Head to head

The D5 costs at least 13 times more than a D3400 kit, but is it 13 times bet­ter?

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Can the D3400 com­pete with the D5? The an­swer might surprise you...

Nikon D3400 kit

The D3400 kit in­cludes a re­mark­able new-gen­er­a­tion zoom lens: the AF-P 18-55mm VR boasts a space-sav­ing de­sign, smooth and silent step­ping mo­tor aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, four-stop sta­bil­i­sa­tion and de­liv­ers im­pres­sive im­age qual­ity – all in the price.

As well as USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, the D3400 comes with built-in Blue­tooth, en­abling wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity with your smart­phone, tablet and other de­vices. When used in con­junc­tion with Nikon’s SnapBridge soft­ware, this makes shar­ing your pho­tos a dod­dle.

The 24.2-megapixel im­age sen­sor pro­duces pic­tures of up to 6000x4000 pix­els. As with most re­cent Nikon D-SLRs, the D3400 has no op­ti­cal anti-alias­ing fil­ter to stand in the way of op­ti­mum sharp­ness and full re­ten­tion of fine detail.

This cam­era re­ally is no slouch, with a 5fps (frames per sec­ond) max­i­mum drive rate, 1/4000 sec shut­ter speed and a sen­si­tiv­ity range of ISO100-25,600. The 11-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem fea­tures a cross-type point at the cen­tre, and you even get a pop-up flash.

Terms like ‘bud­get’ and ‘en­try-level’ are of­ten ap­plied to the D3400, but there’s no short­age of im­age qual­ity here. What’s more, its in­ter­ac­tive Guide mode en­ables com­plete be­gin­ners to get up and run­ning quickly, and cre­ate stun­ning im­ages.

Nikon D5

There's no kit lens sup­plied, so you’ll have to buy one sep­a­rately. The AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is an ob­vi­ous con­tender, but it’s frankly colos­sal, weighs five times more than the D3400’s kit lens, and will set you back a fur­ther £2,000/$2,400. Ouch.

Su­perSpeed USB 3.0, HDMI, au­dio in­put/out­put and even Eth­er­net sock­ets are on hand, but Nikon's flag­ship D-SLR has no built-in wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity. For this, you’ll need to splash out on a WT-6 Wire­less Trans­mit­ter. That’ll set you back an­other £600/$700.

The D5 also omits an op­ti­cal low-pass/anti-alias­ing fil­ter, but its im­age sen­sor has a lower res­o­lu­tion of 20.8 megapix­els. This de­liv­ers a slightly smaller max­i­mum pic­ture size of 5568x3712 pix­els. Math­e­mat­i­cally, it’s an­other win for the D3400.

Rapid-fire drive rates of up to 14fps and a 1/8000 sec shut­ter speed are backed up by a 153-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, while sen­si­tiv­ity runs from ISO100-102,400 (ISO3,280,000 ex­panded). Pop-up flash? Don’t be silly, you’ll need to buy a flash­gun.

Shoot­ing in favourable con­di­tions, the D5’s in­creased im­age qual­ity over the D3400 can be hard to spot. But when the go­ing gets tough, and you have to nail the shot in ac­tion sports or re­tain great qual­ity un­der poor light­ing, the D5 shines through.

Sen­sor 24.2Mp CMOS DX Shut­ter speeds 30-1/4000 sec, Bulb Aut­o­fo­cus 11-point (1 cross-type) Sen­si­tiv­ity ISO100-25,600 Max drive rate 5fps con­nec­tiv­ity Blue­tooth Di­men­sions 124x98x76mm Weight 445g Price £400/$500

Sen­sor 20.8Mp CMOS FX Shut­ter speeds 30-1/8000 sec, Bulb Aut­o­fo­cus 153-point (99 cross-type, 15 sup­port f/8) Sen­si­tiv­ity ISO100-102,400 (50-3,280,000 ex­panded) Max drive rate 14fps con­nec­tiv­ity None Di­men­sions 160x159x92mm Weight 1,405g Price £5,400/$6,500

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