Nikon D3400 £410/$500
Keep it simple and share the fun
The D3000 was brilliant for beginners, and its newest incarnation, the D3400, continues the tradition of including a Guide shooting mode that acts as a built-in interactive tutor. There are also plenty of scene modes and special effects to complement the highly capable automatic shooting mode. All of this makes the D3400 an ideal upgrade for anyone wanting to switch from a compact camera or smartphone to a D-SLR.
The D3400 is also a good upgrade for owners of early entry-level D-SLRs who want to keep everything simple, or to share their images with family and friends – or both. Sharing is enhanced by its built-in Bluetooth technology, which enables instant image transfer via a wirelessly linked tablet or smartphone, courtesy of Nikon’s SnapBridge app.
In other respects, little has changed from the D3300. The 24.2Mp sensor and EXPEED 4 processor are the same, as are the relatively humble 11-point autofocus system and metering module. The D3400 actually ditches the D3300’s automatic sensor cleaning facility and its pop-up flash isn’t as powerful, although battery life stretches to an impressive 1200 shots between charges.
The new AF-P 18-55mm VR is a neat lens and makes it well worth buying the complete kit rather than just the D3400 body, even if you’re upgrading from an older Nikon D-SLR.
Like the D3300 before it, the D3400 delivers punchy, vibrant images, although retention of fine detail isn’t quite as good as you might expect. It’s no slouch, though, with a 5fps (frames per second) continuous drive rate, and a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO25600.
Ultimately, however, if you want to get more creative, the D3400’s simplistic controls and lack of custom settings might make you feel you’ve stopped short on the upgrade path.
A good upgrade for owners of early entrylevel D-SLRs who want to keep everything simple or share their images with friends