Nikon S3300

 
Nikon Coolpix S3300 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-156mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 128g - 95 x 58 x 19mm
  • Introduced February 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
96
Imaging
41
Features
32
Overall
37

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 #75 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #835 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your custom criteria.

Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

Here is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S3300 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S3300 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S3300 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S3300 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S3300 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S3300 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S3300 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S3300 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S3300 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S3300 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S3300 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S330026-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S3300 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S3300 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S3300 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S3300 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S3300 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S3300 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S3300 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S3300 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S3300 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S3300 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S3300 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S3300 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S3300 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S3300 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S3300 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S3300 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

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.

flash built-in
good megapixels (16MP)
good zoom range (26-156mm 6.0 x zoom)
has face detection focusing
has tracking autofocus
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (128 grams)
relatively wide (26mm)
very good minimum ISO (100)
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
doesn't have external microphone port
doesn't have HDMI port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
manual exposure not available
no aperture priority mode
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
sluggish at long end (f6.5)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
terrible battery life (180 per charge)
tiny screen (2.7")
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

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.

Handle those 8K RED files like a boss

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.

Nikon Coolpix S3300 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

Here is a picture of the Nikon S3300 besides a softdrink so you can have a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S3300 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button design on the S3300.

Nikon Coolpix S3300 topview buttons dials

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.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

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.

Handle those 8K RED files like a boss

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.

Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

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.

Nikon Coolpix S3300 screen and viewfinder Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

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.

Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

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.

Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

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.

Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
focusing manually
decent MP (16MP)
offers face detection focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

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.

World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (128g)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

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.

Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (180 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

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.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
lighter than competitors (128g)
good MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse recording
bad battery (180 per charge)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

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.

Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
focusing manually
rather wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
terrible battery (180 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse mode

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.

Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
quite wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
lighter than average in class (128g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone port

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.

Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S3300
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2012-02-01
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Max native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-156mm (6.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.5-6.5
Macro focus distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7"
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video format
MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
128 gr (0.28 lb)
Physical dimensions
95 x 58 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7")
Other
Battery life
180 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL19
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
One
Retail cost
$99