- Small and easy to use
- Generous range of exposure modes
- Provides access to Nikon’s huge lens range
- Excellent image quality
- Currently a little pricey compared to the D3300
- Removal of external microphone jack
Price as Reviewed:£359.00 (body only)
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: Introduction
The Nikon D3400 is Nikon’s latest entry-level DSLR and succeeds the D3300 that came out in 2014. Despite the two-year gap between the two models, there doesn’t initially appear to be all that much to separate them, at least not in terms of their key specs.
Both models are built around a 24.2-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Nikon Expeed 4 image processor, and both employ the same 11-point AF system and pentamirror optical viewfinder that provides 95% coverage. The headline addition for the D3400 is Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, which uses Bluetooth to facilitate wireless image transfer between the D3400 and compatible mobile devices.
The D3400 also offers significantly improved battery performance over its predecessor, with Nikon claiming that the camera is able to record up to 1,200 images on a full charge, compared to 700 images on the D3300. On the flipside, the pop-up flash has a lower guide number than its predecessor (GN 7m @ ISO 100 compared to GN12), and the external microphone port has been removed.
Given that the D3300 is still available and around £70 cheaper, the question is, do the incremental upgrades make the D3400 worth the additional expenditure? Likewise, how does the D3400 stack up against its main rivals within the entry-level DSLR segment, namely the Canon EOS 1300D and Pentax K-50?
- Price: £359 (body only); £409 (with Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-P lens)
- Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
- Output size: 6000x4000pixels
- Lens mount: Nikon F mount
- Focal length mag: 1.5x
- Shutter speeds: 30-1/4000sec
- ISO: 100-25,600
- Metering system: TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel sensor
- Exposure comp: ±5EV in 1/3EV steps
- Drive mode: 5fps continuous shooting
- LCD: 3in fixed TFT LCD with 921k dot
- Viewfinder: Pentamirror 0.85x magification, approx. 95% coverage
- Video: Full HD (1920x1080), HD (1080x720)
- External mic: Built-in monaural mic
- Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Power: EN-EL14a Li-ion, approx 1,200 shots per charge
- Dimensions: 124x98x75.5mm
- Weight: 445g (with battery and card)