Nikon has refreshed its range of entry-level DSLRs by announcing the Nikon D3300 - a DSLR designed to sit above the popular D3100 and D3200

The new ‘entry-level’ DX-format D3300 features a 24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor that’s partnered alongside Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine. This combination of sensor and processor provides the Nikon D3300 with an wider ISO range than the Nikon D3200. Whereas the Nikon D3200 had an ISO ceiling to 6400 (expandable to ISO 12,800), the Nikon D3300 can shoot up to ISO 12,800, with the option to also shoot at ISO 25,600 in an expanded setting.

Although the resolution may be identical to the D3200, the Nikon D3300’s sensor has no optical low-pass filter, to help improve image resolution and sharpness.

Much like the Nikon D3200, Nikon has stuck with the 11-point autofocus system that was also found in the Nikon D3100. Being an almost identical AF system, it’s no suprise to find Single-point AF and dynamic-area AF, but also auto-area AF and Nikon’s clever 3D tracking.

Little looks to have changed up top, however note the more compact size of the new kit lens

As with each new generation in the D3000 series, the D3300 shoots faster than both the Nikon D3200 and Nikon D3100. Whereas the D3100 can shoot at up to 3fps and the D3200 4fps, the Nikon D3300 can shoot full resolution images at up to 5fps.

Other interesting points to note are it’s size and build quality. It’s ‘compact’ body measures 4.9″x3.8″x2.9″ with a carbon-fibre build to help reduce weight. An extra weight saving has been made by replacing the original 18-55mm kit lens with a new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II kit lens, designed to be significantly smaller than its predecessor. When used with the D3300, the kit is almost 30% smaller and 25% lighter, according to Nikon.

Unlike the Nikon D5300, Wi-fi on the D3300 is an optional extra with Nikon’s WU-1a adapter (£49)

The Nikon D3300 can shoot Full HD 1080p HD video at up to 60p with fulltime autofocus and stands out as Nikon’s first HD-SLR to be equipped with an Easy Panorama Mode. In addition, there’s 13 In-camera effects to choose from, including four new effects and a Guide mode to help beginners learn about how to get the very best from a DSLR camera.

At the rear, the Nikon D3300 features a 3in, 921k-dot display, however it’s not the touchscreen type. The optical viewfinder that’s found above has approximately 95% frame coverage and 0.85x magnification.

Our first hands on session with the Nikon D3300 was made at the PEPCOM show, CES, Las Vegas

Unlike the recently announced Nikon D5300, which features Wi-fi connectivity built-in, the Nikon D3300 doesn’t and therefore relies on the optional WU-1a adapter (£49) to connect wirelessly to a Wi-fi network before transmitting images or working remotely.

UK availability and pricing for the new D3300 was still to be announced at the time of writing, however the Nikon D3300 is expected to be available in February for $649 in the US. As well as the black version pictured, Nikon will produce the D3300 in red and grey colour schemes.

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Nikon D3300 Key features, as supplied by Nikon UK:

– 24.2-megapixel DX-format sensor with no OLPF
– Guide Mode: Clear, step-by-step assistance
– Superb low-light performance: ISO 100-12,800 (expandable to ISO 25,600 equivalent)
– Fast and powerful EXPEED 4 image processing engine
– 5 fps continuous shooting
– Razor-sharp 11-point AF system with a cross-type sensor in the centre
– 420-pixel RGB metering sensor with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System
– D-Movie: Full HD movies at frame rates up to 50/60p
– Built-in microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone
– Easy wireless connectivity: Via Nikon’s Wu-1a Mobile Adapter
– Special Effects mode: 13 distinctive effects for still images and movies
– 6 Scene Modes
– Large LCD screen: 7.5 cm (3.0-in.) with wide-viewing angle and 921K-dot resolution
– Optical viewfinder with approximately 95% frame coverage and 0.85x magnification
– Small, lightweight body: Approx. 124×98×75.5 mm. Weighs just 410 g (without battery and memory card)
– Small, retractable kit lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
– Stable grip for secure handling
– Choice of three body colours: Black, red, and grey
– Expandable system: Compatible with the full range of NIKKOR DX-format lenses and entry-level Nikon Speedlights