Quick review

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pacnwhobbyist Contributing Member • Posts: 649
Quick review

Bottom line: If you have the D3300, don't bother to upgrade. Especially since the newer 18-55 AF-P kit lens can be used on it with a firmware upgrade. But if you're starting from scratch, the D3400 is a lot easier to find both new and refurbished than its predecessor.

Aside from that, this is a great entry-level DSLR. Some pros and cons:


+ Excellent image quality with one minor gripe (see cons). Somewhat improved high ISO performance over its predecessor but not night and day

+ Simplistic but very sure and swift autofocus system

+ Good ergonomics with a nice deep grip

+ Great battery life

+ Good video quality

+ In-camera raw processing

+ Decent viewfinder for its price. Not huge, but of higher magnification than its more expensive sibling, the D5600, and the Rebel T6.


- Automatic White Balance makes images too warm in daylight conditions. Set the WB to the appropriate type of shooting conditions for best results.

- On-board sensor cleaner has been removed.

Suggestions for the D3500 (if one is made): Bring-back the on-board sensor cleaner, continue to speed up AF in live view, add exposure bracketing.

If you want superb image quality on the cheap, this is your best choice $500 and below. Overall it's a very pleasant camera to use. Kind of disappointing that some features were taken away over the D3300 but it's still a great entry-level DSLR.

 pacnwhobbyist's gear list:pacnwhobbyist's gear list
Nikon D3500 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR II
Nikon D3400
24 megapixels • 3 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Aug 17, 2016
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bad for good for
Kids / pets
Action / sports
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Low light (without flash)
Flash photography (social)
Studio / still life
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Canon EOS Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D) Nikon AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR Nikon D3300 Nikon D3400 Nikon D5600
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