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.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Nikon D3400

AWB Colour:9/10
Dynamic Range:8/10
Image quality:9/10
LCD viewfinder:8/10


  • 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


Nikon D3400 review


Price as reviewed:

£359.00 (body only)

Nikon D3400 review: Verdict

Nikon D3400 - Front (side)

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.


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
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
Weight:445g (with battery and card)
  1. 1. Nikon D3400 Review: Introduction
  2. 2. Nikon D3400 review: Features
  3. 3. Nikon D3400 review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Nikon D3400 review: Performance
  5. 5. Nikon D3400 review: Dynamic range, resolution and noise
  6. 6. Nikon D3400 review: Verdict
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