If you’re looking for a starter DSLR this might be a good option this is the nikon d 3400 and today I’m going to spend a little time talking about it and putting it through its paces Nikon released the D 3400 which is the successor to the D 3300 and if you’re new to DSLRs this might be a good option for you I’m going to spend a little time today and we’re going to review this camera I’m going to go over the features and then we’re going to put it through its paces and they give you a list of pros and cons and then just my general thoughts on it to begin with this is a 24 megapixel camera and that’s pretty good by today’s by today’s standards it also lacks the anti-aliasing filter now if you’re not familiar with that in short that means that these images should be a little sharper and it’s nice to see that Nikon is doing that even with their entry-level DSLRs like the 3400 here the ISO on this range is from 100 to 25,000 and that’s pretty good if you’re new to DSLRs 25,000 basically means that it will enable you to take pictures in low-light situations.
Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera
Now they might be grainy but you at least have the capability to do it by going all the way up to 25,000 if you’re in burst mode continuous mode this will shoot at 5 frames a second now it’s nothing really special but it is an entry-level DSLR so it’s helpful to have something has 11 focal points with one of them being a cross type now that’s not a lot but again keep in mind this is an entry-level DSLR this will shoot 1080p at 60 frames a second I’ll also do it at 50 30 25 and 24 15 percent lighter than the 3300 and also 40 percent roughly 40 percent lighter than 3200 so this camera is it’s really really light if you’ve had DSLRs before this almost feels like a toy I mean you know I can hold it like this so it just feels really light and nimble quick and easy to use this does have a guide feature on it we’ll take a look at that a little later and I do like that now the guide features not something you’re going to see on you know prosumers or professional level DSLRs but for the entry-level it’s nice because I think it it’ll help you to better understand what some of the features are used for like the aperture the shutter and the ISO so includes 10 filters now these are filters that are found on the the 5000 series like the 5100.
I don’t typically use the filters that often but you have them in case you want to so something else to note here is that this camera in the u.s. sells with the lens kit now you can get it I’m sure you get it without the lens kit but this right here I know you can get at Sam’s Club and it has two lenses on it it has the 18 to 55 and the 70 to 300 now what’s odd about this is that the 18 to 55 has VR on it which is nikons version of the vibration reduction and so it’s nice to have but it’s typically beneficial on your zoom lenses so what’s funny is the 70 of 300 does not have VR so the question is why now there’s a lot of thought that they did this to keep the price point under $1000 but what’s interesting is that in the u.s. at Sam’s Club you can get this body right here and the lens kit for about 650 dollars now I don’t know if that’s just a current sale and it might be a sale price I don’t know but this camera was just recently released I was surprised to see that price point at 6:54 those two lenses I think that is about all I have right now when it comes to the features that I wanted to point out one quick note before we get going to begin with I shoot in aperture priority and I’m going to shoot RAW and the other thing I like to do is I like to enable the back button focus we can talk about that later or if you have some questions post them below and I’ll do my best to help you out with that but I always like back button focus so with that said let’s just go ahead and jump right in and make it happen for spray to the fine rapture so see it shown no destination go down.
Oh blue sky father let me Oh I’m single I go nowhere so now it’s time to go yeah I got my father looking back these foods find the road now that I’m done putting this camera through the paces it’s time to move on with my list of pros cons and just my general overall thoughts on this camera to begin with let’s go ahead and jump right into the pros I do have my list of notes here just to ensure I don’t forget anything and it’s some stuff I jotted down over the day this lens right here at they included in the kit this is an AF P so the P is a silent focusing lens and this is most helpful for video if you’ve looked at the Canon cameras at all it is very similar to the STM lenses that Canon puts on their predominantly their 70d and a TD now I’ve tested both of those cameras and that STM lens is sweet now if you’ve ever used Nikon cameras in the past for video my biggest challenge has always been the way it hunts for focus now if you don’t do autofocus and you just use manual then you don’t have to be concerned about that but if you’re going to shoot videos of family or events and things like that you just want to put it on autofocus then you really don’t want that thing hunting around and it’s also what it hunts you can hear it on the built-in microphone so in this case with this lens there is very very little hunting if any and all unlike the 3300 the 3400 has removed the anti-aliasing filter which I believe I mentioned before and that’s nice because it helps to increase the sharpness of the images keeping in mind that I sho.
t raw with all my testing but I did also test the JPEG just to see what they look like and again you know based on what I did I felt that they look fine up to 3200 I think that the focusing is relatively quick which is good for family shots again this is an entry-level DSLR so when I say relatively quick I mean it’s relative for the entry-level camera so this is good right here the last notable I have is the battery life the battery life on this thing is awesome I think it’s great it’s right up to 1200 shots I only charged this up one time and just you know basically use the heck out of this thing through the day and had no trouble with it so it’s worked out really well for me and I got plenty of battery left so it’s great we’re going to move right into the cons so similar to the 3300 with the shad in the highlights I think they can be a bit harsh I don’t think it’s a deal breaker but it’s just something to note Bluetooth so this has Bluetooth but no Wi-Fi there’s some challenges with that and the short of it is that with Bluetooth you have to leverage the nikon snap bridge application which is fine but you can only transfer small files and the max is up to 2 Meg I believe with this camera which means you will not be able to transfer the fold JPEG 24 megapixel type camera that you could get or the 24 megapixel images that you can get from this camera and you can’t transfer videos and you cannot remotely control this camera now this is an entry level camera so you know it’s I think that’s to be expected and it is it’s relatively new for an entry-level camera to have bluetooth on it.
I believe so it’s kind of nice that they’re taking steps in the right direction but it would be nice if they had the full-on Wi-Fi and I know they have it with their with their higher end cameras but again keep it in mind this is entry-level it’s nice to see the Bluetooth but the 3300 had a mic jack but they pulled it off the 3400 you have 11 focal points in here but when you look inside they’re really really small and tiny but again entry level camera so how does it compare with the other ones I think it does I think it’s on par if not a little better that’s all I have for my list of cons I’m going to give you them overall thoughts so let’s talk real quick if you’re looking to get into DSLRs is this a good camera for you my opinion is yes absolutely the only thing I would caution against is the price point so when you look at this you want to be careful of the lens kit that comes with this body this right here is the 18 to 55 and it also has the 70 to 300 and if you’re looking to get into DSLRs you know you need to start with the lens anyway and if you’re not sure if you want to stay with DSLRs or if it’s really your thing then it’s fine go ahead and pick up the body right here but look for the 18 to 55 only.
I think they sell a kit like that without the 70 to 300 there’s 18 to 55 again this is a good solid lens VR and it’s you know it’s got the slow auto focusing or the quite auto focusing system on it if you think DSLRs really you you could just buy the body and then look for better glass look for something a little more versatile I always like the 18 to 200 zoom lens now keep in mind that that lens will cost far more than the body but if you find out the DSLRs aren’t for you you can always resell that equipment and if you find out that they are for you then you can take that lens and transfer it to another crop sensor body so that’s what’s nice about having good glass so you hear a lot of people talk about that so at any rate if you have any questions be sure to post them below and I’ll do my best to help you out I hope this review helped you if it did be sure to give it a thumbs up if you haven’t done so subscribe to the channel called the real world more often than not I post videos about photography and technology but I also post them about home ownership automobile maintenance and anything else that might happen in the real world so until the next video take care of yourself and be safe.