Studio Comparison

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.

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At low ISOs the D3300's image processing fails to get the best out of its images, obscuring some very fine detail in JPEG processing that's preserved in Raw. One of its closest competitors in the class in terms of resolution is the Sony a3000 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 Fujifilm X-A1 in terms of JPEG detail rendering, though at ISO 3200 the current high ISO champ in the class is doing noticeably better, even when compared at a common output size. Switching back to Raw levels the playing field again.

Near the upper limit of its sensitivity range the D3300 continues a trend of heavier noise reduction and loss of detail, however misses some yellow color noise here. At its highest sensitivity the D3300 is clearly taking a very different approach to noise reduction (and detail retension) than the Fujifilm X-A1. Again, a common output size narrows the gap a bit, but the X-A1's JPEG output is still looking better.

Switching to low light shows it still doing a bit better than the Sony a3000 in terms of resolution, but the playing field is more level. At low ISO noise is well-controlled and low contrast detail is still rendered well. By ISO 800 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 Raw however shows that the D3300 is close in terms of noise.

Moving up to ISO 3200 shows a significant decline in fine detail. The D3300's JPEGs show more noise than the Fujifilm X-A1, though the Sony a3000 looks closer to Nikon's performance. Toward the top of the range it's a bit of a washout as both cameras have muddled fine detail, though the Raw images show slightly less harsh color noise from the D3300. At the D3300's maximum ISO 25600, the Pentax K-500 seems to be close in terms of dealing with noise, while the Fujifilm X-A1's JPEG looks almost implausibly good in comparison.