Nikon S3300 summary
Nikon S3300 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera initially announced on February of 2012. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The S3300 is rated #83 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #867 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your custom criteria.
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Nikon S3300 family
The Nikon S3300 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can take a look at all earlier and most recent models along with main specs.
Nikon S3300 Gallery
You can look at the S3300 from different angles in the gallery below.
Nikon S3300 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of good and bad points of the Nikon S3300 based on things which are normally regarded as necessary in a camera.
Nikon S3300 Sensor features
The specification of the sensor on the Nikon S3300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and has a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath displays the S3300's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The S3300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Nikon S3300 dimensions
Nikon S3300 weighs about 0.28 lb (128 grams or 4.52 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 95mm x 58mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon S3300 is less heavy as compared with various competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Here is a picture of the Nikon S3300 besides a softdrink so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view underneath will illustrate the button design on the S3300.
Nikon S3300 Lens features
The S3300 is equipped with a built-in lens having a focal range of 26-156mm making it a 6.0 x zoom which may not be ideal however it could be very helpful in a few scenarios.
At it's widest 26mm, it provides an aperture of f3.5 which is somewhat sluggish and not good in low light situations and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You could also need to raise your ISO resulting in noisy pictures. At the long end, 156mm comes at f6.5 which is very slow and you will have to go with slow shutter speeds.
Nikon S3300 Connectivity
The S3300 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Many apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Nikon S3300 Video features
The highest possible video resolution on the Nikon S3300 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in MPEG-4 format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should really strive for a minimum 1080p resolution for video recording. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone socket so you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps best to look at an alternative model if you want decent audio in your video clips.
Nikon S3300 Weather Sealing
Nikon S3300 does not have environment sealing so wet conditions might damage the camera.
Nikon S3300 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon S3300 has a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specs regarding Nikon S3300 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very handy in sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Nikon S3300 Shutter features
The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Nikon S3300 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon S3300 has got just integrated flash without external flash support.
Nikon S3300 Autofocusing features
Nikon S3300 has got only Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and precise as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect making it helpful for portrait photography.
It also has Tracking AF for things on the move. Nikon S3300 includes manual focus if required in low light situations or you want to have more exact focus control.
Nikon S3300 Battery life
The battery life (EN-EL19) on the Nikon S3300 is built to last for 180 photos according to the CIPA specifications making it lesser when compared with its rivals. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life in this range of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:
Nikon S3300 for various types of photography
The following chart displays a rundown of the Nikon S3300 for various types of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon S3300 Portrait photography factors
The Nikon S3300 receives a points tally of 41 which is lousy, meaning that it is not good to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files in addition to the potential to use external flash.
Nikon S3300 Street photography advice
Getting a nice rating of 64, the Nikon S3300 is a good choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon S3300 as a Sports photography camera
A lousy sports photography score of 41 indicates the Nikon S3300 is not good for shooting sports. A camera really should have good tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon S3300 Travel photography details
Portability is extremely critical in buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Nikon S3300 gets a above average 66 for a travelling camera which makes it a good option to take on your vacations.
Nikon S3300 Landscape photography factors
For those who are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Nikon S3300 at it's lousy score of 42 for a landscape camera is not good within the current marketplace.
Nikon S3300 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging ought to have a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon S3300 is not good for vlogging as it receives a lousy score of 33.
Nikon S3300 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the S3300, here is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The graph just below shows you a bird's eye view of the S3300 compared to it's top ranking competitors shown previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.