Nikon D3400 DSLR Preview
Nikon has a new entry-level DX-format DSLR for 2016. Long live the D3400! Sporting a 24.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor mated to the EXPEED 4 image processing engine, the D3400 is perfect for anyone looking to graduate from point-and-shoot or smartphone photography. The EXPEED 4 improves white balance, shooting speeds (up to 5 frames-per-seconds), battery life, ISO range (100 - 25,600), and helps the camera record in Full 1080p HD.
Much like Nikon's flagship D500 DX-format DSLR, the D3400 utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect smartphones and tablets to the camera. Nikon calls this digital ecosystem (and free iOS and Android app) SnapBridge, and you can use it to transfer your images out of the camera's memory card for editing and sharing online, or to gain access to Nikon Image Space, a free cloud-based image sharing and storage service.
While the D3400 boasts some impressive specs for an entry-level DSLR, it's also been designed with newer shutterbugs in mind. Guide Mode, available on the camera's command dial, leads novice photographers through all the available settings to help you create the image you want. Further, there are numerous Scene and Effects Modes to help make your photos look professionally edited and stylized straight out of the camera.
Nikon D3400 Features:
- 24.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor
- EXPEED 4 image processing engine
- 5 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting
- ISO 100 - 25,600
- 11-point Autofocus
- Full 1080p HD Video Recording
- Guide Mode
- Scene Modes
- Effects Modes (like Silhouette & Miniature Photography)
- Nikon SnapBridge
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- Access to Nikon Image Space
While the D3400 will work with any DX format NIKKOR lens, Nikon is dropping four new affordable lenses alongside this new DSLR, two of which are available in D3400 kits.
The single-lens kit comes with the $249.95 AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, which includes Stepping Motor technology as well as Vibration Reduction. Stepping Motors make autofocus smoother and quieter when shooting HD Video. Vibration Reduction allows you to shoot in lower lighting conditions (up to 4 stops) without having to grab a tripod. If you don't need Vibration Reduction, Nikon has announced the $199.95 AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (sold separately).
On the telephoto side of things, Nikon has announced the $399.95 AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR (pictured above) and $349.95 AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED (no Vibration Reduction) lenses. These lenses also offer Stepping Motor technology and are perfect for those shooting sports or out in the field. Much like the 18-55mm models, you can opt for Vibration Reduction for better low-light performance.
Pricing & Availability
The dual-kit option seems like a great way to enter into the DSLR realm. However, if you look closer, the included 70-300mm lens is NOT the VR-capable model, so the smarter buy seems to be grabbing a single-lens kit and adding on an AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR for $399.95.
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