Nikon D3300 Review
The Nikon D3300 is Nikon’s most advanced inexpensive super-compact DSLR ever. It comes included with an excellent 18-55mm VR II lens as shown.
The Nikon D3300 packs ultra-high image quality into a small and light package that you’ll want to carry everywhere.
The new D3300 is the lightest Nikon SLR or DSLR in in all of history at just 16.2 oz. (460g) with battery and SD card.
The D3300 weighs about as little as a LEICA screw-mount camera, and makes LEICA’s M cameras, especially the newest LEICA M typ 240 at 25 oz./710g with finder, feel like pigs by comparison.
The D3300 is also very quiet and refined, which is a huge bonus compared to Nikon’s pro cameras when shooting candidly.
While not as fast or as distracting as Nikon’s professional cameras, the D3300 has as much or more resolution than any Nikon professional DSLR ever! The D3300 also has more resolution than any current Nikon professional DSLR; it has 24 MP compared to the $6,500 Nikon D4s’ mere 16 MP. (The D800 and D800E have more pixels, but are merely consumer cameras.)
The D3300 has the same 24 MP resolution of the $7,000 LEICA M typ 240 in a much smaller and more flexible package.
The Nikon D3300 is a wonderful camera for anything.
The D3300 has more than enough speed for chasing kids, school sports and theatre, and far more pixels than anyone will ever need.
Nikon D5 Review
The D5 is Nikon’s newest professional DSLR.
It improves on the old D4s with a faster 12 FPS frame rate critical for sports, as well as with crazier high ISO settings.
As expected, it has more AF points than before, but you can’t select them all. You have only 55 selectable points, even if there are a claimed 153 AF points hidden somewhere.
It ships in March 2016 in two versions (CF-card version or XQD-card-version) — but only to those who order it today and get the first ones. If you wait until tomorrow, it may be quite a while until Nikon can make enough of these to fill all the orders for the latecomers. With the Internet, the order queue fills within hours.
The genuinely hot and new cameras like this always have people who wait a few days and then can’t get them for their summer vacations. With the Internet, the order queue fills fast and waiting another day can put you months behind. See How to Get It; never wait to order yours.
Of course get the CF-card version; the XQD-card-version is only for people with an XQD workflow. The only real advantage to XQD is that you can’t bend pins — an advantage if you swap cards fast, hard and often.
Nikon D3200 Review
The Nikon D3200 is Nikon’s newest replacement for their least expensive DSLR, 2010’s D3100, which was and still is a very good and inexpensive camera.
The Nikon D3200 is a wonderful camera for anything. The only reason to pay $6,000 for a Nikon D4 is if you’re a full-time professional sports and action shooter.
The D3200 is small, light, and very quiet and refined. The D3200 is smaller and quieter than Nikon’s more professional cameras, which is a huge help when shooting candidly.
While not as fast or as distracting as Nikon’s professional cameras, the D3200 has as much or more resolution than any Nikon professional DSLR!
The D3200 has more than enough speed for chasing kids, school sports and theatre, and far more pixels than anyone will ever need.
You need a real DSLR like this to capture still photos of motion, sports, kids and action. Smaller non-DSLR cameras like micro 4/3, cell phones and point-and-shoots just can’t focus as fast as a DSLR to follow all the action.
The D3200 is for people who want great pictures. More expensive cameras are for men who just want fancier cameras.
While I cover all the more expensive Nikons which are of interest to hard-core photographers, when my friends ask what camera to get, it’s always this inexpensive D3200.