For the novice looking to buy his or her first DSLR, the Nikon D3300 comes highly recommended for the way it delivers an impressive specification at a price of around £500.
Those who can stretch their budget by around £120 have the choice of the slightly more advanced Nikon D5300 – a model that looks virtually identical to the D3300 and shares the same 24.2-million-pixel resolution, but which benefits from a few more practical functions, such as built-in Wi-Fi.
While all three models offer something different, based on the ability of the consumer they’re aimed at, each also present its own questions. Does the D5300 make the better buy over the D3300? Will novices outgrow the D3300 too quickly? Is the £340 difference between the D3300 and D7100 justifiable?
Before subjecting the cameras to the full lab test to ascertain which offers the superior image quality with regard to detail, dynamic range and noise performance, it’s important to outline the key differences.
Those unfamiliar with the Nikon system could be under the illusion that similarities between the three models are few and far between, but there are, in fact, a number of key crossover areas. We’ll kick off by familiarising ourselves with the key functions before focusing our attention on build quality and handling.
Touching on performance, too, we’ll analyse our lab results in an attempt to uncover which Nikon APS-C-format DSLR provides the best image quality and all-round performance for the best price.