I wanted to get some thoughts on the new Nikon D3300 that was just released recently. I'm considering buying it if the price drops in a few months. I want to pick up photography as a hobby, so I'm hoping for it to be more than just a camera I can set to auto and snap great pictures. Price is an important consideration too. I looked into the D5200 and D5300, but the swivel screen and GPS/WI-FI features aren't must-haves for me at the moment. Besides having more focus points, the differences seem marginal. What else am I forgoing by getting an entry-level DSLR over mid-range options?
From what I've heard, the D3200 is a great DSLR for beginners, but I think additions to the D3300 are notable:
- EXPEED 4 vs. EXPEED 3 processor (better low-light performance)
- lighter/more compact (new retractable kit lens)
- longer battery life (700 shots vs. 540)
- no low pass filter
- 5 fps vs. 4 fps
- 1080p at 60 fps vs. 1080p at 30 fps
How big a difference will some of these changes make to image quality? In terms of specs alone, they bring the D3300 pretty close to the D5XX and even D7XX series cameras. Am I wrong in saying that higher-end DSLRs mainly provide the benefit of functionality for more advanced users?