To open Playback mode on the Nikon D3300, just press the Playback button in the upper left corner of the back panel of the camera. With a single image displayed on the screen, you can see quite a bit of information about how it was recorded. Press the up or down part of the four-way button to change what's displayed on the screen.
You can determine what information is displayed on the screen through the on-screen menus. Press the Menu button and highlight the Playback menu tab in the upper left corner of the menu screen. Then highlight the Playback Display Options entry and press the right side of the four-way button to see your options. You can pick any combination of four display options -- highlights, RGB histogram, shooting data, and overview -- or you can select to have the image displayed with no data.
If you've selected to activate all of the display options, the first display screen will include the file name, date and time recorded, and resolution across the bottom of the screen. The second screen adds a single histogram in the upper right corner and shrinks the image to the upper left corner, while adding data about the image across the bottom of the screen, including the shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting, focal length, flash valuation, EV, and white balance setting.
The third, fourth, and fifth screens have additional shooting data listed, including the exposure mode, metering, Vibration Reduction setting, and noise reduction setting. The sixth screen features four histograms, adding graphs for red, green, and blue to the overall graph. The seventh screen shows any blown highlights in the image.
The Nikon D3300 offers a thumbnail grid of images that allows you to scroll through several images at one time. With a single image displayed on the screen, press the magnifying glass with the minus sign labeled button on the left side of the back of the camera. Continue pressing this button to see more thumbnail images, or press the magnifying glass icon with the plus sign to reduce the number of thumbnail images displayed.
The available grids of thumbnail images are 2x2, 3x3, and 8x9. After viewing the 8x9 grid, you can see a calendar screen that sorts the photos you've shot by the day they were recorded by pressing the minus magnifying glass button again. Use the four-way button to highlight the image you want to work with and press OK to increase the size of the image to fill the full screen.
Nikon included a magnification feature with the D3300's Playback mode, allowing you to determine whether photos have a sharp focus. With a single image on the screen, press the plus magnifying glass button to increase the magnification on the screen.
The small rectangle in the lower right corner shows the position of the currently magnified display versus the overall image. You can use the four-way button to change what portion of the magnified image is currently viewable. This small rectangle will disappear after a few seconds of inactivity.
You can play back movies stored on the Nikon D3300's memory card by pressing the OK button when you have a movie displayed on the screen. As the movie plays you'll see a status bar across the bottom of the screen and the amount of time elapsed in the video along the top. If it's a really long movie clip, you can spin the command dial to fast forward in the video stream by 10 seconds at a time.
To access the Playback menu press the menu button on the back of the Nikon D3300 to open the on-screen menu. Then highlight the Playback tab, which is in the upper left corner of the Menu screen. The Playback menu options are:
- Delete - Selected, Select Date, All
- Playback Folder - Current, All
- Playback Display Options - Additional Photo Info (None (Image Only), Highlights, RGB Histogram, Shooting Data, Overview), Transition Effects (On, Off)
- Image Review - On, Off
- Rotate Tall - On, Off
- Slide Show - Start, Image Type (Still Images and Movies, Still Images Only, Movies Only, By Rating), Frame Interval (2 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec), Transition Effects (On, Off)
- DPOF Print Order - Select/Set, Deselect All
- Select to Send to Smart Device
Some Playback menu options may be grayed out depending on the camera's settings.
The D3300's Retouch menu allows you to perform in-camera editing of your stored images. On the Menu screen highlight the paintbrush icon button to open the Retouch menu, where the options are: