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Nikon D3300 First Impressions

I recently just got the Nikon D3300. This is my first DSLR camera that I bought to film short movies, reviews, and photography.

The first thing I did when I received the camera is charge the battery, which took about 1-2 hours. After charging the battery I put it in the battery slot, which is located on the bottom of the camera. After that I turned on the camera using the ON/OFF switch located on top of the camera around the capture photo button. After turning it on you are greeted to a tedious settings screen asking lots of questions, it’s just a huge waste of time in my opinion. After getting through that, I was greeted by a menu screen which I simply bypassed by moving the dial which has many options (18 to be exact). This dial can be explained by a simple YouTube search.

After that I was frustrated because I could not find out how to record videos, I kept holding down the big silver button (the picture button) thinking it would record but that didn’t work. It turns out that the record button is a whole different button located right next to the silver button.  After that I was greated to a super unfocused screen I didn’t know how to manual focus the camera. It took me a while until I found the M›A switch on the camera lens itself. After that I pushed thebutton and changed the auto focus to single servo focus and face which is the best for recording faces.

After I was done with that, I put the SD card in computer (if you don’t have a SD card slot in computer get a SD to USB converter). I edited the following clip using iMovie and this is what came out as the final product.

I enjoyed this camera a lot and I recommend it.

Editor’s Note: The Nikon D3300 is the primary camera that is used to film our tech videos on If you’d like to see more video from the camera, check out any of the videos that we’ve posted there. 

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