Nikon D3400 Digital SLR Camera

Last updated date: April 10, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the Nikon Nikon D3400 Digital SLR Camera placed 7th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.2
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
608 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very compact and lightweight body. Superb battery life. Good single-shot AF performance. Very compact and quiet kit lens. Easy to use.
- Tech Radar
October 22, 2018 | Full review
Good for A beginner specifically looking for a DSLR experience who may want to eventually take a little control over shooting settings or someone looking for a lightweight kit.
- DP Review
October 17, 2016 | Full review
But if you want a compact DSLR that is capable of highly detailed photos at a good price, it is hard to beat. I can see the D3400 being ideal for someone’s first “real” camera, or as a backup option for pros who want something lightweight and well-priced.
- Photography Life
On the plus side, the view was bright and clear and there was a good amount of information displayed around the edges to help you ensure you have the correct settings. The active AF point would light up red when focus was achieved, too.
- Trusted Reviews
August 30, 2018 | Full review
The Nikon D3400 delivers the image quality and speed that a first-time dSLR buyer should expect. Very good photo quality for its class plus performance fast enough to capture kids and pets make the Nikon D3400 A solid choice for a first dSLR
- CNET
October 16, 2016 | Full review
This is one of the lightest DSLRs you can buy: it’s about 40g less than a Canon EOS 1300D with an 18-55mm lens. Ready to go with the kit lens on it comes in at a respectably low 650g, which you’ll appreciate during long shooting sessions.
- T3
The Nikon D3400 is powered by a proprietary Lithium-ion battery that now offers an impressive 1200-shot life, and ships with a cordless charger that plugs directly into a mains socket.
- Photography Blog
October 11, 2016 | Full review
Great image quality. Speedy Performance. Excellent Battery Life. Good in Low Light. Easy transfer of images to mobile devices. Solid set of practical and creative features.
- Tom's Guide
November 18, 2016 | Full review
The gateway to Nikon’s DSLR lineup, the D3400 takes great photos in low light and is easy to carry around.
- New York Times Wirecutter
December 18, 2018 | Full review
It is very compact and has lightweight body. Good single-shot AF performance. Superb battery life.
- Tech Spot
It's a strong performer, as it's built around an excellent 24MP image sensor and includes an 11-point autofocus system that tracks subjects at 5.1fps. Compact. 24MP image sensor. Includes lens. Solid autofocus and high ISO performance. 5.1fps continuous shooting. Guide Mode for beginners. Bluetooth wireless file transfer.
- PC Magazine
November 10, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Wi-Fi hasn't been included inside the body, although wireless image transmission is still possible through the SnapBridge feature. Poor connectivity options. No touchscreen. No microphone port.
- Tech Radar
October 22, 2018 | Full review
Not so good for DSLR users looking to regularly take control over more camera settings and those looking for lots of easily accessible, reliable in-camera effects modes and features. Users who need more reliable AF with additional coverage for capturing moving subjects such as small children.
- DP Review
October 17, 2016 | Full review
On the sports and action side of things, this camera is less impressive, with 5 frames per second and just 11 autofocus points.
- Photography Life
Many people still prefer the look of an optical viewfinder, which is what you had on offer on the D3400. However, this one showed you only 95% of the scene – which in real terms meant it was very easy for something to creep into the edge of the frame, or for your composition to be ever so slightly off.
- Trusted Reviews
August 30, 2018 | Full review
A lot of the small annoyances from previous models remain, including tiny autofocus points in the viewfinder and a nonpersistent self-timer mode. Plus, its Bluetooth-only wireless solution isn't very good.
- CNET
October 16, 2016 | Full review
It’s not a great action camera – it only shoots bursts up to 5fps and it doesn’t do 4K video either
- T3
While the extended battery life and Snapbridge support are both nice additions to the new Nikon D3400, it doesn't really offer anything that the previous D300 model did, either in terms of features or design.
- Photography Blog
October 11, 2016 | Full review
The only downside is that the viewfinder covers only about 95 percent of what the camera will actually capture in a shot, so don't be surprised to see areas of the scene you didn't notice through the viewfinder.
- Tom's Guide
November 18, 2016 | Full review
The D3400’s biggest flaw is that Nikon reduced the power of this model’s flash by half in order to achieve the camera’s impressive battery-life rating of 1,200 shots on a single charge (a weaker flash means less draw on the battery).
- New York Times Wirecutter
December 18, 2018 | Full review
The LCD screen lacks touch operation and is somewhat reflective. Poor connectivity options.
- Tech Spot
The rear LCD is a crisp 920k-dot 3-inch panel. It's bright enough to view in daylight, and shows excellent detail. But it can't tilt, and it doesn't support touch input. Fixed, non-touch LCD. Pentamirror viewfinder. Limited buffer when shooting Raw. Omits microphone input. Video autofocus not as advanced as some mirrorless competitors.
- PC Magazine
November 10, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Before the Nikon D3400 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black), you chose your smartphone camera for convenience. Zooming was clumsy. Shooting in low light was nearly impossible. Capturing fast action was a game of luck. But after the D3400, you'll see that you were compromising image quality. That some of the greatest photos happen when the light is low. That fast action can be frozen in perfect clarity. And that a camera and a smartphone can work together in harmony to make the photos you share absolutely amazing.FEATURES:Stunning simplicity - Photos and videos captured with the D3400 and a superb NIKKOR lens are as vibrant and lifelike as the moments they preserve. Shoot in extremely low light without a problem. Freeze fast-action in its tracks. Create portraits with rich, natural skin tones and beautifully blurred backgrounds. The photos you share will amaze everyone—even yourself.Camera, smartphone and cloud in perfect harmony - SnapBridge has changed the way cameras and smartphones work together—and only Nikon has it. Take a picture with the D3400 and it's automatically transferred to your compatible smartphone or tablet, ready to share. SnapBridge works seamlessly with NIKON IMAGE SPACE, a cloud storage and sharing site, to back-up your photos and to help you create and share albums with your friends and family. The future of photo sharing is here.A camera designed for you - Compact and lightweight, the D3400 is designed to go everywhere you go. Even first-time DLSR owners will quickly feel at home—the camera's controls are smartly laid out for comfort and intuitive control. The bright optical viewfinder provides a sharp, glare-free view of the world, and the comfortable grip enables precise handling.The gateway to better photography - The D3400 makes photography easy and fun, freeing you to focus on your natural talents—framing great shots, anticipating special moments and finding unique perspectives in everyday scenes. As your

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