Modest Updates: Nikon D3400 Review
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- 11-point phase detect auto-focus system
- 1080/60p video capability
- Fixed 3" 920k-dot LCD screen
- 5/fps burst shooting
- Bluetooth LE for image transfer
The D3400 is a very modestly updated version of the D3300. It's an entry level DSLR targeted toward first-time ILC shooters and those who are ready to move on from their smartphones to a more advanced shooting platform.
The camera is built around the same 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor found in its predecessor along with an 'EXPEED 4' image processor, Full HD video capture and an 11-point autofocus system. Unfortunately the camera doesn't have Wi-Fi, but it does have Bluetooth LE connectivity for transferring images from the camera to a smart phone via the 'SnapBridge' app.
In terms of competition, the D3400's sits between the Canon Rebel T6 and the Canon Rebel T6i. The D3400's $649 launch price for a kit with the new AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens puts it between the $549 list price of for the T6/EOS 1300D kit and the significantly more expensive $899 MSRP for the T6i with the 18-55mm VR zoom. The T6 has a lower resolution, 18MP sensor but its lower price makes it a threat at this price-sensitive point in the market.
The table below illustrates that not much has changed from the D3300 to the D3400. The biggest changes seen in the D3400 are in battery life (which we suspect is due to the less powerful flash), weight and the new built in Bluetooth LE that works with SnapBridge to enable photo sharing. The D3400 also tends to come kitted with a new 'AF-P' version of the 18-55mm VR lens which uses a new focus motor to offer improved performance in live view and video.
For beginning DSLR shooters the elimination of the external mic port (if video is important to you) and, more notably, the Ultrasonic Sensor Cleaning from the D3400 is something to definitely keep in mind when deciding which camera to purchase.
If you're not wedded to the idea of owning a DSLR, the Fujifilm X-A3 (which features an articulating touchscreen LCD, better AF coverage, and twin control dials), and the Sony a5100 (which acts more in the way of a point and shoot, but still offers impressive features and AF coverage), are both mirrorless cameras. These offer excellent features and image quality in a much smaller package. These are definitely two other options to also consider looking at before making a purchase.
It is worth noting that the traditional DSLR still holds some key advantages over mirrorless rivals. They offer much better battery life and lens selection, for example. The optical viewfinder is another important factor for many photographers. For more on the subject, read our primer.
|Nikon D3300||Nikon D3400||Canon Rebel T6i (EOS 750D)||Pentax K70||Fujifilm X-A3|
|Price (MSRP)||$649.95 w/18-55mm kit||$649.95 w/18-55mm kit||
$899.00 w/18-55mm kit
|$899.95 w/18-135mm kit||$599.95 w/16-50mm kit|
|Sensor||24.2MP||24.2 MP||24 MP||24 MP||24 MP|
|Image Processing||EXPEED 4||EXPEED 4||DIGIC 6||PRIME MII||EXR Processor II|
|LCD||Fixed 3.0" 921k-dot LCD||Fixed 3.0" 921k-dot LCD||Fully Articulated 3.0" 1.04M-dot LCD||Fully Articulated 3.0" 921k-dot LCD||Fully Articulated 3.0" 1.04M-dot touchscreen LCD|
|AF System||11-point (one cross-type)||11-point (one-cross type)||19-point (all cross-type)||11-point (9-cross-type)||77-point|
|0.85x (95% coverage)||0.85x (95% coverage)||0.82x (95% coverage)||0.95x (100% coverage)||None|
|ISO Range||100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600)||100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600)||100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600)||100-102,400||200-6400 (expansion 100-25600)|
|Connectivity||With optional WU-1a Mobile Adapter||Bluetooth LE||Wi-Fi with NFC||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi|
|Video Capture max res.||1080/60p||1080/60p||1080/30p||1080/30p||1080/60p|
|Continuous Shooting||5 fps||5 fps||5 fps||6 fps||6 fps|
|Built in Flash
|Yes (12m)||Yes (7m)||Yes (12m)||Yes (12m)||Yes (7m)|
|External Mic Port||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Battery Life||700 shots||1200 shots||440 shots||410 shots||410 shots|
|Dimensions||124 x 98 x 76mm||124 x 98 x 76 mm||132 x 101 x 78 mm||126 x 93 x 74 mm||117 x 67 x 40 mm|
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