Nikon D3400 is the very latest entry-level DSLR from the Japanese camera giant and is currently the reigning king in the entry-level DSLR segment. Along with others like Nikon D3300 and Canon 1300D, the Nikon D3400 is considered one the best DSLRs in the Rs.30,000 and below price bracket. As I have already mentioned, the Nikon D3400 is an entry-level DSLR, the camera is targeted towards those who are new to photography and are just learning the tricks of the game. The D3400 is also succeeds the Nikon D3300 and replaces the camera in the international market. In many ways, the Nikon D3400 is an updated replica of the D3300. Many has described the camera as a D3300 plus SnapBridge and rightly so. Let’s take a detailed look at the D3400 and its features and capabilities.
Key features of the Nikon D3400 include a 24.2 APS-C CMOS sensor (same used by the D3300), max ISO of 25,600, 5fps max shooting, EXPEED 4 image processing, Eye-level Pentamirror viewfinder with 95% coverage, 11-point Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus system, a 921,000 dots 3-inch TFT LCD display and SnapBridge for wireless transfer of photos and videos to computer and mobile phones. Sounds impressive? Yes they are for an entry-level camera, but here’s the kicker. Most of these features you would get in the Nikon D3300 at a much lower price, but let’s not dwell on that.
With the D3400 design, Nikon stays true to the conventional DSLR body. The design is more or less like the D3300 which means a traditional looking DSLR with various bells and whistles lying all over. The camera has a nice and comfortable grip with textured coating for a tight grip.
The D3400 is offered with a Nikkor 18-55 AF-P kit lens with a retractable design. This means the lens will take up less space in the bag, but it also adds the extra work of extending the lens while shooting. As I have learnt myself, if you haven’t used this kind of lenses before, it may take a little getting used to.
In the back the camera is dominated by the 921,000 dots 3-inch TFT LCD display, which does a pretty decent job. It is clear and bright and even in full bright sun, you can see the various details that pops up on the screen. But it has no touchscreen on offer which can be a downer for some.
When it comes to performance, the Nikon D3400 does not disappoint. For an entry-level camera, it excels on almost every front. Autofocus performance of the camera is good. In good lighting condition, the camera easily and quickly locks onto its subject. But in low light situation, the camera does struggle a bit. But even here it performs better than most entry-level DSLRs in the market. The best way to focus in low light with the D3400 is to use the central focus point and recompose the shot accordingly. Even when focusing moving objects, the camera doe well if you use the 3D tracking features.
Images produced by the D3400 are excellent. A 24.2 megapixel sensor means tight croppings are made possible. Images are vibrant and the camera delivers excellent color performance. When it comes to noise, the camera does pretty well till about 1600 ISO, but after that images become progressively bad.
- Good battery support
- Easy and simple to use
- Good image quality
- No touchscreen
- No Wi-Fi
- No 4K
- Design & build: 8/10
- Features: 9/10
- Image quality & performance: 9/10
- Value for money: 8/10
Nikon D3400 Specifications
- 24MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor
- No Optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter
- ISO 100 – 25600
- 3″ Fixed Type Screen
- Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder
- 5.0 fps continuous shooting
- 1920 x 1080 video resolution
- 395g. 124 x 98 x 76 mm
Best Lenses for the Nikon D3400
Here’s a list of the best lenses you can match with the Nikon D3400.
- Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
- Nikkor 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR
- Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II
- Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR II
- Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6
- Nikkor 40mm f/2.8 Macro
- Nikkor 18-140 f/3.5-5.6 VR
- Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 OS Macro
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8G FL ED VR
- Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
- Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon D3400 Price
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Comprehensive review of the Nikon D3400. Detailed look at its features and performance.
Should you buy the Nikon D3400? Hell yeah! Right now it is the best entry-level DSLR in the market. Headline features of the camera are impressive and is matched a power packed performance. But if you find it a bit expensive then you can go for the Nikon D3300 which is just as good and has most of the 3400’s features.
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