Nikon D3400 Review

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Introduction

The Nikon D3400 is a new entry-level DSLR camera with a 24.2 megapixel DX format APS-C sensor with no anti-aliasing filter. The main improvements to the D3400 are extended battery life and SnapBridge support. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), SnapBridge creates a connection between the D3400 and a smart device, making it possible to wirelessly and automatically transfer images. The Nikon D3400 also features an EXPEED 4 processor, 5fps continuous shooting, a 3 inch 921k-dot LCD monitor, one-touch full 1080p HD video recording with autofocus, quick-access Live View mode, ISO range of 100-25600, 11-point autofocus system with a cross-type sensor in the centre, 10 special effects, and an interactive Guide Mode. The Nikon D3400 is available in black priced at £399.99 / €489 for the body only, £469.99 / €579 in an 18-55mm non-VR lens kit, or £489.99 / €599 / $649.99 with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR retractable kit lens.

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Ease of Use

Outwardly the Nikon D3400 is virtually identical to its 2-year old predecessor, the D3200, which in turn was very similar to the D3100 model. The Nikon D3400 is a rather small DSLR camera, although it does come with a chunky right-hand grip with a pronounced lip at the top. Still, expect having to find a place for your little finger under the camera if you have larger-than-average hands.

The camera body itself is mainly plastic, but while the D3400 certainly doesn’t feel as robust as some of the company’s higher specified models, it still exudes a degree of quality you might not expect at this price point. This is helped by the surprisingly classy rubber coating on the grip, which also appears on the thumb rest on the back of the camera. The Nikon D3400’s body is almost identical to its predecessor in terms of the overall dimensions and weight, with all of the external controls in pretty much the same places as before. The ‘i’ button on the back of the camera makes it possible to bypass the main menu in order to quickly change key settings.

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The new AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens that ships with the D3400 is one of the main talking points of the D3400. Nikon have once again implemented a retractable design to make the lens more portable when it’s not in use, something that quite a lot of compact system cameras have in their lens ranges. As a result the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II is very compact when retracted to the L position, although of course you still have to extend it outwards to start shooting. It’s also equipped with Nikon’s Stepping Motor technology for quick, smooth and very quiet autofocus, especially during live view shooting and video recording, and offers up to four stops of image stabilization. If the D3400 is your first venture into the world of Nikon DSLRs, we strongly advise opting for the kit with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.

The other main addition is Snapbridge, previously only available on the flagship D500 APS-C DSLR. The Nikon D3400 has Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can send your images across to a smartphone using Nikon’s Snapbridge app. This app is now available for both iOS and Android devices, as of September 2016. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), SnapBridge creates a connection between the D3400 and a compatible smart device. Once paired, the D3400 will remain connected to the smart device and transfer photos automatically, without the need to re-connect the devices each time. You can choose to either set all images to automatically download as they are captured, or tag individual images for transfer in-camera. Images tthat are synced while you shoot are automatically resized for easier sharing, and the D3400 can even sync with your smart device while it’s in sleep mode. Nikon SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space, a free online image sharing and storage service. Note that because the D3400 does not support Wi-Fi, not all SnapBridge features are available, most notably remote control of the D3400 via a smart device, still image transfer in the original 24 megapizel size, and movie transfer.

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Front of the Nikon D3400

The Nikon D3400 follows conventional DSLR design in having a shooting mode dial on the top of the camera, which allows you to select either one of the advanced modes like Manual, Aperture- or Shutter-priority, or a number of scene modes.

The Guide mode first seen in the ancient D3000 has also been carried over, and includes sample images to help you to identify the shot, and options in the Advanced operation menu help you to reduce blur or soften backgrounds. The main purpose of the Guide mode remains the same as on the previous D3000-series cameras, namely to teach beginners about what settings to use in a number of shooting situations, and how these settings influence the final output. Nikon deserves kudos for this, as a mode like this can teach beginners a lot more about the basics of photography than the green Auto mode in which the camera assumes control of almost everything.

The Effects shooting mode, first introduced on the higher-end D5100, has been included on the D3400 and provides 10 different filters that can be applied to both still images and movies. The Night Vision effect is particularly worth of mention, pushing the camera’s sensitivity to a whopping ISO 102,400, although a monochrome rather than colour image is recorded. For stills, you can enter Live View mode to preview the effect or simply use the optical viewfinder. For movies, the recording is slowed down (dependent upon the chosen effect) as the camera uses a lot of processing power to apply the effect, leading to footage that can have a rather staccato feel. Note also that the camera sets virtually everything in the Effects mode – exposure, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, file type and quality – so its only creative in terms of the arty effect that’s applied. Several of the same effects can be applied to an image or movie that you’ve taken, though, so you can have the best of both worlds (albeit without the luxury of a preview).

The Exposure Compensation button is thoughtfully positioned next to the shutter release. Hold down this button with your right forefinger and spin the control wheel on the top-rear of the camera with your thumb to adjust its settings – simple and intuitive. In M mode, this easy-to-reach button allows you to toggle between aperture and shutter speed settings, making the lack of a second control wheel less problematic.

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Rear of the Nikon D3400

The second button sitting next to the shutter release, labelled ‘info’, is arguably at the heart of the Nikon D3400’s ease-of-use, as the camera lacks the monochromatic status LCD of more expensive models like the D7100, so Nikon had to provide a different way to check vital shooting information without having to look into the viewfinder. Enter the info button – pressing it displays virtually all of the camera’s main settings on the large, high resolution rear screen.

The same screen is used for the D3400’s Live View and movie recording modes. As noted above, the Nikon D3400 has a small LV button on the back which makes entering Live View a very easy and simple affair. In Live View the camera autofocuses using the contrast detect method. Depending on the AF mode set, you can either initiate this via a half-press of the shutter release, or have the camera keep focusing continuously. The first method is noticeably faster than on earlier models, though still not nearly as quick as the phase detection method used outside Live View. The other autofocus mode, called full-time AF, can be more of an annoyance than a benefit, as the picture might go out of focus just before you wanted to take a shot (though you can at least lock focus by half-pressing the shutter release when you think focus is where it should be).

Of course you can also focus manually while in Live View mode. As with earlier LV-enabled models, it is possible to magnify into the live image by repeatedly pressing the button labelled with a loupe icon – however, due to what appears to be a lo-res live view feed, this magnification is not much help. On a related note, it’s also annoying that Nikon still doesn’t offer a live histogram to help you get the exposure right when working in Live View mode.

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Top of the Nikon D3400

The Nikon D3400 features a 1080p Full HD “D-movie” mode. At the highest resolution setting, the camera can record movies at 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, while at 1280×720 pixels you can choose from 60p/50p. The Nikon D3400 offers full-time autofocus in movie mode, but you may quickly decide to turn this feature off. For one thing, the sound of the focus motor in the lens gets picked up by the microphone. For another, the subject may go out of focus for no apparent reason. If you really want to make sure an erratically moving subject stays sharp throughout the clip, you had better stop down the lens for enough depth of field to work with, and leave all shallow-depth-of-field trickery to static or predictably moving subjects.

There is an element of exposure control when shooting movies. Both the aperture and the shutter speed can be pre-set before you start filming and changed whilst shooting. By default, exposure changes with subject luminance while capturing a clip, although you can at least lock exposure by holding down the AE Lock button. The camera does not provide any special feedback on focus or highlight blow-out (i.e. no “peaking” or “zebras” like in professional video cameras), but there is manual control over audio levels and sound is recorded by way of the built-in stereo microphone. You can also hook the D3400 up to an optional external stereo mic to improve the audio quality. Videos are compressed using the H.264 codec and stored in a MOV container.

Like all SLRs, the D3400 has a proper through-the-lens optical viewfinder. It’s not as large as that of a D7200, for example, but at 0.85x magnification it is slightly larger than the D3200’s. The positions of the 11 autofocus sensors are permanently but unobtrusively marked on the focusing screen with 11 tiny dots. In single-point AF mode – in which you can specify which AF point the camera should use – the active autofocus point lights up in red upon a half-press of the shutter release. The other available AF area modes include Auto Area, Dynamic Area and 3D Tracking. Autofocus speeds with the new kit zoom were snappy, and focusing with the optical viewfinder is still a lot faster than in Live View mode.

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The Nikon D3400 In-hand

Just like most other entry-level Nikon dSLRs, the Nikon D3400 lacks a body-integral focus motor, so it can only autofocus with AF-S and AF-I lenses which have the AF motor built in. Other AF Nikkors can be used in manual-focus mode only, although the AF sensors remain active and can at least provide focus confirmation via the green dot in the in-finder LCD. There is also an “electronic rangefinder” function that can be enabled via the menu; this tells you how far you are from perfect focus, and which way you need to rotate the focus ring to acquire it.

For the images already captured, the Nikon D3400 offers a broad range of retouching tools, including post-capture D-lighting (useful if you forgot to turn on Active D-lighting before capture), red-eye correction, trimming, monochrome conversion, different filter effects, colour balancing, image resizing, image overlay, in-camera raw processing,  distortion correction, and a miniature effect that mimics a look that can otherwise only be achieved with a tilt lens. Many of these functions make it unnecessary to buy specialised computer programs or plug-ins and spend hours in front of a computer to achieve a desired/popular effect.

The Nikon D3400 is powered by a proprietary Lithium-ion battery that now offers an impressive 1200-shot life, and ships with a cordless charger that plugs directly into a mains socket. For storage, the camera uses SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. As far as connectivity goes, there are A/V Out, mini HDMI and USB terminals, but the D3300’s connector for an optional cable release or GPS unit and the external microphone socket have both unfortunately been sacrificed for the new Bluetooth/Snapbridge connectivity.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 9Mb.

The Nikon D3400 produced images of excellent quality during the review period. The settings of ISO 100 through ISO 400 are as good as indistinguishable from each other. The slightest hint of noise starts to creep in at ISO 800 but the images are still very clean at that setting. ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 show progressively more noise, but both are eminently usable, even for very large prints. By ISO 6400 and the fastest setting of 12800 the JPEGs are already full of chroma noise but the raw files only show some finely grained luminance noise that allows even the ISO 25600 setting to produce printable results. The out-of-camera JPEGs are a little soft at the default settings, but switch to raw image capture, and you’ll see just how much detail the 24 megapixel sensor can record. The night photograph was excellent, while red-eye was not a common occurrence with the useful built-in flash. Active D-Lighting helps to salvage some extra detail in the shadow and highlights areas of high-contrast images.

Noise

The standard sensitivity settings on the Nikon D3400 range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, with an expanded (boosted) setting of ISO 25600 also available. The following 100% crops show the noise levels for each setting for both JPG and RAW formats.

JPEG

RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

File Quality

The file quality settings available on the Nikon D3400 are Basic, Normal and Fine for JPEGs, with raw capture also at your disposal. The following crops demonstrate the differences in quality.

Fine (14.2Mb) (100% Crop)

Normal (6.61Mb) (100% Crop)

Basic (2.42Mb) (100% Crop)

RAW (20.1Mb) (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash settings on the Nikon D3400 are Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and Rear curtain with slow sync. These shots of a white coloured ceiling were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off – Wide Angle (27mm)

Flash On – Wide Angle (27mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off – Telephoto (82.5mm)

Flash On – Telephoto (82.5mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any noticeable red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Nikon D3400 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography. There is an optional long-exposure noise reduction function that can be activated to filter out any hot pixels that may appear when extremely slow shutter speeds are used. Do note that this works by way of dark frame subtraction, which effectively doubles the exposure time. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds, aperture of f/11 at ISO 100.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting increases the detail in the shadow and highlight areas of high-contrast images.

Off

On

Picture Controls

Nikon’s Picture Controls are akin to Canon’s Picture Styles in being preset combinations of sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. The available choices are Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and Flat. The following examples demonstrate the differences across these options.

Standard

Neutral

Vivid

Monochrome

Portrait

Landscape

Flat

Effects

The Effects shooting mode provides 10 different creative filters that can be applied to both still images and movies.

Night Vision

Super Vivid

Pop

Photo Illustration

Toy Camera

Miniature Effect

Selective Color

Silhouette

High Key

Low Key

Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Nikon D3400 camera, which were all taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

1/160s · f/4 · 27mm · ISO 100

1/30s · f/11 · 27mm · ISO 900

1/100s · f/5.6 · 82mm · ISO 160

1/100s · f/5.6 · 82mm · ISO 200

Product Images

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Rear of the Nikon D3400 / Main Menu
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment

Specifications

    • Type
    • Single-lens reflex digital camera
    • Lens mount
    • Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
    • Effective angle of view
    • Nikon DX format; focal length equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view
    • Image sensor
    • DX, CMOS, 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
    • Total pixels
    • 24.72 million
    • Dust-reduction system
    • Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
    • Effective pixels
    • 24.2 million
    • Image size (pixels)
    • (L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 4496 x 3000, (S) 2992 x 2000
    • Storage file formats
    • NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
    • Picture Control System
    • Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified
    • Storage media
    • SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)
    • Card slot
    • Single
    • File system
    • DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
    • Viewfinder
    • Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
    • Frame coverage
    • Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
    • Magnification
    • Approx. 0.85 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
    • Eyepoint
    • 18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
    • Diopter adjustment
    • -1.7 to +0.5 m-1
    • Focusing screen
    • Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
    • Reflex mirror
    • Quick return
    • Lens aperture
    • Instant return, electronically controlled
    • Shutter type
    • Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
    • Shutter speed
    • 1/4000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time
    • Flash sync speed
    • X = 1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
    • Release mode
    • S (single frame), Continuous, Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, Remote
    • Frame advance rate
    • Up to 5 fps, Note: Frame rates assume manual focus, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values.
    • Self-timer
    • 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures
    • Remote release modes
    • Delayed remote: ML-L3, quick-response remote: ML-L3
    • Exposure metering
    • TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
    • Metering method
    • Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type E and G lenses). Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame. Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
    • Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
    • Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV. Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
    • Exposure meter coupling
    • CPU
    • Mode
    • Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off ); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
    • Exposure compensation
    • Can be adjusted by –5 to +5 EV, in steps of 1/3 EV, in P, S, A, M, scene, and night vision modes
    • Exposure lock
    • Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
    • ISO sensitivity
    • ISO 100 to 25600, in steps of 1 EV, auto ISO sensitivity control available
    • Active D-Lighting
    • On, off
    • Autofocus
    • Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.). Autofocus is available with AF-P and type E and G AF-S lenses.
    • Detection range
    • –1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
    • Lens servo
    • Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status, Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
    • Focus points
    • Can be selected from 11 focus points
    • AF-area mode
    • Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
    • Focus lock
    • Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
    • Built-in flash
    • Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up. P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
    • Guide Number
    • Approx. 7/22, 8/26 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
    • Flash control
    • TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
    • Flash modes
    • Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
    • Flash compensation
    • -3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV, in P, S, A, M, and scene modes
    • Flash-ready indicator
    • Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
    • Accessory shoe
    • ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
    • Nikon Creative Lighting System
    • Nikon CLS supported
    • Sync terminal
    • AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
    • White balance
    • Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
    • Live view – lens servo
    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (MF)
    • Live view – AF-area mode
    • Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
    • Live view – autofocus
    • Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
    • Live View – automatic scene selection
    • Available in auto and auto, flash off modes
    • Movie – metering
    • TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
    • Movie – metering method
    • Matrix
    • Movie – frame size (pixels) and frame rate
    • 1920 x 1080: 60p (progressive), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p; 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p, actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality
    • Movie – file format
    • MOV
    • Movie – video compression
    • H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
    • Movie – audio recording format
    • Linear PCM
    • Movie – audio recording device
    • Built-in monaural microphone; sensitivity adjustable
    • Movie – ISO sensitivity
    • ISO 100 – 25600
    • Monitor
    • 7.5 cm (3–in.) diagonal, TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment, approx. 921k-dot (VGA)
    • Playback
    • Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, playback face zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
    • USB
    • Hi-Speed USB, with Micro-USB connector; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
    • HDMI output
    • Type C HDMI connector
    • Bluetooth standards
    • Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1
    • Supported languages
    • Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
    • Battery
    • One EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery
    • AC adapter
    • EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Approx. 124 x 98 x 75.5 mm (4.9 x 3.9 x 3 in.)
    • Weight
    • Approx. 445 g (15.7 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 395 g/14 oz (camera body only)
    • Operating environment – temperature
    • 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
    • Operating environment – humidity
    • 85% or less (no condensation)
    • Supplied accessories
    • EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger (plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), DK-25 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, AN-DC3 strap

Conclusion

While the extended battery life and Snapbridge support are both nice additions to the new Nikon D3400, it doesn’t really offer anything that the previous D300 model did, either in terms of features or design. Indeed, the new model actually offers fewer Special Effects (10 rather than the previous 13) and also sacrifices both the connector for an optional cable release or GPS unit and the external microphone socket to make way for the Bluetooth connectivity. The biggest improvements in our view are the new 18-55m AF-D VR kit lens, which really speeds up Live View and movie shooting, and the much more aggressive price-tag, which makes it more appealing to smartphone upgraders.

The Nikon D3400 is much cheaper on launch than the D3300 was – £399.99 / €489 for the body only is a lot more competitive, which is important as smartphones drive down the prices of entry-level cameras, whether they’re mirrorless or DSLRs. We particularly like the kit with the excellent AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR retractable kit lens, something of a no-brainer for an extra £70 / $90.

So despite the lack of any real advances other than longer battery life and Snapbridge connectivity, we can continue to highly recommend the new Nikon D3400 as a great camera for beginners, thanks mainly to the price decrease and the new kit lens.

(photographyblog.com, https://goo.gl/WF2GIy)

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