Why the Nikon D3400 is Great for Beginners
Move over D3300, the D3400 is the new Queen Bee. Nikon’s most advanced entry-level DSLR delivers exceptional pictures with a super light frame that travels anywhere. At just 15.7 oz, it puts other models to shame. The improved battery life also boosts the original D3300 capacity from 700 to 1,200 shots, and Bluetooth compatibility lets you connect your camera to mobile device for instant cloud access.
Easy Peasy Handling
The D3400 is a great learner’s DSLR. While Canon is often cited as the best better beginners’ brand, this Nikon comes with a guide mode to teach you how to use it with step-by-step instructions. The controls are intuitive, with a bright optical viewfinder and comfortable handling. The automatic mode lends itself to solid shots, and autofocus actually works in low-light.
Better in Low Light
Let’s face it: if you’re a beginner looking for a DSLR, then you probably aren’t comfortable with a lot of accessories yet. As in, you’re not about to use a hot shoe flash or an umbrella. That’s fine! The D3400 has your back. With an ISO sensitivity of 25600, this Nikon still takes clear shots, even in low light.
Shots, shots, shots
Sure, the D3400 isn’t a dramatic divergence from the D3300, and it falls flat with some features. However, one place where the D3400 really shines is with battery life. The D3300 comes with a 700-shot battery life, while the D3400 lets you shoot for up to 1,200. That’s almost double! When you’re a beginner, it helps to have a lot of extra charge for practice.
While it doesn’t offer 4K, the D3400 provides 1080p Full HD video at 60 fps in a number of recording sizes and frame rates.
Always stay connected to your smartphone with the Bluetooth Low Energy feature. The Nikon SnapBridge lets you transfer and sync images with a free online image sharing and storage service. It also lets you back up your images to a cloud in case your memory card fails. (Don’t kid yourself. You know they do.)
While the D3400 probably isn’t worth the jump if you already have a D3300, it’s a great entry-level camera for those looking to buy. It features improved battery life, lightweight frame, wireless support, and better hardware than the D3300. There’s no Mic input socket, Wi-Fi (connects with Bluetooth) or GPS, but it delivers really high performance at a low price.