The Nikon D3400 is a new entry-level DSLR camera that features a 24.2-megapixel DX-format APS-C sensor with no anti-aliasing filter and no anti-aliasing filter. The D3400’s key enhancements are its long battery life and support for SnapBridge. SnapBridge establishes a link between the D3400 and a smart device through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), allowing images to be transferred wirelessly and automatically.
The Nikon D3400 also has an EXPEED 4 processor, a 3 inch 921k-dot LCD display, one-touch full 1080p HD video recording with autofocus, quick-access Live View mode, ISO range of 100-25600, 11-point autofocus system with a cross-type sensor in the middle, 10 special effects, and an interactive Guide Mode.
The Nikon D3400 looks almost identical to its two-year-old counterpart, the D3200, which looked a lot like the D3100 model. Although the Nikon D3400 is a small DSLR camera, it does come with a chunky right-hand grip with a prominent lip at the end. If you have larger-than-average paws, expect to have to find a spot for your little finger under the camera.
The D3400’s body is all plastic, but while it doesn’t feel as solid as some of the company’s higher-spec versions, it still exudes a level of quality that you wouldn’t expect at this price. The unexpectedly classy rubber coating on the grip, which also appears on the thumb rest on the back of the sensor, contributes to this.
In terms of overall dimensions and weight, the Nikon D3400 is nearly identical to its predecessor, with all external controls located in the same locations as before. The I button on the back of the camera allows you to bypass the main menu and adjust key settings easily.
One of the D3400’s key selling points is the latest AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens, which comes standard with the camera. Nikon has used a retractable design once again to make the lens more flexible when not in use, which is something that many compact system cameras have in their lens lineups.
As a result, when retracted to the L position, the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II is very lightweight, but you do have to stretch it outwards to start shooting. It also features Nikon’s Stepping Motor technology for fast, smooth, and very quiet autofocus, particularly during live view shooting and video recording, and image stabilization up to four stops.
If the D3400 is your first foray into the world of Nikon DSLRs, the package with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens is a must-have.
SnapBridge, which was previously only available on the flagship D500 APS-C DSLR, is the other major addition. The Nikon D3400 has Bluetooth compatibility, so you can use Nikon’s SnapBridge software to transfer your photos to a smartphone. As of September 2016, this app is available for both iOS and Android users.
SnapBridge establishes a link between the D3400 and a compatible smart device through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Once linked, the D3400 would stay attached to the smart device and automatically switch photos, eliminating the need to reconnect the devices.
You can either set all images to download automatically as they are taken, or tag individual images for in-camera transfer. Synced images are automatically resized for easier sharing, and the D3400 can also sync with your smart device when it is in sleep mode.
Users of the Nikon SnapBridge can also use Nikon Image Space, a free online image sharing and storage service. Since the D3400 lacks Wi-Fi, some SnapBridge features, such as remote control of the D3400 via a smart device, still image transfer in the original 24 megapixel scale, and movie transfer, are not available.
Excellent Image Quality
The 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting was used for all of the sample images in this study, resulting in an average image size of about 9MB.
During the review period, the Nikon D3400 provided high-quality images. ISO 100, ISO 200, and ISO 400 are almost indistinguishable from one another. At ISO 800, the slightest sign of noise begins to appear, but the photos are still very clean.
While ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 produce more noise, they are both perfectly functional, even for very large prints. JPEGs are already full of chroma noise by ISO 6400 and the fastest setting of 12800, but raw files only display finely grained luminance noise, allowing even ISO 25600 to generate printable results.
The default settings make the out-of-camera JPEGs a little soft, but turn to raw image capture and you’ll see how much detail the 24 megapixel sensor can capture. The night photo was excellent, and red-eye was not a problem thanks to the handy built-in flash. In high-contrast pictures, Active D-Lighting helps to salvage some extra color in the shadow and highlight areas.
The goal in designing this model was to create a product that is both easy to use and small enough to fit almost anywhere. In comparison to several cameras released before this model, the D3400’s body was much lighter than its predecessors, with better battery life. However, the camera wasn’t just drawn in by the shift in the exterior. Many excellent features were added to the model in order to provide users with good photography exposure.
The D3400 is the best beginner camera on the market thanks to a number of main features. The D3400 has a 24 MP sensor and an interchangeable lens, which is a standard metric in such cameras. Despite this, the APS-C sensor used in this model is significantly smaller than those used in models that follow the D3400 on the market. The model’s sensor lacks an optical low-pass filter, which means the camera can cut in a little more detail than many other cameras, resulting in a clearer image by concentrating more on the finer information inside the frame. The sensor used in this camera allows for a wider range of ISO settings, ranging from 100 to 25,600, which is significantly more than its predecessors.
The camera is also equipped with the Expeed 4 image processor, which allows for 5fps rapid shooting and 60fps Full HD video recording. The inability to capture 4K videos is a drawback associated with these features. However, several other features have stepped in to compensate for the camera’s lack of 4K video capture.
In areas where personalized videos and image capture are of great importance, the Nikon D3400 has a Picture Control feature; however, the camera also provides users with various effects such as Super Vivid, Illustration, and Toy Camera. The price of the Nikon D3400 in relation to other competitive cameras on the market makes it a worthwhile investment for consumers.
The autofocus mechanism is a significant feature of DSLR cameras, and several previous models from Nikon and other brands lacked it. Despite being a beginner camera, the D3400 has an 11-point AF system with a single cross-type point in the Centre of the array that enables the surroundings’ sensitivity to drop to at least -1EV. Nikon’s 3D tracking technology provides users with an automatic focus system that allows them to easily monitor the subject.
With its explicit photography features, the camera has become a big hit on the market. Even though the camera doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi, the SnapBridge feature in the D3400 allows users to transfer files wirelessly. The Guide-mode feature in the D3400 is the most useful feature for beginners that really stands out. Providing users with options outside of the main menus allows them to capture individual images with ease.
This article gives a detailed overview of Nikon’s D3400, which is unquestionably one of the best choices for newcomers to the field.