Nikon D3400 review
Nikon’s entry-level shooter is the best budget DSLR you can get right now
It’s compact, lightweight and extremely easy to use Guide mode, and the Nikon D3400 runs away with the best-in-class award from Getprice. The 24.2MP APS-C sensor is a pretty high resolution for an entry-level snapper and it boasts a reasonably wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600. Nikon’s Expeed 4 image processor makes sure you get great performance out of the camera with a 5fps burst speed and Full HD video capture at up to 60p. The 11-point autofocus (AF) system features a single central cross-type point which allows you to track a subject continuously.
Given it’s an entry-level offering, there’s a Guide mode to help first-time users understand the camera better. It’s also an alternative to the menu system, giving the D3400 efficiency that’s unmatched in most entry-level SLRs. There is no Wi-Fi or touchscreen – in fact, the LCD display is fixed in place – but those can be ignored given the design of the camera makes it a joy to use. That said, the small size of the camera limits the types of lenses you can use with it – unless you stick to small lenses, it does create an imbalance.
Solid metering and white balance performance also makes the D3400 stand apart from the budget SLR crowd and does rather well under artificial lights. And for its budget price, it’s no surprise that you won’t find 4K video here. However, you’ll be pleased with the brightness and scene presentation of both the viewfinder and the rear LCD display. Image quality is excellent – the lack of a low-pass filter, you’ll capture plenty of details, especially with a good quality prime lens.
If you’re new to DSLR photography, the D3400 won’t let you down.
Verdict: Incredibly easy to use, compact, with excellent image quality, battery life and dependable AF system, the Nikon D3400 is one of the best DSLRs aimed at beginners.
Score: 4 out of 5