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: Verdict
Judged on its own merit, there’s a lot to like about the D3400. It’s a well-thought-out and nicely designed camera that caters for the needs of first-time DSLR owners in a number of different ways. From its simplified physical controls to its instructive guide mode, the D3400 sets out to be accessible and to help new DSLR owners get the best from it.
In keeping with its positioning as an entry-level DSLR, the D3400 is not overladen with advanced features, but it still provides all the tools you need to get great photos. Image quality from the D3400 is, on the whole, excellent. The sensor resolves impressive levels of fine detail and allows room to crop captured images without adversely affecting overall image quality. Exposure metering and automatic white balance both prove reliable and consistent, enabling the D3400 to deliver balanced images with true-to-life colour reproduction – at least when the picture control is set to the ‘standard’ setting.
Our only slight reservation is that its current price is a little on the high side. Opt for the older yet still capable Nikon D3300 and you could save around £70.