A compact and light body, ease of use and reliable picture quality makes the Nikon D3400 a great choice for anyone starting out with a DSLR for the first time. It’s a fine performer with a pretty decent battery life, making it perfect for carrying along to a festival, road trip or overseas holiday.
What are the camera’s main features?
Nikon’s SnapBridge app makes it easy to keep the camera connected to a compatible smartphone via Bluetooth, giving you the opportunity to share your memories with the rest of the world instantly. It’s boasts a pretty wide sensitivity range of between ISO 100-25,600, and Nikon's Expeed 4 processing engine gives it the power for burst shooting at 5fps and capturing full HD video at 60p. Plus Nikon’s Picture Controls are easily accessible via the mode dial, giving the beginner plenty of options right at the fingertips. The most impressive part about the camera would be its 1,200-shot battery life.
Is the camera easy to use?
For someone just starting out with the new camera, a Guide mode is available that helps users quickly capture specific types of images. There’s also a ‘?’ button that can be used when camera functions need explanations.
Is the picture quality any good?
The Nikon D3400 doesn’t possess a low-pass filter in front of the sensor, allowing it to capture a great level of detail in the images, especially when paired with a high-quality lens. Plus, Nikon's Picture Control provides a sensible array of colour options which provide some vivid images bursting with details.