Enter the world of DSLR

Apr 03 2014, 02:41 IST
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SummaryTargeted at beginners, the D3300 will make you fall in love with photography. A hard-to-find-fault-with camera, its high resolution, light weight, ease of use and competitive price will appeal to the rookies

Picture this. I have spend a full day in a famous tiger reserve, and as I am about to leave since it’s getting dark, I see the king of the jungle behind some bushes. Because I don’t have a clear view, because I cannot get off my jeep, and because the light is fading, all I do is hold my SLR with a raised hand, put it in the Auto mode, choose an angle, and shoot. And another. And another.

Now, because the background was a much larger area than the subject, because the tiger was rapidly disappearing into the wilderness, and because my camera was not steady, I initially feel disappointed to have missed a clear shot.

Not quite. As I check out the camera display, I find I’ve got some really striking photos. One, my SLR is light enough to be operated with a single hand; two, the moving subject has been captured well; and three, low-light conditions haven’t proved to be much of a challenge.

I have with me the Nikon D3300. Launched at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, this entry-level and light-weight DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) is being targeted at beginners.

For people who plan to upgrade from a compact digital camera, the Nikon D3300 comes as a breath of fresh air. It not only surprises you with the stunning images it can click, but its compact body and light weight (460 gm) ensure it is relatively easy to operate. The D3300 is equipped with a high resolution 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor without an optical low-pass filter and the latest EXPEED 4 image processing system to deliver noteworthy image and video quality. In fact, the video quality is full HD with 1080/60p support. Then, for beginners, there is an instructive Guide Mode that is quite simple to follow. The camera also comes equipped with a short minimum focusing distance.

The D3300 features 13 special effect modes and various retouch menu options. Users can also take advantage of the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to wirelessly control the camera’s shutter, and transfer images to smartphones and tablets based on Android and iOS operating systems, designate image size and add location information to images. (But for the WU-1a adaptor one has to shell out an extra R3,880.)

As far as design is concerned, the D3300 clearly looks like an entry-level DSLR. While it is very well build, you can notice that there is an

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