With the Nikon D3300, you get a lot of seriously good kit for your money. For starters, the 24MP sensor is capable of producing excellent levels of detail. Then there's the interface. The crisp and clean look off the D3300's Guide Mode continues to be something which makes this camera appealing to novice users, helping you get to grips and understand the basics of photography as you shoot, whilst the collapsible 18-55mm kit lens is great when you're on the go.
While the autofocus system might not be overflowing with AF points, the 11-point AF system works very, with a decent 3D-Tracking mode for moving subjects. Autofocus could be snappier in Live View however, while it's a shame you don't get an articulated touchscreen display (you'll want the D5600 if that's what you're after) or Wi-Fi connectivity, but Nikon does make a cheap plug-in Wi-Fi adaptor if that's a deal-breaker for you.
These niggles aside and when you factor in the excellent battery life and the wealth of lenses and accessories available, not forgetting the excellent value it is right now, and the D3300 is hard to beat if you're looking for your first DSLR.
The arrival though of the D3400 with a virtually identical spec and built-in connectivity for roughly the same price means the newer camera just edges it.
Pretty much identical in pretty much every single way to the D3300, even down to the overall design. The key difference though is the inclusion of SnapBridge technology for streamlined transferring of images from camera to your smart device.
Read our in-depth Nikon D3400 review
Further up the Nikon range and you come to the D5300. Its impressive spec sheet makes it well worth considering. You get a host of superior tech, including a 39-point AF system, Wi-Fi, GPS and a larger, higher-resolution articulating LCD screen.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D
The EOS Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D outside the US) isn't quite as well specified as the D3300, with an 18MP sensor, 9-point AF system and more restricted ISO range and a battery that has nowhere near as much juice per charge. Quite a bit cheaper though.
Read our in-depth Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D review