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: Features
The effective resolution of the D3400’s sensor remains unchanged from the D3300, as does the sensitivity range, which spans from ISO 100-25,600. If you feel the need to crank the ISO beyond this then there’s a night vision mode (accessed via the effects option on the mode dial) that allows you to capture black & white JPEGs up to the equivalent of ISO 102,400. Shutter speeds range from 30sec to 1/4000sec plus Bulb, while the flash sync speed is 1/200sec.
In terms of video, the D3400 is able to record 1920×1080 full HD video at 60p/50p/30p/25p/ 24p along with 720p HD at either 60fps or 50fps. There’s the option to adjust the sensitivity of the built-in microphone, although there’s no headphone jack to monitor audio quality in real time.
Now to the D3400’s headline feature – SnapBridge. This allows you to transfer images wirelessly from the camera to a smartphone or tablet, via an always-on Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) connection. The D3400’s SnapBridge doesn’t include Wi-Fi, so remote control of the camera from your smartphone isn’t possible – a feature that is available on the Canon EOS 1300D. However, Bluetooth is much less power-hungry than Wi-Fi.
While SnapBridge came in for some criticism at the time of its launch for being somewhat unreliable, these teething troubles appear to have been fully resolved. We encountered no problems at all setting it up, and it worked flawlessly during the course of our testing. In terms of functionality, you can choose to have SnapBridge automatically transfer all photos captured with the D3400 to your connected mobile device, or you can opt to manually select what you’d like to transfer. In addition, you can also specify whether to transfer images at their original size or limit file size to a maximum of 2MB per image.