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Thanks. I really hope that somebody will joint me on this and make it happen.
Did you turn high ISO noise reduction off by mistake? Honestly I can't believe it's that dramatically different. Owning a D3100, a D5100 and a D7000 I can honestly say they aren't that far apart.
IMO too many people discount those entry level bodies too quickly if anything. They may not have the AF system or buttons of the higher end cameras, but today's D3300 is more capable than almost all previous generation high end DX Nikon cameras. I'd take a D3300 with a good lens over a D90, D300 or D7000 for landscape shooting, no questions asked.
I still think the expectations for an amateur camera are far to high.
Yeah, the crappiest entry level DSLR was the D40 for sure, they've gone a long ways since then and even then I got some of my favorite shots with that camera.The AF was atrocious- 3 points.
LOL I still mostly use the center one on my D610