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Nikon D3300 Kit

24-megapixel DSLR w/18-55mm DX VR II lens (Grey)

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You know how to take a snapshot, but point-and-shoot just isn't doing it for you anymore. You need the flexibility and high quality that comes with a DSLR camera. How do you know where to start, though? Nikon's D3300 may be just the camera to help you take your photography hobby to the next level.

Nikon D3300 with optional WU-1a Wi-Fi adapter

Red Nikon D3300 with optional WU-1a Wi-Fi® adapter in use.

Take your photography to the next level

You know how to take a snapshot, but point-and-shoot just isn't doing it for you anymore. You need the flexibility and high quality that comes with a DSLR camera. How do you know where to start, though? Nikon's D3300 may be just the camera to help you take your photography hobby to the next level.

With a large CMOS sensor and 24 megapixels on board, this camera will produce high-resolution images you'll be proud to frame and hang on the wall. Track a moving subject with 11 auto-focus points, then fire off up to five frames per second to capture the action. The new EXPEED 4 image processor makes sure you're getting subtle, accurate colors in any type of light. All of that power and speed comes in a lightweight body that fits comfortably in your hand, along with an included lens.

Room to grow

As you become more comfortable with your camera's settings, it's natural to want to take charge of the details. The rotating Mode Dial on the upper right side of the chassis is your gateway to full creative control. Each function that can be handled automatically by the camera can be turned over to you in manual mode. Dip your toes in the water with shutter and aperture priority modes, or dive into the deep end on full Manual. The D3300 lets you find your own comfort level while you grow as a photographer.

If you need moving pictures to tell your tale, the D3300 is also an excellent video camera that records high-definition video at 1080p resolution. There's a mono mic built in, but you have the option of adding an external microphone via the included 3.5mm jack for even better sound.

The perfect starter lens

The ability to change lenses to match your environment is one of the exciting features of a DSLR camera, but deciding which one you need as a first lens can be daunting. Nikon has bundled the 3300 with the durable, all-purpose AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens to help get you started. The 18-55mm focal length gives you the flexibility to shoot portraits as well as landscapes, zooming in to bring details closer when necessary. The vibration reduction feature will keep your image steady even when you're shooting without a tripod.

Share your vision

Want to start editing and sharing your images right away? Use the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter (sold separately) to upload photos instantly to your smartphone or tablet, where they can go live on social media. If you're on an adventure, the GP-1 GPS module will help tag your photos with all of the relevant geographical details. When you're home relaxing, or there's no Wi-Fi handy, the 3300 offers built-in USB and mini-HDMI connections to help you display your photos on your high-definition television, print copies on your printer, or save them to your hard drive.

Product Highlights:

    Camera Body:
    • high-density, 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
    • 3" LCD monitor screen with adjustable brightness
    • captures up to 5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode
    • self-timer (2-20 seconds) lets you get in the picture
    • 11 autofocus points for 3D tracking of your subject
    • compatible with Nikon's F series lenses
    • red-eye reduction
    • hot shoe for connection of optional powered accessories
    • color temperature presets adjust to ambient lighting conditions
    • multiple auto-focus modes
    • records TV-ready 1080p HD video
    • built-in mono microphone with adjustable sensitivity for video recording
    • 4-13/16"W x 3-13/16"H x 4-15/16"D
    • weight: 16.2 oz (body only)
    • weight: 23.1 oz (with lens)
    • warranty: 1 year camera body, 5 years lens
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens (included):
    • 18-55mm focal length
    • 3X optical zoom
    • Silent Wave Motor provides fast, quiet auto-focus
    • Vibration Reduction cuts down blur from hand-held shooting
    • switchable auto or manual focus
    Accessory Options:
    • accepts optional EyeFi and SD-type memory cards, not included
    • add wireless file transfer to smartphones and tablets with the optional WU-1a Wi-Fi adapter
    • add location information to photos with optional GP-1 GPS module
    • optional MC-DC2 remote trigger
    • 3.5 mm jack for connection of optional external microphone
    • 1/4" tripod socket

    Nice photos. Takes pictures in total darkness. I have not had the camera long enough to give an in depth review.

    Terry, New York, NY

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera body (gray)
    • BF-1B Body cap (installed)
    • AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G II
    • LC-52 Front lens cap (installed)
    • Slip-on rear lens cap (installed)
    • EN-EL14a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V 1230mAh 8.9Wh)
    • MH-24 Battery charger (DC output: 8.4V 0.9A)
    • 5' EG-CP14 AV cable
    • 2' UC-E17 USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a proprietary connector on the other end)
    • Neck strap
    • ViewNX 2 CD-ROM software disc
    • User's Manual (En)
    • User's Manual (Sp)
    • Nikon School promo card
    • Warranty Programs sheet (camera body)
    • Warranty Programs sheet (lens)
    • 5 Years of Protection Extended Warranty sheet (lens)
    • Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)

    Nikon D3300 Kit Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (19 Reviews)

    Nikon D3300 Kit

    Anonymous from Oak Ridge, NC on 10/13/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this camera mainly because I needed to shoot some college audition videos for my daughter. I didn't want a camcorder as I would never use it again. Have been very pleased with the video quality and pictures. I like this model better than the newer one because I could add an external mic on it. Software was easy to install and use. I will definitely use this camera on vacations.



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    Teresa from Yoder, WY on 8/18/2017

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    I bought this d3300 as a lightweight backup to my full-frame Nikon d750. Talk about big things in small packages! It's great! The image quality is excellent, it does great in low light conditions and is fast and sharp. It is crazy how lightweight it is! In fact, it's so light, I have a hard time stabilizing it nail focus when using my bigger, heavier lenses. But that will come with use and familiarity. This d3300 has become my travel camera, perfect for family trips, hikes or events where I don't want to lug around my "big" camera but still want quality images! P.S. I thought I'd be smart and save a few bucks going with another supplier. When I received their d3300, there was no warranty card in the box and most of the writing on the Nikon box wasn't in English. Despite their assurances, I'd received a gray market product, which DOES NOT include a warranty. NOPE! I sent it back and ordered from Crutchfield. They are a certified Nikon dealer and you can be sure you're getting first-hand quality. Next time, I'll skip the other guys and only deal with Crutchfield!



    Nice Camera

    Terry from New York, NY on 4/17/2017

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    Nice photos. Takes pictures in total darkness. I have not had the camera long enough to give an in depth review.

    Pros: Takes nice pictures. An upgrade from my Canon point n shoot

    Cons: Too early to tell

    First it!

    L.A. from Fresno, CA on 2/11/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with my purchase!! This is my first dslr camera and it is definitely easy to learn and provides quality pictures. Thank you Crutchfield for being so awesome too.. Will definitely recommend you to friends and fam!



    Easy to use

    Josh from Champaign, IL on 12/27/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent camera! Bought it for my wife for Christmas and she loved it! Already taken over 150 pictures in the first 4 days.

    Pros: Lightweight, easy to use, takes great pictures


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    Anonymous from Orlando, FL on 12/22/2016

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    Love it! This is my first DSLR camera and I'm so glad I made the leap. I have had some really good results using the manual mode and expect to continue learning.



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    Anonymous from Boston, MA on 11/4/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy. Take great pictures and easy to used



    Nikon D3300 Kit

    Anonymous from Maryland on 10/18/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Nikon D3300 is a great camera. My girlfriend and I have been sharing it because it is so much fun to use. We take it everywhere because it is light in weight, fast-handling, and very accurate with image capture. She Loves the Wi-Fi accessory and therefore takes very few pictures with her smart phone. Everyone loves the high quality of our images with the D3300. Thank you Crutchfield for your exceptional customer support, technical support, and delivery to my door in less than 24 hours. Your team is faster, cheaper, and better!

    Pros: See review comments

    Cons: None

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    Nik--D3300 from Nevada on 2/29/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Much faster & more precise than my coolpix L620, which also takes great pics. But if you want more detail for larger prints you need the larger sensor that the D3300 provides.

    Pros: Easy to get started, and fast if you don't use the Live-View. Glad I didn't buy a spare battery. The one that comes with it should last you through any normal day. I used the battery for my 60th B-day bash and a little the next day...about 100 pics and still reads full. No wonder a spare will set you back $50.

    Cons: None.

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    Anonymous from Mississippi on 12/12/2015

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    This camera has amazing features. Good for sporting events as well as still life and portrait photography. Excellent quality pictures and camera body is very impressive!

    Pros: Body of camera is lightweight which is good for me as I have rheumatoid arthritis and holding heavy objects is difficult. Great quality photos which is synonymous with Nikon cameras and accessories.

    Cons: It would be more user friendly if the included lens made close up photos without purchasing a separate lens and having to change out lenses.

    Great camera!

    mmoeves from NKY on 12/6/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good camera. First for my teenage daughter to learn and use.



    So far, so good

    TaraG from Michigan on 10/20/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only had the camera for a couple weeks but I'm happy so far. It's easy to use in manual and auto modes.



    Nikon D3300 Kit

    Ethan from Virginia on 8/5/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this camera. This is my first DSLR but I have used other more pricey ones and this one works just as well as those but this one is much smaller. The kit lens that came with it is good but if anyone is looking for anything that zooms a little farther you may want to look for a different lens to go along with this great camera. Overall though this is a great camera for the price.

    Pros: Easy to use. Compact. Good picture quality. Great value.

    Cons: Can be on the smaller side for someone with larger hands. The lens doesn't have a lot of zoom to it so if you like to take wildlife pictures you are going to need a zoom lens.

    Way better than mirrorless

    BB from Texas on 4/27/2015

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    Very satisfied with the Nikon D3300. Very easy to use for a DSLR beginner with excellent picture quality. The "guide mode" is excellent for a newbie and will help us to get us out of auto mode fairly quick. Love the included lens as it doesn't add a lot of bulk. Although the camera is slightly larger than our previous camera (Sony NEX-7), it doesn't feel as bulky as other DSLRs we looked at. It is a great "take everywhere" size and will become our primary camera. Lots of features to mention: Love the ability to shoot RAW; Love the easy to use video capabilities; Ergonomics are great for me (big guy) and my wife (lil' gal); Wife likes the "ruby red" color as well. Downsides: Wish the WiFi was built in, but that was easily fixed utilizing the adapter Overall, we are very satisfied and would recommend this camera to anyone just getting started with DSLRs or to those who are comparing the Nikon D3300 vs. a mirrorless camera in a similar price point.

    Pros: Picture Quality, Guide Mode, Great Size, Good Video, Ergonomics, Red Color Model

    Cons: WiFi not built in (can be solved using an adapter)

    Nikon D3300 Kit

    Anonymous from Chicago on 3/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice camera.



    Nikon D3300 Kit

    Anonymous from South Florida on 1/14/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great camera! Plenty of features to satisfy photographic needs. Priced right.



    Great DSLR Camera for a Beginner

    dbobobo from Virginia on 1/6/2015

    This is my first DSLR camera and it is incredibly easy to use. The pictures look amazing. I have only tried a few of the settings.

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: Expensive

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    Meagaan from York, PA on 10/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We've had this camera for less than a month, and so far, it seems to be a great camera. The picture quality is good and is easy to use.



    D3300 is an amazing intro to the DSLR world!

    Daytrippings from New York, NY on 3/18/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only had my D3300 for a week but I love it more each day. There's more features than I could've imagined before purchasing it. Definitely highly-recommended from a first time DSLR owner and pleased with the fast shipping by Crutchfield.

    Pros: - Images are consistently beautiful - Video quality is great, film-like - Compact, light design

    Cons: - no Wi-Fi - no Touchscreen


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi Optional
    GPS-enabled Optional
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
    Optical Zoom 3x
    Digital Zoom N/A
    Filter Diameter 52mm
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure Yes
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Mini
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
    Megapixels 24.2
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 6000 x 4000
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080/60p
    Width (inches) 4-15/16
    Height (inches) 3-7/8
    Depth (inches) 5
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 16.2
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

    Product Research

    Recording Features
    Lens Features
    Playback, Editing And Printing Functions
    Battery Information
    Supplied Software

    Recording Features

    Overview: The Nikon D3300 18-55mm VR Kit includes the Nikon D3300 digital SLR camera body and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6G II VR Image Stabilization Zoom Lens. The kit also includes a EN-EL14a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and a battery charger.

    LCD Monitor: The Nikon D3300 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots and adjustable brightness (-3 to +3). The large 3" LCD monitor has large fonts with easy-to-view menus. The monitor can display shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, and number of exposures remaining as well as the settings currently applied. You can choose from a classic information display or a graphic display.

    Live View: The camera features Live View, which allows you to frame your photographs in the monitor instead of the viewfinder. When the Live View button is pressed, the mirror is raised and the view through the lens will be displayed in the monitor. The subject will no longer be visible in the viewfinder. The Live View display will show up to 13 items, including shooting, focus, and AF-area modes, along with other status indicators. You can opt to hide many of the indicators, or overlay a framing grid in the monitor.

    Optical Viewfinder: The D3300 uses a fixed eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter adjustment to set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without glasses). The viewfinder's coverage area is approximately 95% horizontal and vertical. During self-timer or remote control operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use an optional eyepiece cap to cover the eyepiece.

    Image Sensor: The D3300 features a 23.5mm x 15.6mm DX-format CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 24.78 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 24.2 million.

    Dust Reduction System: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be set to turn the auto cleaning function off.

    Recording Media: The camera records images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards up to 2 GB in size, SDHC memory cards of 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards of 64 GB to 128 GB. No SD cards are included with the camera. The camera has no internal memory.

    Still Image Formats: The D3300 records still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats. You can choose from the following Image Quality and Image Size settings:

    Quality Option
    (Compression ratio)
    Available Image Sizes Description
    NEF (Raw) 6000 x 4000 Raw 12-bit data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in compressed Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Settings such as white balance and contrast can be adjusted in the camera or on a computer after shooting.
    NEF (Raw) + JPEG Fine 6000 x 4000 Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one fine-quality JPEG image.
    JPEG Fine
    L: 6000 x 4000
    M: 4496 x 3000
    S: 2992 x 2000
    Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
    JPEG Normal
    Normal image quality, suited to most applications
    JPEG Basic
    Basic image quality, suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in web pages.

    Easy Panorama: You can record panoramic photographs in multiple sizes. With the Easy Panorama feature, you can pan horizontally or vertically in either direction while the camera takes continuous shots. The panoramas can be displayed in full-frame motion in the LCD monitor. You can choose from the following image sizes:

    • Normal Horizontal Pan: 4800 x 1080
    • Normal Vertical Pan: 1632 x 4800
    • Wide Horizontal Pan: 9600 x 1080
    • Wide Vertical Pan: 1632 x 9600

    Movie Recording: The D3300 records movies in High Definition in 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition in 3:2. Movies are recorded in MOV file format, with H.264/MPEG-4 advanced video coding, and Linear PCM audio, recorded by the built-in monaural microphone or optional external stereo mic. Movies can be recorded in the following frame sizes and rates:

    Frame Size (pixels) Frame Rate (fps) Maximum Length
    High/Normal Quality
    1920 x 1080 (16:9) 60p (59.94 fps) (NTSC) 10 min/20 min
    50p (PAL)
    30p (29.97 fps) (NTSC) 20 min/29 min 59 sec
    25p (PAL)
    24p (23.976 fps) (NTSC)
    1280 x 720 (16:9) 60p (59.94 fps) (NTSC)
    50p (PAL)
    640 x 424 (3:2) 30p (29.97 fps) (NTSC) 29 min 59 sec/29 min 59 sec
    25p (PAL)

    Focus Modes: You can choose from the following autofocus and manual focus modes:

    • Auto-servo AF (AF-A): Camera automatically selects single-servo autofocus if subject is stationary, and continuous-servo autofocus if subject is moving.
    • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): For stationary subjects. Focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
    • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): For moving subjects. Camera focuses continuously while shutter release button is pressed halfway.
    • Manual (M): Manual focus is available for lenses that do not support autofocus (non-AF Nikkor lenses) or when autofocus does not produce the desired results.

    AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'-8" to 9'-10". The length of some telephoto or zoom lenses may block the illuminator's light, making the feature ineffective or unavailable.

    AF-Area Modes: The D3300 offers a choice of four focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

    • Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
    • Dynamic Area: In AF-A and AF-C modes, the user selects focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point.
    • Auto Area: Camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point.
    • 3D-Tracking (11 points): In AF-A and AF-C focus modes, you select the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has focused, camera uses 3D tracking to select new focus point and keep focus locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.

    Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of the focus points in the final composition.

    Release Modes: The camera can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an optional remote control. The camera allows you to choose from the following Release Modes:

    • Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the shutter release button is pressed
    • Continuous: The camera records photographs up to 5 frames per second while the shutter release button is held down.
    • Quiet Shutter Release: The camera takes a single photograph, as in Single Frame mode, except that the camera makes no shutter sound when shooting or beep when focusing.
    • Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera shake or for self-portraits. The shutter is released about 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds after shutter-release button is pressed depending on setting. You can set the camera to take 1-9 exposures.
    • Delayed Remote: Shutter is released 2 seconds after the shutter release button on the optional ML-L3 remote is pressed.
    • Quick-response Remote: Shutter is released when the shutter release button on the optional ML-L3 remote is pressed.

    Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D3300's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging lighting conditions. It is active when using type G or D lenses.

    Metering: You can choose from the following Metering Modes to determine how the camera sets exposure:

    • Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations. Camera uses 420-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II, which does not include 3D range information.
    • Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight (75%) to center area.
    • Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only. This ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is much brighter or darker.

    Shooting Modes: The Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a choice of shooting modes, divided into the following categories:

    • Guide Mode: The Guide Mode gives you access to a variety of frequently-used and useful functions. In the Guide Mode, you can shoot photos, view and/or delete pictures, or change camera settings.
    • Auto Modes: You can choose from two Auto modes for simple point-and-shoot photography: Auto and Auto (Flash Off).
    • P, S, A, and M Modes: Select one of these modes for full control over the camera settings: Programmed Auto, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, and Manual.
    • Scene Modes: The camera automatically optimizes the settings to suit the scene selected with the mode dial. Scene modes include Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, and Night Portrait.
    • Special Effects Modes: Special effects that can be used during shooting include: Night Vision, Super Vivid, Pop, Photo Illustration, Color Sketch, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key, HDR Painting, and Easy Panorama.

    Scene Auto Selector: When in Live View in Auto or Auto Flash Off modes, the camera will automatically analyze the subject and select the appropriate shooting mode when autofocus is enabled. Modes that can be selected include: Portrait, Landscape, Close Up, and Night Portrait.

    AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings.

    • AE/AF Lock: both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
    • AE Lock: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the focus is unaffected
    • AF Lock: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the exposure is unaffected align
    • AE Lock Hold: exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
    • AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the shutter-release button cannot be used to focus

    Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps while shooting in P, S, A, and M modes.

    White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options: Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, and Preset Manual.

    Note: In addition to the the basic White Balance options, the camera features Color Temperature settings for specific types of lighting. You can choose from Sodium-vapor lamps, Incandescent/Warm-white fluorescent, White fluorescent, Cool-white fluorescent, Day white fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Daylight Fluorescent, Shade, and high temp Mercury-vapor lamps.

    ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 12800. In most shooting modes, you can manually select from ISO settings 100 to 12800, with incremental steps of 1 EV. You can also choose HI 1 (ISO 25600 equivalent) for even higher sensitivity.

    Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.

    Built-in Flash/Optional Speedlights: The camera comes with a convenient built-in pop-up flash, and an accessory shoe for adding an optional Speedlight for more creative flash photography. Nikon Speedlights offer intelligent through-the-lens (i-TTL) flash control and bounce flash capability for a more natural lighting effect without strong shadows. Some Speedlights give you wireless multiple-flash operation through the Nikon Creative Lighting System. The D3300 offers the following flash sync modes depending upon the shooting mode selected:

    • Off: Flash does not fire even when lighting is poor or subject is backlit
    • Auto: When lighting is poor or the subject is back lit, flash pops up automatically when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
    • Red-eye Reduction: Reduces the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash
    • Slow Sync: Flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light.
    • Slow Sync + Red-eye Reduction: combines red-eye reduction with slow sync
    • Rear-curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects.
    • Slow Rear (Rear-curtain + Slow Sync): Like Rear-curtain above, but shutter speed slows automatically to capture background lighting at night or under low light.
    • Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.

    Accessory Shoe: The camera's integrates accessory shoe located above the viewfinder allows you to connect optional SB-series Speedlights. The shoe is equipped with a safety lock for flash units with a locking pin, such as the SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, and SB-300. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and can be used with CLS-compatible flash units.

    Histogram: The D3300 features the ability to view a histogram on the LCD monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image. Separate histograms of the red, green, and blue channels are also available for viewing.

    Picture Controls: You can choose from the following Picture Control options:

    • Standard: Standard processing for balanced results--recommended for most situations.
    • Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results. Choose for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
    • Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid photoprint effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.
    • Monochrome: takes photos in black and white
    • Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture and rounded feel
    • Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes

    Optional GPS: The optional GP-1 or GP-1A GPS unit (sold separately) can be connected to the camera's accessory terminal to allow information on the camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken.

    Optional Wi-Fi: With the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter (sold separately), you can automatically send images to your smartphone or tablet, or use your smartphone as a remote shutter release. The D3300 supports two-way communication between the camera and other smart devices running the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility.

    Compatible Lenses: The D3300 is equipped with the standard Nikon F bayonet mount. The camera supports autofocus with AF-S and AF-I CPU lenses only. Autofocus is not supported with other AF lenses. Other compatible lenses include: Type G or D AF NIKKOR, PC-E NIKKOR, PC Micro (85mm f/2.8D), AF-S/AF-I teleconverters, Other AF NIKKOR, and AI-P NIKKOR.

    Lens Features

    18-55mm Lens: This package includes an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens. The lens includes a 52mm snap-on front lens cap (LC-52) and a slip-on rear lens cap.

    3X Optical Zoom: The compact 3x zoom lens has a broad 18-55mm focal range for use in a variety of situations. When mounted to the camera the lens' picture angle is equivalent to approximately 1.5x the focal length of 35mm format (27-82.5mm). Close focusing distance to 0.92 feet (11.04") throughout the entire zoom range is possible. Separate zoom and focusing rings ensure responsive operation.

    Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet auto focus operation. Auto Focus-Silent Wave (AF-S) is a type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an A-M mode selector which allows the user to switch from automatic to manual focus with almost no lag time.

    Vibration Reduction (VR): Vibration Reduction (VR) minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures, hand-held, at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Vibration Reduction can be turned on or off via the VR switch on the lens barrel.

    Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the lens barrel enables quick switching between Autofocus (A) and Manual Focus (M).

    Super Integrated Coating (SIC): High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color reproduction, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare.

    Lens Element: A Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration.

    Diaphragm: A rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.


    • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR lens with built-in CPU
    • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
    • Filter Diameter: 52mm
    • Focal Length Range: 18mm to 55mm
    • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (wide) - f/5.6 (telephoto)
    • Minimum Aperture: f/22 (wide) - f/36 (telephoto)
    • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.92 feet (11.04")
    • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens element)
    • Picture Angle: 76° to 28° 50'
    • Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm
    • Dimensions: 2.6" Diameter, 2.651" Length (3.25" w/caps)
    • Weight: 6.9 ounces

    Playback, Editing And Printing Functions

    Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to "On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was taken, including Landscape, Portrait (rotated clockwise) or Portrait (rotated counter-clockwise). When viewing the photos on your computer using ViewNX 2 or Capture NX 2 software, the photos recording with Auto Image Orientation turned on will display at the proper orientation.

    Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.

    Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken. You can choose how long photographs are displayed in the monitor after shooting. If Image Review is turned off, pictures can only be displayed by pressing the playback button.

    Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

    Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, or 72 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. You can also choose a calendar playback, sorted by date.

    Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an automatic slide show manner. You can set the frame interval to 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds. Transition effects (each frame is pushed out of the display by the following frame) can be turned on or off.

    Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 38x for large images, up to 28x for medium images, and up to 19x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

    Playback Menu: The playback menu includes the following options: Delete, Playback folder, Playback display options, Image Review, Rotate Tall, Slide Show, DPOF print order, Rating, and Select to send to smart device.

    Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

    PictBridge Printing Capability: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand. The supplied USB cable is required for connecting the camera to the printer.

    DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.


    USB/AV Connection: The Nikon D3300 utilizes a single connector for interfacing the camera with your computer via USB or with your standard definition TV. This proprietary jack is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The supplied UC-E17 USB cable connects the camera to your computer for loading photos and videos. Also, the EG-CP14 audio/video cable is supplied for connecting the D3300 to your TV. You can select between NTSC or PAL video playback. In addition, the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter connects to the USB/AV connector, and supports two-way communication between the camera and smart devices running the Wireless Mobile Utility app.

    HDMI: When playing back High Definition movies and high resolution still images, you can connect the camera to your HDTV via an optional HDMI cable. A Type C mini-HDMI cable is required. The HDMI output resolution can be set to Auto, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, and 480p.

    Microphone Input: A 3.5mm stereo mini-jack microphone input lets you connect an optional external microphone, such as the ME-1 Stereo Microphone.

    Accessory Terminal: The camera's proprietary Accessory Terminal can be used to connect one of the following optional devices:

    • GP-1/GP-1A GPS Receiver: The GP-1 or GP-1A GPS receiver can supply time and location information (latitude, longitude, altitude) to the camera, which can be recorded into the image file.
    • MC-DC2 Remote Control: The MC-DC2 wired remote control lets you control the shutter-release button function of the D3300. It features a 41" cord.

    Battery Information

    Li-ion Battery Pack: The D3300 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (EN-EL14a), with the capacity of approximately 700 shots per charge (using supplied lens) or approximately 55 minutes of continuous movie recording (at 1080/60p).

    Quick Charger: The camera comes with a Battery Charger (MH-24) to the charge the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-24 will charge the EN-EL14a battery pack in approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.

    Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed to prevent battery drain. You can choose from the following four selections:

    Selection Playback/Menus Image Review Live View Auto Meter Off
    Short 20 sec 4 sec 5 min 4 sec
    Normal 1 min 4 sec 10 min 8 sec
    Long 5 min 20 sec 20 min 1 min
    Custom Make separate adjustments to each of the three timers.

    Optional AC Adapter: The optional EH-5b AC adapter and optional EP-5A power connector are recommended for extended playback.

    Supplied Software

    ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer 2, View NX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. View NX 2 is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.

    Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with computers running the following operating systems:

    • Windows: Pre-installed versions of Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP (64-bit versions of Windows XP are not supported)
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, or 10.7

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    After days of research, this camera most suits my price point and skill level, with the option to take my skills up to the next level. Very good reviews on this camera from most all websites visited. [ Joepro  Nov 17, 2017 ]
    Good entry level DSLR for friend [ Warren  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    Great starter DSLR kit. Good price. [ Ross  Aug 18, 2016 ]
    Wanted to buy a DSLR for my grandson and this looks perfect. [ WANDA R  Aug 10, 2016 ]
    Nikon makes a very good camera, and Crutchfield had a great deal on this camera with a bundle. The D3300 is a great value as is, and my daughter will love this. [ John  Dec 14, 2015 ]

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    Yes, the camera has a built in flash. [ SUNESH  Dec 17, 2015 ]
    Yes it does. Pops up [ JOHN T  Dec 17, 2015 ]
    Yes. It also has a hot shoe [ E  Dec 17, 2015 ]
    It does indeed have a built in flash as well as red eye reduction. [ Jim  Dec 17, 2015 ]
    Yes the camera has a built-in flash for low-light photography. [ Kenny  Dec 17, 2015 ]  Staff