2016-09-08

Nikon D3400 vs D3300 Review


They look the same, they act the same, they smell the same, they taste the same… and yet they’re different. When it comes to entry-level DSLRs, your buying choice often boils down to a few key choices and features, so we’re getting hands on with the Nikon D3300 vs the new D3400 to have a look at why, despite appearances, the D3400 actually is different.

Nikon D3400 vs D3300 Review




Overview

Broadly speaking, both the D3300 and D3400 are quite similar, they’re both entry level DSLRs for photographers who are looking to make the jump from maybe a compact camera or smartphone camera to get more creative with their photography.

Aimed at social shooters who love to share their photography, the D3400 has better image quality, easy image sharing, and amazing battery life compared to the D3300.

Sensor & Processor


Sharing the same APS-C 1.5x crop sensor, both the D3300 and D3400 boast 24.2 Megapixels, powered by an Expeed 4 processor, both shooting to a single SD card slot.

AF System

The D3300 and D3400 also both feature the same 11 point autofocus system with 1 cross type.


ISO Range

With an ISO range from 100 to 25,600 the D3400 means you’ll be able to take amazing photos whether it’s bright sunshine in the middle of the day or low light at a gig or those darker evenings as winter draws in.



‘Guide Mode’

The D3400 features a ‘Guide’ mode which will guide you through and give you suggestions on which settings to use depending on what type of image you want to shoot, reacting to how you’re shooting and offering advice on the go.

By far the two biggest new features of the D3400 over the D3300 are the introduction of Bluetooth and the extended battery life.

Bluetooth

The addition of Bluetooth to this camera means that sharing photos is really easy, even when on the go. When you take a photo on the D3400 it is automatically downloaded to the Snapbridge App on your iOS or Android smartphone… from there you’re free to share it wherever you want to, in the same way you’d share your smartphone images, except these will be much better quality!


Battery Life



The second biggest feature is battery life. The D3400 uses the same battery as the D3300 but features the Expeed 4 processor, and gives a battery life of up to 1200 shots, this is almost double the D3300’s 700 shots per battery.

The Nikon D3400 battery life and ease of sharing means this is the ideal camera whether you’re out all day with family and friends, travelling and sharing photos with those back home, or even if you just take your camera with you wherever you go and want to share what you love.

Shooting Video

Both the D3400 and its predecessor the D3300 shoot 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second so it’s not only great at stills but also great at video too.





New Lenses!

Along with the announcement of the D3400, Nikon have announced two new lenses as well, the 18-55mm AF-P VR and the 70-300mm AF-P VR, both also available in non-VR versions. The vibration reduction system and brand new auto-focus Pulse Motor in these lenses means shooting video is easy, quiet, and smooth. These lenses only work on D3000 series cameras and up.



Conclusion

In short, the D3400 has caught up with connectivity where the D3300 lagged behind. The D3400 is built for enthusiast amateur photographers who value learning and being able to share their images with ease.

With its Bluetooth and Snapbridge, sharing photos is a breeze, and with Nikon’s Guide Mode, the camera will actually help you learn while you shoot, making recommendations on the go. When you consider it can shoot HD video (complimented by the almost silent new ‘Pulse Motor’ lenses) and has a far superior battery life, the D3400 really does look like a sizeable improvement over the D3300.

Nikon D3400 vs D3300 specs comparison



Features
Nikon D3300
Nikon D3400
Megapixels
24.2
24.2
Image processing engine
Expeed 4
Expeed 4
ISO sensitivity
100-12,800
100-24,600
Video resolution
1080p up to 60fps
1080p up to 60fps
Focus points
11 AF points (1 cross type)
11 AF points (1 cross type)
LCD screen
3.0”
3.0”
Continuous shooting
5fps
5fps
Bluetooth
No
Yes
Guide Mode
No
Yes
Weight
410g body only
395g body only
Dimensions (W x H x D)
124 x 98 x 75.5mm
124 x 98 x 75.5mm

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