Nikon D3400 Review – Another Entry to the Entry-Level Market

While other camera manufacturers might be focusing on selling their wares to the professional sector of the market, Nikon seems to view the picture as a whole as they target entry-level shutterbugs with the Nikon D3400. To summarize things, this is a solid performer that is built around a 24-megapixel imaging sensor. It has an 11-autofocusing system that will able to track subjects at 5.1-frames-per-second. One of the more welcoming features added into the mix is a new wireless transfer, as well as a new kit lens that will allow you to silently focus on your subjects silently while using Live View.

Nikon D3400 Review - Another Entry to the Entry-Level Market

The Nikon D3400 is Suitably Entry-Level

For its design, the Nikon D3400 comes into the market as a rather compact DSLR. It has dimensions measuring in at 3.9 x 4.9 x 3.0-inches without its kit lens, and it just weighs 13.9-ounces. With these figures, many mirrorless cameras, including that of the Sony Alpha 6000, has only a minor advantage in terms of being more compact.

The D3400 is bundled with a kit lens, but you will get the Nikkor AF-P 18- to 55-millimeter f/3.5 to 4.6G VR lens. Even if it might be your first lens, you will still be able to get a decent level of performance out of it.

Even though it has a rather dinky size, the controls on the camera are not too cramped. Looking at the face plate, you will notice that it is devoid of controls except for the lens release button. As for the flash release button, along with the Fn button, they sit on the left, just right behind the lens. For the power switch, Record, Shutter Release, EV, Info, and Mode Dial controls, these are bunched up together on the top plate, and these can all be found to the right of the flash and the hot shoe.

As mentioned earlier, there is a new wireless file transfer feature on this entry-level DSLR, and it will allow you to send the shots you’ve taken to your iOS or Android phones with the use of the Nikon SnapBridge app.

But when it comes to image quality, the Nikon D3400 is still a solid performer despite it being placed within the entry-level portion of the market. The auto-focusing system will lock onto your target in approximately 0.08-seconds in brightly lit conditions, whereas it will lock into subjects in about 0.5-seconds under low-light scenarios. Overall, this DSLR is for those who want to take a shot at getting more control over their photos as compared to your smartphone or compact camera.


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