The D3400 is a very incremental improvement to its predecessor, the D3300. It is an entry-level DSLR that is aimed for those who have never used an interchangeable lens camera before and those who are ready to make the transition from shooting with their cellphones to a more advanced shooting platform.
Along with a ‘EXPEED 4’ image processor, Full HD video capture, and an 11-point focusing system, the camera is constructed around the same 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor that was featured in its predecessor. Unfortunately, the camera does not have Wi-Fi connectivity; but, it does have Bluetooth LE connectivity, which allows photographs to be transferred from the camera to a smart phone via a software called “SnapBridge.”
When compared to its competitors, the Canon Rebel T6 and the Canon Rebel T6i, the D3400 falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. The T6/EOS 1300D kit has a list price of $549, while the T6i with the 18-55mm VR zoom has a significantly higher MSRP of $899. The D3400 has a launch price of $649 for a kit that includes the new AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens. This places it in the middle of the T6/EOS 1300D kit and the significantly more expensive T6i. At this price-sensitive position in the market, the T6 poses a threat despite having a sensor with a lesser resolution of 18 megapixels because of its cheaper pricing.
Nikon D3400 Price in USA
Nikon D3400 Specifications
|Sensor resolution||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||23.5×15.6mm (APS-C)|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5x|
|Optical stabilisation||In kit lens|
|Viewfinder magnification (35mm-equivalent), coverage||0.57x, 95%|
|LCD screen||3in (921,000 dots)|
|Photo file formats||JPEG, RAW (NEF)|
|Maximum photo resolution||6,000×4,000|
|Photo aspect ratios||3:2|
|Video compression format||QuickTime (AVC) at up to 37Mbit/s|
|Video resolutions||1080p at 24/25/30/50/60fps, 720p 50/60fps|
|Slow motion video modes||N/A|
|Maximum video clip length (at highest quality)||10m 0s|
|Exposure modes||Program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual|
|Shutter speed range||30 to 1/4,000 seconds|
|ISO speed range||100 to 25600|
|Exposure compensation||EV +/-5|
|White balance||Auto, 6 presets with fine tuning, manual|
|Metering modes||Multi, centre-weighted, centre|
|Flash modes||Auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction|
|Drive modes||Single, continuous, self-timer|
|Kit lens model name||Nikon 18-55mm AF-P VR|
|Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths)||3x (27-82.5mm)|
|Maximum aperture (wide-tele)||f/3.5-5.6|
|Closest macro focus (wide)||25cm|
|Closest macro focus (tele)||25cm|
|Lens mount||Nikon F mount|
|Connectivity||USB, mini HDMI|
|GPS||Via smartphone app|
|Accessories||USB cable, neck strap|
Despite the fact that it has just been given a little refresh, the Nikon D3400 remains one of the top DSLR cameras designed for beginners on the market. The camera still has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which provides excellent performance in Raw mode and punchy JPEGs that are still attractive to the eye. The focus motors of the kit lenses have been improved, allowing for significantly quicker focusing times both in Live View and while recording video. The AF system is dependable, but its coverage is quite limited, and it has trouble following moving targets like young children because of this. The control arrangement still doesn’t allow for much progress as a photographer, which will be disappointing to more expert photographers. A touch screen or an articulated screen, both of which would allow for more effective utilization of the D3400’s capabilities, are not included in the camera. Having said that, the D3400 continues to deliver very good performance and delivers photographs of high quality.
- Simple control layout
- Body of the camera that is not overly cumbersome in terms of weight
- Very good JPEGs
- Outstanding lifetime of the battery (CIPA rated 1200 shots)
- Nice Dynamic Range in Raw files
- HD footage that is smooth and detailed, 1080 pixels wide at 60 frames per second.
- Updated kit lenses
- body that has the impression of being cheap
- There is no built-in sensor cleaning system.
- a sluggish autofocus in live view
- Limited coverage for the AF
- There is no touch functionality or articulating LCD screen.
- When set to 'auto,' the flash will go off even when it isn't required.
- Flash with a lower intensity, rated for 7 m.
- There is no secondary control dial, therefore adjusting the aperture and ISO cannot be done as easily.