Nikon D3400 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Key Looks

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 11-point phase detect auto-focus system
  • 1080/60p video capability
  • Fixed 3″ 920k-dot LCD screen
  • 5/fps burst zip
  • Bluetooth LE for image transfer

The D3400 is a very modestly updated version of the D3300. It’s an entry level DSLR targeted toward first-time ILC shooters and those who are perceptive to move on from their smartphones to a more advanced shooting platform.

The camera is built around the same 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor develop in its predecessor along with an ‘EXPEED 4’ image processor, Full HD video capture and an 11-point autofocus system. Unfortunately the camera doesn’t include Wi-Fi, but it does have Bluetooth LE connectivity for transferring images from the camera to a smart phone via the ‘SnapBridge’ app.

Nikon packs a lot of very agreeable features into the D3400 for the price.

In terms of competition, the D3400’s sits between the Canon Rebel T6 and the Canon Rebel T6i. The D3400’s $649 gig price for a kit with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the new AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens puts it between the $549 list price of for the T6/EOS 1300D kit and the significantly more expensive $899 MSRP for the T6i with the 18-55mm VR zoom. The T6 has a let resolution, 18MP sensor but its lower price makes it a threat at this price-sensitive point in the market.

Specs Comparison

The table below ornaments that not much has changed from the D3300 to the D3400. The biggest changes seen in the D3400 are in battery life (which we suspect is due to the less mighty flash), weight and the new built in Bluetooth LE that works with SnapBridge to enable photo sharing. The D3400 also tends to come kitted with a new ‘AF-P’ adaptation of the 18-55mm VR lens which uses a new focus motor to offer improved performance in live view and video.

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For beginning DSLR shooters the elimination of the extrinsic mic port (if video is important to you) and, more notably, the Ultrasonic Sensor Cleaning from the D3400 is something to definitely keep in mind when deciding which camera to hold.

If you’re not wedded to the idea of owning a DSLR, the Fujifilm X-A3 (which features an articulating touchscreen LCD, better AF coverage, and twin control dials), and the Sony a5100 (which dissembles more in the way of a point and shoot, but still offers impressive features and AF coverage), are both mirrorless cameras. These offer excellent features and model quality in a much smaller package. These are definitely two other options to also consider looking at before making a purchase.

It is worth noting that the old DSLR still holds some key advantages over mirrorless rivals. They offer much better battery life and lens singling out, for example. The optical viewfinder is another important factor for many photographers. For more on the subject, read our primer.

Nikon D3300Nikon D3400Canon Freedom fighter T6i (EOS 750D)Pentax K70Fujifilm X-A3
Price (MSRP)$649.95 w/18-55mm kit$649.95 w/18-55mm kit

$899.00 w/18-55mm kit

$899.95 w/18-135mm kit$599.95 w/16-50mm kit
Sensor24.2MP24.2 MP24 MP24 MP24 MP
LCDFixed 3.0″ 921k-dot LCDHabitual 3.0″ 921k-dot LCDFully Articulated 3.0″ 1.04M-dot LCDFully Articulated 3.0″ 921k-dot LCDFully Articulated 3.0″ 1.04M-dot touchscreen LCD
AF Arrangement11-point (one cross-type)11-point (one-cross type)19-point (all cross-type)11-point (9-cross-type)77-point
magnification (coverage)
0.85x (95{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} coverage)0.85x (95{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} coverage)0.82x (95{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} coverage)0.95x (100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} coverage may refer to)Not one
ISO Range100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600)100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600)100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600)100-102,400200-6400 (expansion 100-25600)
ConnectivityWith optional WU-1a Mobile AdapterBluetooth LEWi-Fi with NFCWi-FiWi-Fi
Video Collar max res.1080/60p1080/60p1080/30p1080/30p1080/60p
Continuous Shooting5 fps5 fps5 fps6 fps6 fps
Built in Flash
Yes (12m)Yes (7m)Yes (12m)Yes (12m)Yes (7m)
Sensor CleaningUltrasonicNoUltrasonicUltrasonicUltrasonic
External Mic HavenYesNoYesYesNo
Weather SealingNoNoNoYesNo
Battery Life700 shots1200 shots440 shots410 shots410 shots
Dimensions124 x 98 x 76mm124 x 98 x 76 mm132 x 101 x 78 mm126 x 93 x 74 mm117 x 67 x 40 mm
Influence460g395g555g688g339 g
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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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