Nikon D3400 Digital SLR

Last updated: October 13, 2023

This DSLR offers the ideal level of image quality, speed and price for beginners. It’s fast enough to capture quick-moving kids and pets clearly. Plus, it has a solid autofocus, high ISO performance and a guide mode that makes it easy to use.

We looked at the top Nikon DSLR Cameras and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Nikon DSLR Camera you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Beginners can take advantage of this Nikon DSLR's guide mode to learn how to take the most breathtaking photos.

In our analysis of 47 expert reviews, the Nikon D3400 Digital SLR placed 4th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Easy to use lightweight, versatile, and takes beautiful, high quality pictures. Overall, a solid camera with a good battery life.
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.
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.
The Nikon D3400 has Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can send your images across to a smartphone using Nikon's Snapbridge app. This app is now available for both iOS and Android devices, as of September 2016. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), SnapBridge creates a connection between the D3400 and a compatible smart device. Once paired, the D3400 will remain connected to the smart device and transfer photos automatically, without the need to re-connect the devices each time.
The camera’s burst speed of 5 frames per second is enough to handle a lot of fast-paced situations.
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
Very compact and lightweight body. Easy to use and superb battery life. Good single-shot AF performance. Easy to use. Very compact and quiet kit lens.
It is very compact and has lightweight body. Good single-shot AF performance. Superb battery life.
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.
This camera has long battery life and very easy to use.
The gateway to Nikon’s DSLR lineup, the D3400 takes great photos in low light and is easy to carry around.

What reviewers didn't like

The wireless SnapBridge feature that transfers images to phones is not always reliable. Not worth the extra cost for unreliable wireless features.
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.
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.
Note that because the D3400 does not support Wi-Fi, not all SnapBridge features are available.
The D3400’s range is limited by its resolution. Also, it doesn’t have lots of dedicated control buttons, leaving limited opportunity for customization
It’s not a great action camera – it only shoots bursts up to 5fps and it doesn’t do 4K video either
- T3
No touchscreen, no microphone port and has poor connectivity option.
The LCD screen lacks touch operation and is somewhat reflective. Poor connectivity options.
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.
Fixed non-touch-sensitive screen. No Wi-Fi, 4K video and optical viewfinder doesn't offer 100% coverage.
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).
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