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» CONTENTS Chapter 1 Overview 6 Chapter 2 Functions 22 Chapter 3 Menus 106 Chapter 4 Flash 132 Chapter 5 Close-up 152 Chapter 6 Movies 164 Chapter 7 Lenses 180 Chapter 8 Accessories 204 Chapter 9 Connection 220 Glossary 234 Useful web sites 237 Index 238 THE EXPANDED GUIDE 5.
1 OVERVIEW The D3300 is Nikon’s latest entry-level digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR). It is designed to marry the versatility and image quality of an SLR with the simplicity and ease of handling of the best digital compacts.
2 FUNCTIONS For all its promises of simplicity, the Nikon D3300 still sports over a dozen control buttons, a Mode Dial, a Command Dial and a Multi-selector, so it may appear complex and daunting to users familiar with digital compacts or 35mm SLRs. In fact the D3300 is genuinely and thoughtfully designed to be as simple to use as any “point-and-shoot” camera. Taking the D40 as the origin of this line who can? Of course, you don’t have to use of cameras, the D3300 is the sixth iteration. all those buttons—not right away, anyway. Nikon also has a particularly strong The D3300 can be as simple to use as any reputation for its interface and “point-and-shoot” camera, while delivering ergonomics, so if they can’t get it right, far superior image quality. It will be set to 22 NIKON D3300.
3 MENUS The options that you can access through buttons and dials are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many more ways in which you can customize the D3300 to suit you, but these are only revealed by delving into the menus. There are five of these: Playback, Shooting, Setup, Retouch, and Recent Settings. The Playback menu, outlined in blue, Navigating the menus covers functions related to playback, 1) To display the main menu screen, including viewing and deleting images. press MENU. The Shooting menu, outlined in green, is used to control shooting settings such as 2) Scroll up or down with the Multi- ISO, white balance, or Active D-Lighting. selector to highlight the different menus. Of course, many of these are also To enter the desired menu, press . accessible via the Active Information Display. The Setup menu, outlined in 3) Scroll up or down with the Multi- orange, governs a range of functions such selector to highlight specific menu items. as formatting a memory card or adjusting To select an item, press . In most cases LCD brightness, plus others that you may this will take you to a further set of options.
4 FLASH Flash can be immensely useful, and the D3300 has impressive capabilities, but flash is not the answer to every low-light shot. Understanding its limitations helps us understand when to seek alternatives, as well as when and how we can use flash effectively.
5 CLOSE-UP For close-up photography the 35mm SLR and digital successors like the D3300 have long reigned supreme. Reflex viewing, once essential in close-up work, is now supplemented by Live View. Also, the D3300 is part of the legendary Nikon system of lenses and accessories, which offers many additional options for close-up photography.