Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Nikon. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Nikon, is a camera from Pro DSLR category, while D3300 is a Entry-Level DSLR camera. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. The first compared model, Nikon D3, features has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Another model that we are reviewing, Nikon D3300, features a sensor with a resolution of 24.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Nikon D3 and Nikon D3300.
Nikon D3 Key Features:
Nikon D3300 Key Features:
Since Nikon D3 has been around for some time, it was substituted by
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Nikon D3 vs. D3S
Nikon D3S vs. Nikon D3300
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Area||860.4 mm2 vs 366.6 mm2||57.4% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 5 fps||6 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots vs 921k dots||0.1% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||4300 shots vs 700 shots||3600 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||2290 vs 1385||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) vs Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs 0.57||0.13 better magnification|
|Wireless Connectivity||Optional vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||50% more pixels|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||12 vs No||12 better flash range|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Weight||430 g vs 1300 g||870 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||24.3 vs 23.5||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.8 vs 12.2||Better dynamic range|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) | Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Battery Life||4300 shots | 700 shots||Big number of frames with a single charge|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon D3 and Nikon D3300 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Nikon D3300 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 870g less than the Nikon D3. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon D3 and Nikon D3300 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon D3 features a 12.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a Expeed processor . Nikon D3300, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon D3 and Nikon D3300 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Nikon D3 has a sensor area 0.4x bigger compared to Nikon D3300. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon D3 and Nikon D3300 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon D3||Nikon D3300|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon D3 or Nikon D3300, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon D3 and Nikon D3300 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Nikon D3300 deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon D3. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon D3||Nikon D3300|
|Announced||Apr 18, 2008||Apr 21, 2014|
|Body Type||Large SLR||Compact SLR|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||36 x 23.9 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||860.40 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4256 x 2832||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||200||100|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||287||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentamirror)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync||Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||81||82|
|DxO Color Depth||23.5||24.3|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.2||12.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2290||1385|
|Video Resolutions||n/a||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p fps), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||n/a||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||1300 g||430 g|
|Physical Dimensions||160 x 157 x 88 mm||124 x 98 x 76 mm|
|Battery Life||4300 shots||700 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II) x2||SD/SDHC/SDXC|