathetic of Nikon. They don't give a sh_t about current customers. They just want to attract new ones.

Innovation and leading is of no concern to Nikon.

1 upvote
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (3 months ago)

Um, haven't the current customers already got cameras? Kind of by definition you know....

1 upvote
DezM
By DezM (3 months ago)

Don't play dumb. Many of us are or were waiting for true upgrades, not downgrades. This is a downgrade.

1 upvote
ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

How is this a downgrade?

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JF69
By JF69 (2 months ago)

It's a downgrade to those who've been waiting for years for Nikon to upgrade their existing higher end DX cameras, eg the D300/D300s.
(I don't use a D300/D300s)

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Saffron_Blaze
By Saffron_Blaze (3 months ago)

Haha, they give the Df the Expeed 3 then turn around and offer the Expeed 4 in this consumer package.

2 upvotes
GPW
By GPW (3 months ago)

NIKON, ENOUGH with the BULL S#$T entry level cameras, and release a D300/s replacement. If you can release a niche camera like the DF, you surely can release a much wanted camera like a pro DX (D400).

3 upvotes
Rick DeBari
By Rick DeBari (3 months ago)

Ditto, what he said!!!

0 upvotes
ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

The thing is that camera might not be as wanted as you think in the market place. It seems to occupy a real odd position in today's market between things like the D7000 and 70D and entry level full frame cameras. I'm not sure that there is a great market anymore for a $1700 APS-C camera. Were the demand that high, Nikon would have put one out a long time ago.

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (3 months ago)

I bought my first ever DSLR back in 2009. It didn't take me very long to get annoyed by the fact that the camera didn't have internal auto-focus motor and the choice of lens was less than ideal.
I would never recommend any DSLR that doesn't have auto-focus motor to any one. In fact, you can not find any other manufacturers that make similar cameras...

You can guess which company I am referring to...It is surprising 5 years on, things stay the same...

PS: People, look away and buy Pentax :)

Comment edited 38 seconds after posting
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Michel F
By Michel F (3 months ago)

Wooptidoo Nikon ! Another entry level handicapped camera for the DX beginners. And another entry level DX kit lens ! Thanks for blissfully ignoring the serious DX shooters yet again.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (3 months ago)

Um, haven't there been loads of decent f4 lenses that work great on the excellent Dx D7100?

Do you want a new and completely original camera every week? I've got some news, there's no room for any more pixels and metering/focusing is about as good as it's going to get, so what else are you waiting for?

I think everyone has been so brainwashed by the upgrade fever they've forgotten that the camera they loved a year ago hasn't actually changed!

And the pictures never change anyway, it's all up to you, go take some photo's and stop whining for a "better" camera!

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ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

I have a couple points.

One is that some of the people I know who love photography the most are using entry level DSLRs/SLTs because not everyone is able to or wants to spend the money required to get higher end gear. Just because someone buys one of these doesn't mean that they aren't serious about their craft. I also know a lot of gear hounds who spend thousands but who aren't really serious about photography.

My second point is that this camera isn't for the serious shooter. It is a bottom end camera. Nikons 7000 series is a highly regarded series for people who want a camera with better build and performance and who can pay for that. Evaluate this camera for what it is. The camera is intended to be a cheap camera that can still produce quality images.

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Kawika Nui
By Kawika Nui (2 months ago)

"another entry level DX kit lens!"
Gee, here's a thought: don't buy the kit lens, buy a different lens and put it on. A "serious" shooter should be smart enough to figure that out. BTW this "handicapped" camera has better video specs than the D7100 and also larger cache size for RAW.
Engage brain before putting mouth in gear.

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TWHTom
By TWHTom (3 months ago)

Smaller sized 18-55 portending a Nikon mirrorless with interchangeable lenses?

You know they have to do it sooner or later no matter how laconic they have been on jumping on the MILC bandwagon. I've given a lot of money to Fuji because Nikon is a Johnny come lately to MILC!

This new lens is slightly smaller than Fuji's XF 18-55 and 2/3 the weight - of course the Fuji has faster aperture and better build quality. Maybe they'll finally realize the mistake of Nikon 1 and get serious about DX-sized sensor MILC.

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KakoW
By KakoW (3 months ago)

Auto-Panorama, 1080p/60fps, 430g and 921k screen in an entry body? Nice. Good 2nd body for travellers and hikers. The 11 point autofocus isn't getting younger, however.

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Gesture
By Gesture (3 months ago)

How does this compare to the Canon SL1, which it may be answering.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

The nikon has an much better sensor. Gives you better results in low light and allows to get more details out of the shadows.

In terms of features both are limited. The canon has an touchscreen though

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pcblade
By pcblade (3 months ago)

but the Canon gives access to Canon lenses...

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ImagesInstyle
By ImagesInstyle (3 months ago)

another Booooring looking nikon camera with minimal upgrade.

1 upvote
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (3 months ago)

Not exciting but a lot of pure photography for the money.

It should have been obvious after the Df - Christmas that there was nothing else coming before Photokina.

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white tea
By white tea (3 months ago)

Does anyone knows if this new Nikon has exposure bracketing?

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (3 months ago)

The Nikon USA web site specs show (manual) Exposure Compensation, but no (automatic) Exposure Bracketing.

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (3 months ago)

Nikon plastic bulky budget camera puts Canon plastic bulky Rebels to shame again.

1 upvote
AndyHWC
By AndyHWC (3 months ago)

I won't buy any more Nikon body/lens until it has good C-AF in movie mode either thru hybrid sensor or some other magics. In the meantime, I will use my "new" NEX and ZS30 more.

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MikeFairbanks
By MikeFairbanks (3 months ago)

I had the Nikon D7000 for a little less than a year. It had, like the D600, a problem with oil on the sensor. I was quite disappointed. It was the first time in about six years of digital photography that I ever had to consider a dirty sensor. prior to that I was using Rebels and a Canon 50D. I never had dust or oil problems.

Is this something that Nikon has worked out on the follow-up models?

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Dimit
By Dimit (3 months ago)

And the PLACTICITY OSCAR goes to...Nikon D3300Yeah..bravo..horray..congrats!%$*&

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (3 months ago)

Would sir prefer an all-metal entry level camera?

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Hugo it's kinda crazy what they want this to be.
It has an brilliant sensor and good processor at an cheap price. I didn't expect more nor less from an d3xxx.

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ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

You do realize that this is intended to be an entry level camera. Entry level cameras tend to be very plasticky. They make up for that, for many users, by being cheap and light.

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Kawika Nui
By Kawika Nui (2 months ago)

"plasticity oscar"
And your point is? If you like to drop your camera, by all means get the heaviest, most bulletproof one you can find. If you have the coordination and good sense to take care of your kit, it really won't matter. BTW bulletproof vests are not made of metal.

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Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (3 months ago)

A D3x for a handful of hay. This is power to the people. Bravo, Nikon!

9 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (3 months ago)

This line of Nikon DSLRs continues to be unique, in not offering Automatic Exposure Bracketing. Even my 2003 Canon G5 compact camera had AEB.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (3 months ago)

"Exposure bracketing is for the insecure" - Ansel Adams.

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areichow
By areichow (3 months ago)

Then why bother including it on their better cameras? You saying that Nikon pro users are insecure?

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nextSibling
By nextSibling (3 months ago)

That Adams guy was such a snob sometimes.

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lensberg
By lensberg (3 months ago)

Only the Nikon USA website, the D3300's sensor size is indicated as 23.2 x 15.4 mm ... but in Nikon Europe, Singapore, India & Australia the sensor size is listed as 23.5 x 15.6 mm ...! ( including http://imaging.nikon.com )

Which one is correct...?!

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ScottRH
By ScottRH (3 months ago)

Ho Hum.

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zoranT
By zoranT (3 months ago)

Who keeps buying this bulky, generic, plastic stuff?

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

people upgrading from an compact.
And to be honest it has some good value.
You just can't expect much more at this price point.

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Coliban
By Coliban (3 months ago)

Me.

I have a D800E and i want a small, light weighted secondary camera, which i can use with my other lenses, for situations where i don´t need the resolution and size of a D800E. I think i will go and buy one.

10 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

If you don't need an good AF system in those situations. i can't blame you. Can't fault the Nikon Dslr range.

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (3 months ago)

Coliban, just remember not to shoot at 1/8000 and remember not to take it during slightly bad weather, ohh and avoid letting it fall from 0,3m - A D300S yes can be what you need to Backup a D800, or better, what every Nikon Lover Wallet is praying for a D400

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Coliban
By Coliban (3 months ago)

@Carlos,

i will not need these things with the D3300 and it is also not an adequate backup for a D800E. An adequate backup for a D800E would be a D800E. But for other situations where i need just some pictures, perhaps only in jpg it would be nice to take an inexpensive device with me. I now have an Olympus E-PM2, but the quality of MFT is just still some steps under APS-C and i can´t use my other Nikkors. And the sensor of this body is good, while the size is also very small. Because of this inexpensive alternative, i would like to have an second body from Nikon. With no OLPF i could use it as well for astronomic photos, especially with the APS-C Format. The nowadays Nikon sensors are just fine and they have enough headroom in terms of noise and so on. I think, this would be a very pleasing add-on for me.

regards

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Joe Braun
By Joe Braun (3 months ago)

@Carlos -- To each his own, but a few points... The D3300 and D5300 and the new kit lens are breakthroughs in size and weight; that's their point to compete with some of the bigger mirrorless gear. While still bigger than NEX or m43, the weight is amazingly similar. So somebody like me who would use a m43 camera for "fun" light photography might grab a D3300 instead of a Pany GX7 or Sony NEX-7 because the D3300 is so cheap in comparison and I can still use all of my existing lenses if I choose.

On the durability argument, these low-end Nikons can handle a fair amount of rain, no problem and the D300s is almost as big and heavy as a D800, so I'd never use that as a fun light alternative.

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marike6
By marike6 (3 months ago)

Maybe a user with dainty girl hands would consider this tiny DSLR "bulky". For most people, these cameras have glove like ergonomics and are easily transportable.

Who's buying these? People who want class leading IQ, terrific HD video and access to one of the most complete lens mounts ever created.

As far as materials, people aren't going to care if your body is carbon fiber, plastic or titanium if your images aren't interesting. And Nikon has been leading all cameras in IQ for years which is one reason these cameras sell so well.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (3 months ago)

Me. I like good quality cameras that take great photo's and aren't too heavy to carry around all day. Mine is on order. Win, win.

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (3 months ago)

On a second look, the price is not so bad for such a sensor size improvement, you may be right but we are always crying because Nikon keeps forgetting the 200/300 line and many WALLETS are ready for that

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (3 months ago)

All REAL photographers own a Manfrotto Magic arm and use it to attach inexpensive cameras like this to car fenders, airplane wings, trees, horse harnesses, balcony railings, basketball backboards, rope swings over lakes...in short any place you want to get pictures from but don't want to risk an expensive camera.
It's also a great camera for throwing up in the air with the self timer activated like that wedding photographer who got famous for it. Send one to a soldier overseas. Push one through the bars of the monkey cage at the zoo (tie a string to it so you can retrieve it later). Hand it to people you're working with to get other angles of your shoot. For heaven's sake people, use your imagination. We are living in a photographer's paradise and all you can do is complain....

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Josh152
By Josh152 (3 months ago)

@rfsIII

If you really want a semi-disposable camera you should buy a used model a couple generations old. Those are really cheap.

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ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

A lot of people are interested in buying basic SLR/SLT cameras. I know three people who just bought this level of Nikon camera. All three are people who are interested in getting more into photography and want an affordable way to get a camera that gives them access to more control and better image quality than they've had before. For people like them, who are college and high school aged, something like this is wonderful but it is something they can afford, that can produce high quality images, and that gives them the flexibility to add more lenses and accessories over the years so that it can grow with them as they start to get more into the hobby and as they are able to afford more equipment. I think that something like this is excellent for a beginning photographer. It gives them access to IQ that only the highest end cameras had a few years ago.

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Kawika Nui
By Kawika Nui (2 months ago)

generic...
god forbid the fashion police should be offended.
Many of us use cameras to take pictures, not make fashion statements.
plastic...
If you like to drop your camera, by all means get the heaviest, most bulletproof one you can find. If you have the coordination and good sense to take care of your kit, it really won't matter. BTW bulletproof vests are not made of metal.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

I bet they made the kit lens lighter the same way Panasonic made 14-42 II lighter - by darkening middle FLs. The old one (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX) is f/4 at 24mm, the new one might be f/4.5 or f/5.

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iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (3 months ago)

They should have taken the advantage of being able to make an even more compact 18-55 to make it any brighter with the same size and close to the same price. For instance, an ƒ/2.8-4.8. Or the same aperture but wider zoom range (but still the same size and close price). For instance, an 18-65 or an 16-55. Those alternatives would sound much more interesting. Better investing in such compactness for a mirroless system, because even with a pancake lens, an SLR will always be quite bulky.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

you have point when posting this on the 10-30mm F3.5-5.6
on an 1 inch sensor that's just pathetic. But here no. there are longer options if you want that. it will probably also ship with an 18-105 or 18-140 if you desire.

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iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (3 months ago)

You didn't get my point. Why are they looking for extra compactness in an SLR? Trying that on lenses for the mirroless system makes all sense, because they have a very compact body to match. But, is there anything much to match on an SLR body in terms of compactness? I don't see that, but perhaps you do. And the 18-105 is way too much of a difference in zoom range and price. I talk about little improvements. From 18mm to 17 or 16 at one end or from 55 to 60 or 65 at the other end, or from 3.5-5.6 to 2.8-5.6 or 3.5-4.8,... Little, bits of, improvement that would not let the size be any larger or the price any higher (well, at least not any higher than the usual little increasing that comes every little while).

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

1/3rd stope more light at maximum aperture is no real benefit in the real world. So i still don't get your point. Don't get the collapsible design either though.

The 18-55 VRII was a fine kitlens for this anyway.

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iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (3 months ago)

OK, then. That seems too difficult for Nikon. Let's leave it to Sony.

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silver knight
By silver knight (3 months ago)

They try to make the kit lens smaller because nikon does not have an apsc compact camera (eosm/nex) At least then they can try claim the smallest SLR

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Gesture
By Gesture (3 months ago)

That costs more-for us. Your suggestion would be of greater value and make the kit more appealing, so I agree. Nikon just doesn't think that way. The advances are dribbled out, much like Apple has done throughout its history.

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Nikonparrothead
By Nikonparrothead (3 months ago)

I believe they reserve the articulated screen for the D5xxx model line.

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io_bg
By io_bg (3 months ago)

Yes, it's been like this since the introduction of the line.

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (3 months ago)

No flippy out screen? :(

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io_bg
By io_bg (3 months ago)

There'll be always a D5300 for that.

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (3 months ago)

Is this the best Nikon has to show in Las Vegas ??? Trash, trash, trash - Maybe next year we have a D5375, lol - One week from now, if the D400 is not announced - I swear for the most sacred saints - I buy the Pentax K-3

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raztec
By raztec (3 months ago)

I'll be right behind you. Nikon repeatedly put out trash after trash for the mindless masses, or charge a crazy price for their pro line. People waiting for the D400 or D700 replacement are getting fed up and jumping ship fast.

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (3 months ago)

I m not putting down the entries, but Im putting down Nikon priorities, we have dozens of entries to choose, is enough and urgent to show a top spec DX camera that replaces the D300

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falconeyes
By falconeyes (3 months ago)

If you really are committed to stay DX, then nothing can beat K-3 ATM. Not only is it a professional, sweet and (esp. in silver) beautiful camera making the Df looking ugly. But the entire lens line-up (Limited's, 16-50/2.8 or 60-250/4 professional zooms) is nothing Canikon are coming even close to.

But compared to a D800, be prepared to give up a little in ultimate resolution or continous AF keeper rate. Of course, D800 with lenses is 2x the price of K-3, but a D400 wouldn't come cheap either.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

With unstabilized viewfinder (and AF and metering), K-3 might not be the best choice for long tele, unless you use tripod most of the time.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Peevee.

Metering and AF are no issue in my case. Pentax's seem prone to underexposing. But an quick exposure adjustment fixes that easily.

Composing at 250mm without an tripod is bloody awful though.
And yes an Nikon D7100 is an better pick handheld at these ranges.

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marike6
By marike6 (3 months ago)

Buy a D7100, D610 or D800 like the rest of us. I can't imagine why none of those bodies would suit you, but if they don't buy a K-3. Nobody cares (no offense).

Just be prepared to buy into an extremely pricey K-mount, lots of holes in the lineup, often FF prices for APS-C lenses, and lots of screw driver AF lenses badly in need of an update with zero commitment and financial resources from Ricoh to do so.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Well if Sigma, tokina and Tamron would release all their offerings on k-mount i don't see much issues. however they don't

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dwm2020
By dwm2020 (3 months ago)

Has Nikon got a stabilised viewfinder? Wow. Pentax does have inbody stabilisation, meaning any and all k-mount lenses are anti shake. I've personally never had an issue composing a shot with my k-3 and a 300mm lens handheld, including shots of the moon. There are a number of guys on the pentax slr forum who regularly shot birds in flight hand held with 500mm lenses.

But like marike6 said, follow the masses and buy what everyone else has...

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Josh152
By Josh152 (3 months ago)

@dmw2020

The VF is stabilized because the lens is and there are many many advantages to buying what everyone else has. For example if you you want to have the best chance of finding a place to rent lenses, batteries, bodies, flashes, ect no mater what city you are in you buy a Canon or Nikon. If you want to be sure a third party lens will come out in your mount, you by a Canon or Nikon, if you want to be sure you can find help and training materials for your camera and accessories, you buy canon and Nikon. Get the point?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

"Metering and AF are no issue in my case. Pentax's seem prone to underexposing. But an quick exposure adjustment fixes that easily."

The problem is, when handholding a non stabilized lens, some bright light might come in and out of the frame, confusing metering system (if it is separate from stabilized sensor, as is the case with Pentax). And AF system has very hard time focusing if its intended target quickly (at the tremor rate of about 10Hz) goes in and out of the focusing point.
IBIS is a great technology for mirrorless cameras, much better than in-lens IS. For DSLRs - not so much.

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dwm2020
By dwm2020 (3 months ago)

@Josh152

Yeah good point. But my reference was mainly to the fact that Marike6 mentioned he was unable to handhold a 250mm lens stable enough to compose a shot. That's not a body issue, that's a user issue, changing camera bodies isn't gonna help poor technique. So telling someone that a particular brand of camera, whatever it may be, is no good for tele work, is misleading. Get MY point? Also peevee said "stabilised viewfinder", not lens. Big difference. Hey, believe it or not sigma do pentax mount with stabilisation in lens too. ;-)

@peevee

What drivel are you talking about with stray light? Have you ever held a camera and large lens? How shaky do you have to be that you're bouncing the lens about so much that light comes in and out of the frame? You shooting at the sun? Heard of a lens hood?

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thygocanberra
By thygocanberra (3 months ago)

$650 body only and $850 + lens in Australia (Ted's bricks & mortar store) :-(

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thygocanberra
By thygocanberra (3 months ago)

Some similarities in body dimension/hand grip shape to the D40? http://camerasize.com/compare/#189,509

If Camera Size comparison is accurate, looks a little taller than the D3200 but not all that much smaller?

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lensberg
By lensberg (3 months ago)

Are you sure about the sensor size specs...? Because 23.2 x 15.4 mm would indicate the old Aptina sensor from the D3200 is being recycled in this model...

Nikon's official website indicates 23.5 x 15.6 mm which would probably point towards the Toshiba sensor from the D7100 being used... Alternatively it could be a completely redesigned sensor debuting for the first time...

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

We will see soon enough.
Since it has no olpf i guess the toshiba. Since they already use that in 2 models makes supplies for production easier

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raztec
By raztec (3 months ago)

Entry level Nikons DSLRs are absolutely useless for action as their AF is very poor. It really isn't until you get into the pro line and have to pay thousands of $$$ that you have a DSLR that actually focuses accurately and fast.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Not really the D5200 has an 39 AF point system with 9 crosstypes.
Best AF system you can buy at that price.

No entry level does well in sports.

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beavertown
By beavertown (3 months ago)

D5200 AF makes the super slow Nikkor 55-300 lens a fairly responsive one.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (3 months ago)

Why yould you buy a 500$ camera to shoot action with it ? I suppose you would buy a 55-200 f4-5.6 to go with it :))

If you want good tracking and framerate for sports, buy the D7000 new, you could still get them and they are close to 800$. Then, buy at least a 70-200 2,8 VR, which costs at least double, to get the desired result.
Your post makes no sense.

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pfzt
By pfzt (3 months ago)

@nicolaiecostel:

Well, the problem is that you need Sports-ready equipment for pictures of your toddler and the family dog too, since they are moving as fast as pro athletes resp. too fast for an entry level DSLR AF system. Simple as that.

And most people simply don't have the money to buy even the stuff that you recommended, because that would be about 3000$!!

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raztec
By raztec (3 months ago)

@pfzt

You are absolutely right. Specs don't mean squat. My D300 was way better than my D90 and every other non-Pro Nikon DSLR I've tried despite the number of AF points. So it's just a matter of buyer beware. If you think you're getting much more than a good sensor in these offerings, you're dreaming.

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ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

"Why yould you buy a 500$ camera to shoot action with it ? "

Because not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars.

And I disagree about the point of an entry level AF system not being able to keep up with a fast moving toddler and the needs of a family shooter. Without question you'll have a higher miss rate than with more expensive gear but you will still end up with some keepers too.

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Foto21
By Foto21 (3 months ago)

D40x had a focus motor, and realistic image rendering and a battery that lasted a while. Since then, Nikon has decided to hobble its most portable dSLR size, not by making openly amateur, but by having it have pretenses to more while being enough a ripoff that you keep it past the trial date.

Meanwhile the oily D600, and mammoth D7100 (with other rumored problems), prove why Nikon bodies have yet to recover from the tsunami of 09.

Fanboys, give me a break. I'm still waiting for an afforable Nikon that doesnt suck. I guess I should buy a D610 since I can't get a good Nikon body for less than that price.

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paultherope
By paultherope (3 months ago)

Still shooting with my D40x and it still doesn't have a focus motor.

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EvokeEmotion
By EvokeEmotion (3 months ago)

What's the tsunami of 09?

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Rocker44
By Rocker44 (3 months ago)

Keep trollin'

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

evoke.
an terrible natural disaster in japan. Causing millions to lose their homes. It was followed by an nuclear meltdown at fukoshima. Not something to make fun off

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Ocolon
By Ocolon (3 months ago)

BarnET, this happened in 2011.
Time flies, but it doesn't fly that fast.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (3 months ago)

He's referring to the Thai one, were many hi-tech factories got submerged and months worth of production of hi-tech stuff got ruined.
Prices of hi-tech goods (including hard disks, that I remember of) soared for half an year.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

sorry ocolon my bad. however i still find people using horrible natural disasters as statements an pathetic excuse for mankind though.

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braisim
By braisim (3 months ago)

He just asked which tsunami was being referred to. Nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately there have been several bad ones in recent years.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (3 months ago)

First of all, this is a great entry level camera. Imagine the IQ you can get with that Sony 24 MP with no low pass. Incredible ..
Also, 5 FPS at 24 MP in a 500$ camera ? Jeez ! My D700 does 5.5 at 12 MP and the standard battery. This really puts things into perspective.
Stop requesting higher end features like dedicated ISO buttons, focus motors (what screw driven lenses you would need nowadays anyway ?!), there are higher end bodies for that ..
This is a camera dedicated to soccer moms everywhere, and newbies, and for that purpose, it will be great value.
I have owned the D3100 and while it might not be the greatest camera ever, coupled with the 50 1.4G it gave me some stunning images. Whenever your picture suck, take into consideration the following:
1. Personal skill
2. Light and lighting
3. Lens used
4. Digital processing
Yeah, I also saw that guy dismissing this because the 1Dx, ridiculous stuff people say on the internet !!

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KGP
By KGP (3 months ago)

Newbies & soccer moms doesnt need 24mp with no low pass filter. Its a waste, requiers very good glass to take advantage of this specs. Εven worse, there are only 2-3 DX lenses in Nikon's range that can handle this resolution.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (3 months ago)

Those are just internet legends, sorry to inform you. Takes me back to the time I mounted a 28 mm 2,8 AIs lens on my D700 and it was the sharpest wide angle I had ever seen. A 105 2.5 AIs gave me a similar impression. There are many lenses, old and new that will outresolve even a denser sensor. It's all about specs when it comes to selling cameras.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

It's true about those old lenses. I've bought an $50 135mm F2.5 takumar. It's an full manual lens so no AF nor automatic exposure.
If you nail the settings results are breathtaking. tack sharp at f4 and beautiful bokeh.

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budi0251
By budi0251 (3 months ago)

Well, but it is good for people to "feel" that they "may" need those 24 megapixels :D
And for sure you can find resources from "trusted sources" that 24mp without AA would indeed sharper than one with lowpass filter :p ; now, how can this be a bad thing? you can get 2TB HDD for 100 bucks, and most PC now have gigs of RAMs & multiple CPUs and don't forget those high speed internet too.

Hence, 24MP taken with Kit Lens and bad techniques would be just another JPEGs filling one's limitless HDD viewed at 2MP at most common Full HD monitor consumer display.

Indeed, 24 MP would also drive the sales of those 4K & 8K displays, otherwise who'd buy them?? :)

As for professional use of 24MP?
can we expect those 22MP digital backs to come down in price, considering now it has been "outgunned" in Megapixel race by a cheap entry level DSLR ? :p

Now

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (3 months ago)

The point is - Why Nikon brings an entry level when there are already 150 entry levels choices and does not bring what everybody is waiting for ???

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webrunner5
By webrunner5 (3 months ago)

It might not be a Sony sensor.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

The kit lens probably serves as AA filter, properly blurring the images. ;)
Otherwise, the soccer moms will see a lot of Moire in the clothes of their soccer children. ;-)

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ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

It is remarkable how far along lower end cameras (and cameras in general) have come in the last few years. This camera, and others like it, is capable of IQ that either cost a fortune or was unattainable a few years back. Things like this are capable of producing images that no DSLR could have produced eight or ten years ago at any price. People would have spent a fortune for a camera with these specs even three years ago.

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tmurph
By tmurph (3 months ago)

Some of the comments on here are so negative it makes you wonder why they bother.
There is actually someone on here who has compared this entry level camera with a pro spec Cannon....WHAT!!
Then you get the one who hasn't got a clue about card speeds but derates the D7100 buffer, go figure.
To have an entry level DSLR with that kind of spec has got to be applauded no matter who brings it to the market so, if you're one of those who's a gear freak but never takes any photos stop boreing everyone else on here and get a life.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion but a lot of stuff on here is just childish claptrap.

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Peter Bendheim
By Peter Bendheim (3 months ago)

Couldn't agree more. What also needs to be said is that today's basic entry level DSLR has specs that would have been seen as mind blowing for the money even at a high end level a few years ago. The value for money one gets is simply amazing! And while people may make all their negative comments, they need to realise that at the entry level, the camera they are able to get is so good that improvements will be small and evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

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Dimitris Servis
By Dimitris Servis (3 months ago)

You should be thankful to these fora and DPR. It keeps these people off the streets.

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botage
By botage (3 months ago)

looks like a good camera at a price for us ordinary people :-)

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

I've also seen an comparison between the D3300 and Olympus EM-1
The d7100 buffer is an serious issue for sports though.
People buy the D7100 for 7Fps not 2-3 fps while clearing the buffer after 2 seconds.

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marike6
By marike6 (3 months ago)

The negativity starts at the top and filters down to users. But after several years now of being told how wonderfully desirable these small high end ILCs are, an announcement for an entry level DSLR with class leading features like 1080p60 and close to the same class leading IQ from the D5300 for very little money is met with mostly snarky comments and contempt.

But first world problems like no Wifi standard at this price point, reading about new gear is supposed to be fun. Unfortunately it has become anything but.

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JeffreyJC
By JeffreyJC (3 months ago)

The Madden D3300.

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KGP
By KGP (3 months ago)

Thank you Nikon! I suffer from insomnia and my life in recent years have been very bad. I just read the presentation of the D3300 and even before the finish I had fallen into a deep lethargic sleep. Nikon save my life!

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jon404
By jon404 (3 months ago)

As a Pentax owner, I tend to look on Nikons as ugly and not very ergonomic. Practically, the collapsible lens sounds like a mess for quick shooting, since you have to push yet another button to expand it.

But -- maybe of great benefit for beginning photographers -- 24 MP, cheap! You'll be able to crop like mad and rescue a lot of images. Hmmnn. I wonder if Nikon owns an external hard drive company? It's terabyte time, new users!

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (3 months ago)

1. You can purchase this camera as a body only and add the old 18-55 VR which is like 196$ new.
2. I have used the collapsible 10-30 nikon and it's not a chore. Might even get to enjoy it. Don't dismiss something you haven't tried just because "you imagine" how it will be. And you don't buy this camera or that lens for quick shooting.
3. Nikons have superb styling, they are drawn by none other than Giorgino Giugiaro's design studio. You are just being subjective. Pentax cameras are ugly as have bad ergonomics, as far as I am concerned.
4. You don't rescue images by cropping, you frame right from the start using the right lens and distance to subject. Cropping destroys perspective. You take a picture with a 35 mm and then crop it to look like it's been taken with an 85. Except it wont have the perspective and separation of the 85. It will look a mess. 24 Mp is not for cropping, it's for great detail in larger prints and for better results when down sampling hi-ISO photos.
Best of luck.

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (3 months ago)

Sorry but that perspective stuff is just ill informed b*****t

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (3 months ago)

King Penguin: You should perhaps study some more. I have processed hundreds of thousands of raw images, so I might know what I'm on about. Different focal lengths offer different size ratios subject-background, and subject perspective, and that is the main difference between a picture taken with a 35 and an 85. Why do you think a 85 mm lens is called a portrait lens. Why is a 105 even better and why does a 300 mm fall under unrecommended for portraiture category ? Why don't you get a medium format 80 Mp camera, shoot everything with a wide lens then crop to your liking ? You can crop the cr*p out of the 35, make the subject have the same proportion like in the 85 shot, the background and perspective will be very different and the shot will look wrong to anyone who has a clue. I don't have the time to make a test and show you a side by side comparison of what I stated in my previous post. Don't misinform, pretty please.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

35mm cropped
background less separated yes
less resolution left yes
different perspective no
will the 85mm portrait look better yes. but not because of the perspective. perspective is based on distance to subject. Since the 35mm is wider people will move in closer to the subject. and that will lead to an different perspective. and of coarse perspective distortion. which is undesireable in portraits.

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Laagwater
By Laagwater (3 months ago)

Isn't this D3300 camera cropping every photo?

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In hydraulis
By In hydraulis (3 months ago)

Dammit nicolaiecostel, you were off to a good start!

Then you went and said this:

"I don't have the time to make a test and show you a side by side comparison"

That means you forfeit the argument.

That means you lose.

Pity.

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In hydraulis
By In hydraulis (3 months ago)

Also, regarding your fourth point, I suspect the target demographic for this model would be soccer mums. And I don't think they share your enthusiasm for the subtleties of perspective.

Moot point. Interesting, but moot.

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Ocolon
By Ocolon (3 months ago)

nicolaiecostel, you should really take the time to make the comparison. Your 85 portrait lens does indeed give the same perspective as a 35 lens shot from the same position with the image cropped afterwards.

> Why do you think a 85 mm lens is called a portrait lens.
> Why is a 105 even better

With those lenses you get a nice perspective when shooting a person's head *without* cropping.

> why does a 300 mm fall under unrecommended for
> portraiture category ?

You have to go relatively far away to get the whole face into the frame. Camera shake can be a problem. But there's nothing wrong with the perspective. Not only paparazzi use long focal lengths to photograph people.

> Why don't you get a medium format 80 Mp camera,
> shoot everything with a wide lens then crop to your
> liking ?

Because a medium format camera costs more than a car and is quite bulky and heavy with the lenses.

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1971_M5
By 1971_M5 (3 months ago)

"Isn't this D3300 camera cropping every photo?"

LOL!

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (3 months ago)

this or the d4s/x/y ?

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (3 months ago)

Panasonic 14-42 kit lens weighs 95 g and Canon 18-55 IS kit already weighs ~ 200 g, so not much weight savings here. As for collapsible design, I was expecting to see something more pancake-like such as the Panasonic 14-42 lens. Not happening either. Sigh.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Photo nuts.
Since when is half the weight not so much weight savings

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (3 months ago)

@BarnET: New Nikon kit lens weighs 195 g.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

"Panasonic 14-42 kit lens weighs 95 g" vs 195.
It's either an typo or your not making any sense

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

the panasonic
12-32mm weighs 70 grams
14-42 version 2 110 grams
14-42 pancake 95 grams

So all kit zooms are about half the the weight that's an cosiderable ammount of weight.

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Karroly
By Karroly (3 months ago)

@BarnET
I think you did not catch Photo nuts' meaning. I personnally understand this : He does not see the 195 g of this Nikon lens versus the 200 g of the Canon 18-55 kit lens as a significant weight reduction and, as the Nikon is a collapsible lens, he was expecting a weight somewhat closer to the Panasonic 14-42...

But the Pana is for smaller sensor, so there are no chances for the same kind of lens design for APS-C sensor to be as small and light as for M4/3...

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Gazeomon
By Gazeomon (3 months ago)

Yoaaaaaawwwnn zzzzzzz, another Nikon plastic entry toy! just like the other one we had a little while ago. Chrrrr r r r

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Miwok
By Miwok (3 months ago)

Believe it or not, but there is some serious amateurs who don't need big and expensive camera, who think than those little cameras produce good enough IQ.
I'm serious about photography, but don't feel the need to pay a fortune for an object who just produce images. I'm more interested by this entry level camera than last D610/800 or Df monster.
Thank you for Dpr for reviewing ALL kind of camera.

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (3 months ago)

I totally agree there must be entry levels - The issues here is - Why Nikon keeps feeding amateurs, on and on and on, when there are already 150 entry choices and forgets the top cameras like the long awaited D400? People here are not putting down the "entries", we are putting down Nikon priorities

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ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

"s - The issues here is - Why Nikon keeps feeding amateurs, on and on and on, when there are already 150 entry choices and forgets the top cameras like the long awaited D400?"

My guess is that that is where the market is. There is a huge market for lower end cameras and the class that the D400 would be in is one that isn't as big as it once was with the rise of reasonably priced FF cameras that a lot of people with the cash to spend are now going to.

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (3 months ago)

The collapsible lens is a tradeoff. Smaller, but you have to press a button and twist to unlock it before its ready to use. In addition to turning on the camera.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (3 months ago)

by the time you press and twist the seagull will be s(h)itting somewhere else !

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iudex
By iudex (3 months ago)

I agree. I bought an Olympus E-PL3 to my dad and he still struggles with the collapsible kit zoom. It is not pancake-type and small like the Sony 16-50, so I really see no reason to use this principle.

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cfh25
By cfh25 (3 months ago)

The Olympus lenses do not require you to press any buttons to extend them; only to lock them after use. Trust Nikon to make it complicated

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Karroly
By Karroly (3 months ago)

Locking the lens is not mandatory, you know...
You can also turn the camera on with you right hand while AT THE SAME TIME unlock the lens with your left hand...
But maybe you are not multithreaded photographers...

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whyamihere
By whyamihere (3 months ago)

Dear Nikon,

Cute camera.

Maybe next year's model can feature such novel updates as, "Has an ISO button."

Just a thought.

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Dyun27
By Dyun27 (3 months ago)

If you want an ISO button, buy the D7100.Problem solved. This is entry level with some amazing features. For more advanced options there are more advanced bodies.

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beavertown
By beavertown (3 months ago)

Even some compact cameras have ISO buttons.

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arrr
By arrr (3 months ago)

FN button = ISO Button. Problem solved.

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qunamax
By qunamax (3 months ago)

Except it's a timer button and i need that too.

Nikon, focus motor and secondary display or it didn't happen.

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panteraaa
By panteraaa (3 months ago)

what do you use Fn button for?

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whyamihere
By whyamihere (3 months ago)

Dyun27 & Arrr: Considering every other entry-level DSLR from Canon, Pentax, and Sony, has an ISO button (usually dedicated, easily found with your eye to the viewfinder, and not elsewhere on some odd corner of the camera combined with some other random function), I don't see why I'd have to pay nearly twice as much for a better body just to gain a common camera function. There's nothing 'advanced' about an ISO button.

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thygocanberra
By thygocanberra (3 months ago)

Early on with my D60 I bemoaned the fact that there was no dedicated ISO button.

As already noted, the Nikon Fn button can be dedicated to ISO - if you can see ISO in the viewfinder (which you can everything post the D3000) this means you can adjust ISO without removing your eye from the viewfineder.
On other brand bodies the dedicated ISO button is often one of the function allocations to the 4-way controller. I am not sure that you could use this AND look through the viewfinder.
Even on the D90 etc bodies, the dedicated ISO button is on the back and not so easily accessible unless you are looking at it. Of course in A or S the 2nd wheel can be dedicated to ISO.

For me, if Nikon was to have a dedicated ISO button it should either be on the top deck (instead of video?) or about the position of the Fn button.

Higher on my wish list though would be 1/3 EV ISO adjustments - is this a software or hardware fix.

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Joe Braun
By Joe Braun (3 months ago)

Nice. While this might not seem all too exciting, just look at the size and weight of this camera... Instead of going mirrorless, Nikon is competing by making the size/weight advantage of mirrorless cameras fairly insignificant. Not much bigger than the Olympus EM1 and actually lighter!

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pdelux
By pdelux (3 months ago)

Well you are comparing one of the smallest DSLRs to one of the biggest M4/3. EM1 is a no compromises top of the range camera in its format, this is an entry level DSLR. Maybe try comparing to an entry level M4/3 camera such as a EPM2 or even GM1. See the difference in body size.

Also the size/weight savings comes with even lense that you add to your system.

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daddyo
By daddyo (3 months ago)

Joe,
The advantage the Olympus has is not in the size/weight of the camera body -- it is in the size/weight of the camera body and lenses. The Nikon with an assortment of three or four popular focal length lenses will be considerably bulkier and heavier than the E-M1 with comparable effective focal length lenses. It's not an insignificant advantage.

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Kim Seng
By Kim Seng (3 months ago)

Olympus EM1 is considered too big for me. I don't quite like it. It is no better than an SLR. I think I like the Nikon 1 better.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Are people really comparing this plastic entry level to an magnesium pro level mirrorless. come on guys apples to apples. The EM-1 is kinda an D7100 competitor. not an D3xxx competitor.

You want to take a look at an D3xxx mirrorless competitor look at sony. They have the A3000.

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markprincess
By markprincess (3 months ago)

Maybe in build quality but as far as image quality is concerned the D7100 wipes the floor with the EM-1.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (3 months ago)

The only really interesting thing about this camera is the "collapsible" kit lens. On the Nikon website the second highlighted feature is the ability to use it with WiFi. And you have to buy a WU-1a to do it. Why play up a non-feature?

There's really nothing to see here. A D3300, WU-1a, and GP-1 will cost you MORE than a D5300. That's assuming you can even get the latter two because they've been back-ordered for some time now. And the D5300 has a much better AF system as well.

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jtan163
By jtan163 (3 months ago)

Why play up a non feauture?

Because you're a mere shell of a company that has no clue about what customers need, want and are happy to pay for.

Because your are trading off a name you made 50-60 years ago.

Dead man walking.

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DVT80111
By DVT80111 (3 months ago)

Canon just slips behind further by a notch. Sad. I married a wrong company.

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Jake64
By Jake64 (3 months ago)

Nothing can touch the Canon EOS-1D X when it comes to professional applications. Nikon's entry and mid-range offerings are much better IMO and you can't argue with the "cheap" D610 for an entry full frame even if you're not into the small "sanitary pad" focus area.

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DVT80111
By DVT80111 (3 months ago)

Who cares about that 0.01% population of what so called "professional model."

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Jake64
By Jake64 (3 months ago)

If you don't like your Canon gear, sell it and come over to the dark side. We have cookies.

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rrccad
By rrccad (3 months ago)

how so? this is pretty entry level. missing alot of features that exist on the most basic of canon dslrs.

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Zdman
By Zdman (3 months ago)

If you get over the ability to push shadows (how often do you really do that?) there's nothing an entry level Canon doesn't do. It even has a few more buttons, electronic first curtain (really useful for long lenses and macro), non-lossy raws and magic lantern. Then there's the really cheap and fantastic 50mm 1.8 and 40mm 2.8. There's a reason people still buy Canon.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Will Nikon has the 35mm dx which is faster and cheaper as the 40mm
And the 50f1.8g wipes the floor with the nifty fifty.
Getting more detail out of shadows is useful. Non lossy raws?. Who cares the 18mp sensor is worse. Your right about magic lantern and video.

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Zdman
By Zdman (3 months ago)

You forgot to dis electronic first curtain. With more and more talk of shutter shock (especially as pixel count rises) the lack of electronic first curtain for vibration free shots will become more apparent.

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taktak91
By taktak91 (3 months ago)

Yet another fine product from Nikon that is not the D300 replacement.

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ChapelThrill23
By ChapelThrill23 (3 months ago)

I think the problem must be that they've decided that the D300 class market segment isn't what it once was with the rise of cheaper FF bodies. I used to use cameras in the D300 segment but once affordable FF cameras came out I switched in a heart beat. I think a lot of enthusiasts who have the ability to buy a camera in that price range are willing to spend a few hundred dollars to move up to FF. If Nikon thought the market for a D300 type camera was still as substantial as it used to be they'd have put one out a while back.

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