Nikon D3400 £410/$500

Keep it sim­ple and share the fun

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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.

Per­for­mance

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

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