Last week Nikon announced its newest addition to the consumer oriented DSLR cameras – 24.2-megapixel D3300 HD-SLR. As Nikon put it in their press release this new lightweight and compact DSLR is aimed “for those ready to take their photography to the next level”. New camera will replace now 2 year old D3200 in the Nikon family lineup. D3300 features 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS, Expeed 4 processor and at a suggested retail price of $649.95 (paired with new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens) comes jam-packed with features: Wi-Fi® connectivity, Enhanced Guide Mode, Full HD Video at 60 fps and of course effects.
In hopes that increased image sharpness and resolution will wow its consumer base, Nikon have removed optical low pass filter (OLPF) from the new D3300 model. Additionally camera’s new Expeed 4 processor boosts its image quality, performance and battery life, as well as allowing you to record full HD videos at 60/50 fps, assisted by the new Full-time AF, with ease. D3300 will also have a high ISO range with great performance at both low and high ends, making shooting in difficult situation such as dark rooms or sporting events easier for the consumer.
Unfortunately the camera still requires a WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter that make use of its Wi-Fi® capabilities. With the adapter connected to your DSLR you will be able to save and share your content with other Wi-Fi® enabled devices, as well as remotely control your camera’s Live View using free official app available for iOS and Android phones.
As any smart phone era consumer oriented camera, D3300 will come with 13 built-in camera effects and modes. One of them being new to Nikon Panorama mode, allowing you to capture landscapes in full beauty.
Enhanced Guide Mode will help you transition from being a point and shoot photographer to DSLR expert with its intuitive tutorial like mode that teaching you different camera functions while you take photos.
Paired with the camera comes new compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II standard zoom lens. New lens offers silent motor (perfect for video shooting) and retractable lens barrel design, making the entire package 30% smaller than its predecessor and significantly lighter (about 460g for the entire package: camera body and lens).
The Nikon D3300 with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens in a kit will be available in February 2014 in several colors (Black, Red and Grey) for $649.95. You will also be able to buy AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II by itself for $249.95 around the same time. No price for camera alone was announced or if it will even be sold by itself. The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens will be available on February 20, 2014 for $599.95.