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How To Use The Nikon D3300 (Detailed Guide)

Welcome to this detailed guide on how to use the Nikon D3300. If you just got the camera and don’t know way around the system, this is for you.

In this article, we’ll be discussing this camera in detail, and explaining how it works. So without wasting any more time, let’s begin.

 

 

How to Use The Nikon D3300 — Specs

The Nikon D330 is an Entry-Level DSLR which was released on the 7th January, 2014. It has a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which gives you a lot of detail in your photos.

The D3300 also has a relatively light body weight of 450g, and a battery life of 700 shots.

It also has an optical viewfinder and Face Detection Focus for better framing, and more control.

This camera also has an external microphone port which you can use to connect a microphone. This gives you the option having high quality audio.

The Nikon D3300 has a few downsides. For instance, it has no wireless connectivity. It also has no Image Stabilization, or touchscreen.

The D330 also has no weather sealing, making it difficult to use in harsh weather conditions.

 

 

 

How to Use The Nikon D3300 — Buttons and Dials

The first button which you should have noticed is the power button. To turn the camera on or off, you simply flip the switch.

The Nikon D3300 also has a record button, which you can use to record videos. It also has a button with plus and minus symbols on it.

You can use this to adjust your shutter speed and aperture when shooting in manual mode.The D3300 also has an info button. This activates the info screen on your camera. At the top right of the camera, you will find a little dial. This controls the shutter speed.

Beside the screen of the camera, we have a Play button, a Menu button, another pair of plus and minus buttons for zooming in and out, another info button, and a question mark button.

When you press the question mark button while in a menu, it will bring up the camera’s built-in manual.

On the left side of the camera, there is a flash button and a Function button, which you can customize.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D3300 — Shooting Modes

The Nikon D3300  has a dial at the top. With this dial you can switch between various shooting modes. The D3300 has shooting modes such as…

M – Manual mode

With this mode, you can set your aperture and shutter speed by your self. This mode is used mostly by those who have experience in photography.

AUTO – Automatic mode

In this mode, your camera will set your shutter speed and aperture for you automatically. This is ideal for those who are still new to photography.

P – Program mode

In this mode, the camera adjusts the aperture and shutter speed, while giving you the option to adjust some other settings.

A – Aperture priority mode

This gives you the ability to adjust the aperture settings, while your camera handles the other settings.

S – Shutter priority mode

In this mode, you set the shutter speed by yourself while the camera changes the remaining settings in order to get the right exposure.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D3300 — Other Parts

The Nikon D3300 has a microphone built in for audio recording. However, if you would like to use an external microphone, the D3300 also has a microphone jack. It also has a speaker which you can use to listen to your audio.

At the top of the D3300, there is a hotshoe which you can use to attach an external flash to the camera.

The D3300 also has an optical viewfinder which you can use to compose your images. It also has an AV port, HDMI port, and a USB port.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D3300 — Menu System

To enter the D3300’s main menu, press the Menu button. In here, you will see sub-menus such as…

PLAYBACK menu

In this menu, you have a playback folder, playback display options, image review, and slide show.

SHOOTING menu

This menu gives you the ability to control and customize things like, the image quality, the image size, and the white balance.

You can also have picture control, auto distortion, active D-lighting, noise reduction, ISO sensitivity, autofocus area mode, autofocus assist illuminator, metering, flash control, and movie settings.

SETUP menu

In this menu, you can control and customize basic things like the date/time, language, screen brightness, and format memory card. You can also control flicker reduction, HDMI, file naming, and Airplane mode.

RETOUCH menu

In this menu, you can edit your all your photos. However, it it advised that you use a computer for all your editing and post-processing.

 

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D3300 — Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is the Nikon D3300 a good camera?

The Nikon D3300 is a great camera for various types of photography. It can be used for portraits, landscapes, and sports. The D3300 has a high sensor resolution and Face Detection Focusing, which gives you great image quality.

The Nikon D3300 is also a great camera for beginners and those on a budget. If you are looking for an affordable Entry-Level camera, this is for you.

If you are going to use this camera outdoors, you need to mind the weather. The D3300 has no weather sealing, making it difficult to use in harsh weather conditions.

 

Is the Nikon D3300 good for video?

The Nikon D3300 has great video quality. At the highest settings, you’ll get a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, at 60fps. You can also reduce the settings to get lower video quality.

Do keep in mind that the higher your video settings are, the shorter the time you will be able to record. At the highest settings, you can get roughly 10 minutes of video time. At lower settings, you might even even be able to get up to 30 minutes.

 

How do I transfer photos from my Nikon D3300 to a computer?

You can use a USB cable to transfer photos from your D3300 to a computer. To do this, simply plug the USB cable to the camera, and connect in to the computer. If your memory card is in the camera, it will appear as a removable disk drive on your computer. You can now copy out your photos from the camera.

If you want to use a card reader, simply remove the memory card from the camera, insert it into the card reader, and plug it into the computer.

 

What lenses are compatible with the Nikon D3300?

Here are the Nikon D3300’s compatible lenses…

Normal lenses

Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4 DC HSM OS Macro
Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC HSM Macro
Nikon AF-S 24-85mm f/3,5-4,5 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,4 G
Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2,8 G ED Micro
Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G VR II
Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1,8 G
Sigma 18-50mm f/2,8-4,5 DC OS HSM
Sigma EX 17-50mm f/2,8 DC OS HSM
Sigma 18-125mm f/3,8-5,6 DC OS HSM
Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG HSM
Sigma EX 30mm f/1,4 DC HSM
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD IF VC
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2,8 XR Di Macro
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,8 G SE
Sigma EX 50mm f/1,4 DG HSM
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD IF

 

Telephoto lenses

Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Tamron AF SP 70-300mm f/4-5,6 Di VC USD
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2,8 Di Macro
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1,8 G f/1,8 128 mm
Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 85mm f/3,5 G ED Micro VR
Sigma EX 70-200mm f/2,8 II APO HSM DG Macro
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG OS
Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5,6 DC OS HSM
Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6,3 DG APO OS HSM
Sigma EX 70-200mm f/2,8 APO HSM DG Macro
Sigma EX 150mm f/2,8 DG OS HSM APO Macro
Sigma EX 50-150mm f/2,8 DC APO HSM
Sigma EX 50-150mm f/2,8 II DC APO HSM
Tamron AF 70-200/2,8 LD IF Di Macro

 

Wide angle lenses

Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1,8 G ED
Sigma 8-16mm f/4,5-5,6 DC HSM
Sigma EX 10-20mm f/3,5 DC HSM
Sigma EX 10mm f/2,8 DC HSM Fisheye
Nikon AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3,5-4,5 G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4 G IF-ED
Sigma 18-35mm f/1,8 DC HSM Art
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2,8 PRO FX
Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II
Sigma EX 4,5mm f/2,8 DC HSM Fisheye

 

Super-zoom lenses

Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 DC
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 DC OS HSM
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC PZD
Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3,5-6,3 XR Di VC
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 II DC OS HSM
Sigma 18-250mm f/3,5-6,3 DC OS HSM
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD IF Macro
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR II
Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR

 

Macro lenses

Nikon AF-S DX 85mm f/3,5 G ED Micro VR
Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2,8 G ED Micro
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2,8 Di Macro
Sigma EX 150mm f/2,8 DG OS HSM APO Macro

*You can get these lenses at Amazon.com

 

 

Conclusion

That brings us to the end of this guide. If you followed the steps above, you’ll have no trouble finding your way around this camera.

Hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Also remember to check out our other guides and comparisons.