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Nikon D3400, $650 entrance dSLR, arrives with new AF-P array lenses

Nikon D3400, $650 entrance dSLR, arrives with new AF-P array lenses

The D3400’s physique looks roughly unvaried given a D3100, that was 3 generations ago.


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The Nikon D3300 has prolonged been my go-to recommendation for a inexpensive dSLR, though after 2 years it’s customarily time to slap a new cloak of paint on consumer products. Nikon’s 2016 refurbish to that camera, a D3400, has some tiny enhancements to move it adult to date, though zero vital.

Along with a camera, Nikon has announced new pack lenses to accompany it. The 18-55mm versions of a new AF-P lenses — they incorporate stepper motors like Canon’s STM lenses for smoother and quieter concentration in LCD-based Live View — were announced in Jan and have been accessible in Europe and Australia, though they’re finally creation their US debut. Additionally, a association suggested another span of 70-300mm AF-P lenses.

There are dual versions of any of a dual zooms, one with visual picture stabilization (Nikon’s Vibration Reduction, or VR) and one without; a names differ only by a “VR” nomination and $50 (a some-more poignant £60 in a UK and as-yet different cost in Australia). This is going to get unequivocally treacherous for shoppers, who will, we bet, inadvertently finish adult shopping a wrong kit.

The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR is $250 (£230, AU$200) while a non-VR chronicle is $200 (£170; we don’t see this chronicle of a lens in Australia), and a AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5- 6.3G ED VR costs $400 (directly converted £307, AU$520), $350 (approximately £270, AU$455) for a nonstabilized one.

Nikon’s primarily charity dual kits of a D3400, one with a 18-55mm VR lens for $650. The other choice is a dual-lens pack with a VR chronicle of a 18-55mm lens though a non-VR chronicle of a 70-300mm. While that’s a stupid pattern — stabilization on a lens where we don’t need it and no stabilization on a one where we do — it allows Nikon to strike a just-under-$1,000 cost of…$999.95. we don’t have abroad information yet, though those modify to approximately £500, AU$845 for a initial pack and £770, AU$1,300 for a dual-lens kit.

What’s new

  • Sensor update. Though it’s a same fortitude as a D3300, a new sensor follows Nikon’s trend of stealing a low-pass filter (also famous as a antialiasing filter) to broach crook photos. In fact, along with a refurbish to a company’s Expeed 4 imaging engine, it looks an awful lot like a imaging complement that’s in a D5300. It gives a camera a improved sound profile, extended into what were a stretched regions on a D3300.
  • Wireless support. No Wi-Fi here; Nikon’s betting on Bluetooth to say a determined low-power tie between a camera and your mobile device. That’s excellent given how sore a company’s SnapBridge app is. Hopefully there’ll be an iPhone/iPad-compatible app by a time a camera ships, since there still isn’t during a moment.
  • Improved battery life. The D3400’s extends to 1,200 shots from 700, notwithstanding regulating a same battery.

My take

Like Canon, Nikon is now in a position where a older, improved cameras (in Nikon’s box a D5300 from 2013) are cheaper than their inexpensive dSLRs — which, by a way, also have aged technology, though a 2016 date on them. The D5300 has improved autofocus and metering systems, an articulated LCD and Wi-Fi. The Canon EOS Rebel T6/EOS 1300Dis cheaper, though a D3400 has improved hardware, so a genuine Canon foe is a aged EOS Rebel T5i/700D, which, like a D5300, has improved specs for a same price. Still, unless Nikon pennyless something, it should lift on a D3300’s flame as a plain initial dSLR.

Comparative specifications

Canon EOS Rebel T5iEOS 700D

Canon EOS Rebel T6EOS 1300D

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3400

Sensor effective resolution

18MP CMOS

18MP CMOS

24.2MP CMOS

24.2MP CMOS

Sensor size

22.3 x 14.9mm

22.3 x 14.9mm

23.2 x 15.4mm

23.2 x 15.4mm

Focal-length multiplier

1.6x

1.6x

1.5x

1.5x

OLPF

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Sensitivity range

ISO 100 – ISO 12800/25600 (exp)

ISO 100 – ISO 6400/12800 (exp)

ISO 100 (exp)/200 – ISO 12800/25600 (exp)

ISO 100 – ISO 25600

Burst shooting

5fps6 raw/22 JPEG(without continual AF and IS off)

3fps 6 raw/unlimited JPEG

5fps n/a

5fps100 JPEG

Viewfinder (mag/effective mag)

Optical95% coverage0.85x/0.53x

Optical95% coverage0.80x/0.50x

Optical95% coverage0.85x/0.57x

Optical95% coverage0.85x/0.57x

Hot Shoe

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Autofocus

9-pt AFcenter cross-type

9-pt AFcenter cross-type

11-pt AFcenter cross-type

11-pt AFcenter cross-type

AF sensitivity

-0.5 – 18 EV

0 – 18 EV

-1 to 19 EV

-1 to 19 EV

Shutter speed

1/4,000 to 60 secs; bulb; 1/200 sec x-sync

1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 sec x-sync

1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 sec x-sync

1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 sec x-sync

Shutter durability

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Metering

63 zones

63 zones

420-pixel 3D tone pattern metering II

420-pixel 3D tone pattern metering II

Metering sensitivity

1 – 20 EV

1 – 20 EV

0 – 20 EV

0 – 20 EV

Best video

H.264 QuickTime MOV1080/30p, 25p, 24p; 720/60p

H.264 QuickTime MOV1080/30p, 25p, 24p; 720/60p, 50p

H.264 QuickTime MOV1080/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

H.264 QuickTime MOV1080/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

Audio

Stereo, mic input

Mono

Mono; mic input

Mono; mic input

Manual orifice and shiver in video

Yes

Yes

Shutter speed only

n/a

Maximum best-quality recording time

4GB

29m59s

20m

20m

Clean HDMI out

No

No

Yes

Yes

IS

Optical

Optical

Optical

Optical

LCD

3 in/7.7 cmArticulated touchscreen1.04m dots

3 in/7.5 cm Fixed920,000 dots

3 in/7.5 cmFixed921,000 dots

3 in/7.5 cmFixed921,000 dots

Memory slots

1 x SDXC

1 x SDXC

1 x SDXC

1 x SDXC

Wireless connection

None

Wi-Fi, NFC

Optional Wi-Fi (with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter)

Bluetooth

Flash

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless flash

Yes

No

No

No

Battery life (CIPA rating)

440 shots (VF); 180 shots (LV)

500 shots (VF); 180 shots (LV)

700 shots

1,200 shots

Size (WHD)

5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in150 x 99 x 79 mm

5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 in 129 x 101 x 78 mm

4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0 in124 x 98 x 76 mm

4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0 in124 x 98 x 76 mm

Body handling weight

20.8 oz589.7 g

17.7 oz 502 g

16 oz454 g

16 oz (est.)454 g (est.)

Primary kit

$600£490AU$860(with 18-55mm STM lens)

$500£385AU$550 (est.)(with 18-55mm IS II lens)

$550£360AU$800(with 18-55mm VR lens)£380(with AF-P 18-55mm VR lens)

$650(with AF-P 18-55mm VR lens)

Release date

Apr 2013

Apr 2016

Feb 2014

Sep 2016

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