I’ve always had a high interest in DSLR photography and I jumped into it many years back by buying the Canon 20D. When I wanted to upgrade from the old 20D I had options to get some older Canon bodies or get Nikon’s entry level (at the time) D3200, I opted to get the D3200 and it worked really well. Fast forward to today and I’ve gone mirrorless and adopted the Sony A6300 and the Sony NEX system. Just because I’m not using Nikon anymore though, doesn’t mean their products aren’t any good. The company just announced the Nikon D3400 which brings improvements to its entry level design including new lenses.
The Nikon D3000 series is a great affordable way to get into DSLR shooting and not break the bank. The new Nikon D3400 can be had for $649 with an 18-55mm lens or $999 with the 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses. These new AF-P lenses are supposed to provided quieter focus in Live View and smoother operation overall. The Nikon D3400 styling hasn’t changed at all, it will still remind you of the earlier D3300 and D3200 but the internals have been upgraded just a bit.
The Nikon D3400 battery life has increased to 1,200 shots from the D3300’s 700 shots, which is a significant improvement. The D3400 does not have Wi-Fi support but is still using Bluetooth for wireless connectivity along with the Nikon SnapBridge app.
Nikon D3400 Specifications
- Sensor size – 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
- Sensor format – DX
- Shooting speed – 5 frames per second
- ISO Sensitivity – ISO100-25,6000
- Video modes – Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps, Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps, Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps, Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps, Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps, HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps, HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
- LCD monitor – 3″
- Battery – EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- Storage – SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Weight – (Body Only) 14oz.
My recommendation, if you’re wanting a new entry level DSLR then the Nikon D3400 is something to look at. But if you could do with a used DSLR, there are other better options from Canon and Nikon that are older but have better options for focus and Wi-Fi connectivity. If you’re looking to get into photography in general regardless if it’s a DSLR or not, then the Sony A6000 or other mirrorless cameras are an option to look at as well. Either way, the Nikon D3400 is a capable camera for entry level shooters and you can pre-order it now on B&H Photo.