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Nikon D3300 Unboxing and Sniff Test

The Nikon D3300 is Nikon’s latest foray into the entry level market. Replacing the D3200 the D3300 does add some major changes from the prior model.

One of the biggest changes is the new 24 megapixel CMOS sensor that removes the OLPF. It is quite possible that the sensor in this camera is the same that is in the D7100. If that is the case the images that come out of this camera are gong to not only be sharp but they will pop.

In terms of build quality this camera is feather light. Yes that means it is all plastic and cheap feeling. But again this is a very low end entry model and they try to keep the price down.

If you are just starting out in Photography and you want to capture stills and video this camera has plenty to offer. But like I say all the time it is more about the glass than the body. You can have the best body in the world with the worst lens on it and get terrible results. Or you could have an entry level camera with better glass and get quality results.

So if you are just starting out my advice is learn the basic functions of your camera as well as the fundamentals of the exposure triangle.

Or on the flip side if you just want to take pictures and video and not really dive into anything else, just have fun.

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Jared Polin: Right before we jump into this video, if you haven’t signed up for the froknowsphoto e-mail list, you could do so over at Just look for this orange box. If you click on it, it takes you over there. Put your name, e-mail address and hit send it, and I’ll send you a free guide to capturing motion in lowlight situations.

Jared Polin, welcome to Allen’s Camera where I have the Nikon D3300 with the new 1855 VR II. That’s right. It’s a new kit lens. It’s lighter, sharper, faster and it sounds like a what’s that bands name? What’s that bands name? Lighter, quicker, stronger, faster, you know, they have their helmets on. Anyway those guys, anyways let’s on boxes give it a sniff test and see what we think about it. Let’s just go over the specs real quick.

I wrote them down because there are some major just key specs that I want to hit first. 24.2 megapixel sensor with no OLPF, what does that mean? It’s possible that this has the D7100 sensor in it, which is cranking out some really sharp, colorful contrasting and boomfied [Phonetic] [0:01:12] images that I so far like. Now Nikon couldn’t verify whether it is the same sensor, or most likely it is. You have your 3-inch LCD screen which is fine, 11 point AF that’s a big deal. Remember back to something like a D70 and you had maybe 5 and then a D40. You had 3 11 points focusing 11 point focusing system in this, and 5 frames a second is pretty darn quick for a base bottom of the line entry-level DSLR camera. ISO upto 25,600 so no longer can anybody ever complain that they can’t shoot at higher ISOs, but remember better glass is always important to get better shots. And it does not have wireless built-in that’s something that you can add separately. It would be nice if they did add it in.

And what do you get this for? Under 650 bucks out. Now that it is an unbelievable price. And for a beginner, anybody just starting out, looking for their very first DSLR camera this is going to do everything that you need from still images to HD video at 1080P. So that’s what you’re looking for, and this could be it. So let’s unbox to sniff it, and tell you what else I think about it. Boom, oh this is the Version 2 lens. Let’s see if it’s 25% lighter and sharper. Oh yeah it’s definitely lighter. It now has a button on the side to lock it and unlock it. It’s a kit lens. For anybody just starting out the kit lens is going to be very, very basic. It’s going to do a fine job. It’s not the end-all be-all, but just starting out get to learn your camera, get to learn what you’re doing, then you can upgrade to something else in the future so you got that lens, let’s get out the body, let’s just feel what it’s like and then we’ll wrappy make wrap us in it up.

So it’s wrapped up in the Styrofoamy popping buttons, no Styrofoam. Oh yeah, South Beach smell, because it has that suntan lotion oil smell go into it. Yeah you like that so smaller camera, extremely light without a battery in there. But again you got to remember baseline camera right off the bat if you’re just looking to do some basic still images, it’s going to do a great job. You’re looking to make little short videos and you’re starting to figure out how to progress as a videographers it’s a okay place to start. What makes it better for a video camera now is that Nikon has finally included a mike input meaning you could get something like I’m wearing or you could get a road Smart Lab [Phonetic] [0:03:43] which is going to give you a better audio. Very simple, you’ve got your on/off switch. You’ve got your record video. The back is very easily or very well put together. Everything is where it should be and you’ll take your one SD card right there.

Other than that this thing is the lightest thing I’ve ever felt. I can’t believe that this is a camera and I can’t believe that it’s not butter, but it is extremely light. It’s all plastic, but it is what it is for 650 bucks just a little less than that to get into the game with DSLR video and photos. This is going to be a nice option. So that is what we have this time. That’s an Unboxing and Sniff test of the Nikon D3300 from Allen’s Camera. If you’d like to pick one up or anything that Nikon offers check out Give him a call. The phone number is on the screen and they will help you out, and there you have it Jared Polin, see ya.