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How to Use the Nikon D3300 – Tips, Tricks and Manual Settings

The successor to the very popular Nikon D3200, the D3300 is a powerful DSLR with a lot of features to improve your photos over those taken in Auto mode. But these features can also hurt your photos if you don’t use them correctly. Here are the main controls for the Nikon D3300 and how you can harness them to get better pictures. (Note: The sample photos in this article were shot on a variety of cameras and are meant to illustrate how the process works on any camera.)

Update: These tips will also work on the successor to the D3300, the Nikon D3400, as well. To see a full review of Nikon’s latest entry-level DSLR, click here.

What are the most important controls on the D3300?

First, we’ll give you a quick tour of the key controls, and then we’ll explain how to use them for different effects.

The right top of the camera shows the Mode dial, as well as the control wheel at the lower right of the photo.

The right top of the camera shows the Mode dial, as well as the control wheel at the lower right of the photo.

Mode Dial

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