Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests.
At low ISOs the D3300's image processing fails to get the best out of its images, obscuring somein JPEG processing that's preserved in . One of its closest competitors in the class in terms of resolution is the with its 20 megapixel sensor, though it can't quite keep up with the D3300's 24 megapixels in terms of resolution. As ISO increases the D3300 looks to be doing about the same as the 16 megapixel in terms of JPEG detail rendering, though at the current high ISO champ in the class is doing noticeably better, even when compared at a . Switching back to levels the playing field again.
Near the upperthe D3300 continues a trend of heavier noise reduction and loss of detail, however misses some yellow color noise here. At its the D3300 is to noise reduction (and detail retension) than the Fujifilm X-A1. Again, a narrows the gap a bit, but the X-A1's JPEG output is still looking better.
Switching toshows it still doing a bit better than the Sony a3000 in terms of resolution, but the playing field is more level. At noise is well-controlled and low contrast detail is still rendered well. By the D3300 is still able to render the darkest blue and purple as different colors, and some grain has started creeping into the JPEG image while the Fujifilm X-A1 has noise remarkably well under control in its JPEG processing. Switching to however shows that the D3300 is close in terms of noise.
Moving up toshows a significant decline in fine detail. The D3300's JPEGs show more noise than the , though the looks closer to Nikon's performance. Toward the it's a bit of a washout as both cameras have muddled fine detail, though the show slightly less harsh color noise from the D3300. At the D3300's maximum the Pentax K-500 seems to be close in terms of dealing with noise, while the looks almost implausibly good in comparison.