Nikon D3400 Review – Digital SLR Camera
Welcome to photography.
Before the D3400 you have chosen your Smartphone camera for convenience. The zooming in was inconvenient. Photographing in low light was almost impossible. Capturing fast action was a lucky game. But after the D3400 you will see that you compromise the image quality. That some of the best photos happen when the light is low. That fast action can be frozen in perfect clarity. And that a camera and a Smartphone can work together in harmony to make the photos you share absolutely amazing.
The D3400 is a slightly updated version of the Nikon D3300, with a little weight removed and a longer battery life. It is an entry-level digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera aimed at first time shooters and those who upgrade from smart phones to an advanced photography platform. The device optimizes low weight, a small size and a simple design while maintaining the advantages of an interchangeable lens system. It features Nikon’s Picture Controls for those who want their images to be immediately processed in more different styles. Super Vivid, Toy camera and other effects are also made.
The D3400 is the latest Nikon introductory SLR camera that meets a no-nonsense template, with priority for a small size, low weight and simple design, while maintaining the advantages of an interchangeable lens system.
As a successor to the brilliant D3300, Nikon has been able to scale a small part of the weight of the body’s D3300 for this new iteration, but it has also increased battery life and improved a number of features to make it an even more significant proposition for the novice user. It has also launched the camera alongside a redesigned kit lens, one with a retractable inner cylinder and a more streamlined design that lacks the focusing and vibration reduction switches we’re used to.
To help a first user, Nikon has implemented their Guide Mode feature that provides an alternative to the main menus and helps you capture specific images. Some important omissions are the microphone port on the side of the camera. So you can only use built-in mono microphones. Besides being lightweight and small, there is a soft rubber handle to keep the camera taut and a space at the back for the thumb to rest without touching the controls.
When it comes to performance, the D3400 does not fall over when it is focused on a predominantly dark image. The automatic white balance is impressive, even in artificial light. A recording speed of 5 pps is fairly inadequate for most recording situations. The viewfinder of the camera produces bright, accurate colors and a clear representation of the scene. A fixed LCD screen is located under the viewfinder and is not touch-sensitive. The Nikon D3400 has a sensor in APS-C format – as is the case with every entry-level DSLR, with its 24.2MP pixel count very respectable – certainly not that this would be higher at this level – and this has been increased by the lack of an optical low-pass filter, which should help to capture better details than would otherwise be the case.
Non-low pass filters explained
This works over a reasonably wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, which suppresses a one-stop extension over the original ISO12,800 range of its predecessor D3300. It is again linked to the Nikon’s Expeed 4 processing engine, which makes 5 fps burst recordings and Full HD video recordings possible up to an impressive 60p. Nikon’s familiar Picture Controls are also on hand, but for those who want to process their images and videos immediately in more different styles, effects such as Super Vivid, Illustration and Toy Camera are also accessible via the mode button.
The 11-point AF system of the camera has a single cross point in the middle of the array, with a maximum sensitivity of -1 EV. You can set the system to continuously focus on a subject, even with Nikon’s 3D tracking technology, and the camera can also continue with autofocus in live view and when recording videos. Manual focus is also possible, selectable via the menu and executed with a ring at the front of the kit lens of the camera.
Not that they are not improved elsewhere, but the specifications of both the viewfinder and the LCD correspond to what we expect at this level. The viewfinder is based on a pent-mirror construction and shows about 95% of the scene, while the LCD is 3 inches wide and has a respectable resolution of 921,000 dots.
Wi-Fi is not recorded in the body, although wireless image transmission is still possible via the SnapBridge function. First included in the D400, it always uses Bluetooth Low Energy to bring images directly to smart devices, both during and after. It is not possible to remotely control the recording settings of the camera in any way, although this is not too large an omission for such a model.
To help the first user understand this camera better, Nikon has re-implemented its guide mode function
To help the first user understand this camera better, Nikon has re-implemented its guide mode function. This provides an alternative to the main menus and helps the user to quickly capture specific types of images. There is also the familiar ‘?’ button that can be used to explain camera functions.
However, Nikon has made a couple of omissions from the D3300. Gone is the microphone port on the side of the camera, which means that you are limited to the built-in monaural microphones, although this is not a critical loss when you consider that it is aimed at novice users.
The NIKON D3400 is designed to be small and lightweight, but Nikon has ensured that there is enough grip to grab the camera and rear space so that the thumb can rest without falling into the controls. With only 650 grams with its battery, memory card and kit lens, the model is one of the lightest DSLR combinations out there, and its own 18-55 mm kit lens and approximately 200 g lighter.
Of course, such a small and light body has its disadvantages. Mounting everything except the smallest and lightest lenses from Nikon, for example, creates an unbalanced cooperation, and it is easy to keep your nose in the way of the menu selection pad at the back, which can make it difficult to adjust the focus point.
A soft rubber around the grip improves the feeling of the model in the hand, and this is complemented by the same finish on the thumb support. The mode button is easy to grab and turn, and although the buttons are slightly flat and travel little, they are fairly large and well marked. The customizable Fn button on the side of the lens mount is very welcome, especially if there is no direct control for ISO, although three alternative functions can be assigned. Also nice to find is a special driving mode button, which you will find useful if you tend to call burst shooting and self-timer options with each frequency.
- 11-point AF, 1 intersection type AF point
- AF-assist lighting
- Slow Live View focus
It is indeed very quiet, with only a slight burr when it works, and something that is easily masked by most ambient sounds. The overall speed is also very good, with the system focusing the subjects as sharply as possible as with good light. Of course, this slows down in less good light, although the AF assist lamp is relatively bright and comes into play easily. Although only the central AF point is cross-type for improved sensitivity, the points immediately above and below it also appear to be more sensitive than the other surrounding points.
When it is set to follow a moving subject, the system can continue to track as a subject moves across the scene, but because points are much further apart than on cameras with a denser packed array, it can often lose topics as they do not take up enough of the frame to start with. There is a slight slowing of the focus in live view, with good light still succeeds in finding the subject without much hesitation.
NIKON D3400 SPEC
- Sensor: 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS
- Lens mount: Nikon F mount
- Screen: 3.0-inch, 921,000 dots
- Burst recordings: 5 fps
- Autofocus: 11-point AF
- Video: Full HD 1080p
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Battery life: 1200 shots
- Weight: 455 g
- Compact DSLR captures high-quality images
- Twin zoom lens kit for versatile photography
- SnapBridge allows you to share your photos instantly
- Guide mode provides step-by-step assistance when you need it
- Record video in Full HD for memorable home movies
- You can become creative with effects in the camera
Photos and videos taken with the D3400 and a beautiful NIKKOR lens are as lively and lifelike as the moments they keep. Make recordings in extremely low light without problems. Freeze fast-action in his tracks. Make portraits with rich, natural skin tones and beautiful faded backgrounds. The photos you share will amaze everyone, even yourself.
Camera, Smartphone and cloud in perfect harmony
SnapBridge has changed the way that cameras and Smartphone work together – and only Nikon has it. Take a photo with the D3400 and it is automatically transferred to your compatible Smartphone or tablet, ready to share. SnapBridge works seamlessly with the NIKON IMAGE SPACE, cloud storage and sharing site to back up your photos and to help you create and share albums with your friends and family. The future of photo sharing is here. Capture moments instantly and share moments on social media with Nikon’s SnapBridge app for iOS and Android Smartphone.
The D3400 makes little connection with your Smartphone via Bluetooth and synchronizes photos while you take photos without draining your battery.
- One-time installation
- Easily pair with up to five smart devices; always connected.
- Automatic transfers
- Photos automatically appear on your smart device.
- Easy sharing
- Create and share albums while on the go with a free NIKON IMAGE SPACE account.
- Peace of mind
- Backups are automatically stored in the cloud on NIKON IMAGE SPACE.
A camera designed for you
The compact and light D3400 is designed to go anywhere. Even new DSLR owners will feel at home quickly – the camera controls are cleverly arranged for comfort and intuitive operation. The clear optical viewfinder offers a sharp, glare-free view of the world and the comfortable grip allows precise operation.
The gateway to better photography
The D3400 makes photography easy and fun, allowing you to focus on your natural talents – taking great shots, anticipating special moments and finding something unique perspectives in everyday scenes. As your skills increase (and they will grow), you can take full control of the D3400.
If you are not yet familiar with DSLR photography or if you want to know more, you can get step-by-step support with Guide mode. it can help you choose the optimal camera settings to get the best out of every situation.
Nearly 100 years of Nikon know-how have been programmed effortlessly in the D3400 FOR excellent results.
Capture the sights and sounds
At the push of a button, the D3400 captures dazzling 1080 / 60p Full HD video. Nikon’s new AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f / 3.5-5.6G VR lens uses a stepper motor for smooth and silent autofocus so that only the sounds of the moment are recorded with the internal microphone of the D3400.
Catch every moment
Press and hold the shutter button on the D3400 and continuously record 5 FPS with full autofocus performance. Transform a moment of quick action into an exciting photo series and share it via SnapBridge so everyone can see it.
Focus on the details
Nikon cameras have some of the best autofocus systems out there. The AF system of the D3400 quickly acquires your subject and offers precise focus even in high-speed and low-light shooting.
Change your perspective
Legendary NIKKOR lenses have long been the benchmark for optical excellence and each lens offers an inspiring new perspective on the world. Increase your possibilities.
Discover your style
Nikon’s exciting image settings make it easy to get creative with your photos and videos. Choose from six preset options that improve the color and tonal characteristics of your images, and then make selections for your own personal style.
The Nikon D3400 is not perfect, but the best entry level DSLR you will find. It is light, has an excellent battery life, good single AF performance and is easy to use. However, there is no microphone port, a touch screen and poor connection options. Thank you for reading the Nikon D3400 Review, we hope this helps you to make the right choice.
Nikon D3400 - Pros & Cons
- Share instantly with SnapBridge, the constant connection with your smart device
- Go cinematic with full HD movie