The Nikon D3300 has lengthy been my go-to advice for an inexpensive dSLR, however after two years it is normally time to slap a brand new coat of paint on shopper merchandise. Nikon’s 2016 replace to that digital camera, the D3400, has some small enhancements to convey it updated, however nothing very important. It stays an awesome worth — quick with superb picture and video high quality and a brand new equipment lens optimized for taking pictures through the LCD — however its weak wi-fi file switch barely seems like a step up from nothing.
Together with the digital camera, Nikon has kits with two variations of two new equipment lenses. The AF-P lenses incorporate stepper motors like Canon’s STM lenses for smoother and quieter focus Dwell View, the LCD-based view on a dSLR. There are two variations of every, 18-55mm and 70-300mm, one with optical picture stabilization (Nikon’s Vibration Discount, or VR) and one with out; the names differ solely by the “VR” designation.
Nikon’s providing two kits of the D3400, out there in numerous areas. The first choice is bundled with the 18-55mm VR lens for $650 and £490 (not offered in Australia); £470 and AU$700 with the non-VR model of the lens (which is not offered within the US). The opposite choice is a dual-lens equipment with the VR model of the 18-55mm lens however the non-VR model of the 70-300mm. Whereas that is a foolish configuration — stabilization on the lens the place you do not want it and no stabilization on the one the place you do — it permits Nikon to hit its just-under-$1,000 value of $999.95. That dual-lens equipment does not appear to be out there within the UK and Australia, however you can get a body-only model in these areas for £400 and about AU$575.
General, the digital camera delivers superb picture and video high quality for its value. Due to its new sensor — the identical decision because the D3300, however with out an anti-aliasing filter to barely unsharpen the picture — the D3400 delivers barely sharper photographs in low gentle than its predecessor. They do not appear to have higher tonal vary in shadows and highlights than earlier than, however the further sharpness makes a distinction.
The automated white stability is not nice: It displayed a purple solid beneath our LED check lights and a reasonable cyan solid in actual daylight, so photographs look a bit too cool. However beneath most circumstances, you will not actually discover it if you happen to’re not hypersensitive to paint accuracy or evaluating to a extra correct digital camera. Any such concern is not uncommon, although.
You can also’t get considerably higher noise-reduction outcomes by processing the uncooked information; the JPEG processing is fairly good. Nonetheless, you may get well a little bit of spotlight element in greater ISO-sensitivity photographs, enhance underexposures for low ISO-sensitivity photographs and repair the aforementioned white stability points in uncooked.
And due to the AF-P lenses, Nikon now has improved — sooner and smoother — autofocus throughout films, which makes them look quite a bit higher for followers of computerized.
JPEGs look clear by ISO 1600. And with nothing to check them to, the white stability appears OK.
JPEGs nonetheless look good at ISO 3200, which supplies you some latitude if it’s worthwhile to shoot motion in daylight with the narrow-aperture equipment lens. By ISO 6400 you begin to see some element smearing. Nonetheless, the stability between element and noise discount in JPEGs (it is a trade-off) stays respectable throughout the digital camera’s sensitivity vary.
While you evaluate to a impartial, manually white-balanced shot, you may see the distinction.
The digital camera’s cool computerized white stability for daylight photographs really makes the photographs look flatter and decrease distinction than the uncooked variations; it is normally the other.
The colours usually look shiny and saturated. Fortunately, manually white balancing with the digital camera could be very simple if you happen to really feel the necessity.
I haven’t got comparable efficiency outcomes for the D3300, however general the D3400 is sufficiently quick at focusing and taking pictures — together with steady taking pictures — for typical youngsters, pets and journey images, in addition to sooner than many equally priced cameras. It may possibly autofocus throughout steady taking pictures, although pace and accuracy relies upon upon which steady autofocus mode you select and how briskly the topic is transferring. It may possibly’t autoexpose on the similar time, although, which signifies that it fixes the publicity on the primary shot within the burst. So for topics transferring by daylight and shadows you may most likely get some which are under- or overexposed, relying upon preliminary circumstances.