2016 Nikon D3400 Specification Review

The D3400 is a very slightly new edition of the D3300. It’s an basic DSLR focused toward first-time ILC photographers and those who are ready to move on from their mobile phones to a more innovative capturing system.

Nikon D3400
Nikon D3400

The digicam is constructed around the same 24MP APS-C CMOS indicator found in its forerunner along with an ‘EXPEED 4’ picture processer, Full HD video catch and an 11-point auto-focus system. Unfortunately the digicam doesn’t have Wi-Fi, but it does have Wireless LE connection for shifting pictures from the digicam to a smartphone via the ‘SnapBridge’ app.

Key Features

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 11-point stage identify auto-focus system
  • 1080/60p movie capability
  • Fixed 3″ 920k-dot LCD screen
  • 5/fps rush shooting
  • Bluetooth LE for picture transfer

In regards to competitors, the D3400’s rests between the Cannon Insurgent T6 and the Canon Insurgent T6i. The D3400’s $649 release cost for a kit with the new AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens places it between the $549 retail cost of for the T6/EOS 1300D kit and the considerably more costly $899 MSRP for the T6i with the 18-55mm VR zoom capability. The T6 has a reduced quality, 18MP indicator but its discounted causes it to be a risk at this price-sensitive part of the industry.

Whole body and Handling

Being that this is a beginner DSLR it’s not that surprising that the body mostly comprises a composite nasty. There is a slight difference in weight between the D3400 and its predecessor, but the differences are going to be hard to decipher. The main point here is that this camera is mild, extremely mild. This makes shooting it for quite a long time actually fairly enjoyable.

Nikon D3400 Features


The D3400 provides same 11-point stage recognition auto-focus system with one cross-type element that was in the D3300. The concentrating buy quantity is actually fast, though it does progressively down a bit in live-view. The AF ‘dots’ in the viewfinder are fairly challenging see; it would have been awesome if the AF factors were lighted by containers when concentrate is obtained. The small lighted places made it hard at times to capture with 100% degree of be certain that your images were actually in concentrate.

That being said selecting AF factors using the four-way proprietor selecting the AF methods with the media of a key make using the AF very easy, especially if you are new to capturing a DSLR. The auto-focus buy quantity is actually fast in excellent mild with the kit lens, reducing down a bit in further circumstances, but never becoming unreasonably progressively.

Live-View AF

The auto-focus engine in the new 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR kit lens has seen upgrading from the first edition. It provides quicker and better concentrating in live-view and while capturing film where the concentrating buy quantity is a lot quicker thanks to the improved kit-lens. It is important to note, though, that concentrating in live-view is still quite a bit less easily than concentrating through the viewfinder and the AF can also be vulnerable to tracking while trying to obtain concentrate.

All-out concentrate issues were unusual, though in less-than-ideal mild, using the main concentrate factors toward the middle completed more regularly exclusive images in live-view.

The one huge issue with the D3400 is a defieicency of a touchscreen show monitor technology. Some of its mirrorless opponents provide touch-to-focus ability, experience recognition, 20x as many concentrate factors, higher concentrating area, and quicker concentrating in stay perspective will likely provide for a much better modification from something like an iPhone to a more difficult capturing system.

Nikon D3400 Images Quality

The D3400 provides some very punchy, yet attractive JPEGs right out of the box. The improving, even if you interact with the optionally available ‘fine’ establishing, is pretty arranged, but the details that’s possible with the 24MP indicator is really quite awesome.

Nikkor AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G, 34mm, 1/250, F8, ISO 100
Nikkor AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G, 34mm, 1/250, F8, ISO 100

One excellent function that was found on the D3300 and now the D3400 is Effective D-Lighting, or ADL. It’s a JPEG-only function that works to maintain darkness and secure emphasize details, within 1-stop, that are often lost when powerful illumination makes big variations between shiny and eye black areas of a picture.

When ADL or Effective D-Lighting is involved the digital camera’s metering system will pick a totally awesome visibility in almost any situation. If a light-source is particularly shiny you will a little bit reduce the reveal to secure the features, then will increase black areas and midtones to give a comfortable picture.

The D3400 produces some very nice JPEGs. The Active D-lighting metering worked very well in this dimly lit shot. This image was taken by Carey Rose with the new Nikkor AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G lens.   18mm, F3.5, 1/1250, ISO 1400
The D3400 produces some very nice JPEGs. The Active D-lighting metering worked very well in this dimly lit shot. This image was with the new Nikkor AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G lens.
18mm, F3.5, 1/1250, ISO 1400

If you’re capturing Raw the D3400’s powerful variety will allow you to recover dark areas in most cases. This fact alone makes it an excellent digicam for new or beginner photography lovers. And, although the handling aspect of Active D-Lighting only impacts the JPEGs, the modified metering to secure most emphasize details, is still a benefit for Raw photography lovers.

Since you is capable of Raw catch, revealing to secure the features will give you much more flexibility in publish handling to regenerate the cisco kid details in your pictures. The D3400’s 24MP indicator has some very impressive powerful variety that offers significant amounts of permission in terms of publish handling.

As you can see in this example the D3400's JPEG engine is fairly aggressive when it comes to noise reduction. This is a camera JPEG taken using 'auto' mode and standard noise reduction settings.  AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G mm, 35mm, 1/125 sec, F1.8, ISO 3200
As you can see in this example the D3400’s JPEG engine is fairly aggressive when it comes to noise reduction. This is a camera JPEG taken using ‘auto’ mode and standard noise reduction settings.
AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G mm, 35mm, 1/125 sec, F1.8, ISO 3200

It is important to note that, automatically, Nikon’s JPEG motor tends to complexity a bit more of the information in the process than we’d preferably like, something that becomes more apparent around ISO 3200. Sculpting down the digital camera’s disturbance decrease configurations will generate clearer, at the same time more noisy, pictures when capturing at higher ISOs.

Nikon D3400 Specifications

The table below demonstrates that not much is different from the D3300 to the D3400. The most important changes seen in the D3400 are in lifestyle of battery power (which we suspicious is due to the less highly effective flash), weight and the new built in Wireless LE that works with SnapBridge to enable photo discussing. The D3400 also tends to come kitted with a new ‘AF-P’ form of the 18-55mm VR lens which uses a new focus motor to provide enhanced performance in live view and movie.

For beginning DSLR photography lovers the removal of the exterior mic slot (if movie is essential to you) and, more especially, the Ultrasound Indicator Cleaning from the D3400 is something to definitely keep in mind when determining which camera to buy.

If you’re not married to the idea of having a DSLR, the Fujifilm X-A3 (which functions an describing touchscreen display screen LCD, better AF protection, and double control dials), and the Sony models a5100 (which functions more in the way of a compact digital, but still offers amazing functions and AF coverage), are both mirrorless cameras. These provide excellent functions and picture quality in a much smaller package. These are definitely two other options to also consider looking at before buying.

It is essential to note that the traditional DSLR still keeps some key advantages over mirrorless competitors. They provide much better lifestyle of battery power and lens selection, for example. The visual viewfinder is another essential aspect for many photography lovers. For more on the subject, read our for beginners.

Street price $649.95 w/18-55mm kit
Sensor 24.2 MP
Image Processing EXPEED 4
LCD Fixed 3.0″ 921k-dot LCD
AF System 11-point (one-cross type)
magnification (coverage)
0.85x (95% coverage)
ISO Range 100-12,800 (expansion to 25,600)
Connectivity Bluetooth LE
Video Capture max res. 1080/60p
Continuous Shooting 5 fps
Built in Flash
Yes (7m)
Sensor Cleaning No
External Mic Port No
Weather Sealing No
Battery Life 1200 shots
Filter thread • 72mm
• Does not rotate on focus
Dimensions 124 x 98 x 76 mm
Weight 395g