Everything You Should Know About The Nikon D3400
An updated version of the D3300, the Nikon D3400 is the company’s entry level model designed to attract new DSLR photography enthusiasts and potentially turn them into lifetime Nikon customers.
It is their base model but it comes with a wide range of features like RAW format shooting, full manual control, Bluetooth for image transfer and many more. At the same time, it does lack features like a fixed screen, non-touch sensitive screen, no 4K video shooting & no WiFi connectivity.
The design of this camera is more or less like the Nikon D3300. It looks like a traditional DSLR that comes with a textured coating around the camera grip that offers a nice look and feel to the device. The camera has an optical viewfinder and a high resolution screen.
The Mode dial and buttons at the top of the camera come with many features that a beginner wishes to use. Along with the Auto modes, there are also advanced modes like ‘P, A, S & M’ that can be used once the user progresses & is more comfortable with the basic modes. The buttons to adjust and change the settings are on the back of the camera, to the right of the screen while the ones to access menus & view previous images are to the left of the screen; making it more convenient. Speaking of convenience, the dial to alter certain settings, based on the mode being used, lies right where the thumb lies naturally while clicking a picture.
The autofocus is capable of capturing the image quickly and accurately in good lighting condition. In lower lighting, it is advisable to turn on the central AF point. The camera has a 3D tracking option as well. Use of Live view is suggested when the subject is stationary and preferably while using a tripod.
If you’ve mastered the art of using it, though an entry-level camera, it produces amazing images. Vibrant colours and eye-catchy images can be captured with much ease. The white balance can be pre-set and the images delivered give out good colour balance and don’t just give it an artificial hue.
The ISO goes up to 25600, making it a great pick for low-light conditions. The images up to ISO 3200 are great but the ones with ISO above 3200 are noisy. A RAW image format will enable the user to shoot around 5fps on continuous shooting mode while a JPEG format will enable around 50-60 shots on continuous mode. The SnapBridge App for Nikon cameras connects to the phone using the Bluetooth feature and transfers images as soon as they are clicked. This makes quick-sharing images pretty easy.
Though a still-camera, the Nikon 3400 records good videos too. It is not a videographer’s camera. It doesn’t come with a microphone port but it shoots in Full HD and not 4K. The Nikon D3400 has to be bought with the 18-55mm kit lens and retails at around Rs. 37,000. For a beginner, it is a great buy though it is a tad bit more expensive than the Canon EOS 1300D.
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by techtalks @TechTalks May 5, 2017 9:39 AM UTC