Nikon D3400 Review

Nikon's entry-level DSLR is small but sassy

Digital Camera World Verdict

Nikon has treated us with some terrific entry-level SLRs, but the D3400 is a relatively minor upgrade that almost negates its new features by cutting and downgrading others. It’s a more compelling option than the Canon 1300D, but the Pentax K-S2 remains the feature-rich pick.


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    Great image quality for an entry-level camera

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    Great battery life

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    Easy to use


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    Underpowered flash

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    No sensor cleaning mechanism

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    SnapBridge wireless setup can be fiddly

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With Nikon continually expanding its DSLR line-up, bringing a new entry-level model to market is harder than ever. If it’s filled with features, sales of mid-range cameras are threatened, but stand still and you risk being outgunned by the competition.

A quick glance at the D3400 spec sheet reveals that Nikon has opted to play it safe and change very little from the D3300. It shares the same 24.2MP resolution and, like its predecessor, Nikon has continued to omit an optical low-pass filter in the quest for maximum image sharpness. The sensor’s sensitivity is also ultimately unchanged, with a total ISO range of 100-25,600; although where the D3300 kept its topmost sensitivity as an expanded setting, the new model includes it in the standard range.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.