The D3400 is Nikon’s latest entry-level DSLR, but does it represent a solid investment for those looking to buy their first serious camera? Audley Jarvis put it to the test.
Nikon D3400 review: Dynamic range, resolution and noise
The D3400’s dynamic range is very similar to that of its nearest rival, the Canon EOS 1300D. At ISO 100 the D3400 provides 11.5EV, which is actually a fraction below the 1300D’s 11.7EV at the same sensitivity setting. However, pushing into the mid-range sensitivities the D3400 holds up slightly better with figures of 10.9EV at ISO 800 and 9.4EV at ISO 1600.
Detail remains above 3,000l/ph until ISO 800 where it drops to 2,800l/ph. From here resolution does begin to tail off, with the highest native sensitivity setting of ISO 12,8000 producing 2,200l/ph and the extended setting of ISO 25,600 producing 2,000l/ph. We advise shooting in raw to resolve the finest levels of detail.
In-camera JPEG processing provides excellent results at ISO 100-400, with no image noise visible at ISO 100 and barely a trace at ISO 400. While a small amount of noise begins to creep in at ISO 800, it’s only really visible at 100%. Similarly, ISOs 1600, 3200 and even 6400 also provide very usable results. At the higher settings of ISO 12,800 and especially ISO 25,600 image quality does show marked degradation.